Smart Snacks® Shape Sorting Cupcakes

Item # LER 7347
Ages 2+
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Product Description

A delicious way to encourage shape and color identification and build fine motor skills! These two-part cupcakes pull apart to reveal a shape. Children must match up the shapes to put them back together. There is also a shape at the bottom of the pan to match as well. Shapes include circle, square, triangle, rectangle, diamond, hexagon, star and heart.

Includes:

     • 8 cupcakes
     • 1 muffin pan

Each cupcake measures 2”H x 1.5”D

Grades: Toddler+

Common Core State Standards Alignment: 2-D Shapes, Measurement & Data

Learning Styles: Visual, Tactile

Skill Development:

Basic Concepts- Supports school readiness with exploration and identification of colors. Students can learn primary colors- blue, red, yellow and secondary colors- orange, green, purple with the cupcakes.

Fine Motor- Hand-eye coordination is encouraged as students fit the cupcakes into the pan.

Math- Counting the number of sides to a shape and sorting cupcakes teaches the concept of attributes.

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3.4

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

56%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun (8)
  • Durable (7)
  • Educational (5)
  • Interactive (5)
  • Entertaining (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Imaginative play (6)
  • Creative development (4)
  • Family (3)
  • Indoor (3)
  • Pretend play (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Education oriented (3), Grandparent (3), Parent of two or more children (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Yummy Looking Way to Learn

We received the Smart Snacks Shape Sorting Cupcakes from Learning Resources & in addition to being ridiculously cute, they are a great teaching tool. The cupcake tops separate from the cups so that...Read complete review

We received the Smart Snacks Shape Sorting Cupcakes from Learning Resources & in addition to being ridiculously cute, they are a great teaching tool. The cupcake tops separate from the cups so that you can play a matching game- it's like a shape sorter but for older kids. In matching the shapes so that the cupcakes can be reassembled, the toy encourages shape recognition. {Shapes included are circle, square, triangle, rectangle, oval, hexagon, star, and heart.} Once your little one has matched the top & bottom of the cupcake, they must then match the cupcake's inner shape to the shape on the inside of the cupcake pan!

The frosting on the cupcakes is very colorful &in addition to making it pretty & appealing, it encourages discussion of colors. My son likes to call them "dark" or "light" blue, green, etc. and for even younger kids, this is a great way to learn their colors in the first place!

Whether your child is working on their shapes or colors, or just having fun, the whole time they'll also be working on their fine motor skills as they disassemble & reassemble the cupcakes & place them into the pan.

This toy is recommended for kids ages 2-6, and since my son {age 4 1/4} has known his colors and shapes for quite awhile, we mostly use these as a very cute pretend play tool. We do still talk about the colors & shapes sometimes though & these would make a really fun and interactive way for kids on the younger end of the recommended age range to learn their colors and shapes or really cement the concepts.

*I received this item for free to conduct this review. All opinions are my own & not influenced by this.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Horrible chemical smell

Our two year old daughter loves puzzles. But when I opened the box, the chemical smell was horrible. It didn't go away at all after they were washed and/or put outside. The...Read complete review

Our two year old daughter loves puzzles. But when I opened the box, the chemical smell was horrible. It didn't go away at all after they were washed and/or put outside. The frosting and cupcake were difficult to pull apart and I don't think the shapes at the bottom of the cupcake tray assist them with learning shapes. Very disappointed in the product that she got for a Christmas gift.

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5.0

Fabulous Fun!

By Debbi

from Quebec, Canada

About Me Education Oriented

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Entertaining
  • Fun
  • Great Value
  • Interactive
  • Realistic

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Creative Development
    • Family Time
    • Group Activity
    • Imaginative Play
    • Special Needs
    • Young Children

    Comments about Learning Resources Smart Snacks® Shape Sorting Cupcakes:

    This sia great item for the children to play with. I have it for my preschoolers and for my grandchildren as well.
    Great for strengthening fine motor skills and dexterity...pulling and pushing the base from the cupcake frosting top to match the shape patterns. Children can learn their colours and shapes as well as play together in dramatic play situations such as Bake Shop...Cooking...Restaurant etc. Love it.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    First purchase and not my last.

    By Mizzle

    from Plymouth, MA

    About Me Grandparent

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Fun
    • Great Value
    • Realistic

    Cons

    • Had strong smell but I washed them and it helped
    • One cupcake fell apart but rest were fine.

