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SEAL OF APPROVAL WINNER

Spring 2020

Petilou Sensory Shapes

It would be impossible to overstate how enthusiastic our testers were with this new shape sorting puzzle from Le Toy Van. Parent after parent raved about the quality and durability of this toy, describing it as outstanding and sure to last an extremely long time! They felt it was the type of toy that would surely be passed on from child to child. So why were they so over the moon? Let’s start with the fact that each piece is made of durable wood that is crafted and painted beautifully. The wood is smooth and has no sharp or jagged edges so that it is safe for baby. Each of the nine sensory shapes has a different sound, noise, texture, or function, which expands the sensory and learning experience. The pieces do not just correspond with the board based on shape but also by the beautiful pastel colors Le Toy Van used to create this. The shape sorting feature helps with the development of motor control as well as hand-eye coordination. Finally, Petilou Sensory Shapes are compact and easy to store. The bottom line is that everything, from the quality wood pieces to the painted details, parents agreed that this toy is a real beauty, and it outclasses just about any other shape sorting puzzle on the market.

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Recommended Age: 12 months and Up
Price: $ 39.95

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