5 Amazing Benefits of Shape Sorters

Ad. AD| I was recently contacted by Jaques of London to select some toys for Leo. I took this as a chance to get some wooden shape sorters as I know there are many developmental benefits of shape sorters for babies and young children.


I was recently contacted by Jaques of London to select some toys for Leo. I took this as a chance to get some wooden shape sorters as I know there are many developmental benefits of shape sorters for babies and young children.

Before talking about the products I picked out, I wanted to talk a bit about shape sorters and how beneficial they are for a child’s development.

Shape sorters are a popular toy, we’ve all seen shape sorters and probably played with them ourselves when we were younger, but do you know the benefits of shape sorters?

Benefits of shape sorters

How is shape sorting good for brain development in toddlers?

Playing with a baby shape sorter helps your child with fine motor and problem-solving skills, develop, hand-eye coordination as well develops their vocabulary knowledge. Read about the shape sorting activity benefits below.

The benefits of shape sorters

There are lots of different benefits to playing with shape sorters and they go behind just entertaining your child for a while! Here are a few of them:


Shape sorters help children to solve problems all on their own by trying to work out which shape fits in which hole.

Practice patience

Encouraging children to keep trying when they are not getting the right shapes in the hole is a great way for them to practice patience. Don’t forget to praise them when they get it right!

Develop fine motor skills

Shape sorters are great at helping children develop their fine motor skills as they attempt to pick up the shapes and get them to fit in the right holes.

Develop hand-eye coordination

Another of the many shape sorter toy benefits are hand-eye coordination is the ability to perform movements with the hands while being guided by the eyes. This skill is practised a lot when children use shape sorters.

Learn shapes and colours

Shape sorters give children the chance to learn the names of shapes and colours as they play. You do lots of things to help them, such as reinforcing things like ‘Let’s try the red square next’

What age are shape sorters good for?

Start introducing a baby to a shape sorter as soon as they start grasping objects. Even if all they can do is hold the shapes, it’s a great way for them to explore them and you can tell them about the shape as they do. They’ll soon move on to bashing shapes together, throwing them, taking them in and out of the box and then will be able to do more and more as they grow. Leo started playing with the shapes at around 6 months old.

Benefits of shape sorters

Activities you can do with a shape sorter

As you can see, shape sorters really are great for your child’s cognitive development! There are lots of activities you can do with them too and it’s so much fun to reach a shape sorter milestone as they learn more skills. Here are some ways you can help and encourage your child with a shape sorter:


You can match the shapes to holes by letting your child drop the shape into the correct hole. You can also play colour-matching games if there are multiple shapes of the same colour. Ask them to pick out all the red shapes, for example.

Colour sorting

Ask your child to sort all the colours into different piles. I love this way of using a shape sorter puzzle!

Taking turns

You can each take a turn such as ‘my turn’ and ‘your turn’ to encourage turn-taking, this is a great way to play shape sorting for toddlers.

Asking questions

Give your child the shape sorter box and request that they ask you for the shape before you give it to them


Get them to count the shapes, or even count the sides of the shapes. For example – a triangle has 3 sides.

Following instructions

Ask them to find certain shapes and colours and place them in the shape sorter. For example ‘can you find the square’ or ‘can you find a red object’.

Did you know about all of these shape sorter benefits?

Jaques of London sell lots of Educational Toys and I knew I wanted these shape sorters right away! I was close to buying them myself. Leo already has three other wooden toys from Jaques of London (one from a previous collaboration and two bought).

The Shape Sorter is a great toy for babies around one-year-old. Leo had a lot of fun exploring this shape sorter, he first tipped them all out and tried to get the lid back on. I showed him the pieces and when through the names of each piece with him. I also matched up the colours for him and in time, I will be encouraging him to put the same colours together on his own.

He’s not yet able to put the shapes in the holes, but he watched me do and he banged on the box with the shapes and lid. We took the lid off and I would hand him a shape and keep one for myself. I then put my shape inside the box and he copied me by dropping his shape in the box too. This shape sorter features 100% FSC Approved wood as well as water-based brightly coloured paint for hours of safe play. 

I know we will be able to play with this toy for a long time as I can change up the style of play as he grows. Eventually, he’ll be able to sort the shapes himself so we can do some different tasks with the shapes and colours.

I’d love to get some more of Jaque’s of London Toys for 1 year olds over his birthday and Christmas.

Leo also loved his Animal Safari Toy. This beautiful wooden truck comes with 6 animals. The animals included are a zebra, an alligator, a lion, a giraffe, a hippo and an elephant. The animal’s slot into a solid wooden safari truck. There’s a rope attached to pull it along.

Leo had fun exploring the animals but this toy is suited for an older child, so I’ve put it away for now as he has lots of toys to play with that are better suited to his age. There are so many benefits of shape sorters for toddlers as well as babies. When they are older, they can use shape-sorting toys to improve their language skills as well as other benefits of shape sorters for toddlers. My son (now 2, this post is updated!) will use these shape sorters to name colours, shapes, animals, count and more.

I love to have toys ready for him to play with when he’s a bit older though! We have about 5 toys in his wardrobe waiting for him. On Jaques website, this is advertised as a toy for around 3 years of age.

For now, we will focus on playing with the cute and introduce the truck at a later date! If you want to get hold of some toys from Jaques of London, use this link to get 15% off your order.

Shape Sorter FAQ:

Why are shape sorters good for toddlers?

The help with fine motor skills, language skills and more. See the section above on the benefit of shape sorters.

What age are shape sorters good for?

It’s good to introduce a child to a shape sorter between the ages of 1 and 2. They may even enjoy using it up until the age of 4, when they can use it in different ways such as sorting colours, improving language skills and playing with different types of shape sorters – such as the animal safari one above.

When can babies put shapes in holes?

This varies but on average, between the age of 15 months and 18 months.

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  1. Funny I was literally talking to someone the other day about the importance of children working out problems for themselves and now I can’t even remember who or why!
    Amy x

  2. Jacques of London is a brand I love! Their wooden toys are my favorite because they are hardy, colorful, and appeal easily to kids in a wide age range. The shape sorter is a toy I had and my siblings had, and it is still going strong waiting to be passed down later on in our lives. πŸ™‚

  3. Rex is 14 months and loves his shape sorter. He had one with basic shapes but also has one with animal shapes (which he loves more for emptying and then playing with the animals). He loves sorting and will often take his lunch off the plate to the table and then put it all back on the plate in his own order lol.

  4. What a nice truck Leo is playing with – you can see he’s having a blast! I prefer wooden toys so much more than plastic ones, they last way longer than the counterpart and somehow always look better!

  5. My baby girl has the same sorter box from Jaques of London and she loves it. Hasn’t quite worked out how to sort them all yet though, she just takes the lid off and chucks the shapes in haha!

  6. These are such cute toys! We had very similar little wooden animals too – ours was an ark! We ended up donating the toy to my son’s kindy when he outgrew it, it was one of their faves as as well as putting the animals in the shapes you could take them up the ramp onto the boat – so much fun for animal lovers like my two!

    Hope you had a good weekend πŸ™‚ We made the most of the nice sunny days after a rainy week, with a local market event and a morning at the park.

  7. I love this kind of toy since I learned about it at university (my first degree was in Psychology with child development at its core). These are wonderful toys that really help small children develop. I’m glad Leo likes this so much.

  8. Never thought you could do so many things with a shape sorter. I mean we even had one at home and apparently didn’t use it to its full potential!

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