    Best Uses

    • Creative Development
    • Imaginative Play
    • Young Children

    Comments about Learning Resources Smart Snacks® Shape Sorting Cupcakes:

    My grandson love playing with them. They are colorful and adorable.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    1.0

    Chemical smell, hard to pull apart

    By Susie

    from KY

    About Me Education Oriented, Parent Of Multiples (Twins etc), Parent Of Two Or More Children, Stay At Home Parent

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy Assembly
    • Entertaining
    • Fun
    • Great Value
    • Interactive
    • Realistic

    Cons

    • Chemical smell
    • Hard to pull apart
    • Hard to use even for adults

    Best Uses

    • Imaginative Play
    • Indoor

    Comments about Learning Resources Smart Snacks® Shape Sorting Cupcakes:

    They are a cute idea and if my 2,3, or 6 year old or myself could get them apart and there wasn't an overwhelming nail polish smell they would be great.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Manipulative toys that teach!

    By Gigi

    from Oklahoma

    About Me Education Oriented, Grandparent, Parent Of Two Or More Children, Working Parent

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy Assembly
    • Entertaining
    • Fun
    • Great Value
    • Interactive
    • Realistic

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Creative Development
      • Family Time
      • Group Activity
      • Imaginative Play
      • Indoor
      • Outdoor
      • Special Needs
      • Young Children

      Comments about Learning Resources Smart Snacks® Shape Sorting Cupcakes:

      Wonderful manipulative toys that teach!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      1.0

      Horrible chemical smell

      By Diana

      from Minnesota

      About Me Parent

      Pros

        Cons

        • Finishing smell is horrible

        Best Uses

        • Nobody

        Comments about Learning Resources Smart Snacks® Shape Sorting Cupcakes:

        Our two year old daughter loves puzzles. But when I opened the box, the chemical smell was horrible. It didn't go away at all after they were washed and/or put outside. The frosting and cupcake were difficult to pull apart and I don't think the shapes at the bottom of the cupcake tray assist them with learning shapes. Very disappointed in the product that she got for a Christmas gift.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        great learning tool but hard to play with

        By Jessica

        from NYC

        About Me Parent

        Pros

        • Educational
        • Interactive

        Cons

        • Poor Quality

        Best Uses

        • Children

        Comments about Learning Resources Smart Snacks® Shape Sorting Cupcakes:

        this would be a GREAT toy and learning tool - but most of the pieces stick together and if I can't take them apart how can my two year old???

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        2.0

        Not As Good As I Hoped

        By GiGi

        from Beaverton, OR

        About Me Grandparent

        Pros

          Cons

          • Bad Chemical Smell
          • Difficult To Assemble

          Best Uses

            Comments about Learning Resources Smart Snacks® Shape Sorting Cupcakes:

            Our two year old grandson loves puzzles so I knew these cupcake shape sorters would be a hit. But when I opened the box, the chemical smell was horrible. It didn't go away at all after they were washed. The frosting and cupcake were so difficult to pull apart that I had to use a tool for a couple of them - not at all appropriate for toddlers and small children. Very disappointed...

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Smell of product is very strong

            By Laura

            from Toronto, Canada

            About Me First Time Parent, Working Parent

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Entertaining
            • Fun
            • Interactive

            Cons

            • Horrible Smell
            • Really Bad Odor

            Best Uses

            • Creative Development
            • Family Time
            • Imaginative Play
            • Indoor

            Comments about Learning Resources Smart Snacks® Shape Sorting Cupcakes:

            Product is excellent other than the horrible acetone smell. I have washed them twice and left them outside over night in -20 weather and they still smell. Not sure if they are safe enough for my toddler to play with.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            1.0

            they smell like nail polish remover

            By Nicky

            from Mass

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Learning Resources Smart Snacks® Shape Sorting Cupcakes:

            I ran them through my dishwasher twice and the smell mostly went away. I hope the company addresses the source of this odor, as it is concerning (I hope it isn't harmful?) because this is a great toy otherwise. My daughter really likes to play with them.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            3.0

            Strong Plastic Smell...

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            By Mommy of 4

            from ME

            About Me Parent Of Two Or More Children

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Very cute

            Cons

            • Hard To Use As Directed
            • Poor Design

            Best Uses

            • As Ordinary Play Food

            Comments about Learning Resources Smart Snacks® Shape Sorting Cupcakes:

            The peices stick together and are hard to pull apart...as directed for use.... multiple adults tried... using as cupcakes in our play kitchen instead as they truly are adorable in person!!

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