Melissa & Doug Shape Sequence Sorting Set
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- 18 wooden blocks in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes
- Durable wooden frame invites shape-fitting trial and error.
- Promotes color and shape recognition and problem-solving skills.
- Helps children differentiate between sizes and shapes.
- Extension activities are included to encourage exploration, learning and fun!
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was donated (brand new) to our classroom community, we have 20 children aged 3 to 5 enrolled. I was excited when I set it out in our math area, because I love Melissa and Doug toys (they are inviting, durable, and they offer many levels of open ended play) and this did not disappoint me. This awesome learning toy is utilized every day by students of both genders and varying levels of development. Here are some of the ways I have observed my students playing with the Shape Sequence Sorting Set:
- The way it was intended, as an open ended sequence puzzle that has more than one possible solution, this was how I introduced it and almost everyone tried it and eventually accomplished it. (Cool early math)
- I have "caught" more advanced students quizzing younger students saying, hand me the tallest ones, the blue one, the triangle....etc. (Boy did I praise them for this and now it is a common occurrence in my classroom ... yay)!
- Using the pieces without the board to stack a tower that stays up. (Great for improving spatial understanding)
- Creating an impromptu dollhouse by using the blocks as furniture, and props from our block area (Dramatic play)!
All in all, this is a solid asset to help young children learn and discover many different academic concepts through play. It would be great addition to an early childhood program as well as to any home with a young child. I promise to update my review with more observations, as my brilliant class find new and fun ways to play!
Bonus: My class is notorious for losing pieces to puzzle like toys (I think it is almost unavoidable in a classroom setting) but we have had this for 4 months ....and we still have all the pieces!
March 2013: Edited to up to 5 stars. As our little one has grown, this toy continues to captivate. She's 2yrs 3mo and really likes this toy. She has mastered the colors AND the shapes and enjoys not only assembling the puzzle, but also likes to build towers of matching colors with the blocks. It's a very nice toy.
The design of this puzzle is WAY cooler than the photo would lead you to believe. It looks like so much fun, and based on the DESIGN, I'd say you should run out and buy this for your child right away.
But the QUALITY of this puzzle? Oh, my. The quality is ATROCIOUS. Melissa & Doug should not only be ashamed of themselves for the quality of this puzzle, but, frankly, the Consumer Product Safety Commission needs to be aware of the absolute junk this company is churning out for young children.
Straight out of the shrink-wrap, this toy looks like it's 20 years old. The pieces are cracked. The paint was chipped and scratched. The paint job itself is completely irregular and the shapes are off-centered; and debris was stuck to the product during the painting process, which resulted in a low-quality, highly-flawed paint job. Most importantly, though, the wood this puzzle is made out of is rougher than sandpaper on all surfaces and full of extremely dangerous splintered edges.
We own countless wooden toys that are soft, well-sanded, and have high-quality finishes. I know Melissa & Doug is not up to the same standard as a lot of European Toy Makers, but I would have never, in a million years, expected to receive a dangerous and unusable toy.
I have included images of this "toy" so you can see for yourself that, as awesome as the design is, if you are concerned about your child's safety, you need to stay far away from this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this because it reminded me of a child hood to that I loved dearly. However, my 4 year old doesn't really care for it. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Sasfai
Very nice product. Still going strong after 2 years. Good current and charges phones quite fast.Published 24 days ago by Bhushan
I think this made on factory where workers are blind, shapes drawn unevenly, wood handled badPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A gret way to work on sizes and puzzle skills. I wish they had a 2nd set with different shapes and colors.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
My toddler was not too interested in playing with this product. Bought it based on the reviews but not too sure i like it either.Published 6 months ago by MaLi
Well made and a classroom favorite for my young three year olds...The colors are vibrant, the wood is smooth and the pieces are solid. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Eleassia
This is a really great puzzle toy. I bought it for my nearly two year old, and it has a lot of play and exploration value. Read morePublished 7 months ago by A Soldier's Wife