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Pop the oval peg through the oval hole and — “clink!”—it drops in the box. Repeat with the diamond, triangle, star and lots more. This classic toy features 12 chunky, vibrantly colored shapes and a natural finished hardwood cube. Toddlers discover dimensional shapes as they experiment with pairing each to its matching hole. Bonus: The removable lid makes it easy for younger players to plop shapes in and out of the box.

 

Why You’ll Love It: Beyond the basics, this sorter introduces toddlers to the parallelogram, octagon and quatrefoil. (Hint: The quatrefoil is the clover-shaped one!)

Features

  • 12 assorted shapes
  • Removable lid
  • All wooden construction
  • Nontoxic paint

 

Age: 2 years and up

Product Notes

Popularity: #4 in Bricks, Blocks & Building, #29 in All Toys, #15 in Top 100 Toys, #2 in Toys & Books, #8 in Early Learning
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Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Cube

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Melissa & DougShape Sorting Cube
 
3.1

(based on 23 reviews)

65%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (10)
  • Lots of fun (10)
  • Educational (8)
  • Entertaining (7)
  • Engaging (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Toddler (8)
    • Young children (5)
    • Indoor (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • First time parent (13), Parent of two or more children (4), Education oriented (3), Working parent (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (9)

    Reviewed by 23 customers

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    5.0

    We like this toy

    By Mrs.Mommy2.0

    from Tucson Az

    About Me Child Care Provider, Educator, Parent, Puzzle Whiz

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Educational
    • Entertaining
    • Fun

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family
      • Kids

      Comments about Shape Sorting Cube:

      I bought 2 of these for my boys I have a 2 and 3 year old. They love looking at all the shapes and figuring out which holes to put them into. The pieces get lost easy if you don't watch them closely and they are Heck to step on but other than that we love them. No complaints :-)

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      • No

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      1.0

      paint comes off

      By nonenonenone

      from dover, de

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about Shape Sorting Cube:

          Definitely for two years and up. shape sorters are great for 6 mos babies, which is why I purchased this for mine. However, at six months they are still putting things in their mouths. When they chew on the pieces, the paint comes off. NOT GOOD :( Threw it away.

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          • No

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          3.0

          Good quality, but too many shapes

          By natasha

          from boise, id

          About Me Parent

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Can Withstand Use
          • Challenging
          • Educational
          • Interactive

          Cons

          • Too Difficult

          Best Uses

          • Family

          Comments about Shape Sorting Cube:

          I like the material and quality of this product. The size and color are perfect. My only complaint is that there are so many shapes it seems confusing for a baby to learn. I wish they had only 6 shapes.

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          • No

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          3.0

          Basic, but good.

          By Ros

          from Iowa City, IA

          About Me First Time Parent

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Toddlers

            Comments about Shape Sorting Cube:

            Bought this for my one-year-old. He is too young to actually fit the shapes into their respective holes, but for now he enjoys transferring them from the box to another bucket and back. It was a little smaller than I expected, and the wood isn't totally sanded smooth on the edges, but for the price and purpose of the toy, it is fine.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Sliding side would benefit from a latch

            By Priviledged to be a parent

            from Safford, AZ

            About Me First Time Parent

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Clean
            • perfect size
            • Vibrantly colored blocks
            • Wooden

            Cons

            • Side slides too easily
            • Unstable

            Best Uses

            • Toddlers

            Comments about Shape Sorting Cube:

            I was so glad to find an old fashioned wooden toy for my 15 month old, & expected this to keep her occupied for some time sorting & matching. However after demonstrating how it works to her & then removing the side that slides to dump the blocks so she could try it herself, she went straight for the removable side, removed it, & proceeded to bypass the sorting by placing all the blocks directly inside the box! It wasn't difficult for her to figure out how to get it off, it barely stays put & falls out when you turn the box to view the other sides with cutouts. Would recommend a simple latch to hold it in place.

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            1.0

            Disappointed in Melissa & Doug

            By sunshinebadger

            from NYC, NY

            About Me First Time Parent

            Pros

              Cons

              • Not Durable

              Best Uses

                Comments about Shape Sorting Cube:

                This product is made cheaply. The wood is very flimsy and I can easily see my daughter breaking the part that slides out. There was also a rough edge on the star cut out in the wood. I needed to sand the edge down to make it usable for my daughter. I do not recommend this product for your children.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                In theory it's a great toy

                By Teagan's Mom

                from Austin

                About Me First Time Parent

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Entertaining
                • Lots of Fun

                Cons

                • Easily Outgrown

                Best Uses

                • Toddlers

                Comments about Shape Sorting Cube:

                My daughter seemed very intrigued by it as soon as I got it out of the box. Then she realized she can simply take off on side and put all the pieces in that way. Now she uses it as storage or as a seat. Or as a step to try to climb up on things. She's 17 months.

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Love it!

