Today's classic toy is the shape sorter... a favorite of many babies and toddlers! Baby Bear actually has two shape sorters of differing skill levels. One is a simple Fischer Price box with five shape holes. The other is like the cube one I remember growing up with that has 18 shape holes (a yard sale find with a couple pieces missing, but still fun). Baby Bear has also enjoyed playing with a shape sorter that spins and looks like an elephant and one shaped like a ball while on play dates. It's amazing what a variety of sorters are out there!
Baby Bear has progressed from getting frustrated and just throwing the shapes in the box (lol!), to sorting them with help, to being able to fit most of the shapes into the correct holes of his simple sorter on his own. This toy is great for hand-eye coordination, basic math concepts, and problem solving skills. He'll probably outgrow the simple sorter by the time he's 2 years old, but the old cube with 18 shapes to sort will probably last through the preschool years as he learns more about shapes.
This will probably be my last classic toy post for a while, but look for more when the rainy days of late summer start!