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Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Cube

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  • Includes 12 chunky shapes
  • Each shape fits through a hole of the same shape on the wooden cube.
  • Classic learning activity with nostalgic appeal
  • Sturdy wooden construction
  • Promotes color and shape recognition and problem-solving skills.
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This ultimate shape sorter features 12 chunky, vibrantly colored shapes that make a satisfying "clunk" as they drop into the natural-finish hardwood cube. Then open the lid, take them out and start all over again! A classic educational toy for toddlers.

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Melissa & Doug toys are designed to nurture creativity and imagination.  From classic wooden toys to creative crafts, pretend play, and games, Melissa & Doug's products inspire exploration and enrich children's lives in a way that's as engaging as playtime itself! Since the Company's founding more than 25 years ago, Melissa & Doug has consistently delivered innovative children’s products with a commitment to uncompromising quality, safety, service and value. Well-designed, durable playthings should be accessible to all, and Melissa & Doug strives to foster wonder and a lifelong love of learning in children throughout the world.

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Product Dimensions 5.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches
Item Weight 4.4 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Department unisex-child
Manufacturer Melissa & Doug
Language English
ASIN B00005RF5G
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
Item model number 575
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3.7 out of 5 stars 796 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #266 in Home and Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home and Kitchen)
#3 in Toys & Games > Baby & Toddler Toys > Shape Sorters
#3 in Toys & Games > Learning & Education > Early Development Toys > Shapes & Colors
#127 in Toys & Games > Preschool > Pre-Kindergarten Toys

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My 22 month old daughter plays with this toy, but there are 2 major sources of frustration.
1) The lid doesn't stay on well - whenever you try to put a shape into the side with the lid, the lid flips over. An older child could probably figure out that you have to hold the lid (or just drop the shape neatly into the hole without touching the lid) - but a younger toddler just isn't going to get that. It is very frustrating. Other people have pointed it out as well - perhaps the designers will respond in version 2. It's needlessly frustrating.
2) Some of the shapes are very similar /complicated - it is frustrating for a young toddler. BUT!!!! my daughter is slightly younger than the recommended age, and, it is a learning toy - it isn't supposed to be immediately easy. Just know that for younger toddlers, you should play with them and help them select the right hole.
A bit of guided play is called for while they are learning and it will increase fun/decrease frustration. My daughter has learned some of the shapes on her own, and is getting 'closer' on some of the others, but I frequently play with her and talk to her about the shapes and help her find where they go.
All in all, it is a good toy. We have several Melissa & Doug toys, and have been pleased with them all. They are safe, high quality, and nice looking. And you can never have too many small, brightly colored pieces of wood underfoot. :)
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We bought this shape sorter for my older son when he was about 18 months old. He'd already been playing with a lightweight plastic one for months, but we liked that this one was wood and had more shapes -- in addition to the basic oval, circle, rectangle, triangle, square, etc., this one has a flower shape, a heart, an octagon, a couple of different triangles, a wedge, parallelogram, etc.

Unfortunately, the shapes fit through any hole in the sorter, so the child isn't really learning much of anything. Plus, the lid is impossible for a small child to keep on while they're playing with it -- even my older son (now 4) has trouble with it!

I've also found that it gets so crowded in there that the shapes don't always fit well when you're fitting in the last few. You need to shake the sorter so that the shapes settle to the bottom. Another issue that I have with this product is, several of the pieces are small enough to fit INTO a small child's mouth -- our younger son, 18 mos, has proven that on several occasions! The plastic ones we have from the other shape sorter are all a bit larger than these pieces, and I think safer. We keep this shape sorter up on a high shelf, to be played with on a rainy day with supervision. It's not a toy I'd leave out for everyday play.
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I've had this toy for a while and my 10 month old daughter has chewed on the blocks (which the paint does chip off pretty easily). Now I found that this toy was actually recalled in Canada due to unsafe levels of barium! I'm staying away from all Melissa & Doug toys as some of their other products have also been recalled. Why doesn't US have stricter laws concerning childrens toys!!

From Consumer product safety Canada

Slice and Bake Cookie set, Shape Sorting Cube, and Pound a Peg by Melissa & Doug

Testing by Health Canada has revealed that the surface paint on the toys contains barium in excess of the allowable limit.

Some forms of barium are safely used in medical and commercial applications, while other forms of barium can be toxic, causing adverse health effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps as well as more severe symptoms. Children's toys coated with paint containing barium in excess of the allowable limit are strictly prohibited in Canada.

Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or illnesses related to the use of this product.
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Hi!
Although I know this response may be overdue, I am sorry to hear about your experience with the shape sorting cube. I would like to help you out with this right away. I also wanted to take a moment to assure you that we at Melissa & Doug take safety and testing of our toys very seriously. We had an isolated recall in Canada for a small quantity of this toy 7 years ago. We immediately took several steps to further control our suppliers and increase our inspections to assure accurate testing and safety of our toys. Please call me at 800 284 3948 so that I can make this right for you.
Best,
Barbara
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I commend Melissa and Doug for the nice variety of shapes this cube offers as well as its classic wooden toy appearance, but that being said, actual use of this cube is cumbersome and faulty. A bit too heavy for tiny hands to turn and look for the appropriate hole, it also becomes frustrating when the lid falls off (no latch or hinge to keep it on) or it is almost full with blocks and you are trying to push in one of the shapes in the lower portion of the cube and it won't go in because there are blocks inside sitting on the bottom. If the lid latched, you could turn the sides facing up and easily insert the shapes, but not so. I sold my daughter's on ebay and got her the classic plastic Playskool one that has a snap lid and that is lighter weight so she can turn and tumble, looking for the right hole for the shape she has.
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I bought this toy because my daughter is really into sorting shapes right now. She has several shape sorters that work really well. This one, however, is not well designed. First of all, the lid cannot be fastened to stay down. When your child needs to turn it over to put in the different shapes they all fall out. Secondly, once you have a couple of shapes in the box they block the way for the others to go in. I have always loved Melissa and Doug toys up to this point but I would love to get my money back for this one.
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