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 1 out of 5Â by visitor3 shapes fall thru & easy to turn sideways
The pieces fall through the holes and do not rest in place as shown on the M&D photos of the toy, which show each piece staying in place like a puzzle to be completed. As a shape-sorter it is not challenging since every piece fits in every hole -- just turn it sideways. With no little knobs on the pieces, toddlers hold them sideways anyway. Toy fails to challenge or satisfy. Toddler liked matching up the pairs of animals, but once the pieces went in the ark, the giant cut-outs let them fall right out which frustrated her.
Rated 4 out of 5Â by tamlar Excellent toy!
This product was a gift for my one and two year old children and we have found it to be an excellent toy. Neither of them are old enough to understand the shape sorting aspect but almost all animals will fit through any of the openings which they love and it has 2 doors on elastic hinges which they love to open and close. There are ALOT of animals, many more than I expected to see. The only things I didn't like was that it was made from particle board, a cheep product made from compressed sawdust which expands and warps if it ever gets wet. I would have liked to see it made of solid wood, aswell it would be great if the pictures of the animals were printed on both sides of each figure. But all in all a great toy!
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).