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Spike The Fine Motor Hedgehog® Poppin’ Shapes Sorter

Children pop, fidget, and sort their way to new shape skills when the play with the Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog Poppin’ Shapes Sorter. Inspired by our award-winning Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog, this innovative toddler learning toy pairs the classic shape sorter with sensory-friendly fidget play. Little ones can drop the 5 soft shape pieces (including a yellow star, green square, purple triangle, pink heart, and orange circle) into their corresponding holes, or fidget with their flexible silicone popper material. Sized for little hands, each shape fidget popper also helps little ones build the coordination, hand strength, and other fine motor skills.
Specially designed with little ones in mind, this educational toy set helps children as young as 18 months build essential shape, colour, fine motor, and sensory skills.

Children sort and match 5 soft shapes that double as soft fidget poppers with this toddler learning toy’s innovative take on the classic shape sorter.
When the preschool learning activities are done for the day, Spike’s shape pieces store inside until next time.
Includes 1 x 2-piece shape sorter and 5 shapes.

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Price £15.50 Available online www.learningresources.co.uk

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Spike The Fine Motor Hedgehog® Poppin’ Shapes Sorter Reviews

Product Tested By Kyleigh Haines – Noah 19 months

Kyleigh Awarded The Spike The Fine Motor Hedgehog® Poppin’ Shapes Sorter 4.8/5

My first impression of the spike fine motor hedgehog was that it was fairly small and basic, however for my 19 month old is was perfect. I think the concept for the fine motor hedgehog poppin’ shapes sorted is spot on for a child’s first shape sorter. It’s bright and colourful with soft shapes that are flexible to get into the holes which is perfect for fine motor skills. The instructions are clear and easy to read. They are simple and makes it easier to put the pieces together. My child did find it easy to hold the shapes and keep his attention popping them in and out. He also found it easy to place them in the correct shape hole because they are flexible. He seemed to have less frustration with it thank with one of his other shape sorters which has hard shapes. My child found it easy to place the shapes in spike the fine motor hedgehog even if it was the wrong shape. This meant that he was engaged longer and was less frustrated. My child enjoyed placing the shapes into spike as he liked to do it again and again likely because he could fit them into any shape whether it was the correct one or not as they are made out of flexible material. My child enjoyed the sensory-friendly fidget play. I would often find him sat quietly pushing the poppin in and out when he wasn’t trying to push them through the shapes. This did keep my child engaged as there was a good range of different shapes to pop in and out. My child plays has played with this a couple of times a week with the shape sorter. Sometimes just with the shapes or on their own and other time with the actually shape sorter. My son played with this a lot when it first arrived but it is a toy he will keep going back to. I agree the toy helps improve coordination, hand strength and fine motor skills as it makes my son less frustrated with the flexible shapes and when he has been able to get the shapes through the holes he wants to keep repeating this as he has had success. Both my 3 year old and 19 month old play with this game separately. They both get so much learning out of it and entertainment as they are at different stages of developing which helps to support these different stages.I think my son enjoys both the poppin and the matching the shapes to the holes. Both keep him engaged for a fairly good amount of time. I mostly like that this game has many ways to keep a child engaged: poppin, shape sorting and emptying the hedgehog. I like that it suits as range of engages which keep them entertained. This game was suitable for my 19 month old and also my 3 year old. I do agree that this would be an ideal educational game to have in a nursery as it’s very engaging with it doesn’t cause as much frustration as other shape sorters. It helps identify colours, she’s and developed fine motor skills. If this product was made form the same hard material I would say it was too expensive. As the shapes are made out of flexible material and the shape sorted is hard plastic I can understand why it costs just under £15. I think the quality is good although I would be concerned about the flexible shapes if my child was a biter, as I suspect they would last as long although my dog has ran off with them a few times and they still are intact. The shape sorted frame doesn’t always seem to dry on and will that could be developed better. I would consider buying this product as I think it is very engaging in more than one way and it has a uniqueness from other shape sorters. I would recommend this product to friends and family for the same reason as above as it is different to the shape sorters. It is perfect to develop a child from a range of ages. I think this product meets the concept, it helps develop a child with fine motor skills, shapes, colours and allows them to do it in an engaging way with less frustration. Over all experiences was that it is a very good product even though I wasn’t expecting it to be. It’s quite small and basic until you realise that it’s actually perfect for a 19 month old who is developing so many skills all the time and this product helps it. With the texture of the shapes which are flexible, help keep my child engaged for longer periods of time than when he’s played with a harder shape sorted. It’s a toy they can be left to play with on their own as they can get the shapes through whether it’s the right one or not but also great to play with an adult or siblings. The poppin on the shapes also keeps my child engaged. I do think the back could be developed so that it has a hinge and stayed attached as sometime it was different to fit back on for my child. Kyleigh Haines – Noah 19 months