                By momof3

                from St. Louis

                About Me Parent of Two or More Children

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Clean
                • Easy to Construct
                • Entertaining
                • Great Features
                • Lots of Fun
                • Portable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Toddlers

                  Comments about Shape Sorting Cube:

                  My kids love playing with this shape sorter.

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                  2.0

                  Dangerous rough edges

                  By julie

                  from edgewater, nj

                  About Me First Time Parent

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Clean
                  • Easy to Construct
                  • Entertaining
                  • Lots of Fun
                  • Pretty colors

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Toddlers

                    Comments about Shape Sorting Cube:

                    My 10 month old baby loved this toy, except it has rough edges that may be dangerous for babies.

                    Comment on this review

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Perfect size for little hands

                    By Teach Gone MOM!

                    from Westchester, NY

                    About Me First Time Parent

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                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Educational
                    • Entertaining
                    • Lots of Fun
                    • Portable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Toddlers

                      Comments about Shape Sorting Cube:

                      We have had shape sorts since our toddler was an infant but they seem to have gotten lost in the abyss of his toy trunkSSSS. I have gotten tired of sifting through all sorts of craziness, therefore I opted to get this Melissa and Doug shape sorter and I am so glad I did. As an elementary school teacher, I find this toy very useful in years to come as well. I have just two little gripes...1. I wished there was some kind of latch on the removeable door...you'd just need to be careful when storaging the box as well as little hands who feel like tossing the shapes randomly instead of popping them back in...sure way of losing the shapes throughout the house :) AHHH 21 month olds...it too shall pass LOL...or you'll just need to vacuum them up from under the sofa!2. The hexagon shape fits through the octagon shape very easily. I thought I had lost my mind for sleep deprivation when I noticed we are left with the octagon shape yet we need to put the hexagon shape through...I'm like OMG I need to wear my glasses when we play with this!!!!!The wooden box is made of decent quality. Not like Plan Toys brand but still seems durable...I doubt it would survive a 10 foot drop but lets hope that your toddler never attempts that. For the sale price of [$] and some change...I'd do it again and would recommend it.Don't forget parents, teach your children that 4 sided shapes are quadrilaterals too :)

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                      4.0

                      Nice Product :)

                      By Rheulet

                      from Santa Rosa Beach, FL

                      About Me Parent of Two or More Children

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                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Clean
                      • Entertaining
                      • Great Features
                      • Lots of Fun
                      • Portable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Infants
                        • Toddlers

                        Comments about Shape Sorting Cube:

                        My 15 month old daughter very much enjoys this toy and her 7 year old sister enjoys helping her with inserting shapes. My little one can get the shapes out herself to play again. I will be buying this product again as a gift for other babies.

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                        4.0

                        Love this toy!!

                        By usmcwife331

                        from Memphis, TN

                        About Me First Time Parent

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Clean
                        • Easy to Construct
                        • Entertaining
                        • Great Features
                        • Lots of Fun
                        • Portable

                        Cons

                        • Unstable

                        Best Uses

                        • Infants
                        • Special Needs
                        • Toddlers

                        Comments about Shape Sorting Cube:

                        This is a perfect toy! I prefer wood made toys, and this is awesome! All Mom's know their infant/toddler will chew on anything and everything. Can chew on this and doesnt get messed up. The one thing I dont like about this toy is the lid that slides into places falls out to easy! When turning the box around to find the right shape hole the lid will just slide off! Other than that this toy is awesome!

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Nice sorter

                        By Busy Mom

                        from Bartlesville, OK

                        About Me First Time Parent

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Educational
                        • Engaging

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoor
                          • Young Children

                          Comments about Shape Sorting Cube:

                          My 17 month old son has loved this toy since he started crawling. He is not yet able to put the shapes in the holes, but the loves to put them in and take them out of the cube. He stacks the blocks on the floor. I think the colors attract him to the blocks. This is one of his favorite toys and he has lots!

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          2.0

                          Not as great as we had expected . . .

                          By Molly

                          from Boston, MA

                          About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

                          See all my reviews

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                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Young Children

                              Comments about Shape Sorting Cube:

                              I ordered this toy because I wanted a simple, wooden toy/block set for my 11 month old son to play with. We were hoping the colors, shapes, interactive box would be engaging for him, but I think the fact that the blocks are so small makes the different shapes pointless. Also, the sliding top isn't easy for him to manipulate himself. In short, this could be an attractive wooden toy, but our son isn't as enthusiastic as we had hoped. Perhaps it would be a great toy for another child - or maybe when he gets older?

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Fun and unique

                              By Naptime lover

                              from San Francisco, CA

                              About Me First Time Parent, Stay At Home Parent

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Educational
                              • Interactive
                              • Lots of Fun

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoor
                                • Young Children

                                Comments about Shape Sorting Cube:

                                A great incarnation of the ubiquitous shape-sorting box. I like that it has shapes other than the standard square, circle, triangle, rectangle so there is more opportunity to learn big words, like "parallelogram". The corners could be considered a little pointy, but that's a tiny con versus a range of pros.

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