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 classic wooden shape sorter is fun cubed! The beautifully crafted toy features smooth, natural wood, dove-tail joints, a slide-off lid, and 12 cut-out shapes in four of the sides. The 12 brightly colored solid wood shapes are easy for little hands to grasp and make a wonderful 'clunk' as they drop in the shape sorting cube. Fit the pieces in the matching holes, then dump them out and do it again! An illustrated guide on the label helps identify the names of the shapes—from a triangle and a trapezoid to a parallelogram to a pentagon.
Quality craftsmanship and classic design make this a toy that never goes out of style, and its sturdy construction ensures it will last through years of hands-on play and learning. The shape sorting cube helps teach sorting skills, color and shape recognition, and helps children develop and hone fine motor skills. It encourages problem-solving and builds hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity. See confidence and self-esteem grow as children two and older rise to the challenge of matching the shapes to the correct holes.
About Melissa & Doug
Melissa & Doug toys are designed to fuel imagination, inspire exploration, and encourage the natural curiosity that leads to a lifetime of learning! From classic wooden toys to creative crafts for every age, Melissa & Doug’s timeless products educate and enrich in a way that’s as natural as playtime itself.
Since their company’s founding in 1988, Melissa and Doug have been committed to making exceptional children’s products, with a focus on hands-on creative play and superior customer service.
With their recognizable red-oval logo, Melissa and Doug put their names on every product they make—a symbol of their commitment to quality, attention to detail, and dedication to improving playtime for families around the world.
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.
- Natural wood box with cut-out shapes and matching shaped pieces
- Includes wooden cube with removable lid and 12 colorful wooden shapes
- Solid wood construction; all shapes store in the cube
- Helps teach color and shape recognition and sorting skills, and encourages fine motor development, hand-eye coordination, and dexterity
Top Customer Reviews
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. :)
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works great. Sticks quickly on wet floor. Easy to remove after shower to washPublished 3 days ago by Marc S. TLS
This is a great toy for our toddler. He loves the bright colored shapes! It's a great learning toy for him. I would recommend this product.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a fun, educational toy, with one significant flaw. One side of the cube is plastered with a big paper sticker with product information. Read morePublished 4 days ago by M. Williams
These toys are sturdy and well worth the money. My grand daughter carries these blocks everywhere. They are brightly colored and great quality blocks. Read morePublished 5 days ago by gardengal
The shapes are nice and solid and a good size for baby to pick up and play with. The only issue I had was with the box. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Susan Petersen
Great price and great quality! The wood is smooth. No chips or splintersPublished 10 days ago by erika
This is an awesome toy for your toddler!! My twins loved this and the best part is that they are learning shapes and colors at the same time! Highly recommended!Published 11 days ago by CharlieD
I bought this for my classroom to use with my severe students for eye hand coordination. The blocks are great the students are able to grab them and place them into the holes were... Read morePublished 13 days ago by 3604