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Educational Toys For Toddlers

Review for Rainbow Sound Blocks

Rainbow Sound Blocks are aimed for young children between the ages of 2 and 6. This educational toy teaches shapes, colors, sound recognition as well as matching and sorting skills to children. Rainbow Sound Blocks include six hollow wooden blocks each covered with a colorful plastic window. Shapes are circles, squares and rectangles. Inside each wooden block, there are rattling beads of different sizes producing a unique sound as each block is shaken.

Review for Rainbow Sound Blocks

Children can enjoy playing with Rainbow Sound Blocks while involved in one of these three learning activities:

(1) Building Blocks: Babies and toddlers are able to stack up these blocks, mix them with other construction toys and enjoy playing with them as a building block set.

(2) Rattles: Babies and toddlers love making noises. Children enjoy the unique sound that comes out of these blocks when they shake them and carry them around.

(3) Play Shapes and Colors: Children are able to learn basic shapes and colors. They are able to look through each individual block and see objects in the color associated with the block itself.

 

Review for Rainbow Sound BlocksAn Educational Toy for Toddlers and Kindergarteners, But Not a Science Toy

Our experience with Rainbow Sound Blocks indicates that they make an excellent educational toy for any young children below the elementary school age. Rainbow Sound Blocks are mainly building blocks that rattle. Their main function is to entertain young children while teaching them basic shape, color and sound recognition skills.

If you are buying Rainbow Sound Blocks for a science class, you may get disappointed. Rainbow Sound Blocks are not meant to be used for science experiments. Color combinations do not display perfectly when blocks of different colors are put together. The sound that’s coming from small beads rattling inside the blocks is not tuned and not musical by any means.

 

Review for Rainbow Sound BlocksBenefits of Playing with Rainbow Sound Blocks

  • Improves hand-eye coordination skills
  • Promotes fine and gross motor skills in children
  • Teaches association skills through sounds, shapes and colors

 

Awards

This well-made educational toy is the winner of the Silver Practical Pre-School Award in 2006, and the National Parenting Publications Award in 2001

 

 

Benefits of Shape Sorter Toys for Toddlers

Shape sorters are classic toddler toys and one of the first learning toys every young child gets to play with. The best time for introducing shape sorters to your toddler is around the age of 15 to 18 months when he or she is able to sort and categorize objects based on their similar characteristics. Sorting is fun for toddlers and come with many benefits. Below are the four major benefits of shape sorter toys for toddlers.

Shape and Color RecognitionBenefits of Shape Sorter Toys for Toddlers

The primary function of a shape sorter toy is to teach toddlers about shapes and colors. Shape sorters are also the primary educational toys for teaching toddlers to say the names of various shapes and colors. Most shape sorters include basic shapes such as square, circle, triangle and rectangle. Some shape sorters include advanced shapes such as hexagonal, star, diamond and parallelogram. Each shape is usually painted with a distinct color giving toddlers the opportunity to differentiate between assorted shapes and colors. Shape sorters help toddlers understand that there are shapes and there are colors. They teach toddlers the ability to recognize the visual characteristics of objects.

Teaching Problem-Solving Skills to Toddlers

Problem solving is a life-long learning skill that has to develop in children from a very early age. Using a shape sorter, a toddler learns how to find a solution to a basic problem. Toddler tries to fit a shape into a hole and if it doesn’t fit, he or she will try another shape until it fits and drops into the right location. Shape sorters present a fun challenge to young children as they try to figure out how to find the right fit for each shape. This process helps toddlers develop curiosity and patience as they use their thinking abilities to work through achieving a defined goal.

Learning about Cause and EffectBenefits of Shape Sorter Toys for Toddlers

Shape sorters teach toddlers the cause and effect of their actions. Pushing shapes through the holes, toddlers see the objects disappearing into the box and realize that they have selected the correct shapes and matching holes. Once a shape falls into a hole, the toddler can open the box and find the same shape again. Through this process toddlers make decisions, take actions, observe the results and become familiar with right and wrong choices.

Enhancing Developmental Skills in Toddlers

Shape sorters are great learning toys for enhancing certain developmental skills in toddlers such as fine-motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Playing with shapes, toddlers use their hands and fingers to hold and manipulate objects. Toddlers use their eyes to analyze the boundaries of the shapes and the matching holes from the box. These activities train and prepare your toddler for performing daily tasks such as grasping and picking up objects, holding a spoon to eat or holding a crayon to draw.