Manhattan Toy Roll-Along-Bear Shape Sorter Review and Giveaway


A big thanks to Manhattan Toy for giving Garrett and me the opportunity to review the Roll-Along-Bear Shape Sorter toy.

Manhattan Toy is a fantastic toy company that builds their business on the idea that play is the basis of learning. They strive to combine science and whimsy in a way that supports children’s emotional, social, motor, and cognitive development. They take the work of play very seriously and take care to ensure their products are exceptional in both craftsmanship and creativity.

They sell a variety of different toys, including activities and games, developmental toys for babies, dress up and role play, soft dolls, wooden vehicles, and more. I love that all of their toys are a perfect blend of traditional and modern. Many of their toys are wooden or cloth with simple designs and structures. They lack the bells and whistles of many other popular toys, because they don’t NEED them. They have bright colors and innovative designs that make them vastly more appealing and engaging than any electronic toy. The Imagine I Can craft and activity kids are one of my absolute favorite things that Manhattan Toy has to offer. Definitely a must see, and a must have when Garrett is a tad older.

They do have a huge array of toys that are appropriate for Garrett though. The Winkel and the Skwish are two of my favorite tiny baby toys EVER. They’re perfect for visual and tactile stimulation for little ones.

We reviewed the Roll-Along-Bear Shape Sorter. It consists of a little bear wagon with a black and white string to pull along. The bear has two cut out shapes on each side, to fit with each of the four wooden block shapes. The inside of the wagon is big enough for all four blocks to fit into, and the blocks are the perfect size for a young toddler (recommended age is 12 months+) to hold, grasp, and manipulate. It’s light weight, but very well constructed with smooth edges and quality paint. (I’ve had other wooden toys that had chipping paint within weeks, which was very frustrating, but not the case with this toy!)


Garrett was quickly able to figure out that the blocks needed to go through the holes on the sides. I liked that the outline of each hole was the same color and the corresponding block. This makes it a bit of matching game as well. Garrett did get a bit frustrated with the fact that there’s only two holes on each side, so you need to turn the toy around to out the other two blocks through the holes. Most shape sorting toys I’ve seen have the holes on the top, falling down into a bucket. (Does anyone remember the classic dome shape sorter that you had to pull open and shake to get the shapes back out? Talk about frustrating! Also, this was made by Tupperware??) This eliminates THAT frustration, which would be likely to end the play session. No shapes, no play! This design makes it easy for baby to retrieve the blocks and play again and again independently. Garrett also liked loading up the wagon with lots of other toys and pulling it around. Also, picking it up and dumping it out and making lots of noise and mess. Hey, he’s one. Whatcha gonna do?


Round peg, round hole.
Hey, mouths are round too.


Manhattan Toy has generously offered to give one OLM reader their own Roll-Along-Bear Shape Sorter! Enter via the rafflecopter below?

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About Ashley

Ashley is the newest writer for One Little Mister. She is a 25 year old preschool teacher and first time mother to son Garrett. Her interests include breastfeeding, crafting, researching child growth and development topics until all hours of the night, drinking lots of coffee, and talking about cricket on twitter.


  1. My favorite is the Imagine I Can Lace & Play Ram.

  2. Darlene Owen says:

    My favorite toy is the Baby Stella Beige

  3. Amanda Starr says:

    Also like the Sunny Day Activity Book

  4. I really like the Peek-Squeak Giraffe and the monkeys, they are so adorable, but I seen a lot of other nice toys on the site also. thank you

  5. I like the MOTORWORKS FX Tuner Wagon 1.0

  6. Parents Ready, Set, Go! Large Car Green is adorable!

  7. I would love to\he Brilliant Bear Magnetic Stack-up

  8. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I like the Groovy Girls Princess Isabella

  9. I like the Skwish Classic

  10. Lauren Becker says:

    I like the Grinch in santa suit

  11. I like the Zoo Winkels Owl

  12. Tanya Riley says:

    I like the Put and Peek Birdhouse

  13. I like the Counting and Sorting Farm

  14. debbie jackson says:

    cindy lou doll or the create an animal puppet kit

  15. Sunny Day activity book

  16. skwish!! We love the Skwish!

  17. I like Imagine I Can Feel Better MD.

  18. I like the Imagine I Can Feel Better MD kit.

  19. I think my kids would love the Lucky Ladybug Color Match-Up

  20. I like the MOTORWORKS FSS Flareside Truck 1.0

  21. I looove the whole line of wooden vehicles, but the tuner wagon is probably my favorite!

  22. Oh I also love the Imagine I Can – Roll & Bowl Anywhere!

  23. grinch

  24. i like the zoo winkle toy !:)

  25. The birdhouse is so cute!

  26. Such a hard decision, but I think the Motorworks wooden vehicles are adorable!

  27. jodi frasier/lasher says:
  28. Nikki Elkins says:

    love the whoozit wiggle ball

  29. I like the create and play pattern blocks

  30. I love the Baby Stella Dolls.

  31. mommasbacon says:

    I LOVE Manhattan Toy. I’d probably go for Whoozit now since we have a new baby.

  32. i used to play with that plastic toy that had the shapes cut out.
    this is WAY cooler! I love that it’s wooden and on wheels!
    if i were a kid, or had a kid, I’d definitely get this.

  33. I like the Puppy Push Pal.

  34. Your little man is so cute. My son would do the same thing, haha. My baby boy would adore this toy! Thank you for sharing! I entered! :)

  35. Looks like a great toy.. and it helps to keep house in order too :-)

  36. i like the Zoo Winkels Owl the name is so funny!

  37. Lanky Cats Willis White Tiger FOR SURE!

  38. The baby stella beige

  39. Playtime Activity Cart

  40. Nadene Adams says:

    I love the Snuggle Pods Lil’ Peanut

  41. The zoo winkle owl!! Love it!!!

  42. oh my gosh the dr seuss one fish bowl is adorable!

  43. Love the Wimmer-Ferguson Crawl & Discover Mat!

  44. Danielle Jones says:

    I like the parents sunken bath time adventures. It looks like a lot of fun.

  45. Zoo winkles owl!

  46. The Drago Dragon is awesome, I love the color and detail

  47. MOTORWORKS FX Fire Chief 1.0

  48. Teresa Thompson says:

    Busy Time Activity Center

  49. Stacking blocks!

  50. I LOVE the zoo winkle owl!

  51. The stuffies from How the Grinch Stole Christmas are adorable.

  52. We love the Whoozit! My 9 year old had one as a baby, and he loved it so much we are getting our 1 month old one for Christmas!

  53. Kimberly Schotz says:

    My granddaughter likes the Groovy Girls

  54. I really liked the Whoozit. Great colors and shapes.

  55. motorworks fire truck!

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