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?
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