Product Tested By Natalie Hill – Lola 22 Months

Natalie Awarded The Spike The Fine Motor Hedgehog® Poppin’ Shapes Sorter 3.5/5

Looked lovely and liked the silicone feel of the shapes. Good concept. I didn’t look at the instructions as it was very self-explanatory and just in 2 pieces. My daughter likes the shapes and they are easy for her to hold. She tries to push them in the wrong holes and they go through due to being a soft silicone so doesn’t really teach the fact that the shapes need to go on the right holes. I’d say they go through too easily. She does like pushing the shapes through. She did enjoy the sensory-friendly fidget play but she does try to put them in her mouth too- I think because they are an interesting texture. She does like this toy but does lose interest after a couple of minutes. This would be played with once a week. However, Lola will choose other toys as a preference and is enjoying playing with dollies and tea parties more at the present time. Mostly played with this shape sorter in the lounge. I don’t think it helped with fine motor as she could just push through if they weren’t quite in the right place so didn’t necessarily teach the need to be precise. She did like squeezing the shapes so would probably improve hand strength if she played with it for longer. Lola just played with this on her own or with me. She did like the squishy shapes. I like the design of it being a hedgehog. It was age appropriate for Lola. I do agree this could be a good educational toy to have in nurseries. Although the plastic part with holes in does feel a bit flimsy so not sure it’s withstand heavy usage. Price range for me would be more in line with £10. The top part which you post the shapes through does feel flimsy. I would not buy this only due to the fact my daughter did not love this toy. I also feel there are better shape sorters out there so would not recommend. I liked the silicone feel of the shapes but felt it was a bit flimsy and wasn’t keen on the brown colour- it could be brighter and more fun colours. Also the shapes would go through the wrong holes if pushed hard enough, so didn’t really teach the need for precision with the right shapes. Natalie Hill – Lola 22 Months

Product Tested By Zerin Watkins – Caelan 1 Year

Zerin Awarded The Spike The Fine Motor Hedgehog® Poppin’ Shapes Sorter 5/5

Looked amazing. Bright colours. Helps with fine motor skills of trying to get the spikes in. Fantastic for his age. Instructions easy to read and understand. Easy to hold and shapes are amazing and he loves squishing them. Once he got the hang of placing shapes in Spike he never stopped. He loved placing the shapes into the whole and got excited when he got them in the right ones. He loved the sensory side of things and the fidget side of it all. It keeps my son and my daughter entertained. Both love playing together with it. My son plays with this every day. We play with it in the living room all sat around together. 100% helps to improve hand strength and fine motor skills. He plays this with his sister and also enjoys playing with his cousins as well. They all loved Spike. I think my son loved the bright colours. I liked the colours and the fact it helps him learn his shapes and colours. Very age appropriate for my son. This would be good to have in nurseries because it will help them learn shapes. I do think it is a little bit expensive for what it is. It is good quality and hard wearing. I would buy this for my children. I would recommend. My family all have younger children and have all said how much fun it is. Fantastic product. Fun for the children. Fantastic colour. Easy to play. Helps to learn colours /shapes. Helps with motor skills. Zerin Watkins – Caelan 1 Year

It’s quite small and basic until you realise that it’s actually perfect for a 19 month old who is developing so many skills all the time and this product helps it. With the texture of the shapes which are flexible, help keep my child engaged for longer periods of time than when he’s played with a harder shape sorted. It’s a toy they can be left to play with on their own as they can get the shapes through whether it’s the right one or not but also great to play with an adult or siblings. The poppin on the shapes also keeps my child engaged.

Awards

Kyleigh Awarded The Spike The Fine Motor Hedgehog® Poppin’ Shapes Sorter 4.8/5

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