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Shoebox Shape Sorter

Duration: any

Age: toddler, parent

Skill for Bub: Just for fun, Hand/eye coordination, Mind builder, Muscle builder


Make use of extra blocks with a homemade toy that teaches your baby all about colours and shapes.

Sorters are great for helping babies learn how to identify different shapes and colors. This easy-to-make version allows you to design your own.

  • Cover a shoebox in brightly colored wrapping paper.
  • Trace a variety of block shapes on the lid of the box and cut them out.
  • Hold up a block and ask your child, “Where does the (shape and color of the block) go?”
  • Help your child to push the blocks through the correct holes.
  • Once all of the shapes have been identified, take the lid off and allow your child to dump out the blocks — a reward in itself!