Sunday, August 16, 2009
Lock-a-Block by Ambi Toys
This is a GREAT basic shape sorter. I've had one for about 20 years and it's still going strong. There are six sorting blocks and the box locks with an attached plastic key. This helps to encourage some social play because your child will need help getting the box open and relocked. You can't find this shape sorter at most major toy retailers in the United States, but it is usually available through the Beyond Play website (http://www.beyondplay.com/). Strengths: This toy is great for teaching fine motor skills, cause-effect relationships, and even sorting/matching skills. The large shapes are very easy for little fingers to manipulate. Weaknesses: Since the top and bottom of the box are glued on they can separate from the box. This happened to mine after about 15 years of having it in my therapy room with many children playing with it, so if you're planning on using it with only 1-2 children this probably won't be a big weakness for you.