Guidecraft: Wooden Toys

I have always loved the simplicity of wooden toys- not to forget the durability aspect as well!  This month the boys and I reviewed three wooden toys from Guidecraft.

Hide ‘n Seek Shape Sorter:

Children will love seeing the shapes “hide” as they locate the correctly shaped opening, drop in the shapes, and then “seek” out the pieces to begin the fun once again! Develops geometric recognition, counting, and shape-sorting skills. Improve fine-motor skills Sturdy wooden construction with rounded corners and smooth edges, safe non-toxic paints with a clear finish. Raised base accommodates floor or tabletop play. AGES 1+

Retails for $26.50.

See Saw Sorter:

Stack the shapes on opposite ends of the see-saw to create a balanced platform. Shapes fit snugly in routed holes. Promotes color and shape recognition, balancing, color-matching and sequencing. Sturdy wooden construction with rounded corners and smooth edges, safe non-toxic paints with a clear finish. AGES 1+

Retails for $16.00

Primary Puzzle Board:

Match the shapes and colors! This fun manipulative helps children practice geometric recognition and counting as well as color and shape sorting skills. Color-coded shapes and base, and easy-grasp handles, aid young children in successfully completing the puzzle while developing fine motor skills. Play surface is raised to accommodate floor or tabletop play. Safe non-toxic paints with a clear finish; smooth rounded corners and edges; and a sturdy construction guarantee years of creative learning and play. AGES 1+

Retails for $25.00

Mom’s take:  The bright primary colors immediately draws you to each one of these toys!  The durability of the wood will keep your child playing for years to come.  My all time favorite- the See Saw Sorter.  My 4 year old gets such enjoyment and satisfaction out of this toy because each time he tries he needs to take a different approach.  I love watching both his success and failure with this toy!  No rough edges found on any of these toys!

Physical Therapist’s take:  Fine Motor Manipulation here we come!  I love how each of these toys enhance a child’s fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination.  The primary puzzle has great easy-grasp handles to help the youngest toddlers have a firm grip on each puzzle piece.  Tactile recognition can be emphasized by having a child close his eyes and trace the outline of a shape to help aid in identification.  The Hide ‘n Seek Shape Sorter has thick solid shapes which make for easy grasping and well defined cut-outs for each piece to fit into.  I love the hand eye coordination and depth perception needed for this game.   The See Saw Sorter is a perfect mix of depth perception, hand eye coordination and fine motor skills that used correctly will lead to a very excited child for accomplishing a moving task.

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I was not paid in any form of cash for this posting. I did a receive free product samples to keep for my testing purposes. I was under no obligation to write a positive review or host a giveaway in return for the product. Receiving the product for free did not persuade my personal beliefs or views. My views are solely my own opinions.