I’ve teamed up with one of my favourite toy brands to share my thoughts on their top picks for Christmas for babies & toddlers as part of my toy review series. Hape are the worlds largest producer of wooden toys priding themselves on their use of renewable and long lasting materials across their range. Today I’m here to tell you all about the Hape Xylophone Shape Sorter.
Combining two iconic toddler toys, Hape have created a 2 in 1 shape sorter & xylophone which offers a whole host of opportunities to learn and play.
The xylophone, technically a glockenspiel, is comprised of five metal bars with different notes , perfectly pitched for a rendition of Twinkle Twinkle and can be played using the plastic stick that comes with it. I do have to wonder why, when most of the the rest of the toy is made from wood, the stick is plastic? The stick itself is quite light weight and so doesn’t always make the desired sound when used to hit the notes, the way a wooden one would but it is a good shape for little hands.
The notes can also be played by placing the different coloured wooden blocks into their corresponding holes, making the sound a little rewarding sound of success! There is a square, a triangle, a circle, a star and a pentagon and once in place you can tap them, the way you would a piano, to make the bars chime.
The variety of colours and shapes offers up a great opportunity to teach and learn colour & shape words and introduce some sorting too.
I love the way this toy really is two toys 2-in-1 and how it combines sensory and musical play with early education in mind too.
Available on Amazon for £23.99, the Hape Xylophone shape sorter would make a brilliant Christmas or birthday gift for children aged 1-3.
Disclosure: I was sent one Hape Xylophone Shape Sorter in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.