Rated 4 out of 5Â by BG Great Interactive Toy
I recently purchased this item for my son who has speech delay and I use this toy to practice animal sounds as we match the animal to the right cut-out shape on the ark. Since it is Noah's Ark and there are two of each animal I can hold up one of the animal pieces and have my son try to find the "matching" lion for example. Overall, it is a nice durable toy that has become a staple during family play time! Have to also add that I love that this toy does not have flashing/blinking lights, talks or makes any noises at all:-)
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Mommy Fun but...
Since my son was 1 year old, he has loved playing with the animal pieces, lining them up, etc. However, as a shape sorter, this really doesn't work great--some of the opening are so big, that he figured out he could put the smaller pieces inside the bigger holes! I do love that it is Noah's Ark and that he loves playing with it, but it doesn't necessarily work as a shape sorter. Though it does teach problem solving skills (where to put a piece if it doesn't fit somewhere).
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Cathy the Grammy Noah's Ark Play Set
This is for grand-daughter who will be two in several months. I think she will love it as it will help with her imagination play and role playing. It will be such a delight for me to give it to her.
Rated 4 out of 5Â by kirgra Great toy
As with all Melissa and Doug, it is well made, and colorful, I rated it a 4 star because you really don't need to match the puzzle pieces to the shape sorter. You can fit all the pieces into one of the animal cutouts. This has worked out well for the 1 year olds who just put them all in. Once they see this though the older ones don't even try to match. Still cute to identify the animals, Mr. and Mrs. Noah and tell the story.