The High Tea Shape Sorter from the fabulous Wooden Toy Shop. co.uk is such a beautiful toy, made from solid wood and hand painted with gorgeous realistic details! It would make the perfect toy for any child this Christmas and would be a great addition to a toy kitchen or as part of a role-play bakery, cake shop, cafe or home corner, or indeed just as it is!
What I love about this is that not only is it fabulous to look at (and good enough to eat!) but it’s also educational! Each cake is carved into a slightly different shape and fits into its own unique hole in the stand, so that your child has to fit them back in like a puzzle. They also have numerals on the base of each with a matching space for each. So these toys promote number and shape recognition, cognitive skills, sorting and matching and problem solving– all at once! Not to mention imaginative and creative play skills, language development and social and interactive skills when played as part of a collaborative game with an adult or another child.
This is exactly the sort of toy I used to look for to have in my classroom when teaching Reception. High quality, long-lasting, educational, traditional and creative. A perfect combination!