Thursday, September 24, 2009
Lock-a-Bloc by Walter Toys
If you are looking for a sturdy, child-friendly shape sorter made out of natural, raw materials, look no further. Walter Toys, which are made in Germany, offers a great shape sorter that encourages problem solving skills in several different ways. First, there is the traditional shape sorter that has three different shape holes, a square, triangle, and circle. Next, children have to learn how to insert and turn the key in order to get the shapes out of the box. Finally it promotes matching of shapes and colours. Strengths: This toy offers a nice level of challenge for older toddlers and younger preschoolers because the shapes are small enough to encourage small motor movements. Weaknesses: The price. Because these toys are imported from Germany and are made from natural materials, they tend to be expensive. This shape sorter will run approximately $40. Where to Buy: If you are interested in the toy you can purchase it through http://www.woodentoysforkids.com/. If they are sold out on this website, check out http://www.exceptionaltoysusa.com/ for a complete list of retailers that carry Walter Toys.