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Bright Basics Sorting Tree

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Best for Developing early math skills in kids ages 2 to 4
Top benefits Develops sorting, matching and fine motor skills
Considerations Tree can tip over during play
Bottom line Bright Basics Sorting Tree is a step up from basic shapes sorting toys, incorporating animal and plant shapes to help preschoolers develop key math and motor skills.
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amazon.ca CAD $32.49 educationalinsights.com USD $24.99

Features

  • 6 sortable shapes include a leaf, flower, woodpecker, chipmunk, blueberry and mulberry
  • Teaches kids sorting and matching—early math skills
  • Parent guidebook with activity ideas

Review

Looking for a fun twist on the classic shape sorter? The Bright Basics Sorting Tree from Educational Insights comes with six easy-to-hold forest-themed blocks—including a leaf, a flower and a chipmunk—that are sorted through the tree, slide down the trunk and pop out at its base. Designed for small hands, it’s a cinch for toddlers to use, and unique shapes provide more of a challenge than a standard square-triangle-circle shape sorter. Plus, instructions provide detailed learning information and activity ideas for parents. The Sorting Tree encourages sensory learning, shape recognition and fine motor skills, as well as the sorting and matching practice that build critical early math skills. Parents found the toy colourful, visually interesting and engaging enough for their kids to return to regularly—and when your kids are done with it, the quality construction means you can pass it down to another kid.

Not your baby’s shape sorter! This tree was beloved by my two-year-old, who loved the challenge of finding the spot for the bird, the leaf and more.” —Angie, mom of one