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November 10, 2010
A few weeks ago I posted a site review of Ebeanstalk.com. If you missed it, you should definitely check it out! It really is a great website! Ebeanstalk is a toy website that is dedicated to selecting only the very best toys for your kids! They have great baby toys and gifts to chose from as well as many kids toys for older children! You can sort by age, by gender, by category, and more! They rely on moms like me to test out each of their toys to make sure they only have the best and the most fun learning toys around! I have actually used Ebeanstalk.com several times since my initial review to find birthday presents for children.
I mentioned in my initial review that I was going to be testing out a toy for Ebeanstalk. We received the Shape Sorting Clock by Melissa & Doug.
This is the description of the clock from the website:
The Shape Sorting Clock features brightly-colored numbers and shapes that fit in their proper place on the face of the clock. The hour and minute hand help your child learn to tell time the old fashioned way. No digital clock here.
And this is why the Ebeanstalk product testers love the toy:
We tested so many shape sorters, and this one is the best...it is no ordinary shape sorter! It will really grow with your child; first it will teach colors & shapes, then numbers and time telling.
The clock came with a "fact sheet" that had the toy description, the reason why they love the toy, the primary skills the toy develops, graduated play ideas and an age range. The age range listed for this toy is 30 months - 33 months. Rylie is almost 34 months old.
I think this toy is definitely a toy that will grow with your child. Rylie's favorite feature of the toy is the shape sorting. She played for a long time taking all of the shapes out and then putting them back in. There is only one of each shape, so each shape has to go in it's proper place. After she "mastered" this skill, she kept wanting to show me how fast she could do it.
She was so excited about how quickly she could put the blocks back in the correct places!
At one point, Bryce even got in on the fun. He is actually really good at shape sorting already, so I know he will like playing with this clock too!
My favorite feature of this toy is that the numbers are on the face of the clock, and also on the blocks. I am trying to teach Rylie number recognition and this really helps with that. We sat for a while and matched the numbers on the blocks to the numbers on the clock.
I also used the clock to try to explain the general concept of time to Rylie. For example, I told her that when the little hand is on the 8, that means it is time for bed. We moved the hands around to different times and talked about what we usually do at those times. I think she is a little young to really understand time in that way, but like I said, this is a toy that will grow with her.
All in all, I think this is a great toy for children between 30 and 36 months, and even past that. A child could start using it even younger than 30 months to learn colors and basic shapes also. I know that between both of my kids, the Shape Sorting Clock will definitely be played with frequently!
Disclaimer: This is my honest opinion. I received the Shape Sorting Clock from Ebeanstalk.com at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.