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#1 TheHappyMudLark

Posted 21 July 2006 - 01:30 PM


Just curious to know at what age your toddler mastered a 'shape-sorter' (you know, one of those red and blue things that are made by Tupperware?).  DD has just got the hang of it and can now put all of the shapes into the correct spot without any prompting and I was wondering if this is some sort of developmental step relating to mathematics?  She seems to be spot-on average for most developmental milestones (e.g. with talking, building blocks etc) so I'm curious to know if this is also something that most 18-month olds can do, or have others mastered it a little earlier?


Edited by TheHappyMudLark, 21 July 2006 - 01:32 PM.

#2 roebuck

Posted 21 July 2006 - 01:37 PM

Hi, DS is 14 and a half months old and I noticed he could use the shape sorter this week (its been packed away for a while - he has too many toys!).
I have no idea when most kiddies do this.

#3 miaandme

Posted 21 July 2006 - 01:39 PM

Hi there,

I'd say thats pretty good going!  I'm not sure developmentally what it means.  I thought it would have to do with fine motor skills and spacial recognition.

DD doesn't have the tupperware one, she has another one that is similar, that she can pretty much do by herself depending on her mood(17 months).  She knows where each shape goes (gets confused between a crescent and a semi-circle though also sometimes),and occassionally I need to help her move the box a little bit to get them in.  

Its so cute, she says oval and diamond too when she is putting them in....it drives you nuts though when they are trying to put them in the wrong hole rolleyes.gif So I would say it would be another month or two before she completely masters it....so I think your DD is doing very well.

It just seems like one minute they can't too it, and then the next minute they can...

Take Care
M and M

#4 X-mum

Posted 21 July 2006 - 01:48 PM

DS has been able to do his shape sorter for the past couple of months (not tupperware but similar).

It has fallen a bit out of favour now so he hasn't played with it in a while  rolleyes.gif .

#5 Spark

Posted 21 July 2006 - 02:02 PM

I think it's one of those "it depends on the child" things, and can't really be used as a tool to determine where the child is developmentally.  As an example, DS is not talking as much as other children his age, however he was building nesting-box towers in the correct order long before children supposedly grasp those concepts.

As someone mentioned, spatial recognition and hand-eye coordination is something the shape sorter can be used for, as well as early lessons in geometry and 3D shapes.

Also, the trick with a child using a shape sorter successfully is to start them off slowly with one shape at a time, then two, then three etc.  Any more and the child can get confused and frustrated, and the point of the exercise is lost.

#6 ~Ingrid~

Posted 21 July 2006 - 02:06 PM

My dd had mastered the Tupperware Shape-O by about 14 months. Ds#2 on the other hand is now 18 months and still just rolls it around the floor saying 'ball, ball'. He just throws the pieces everywhere if I try and show him where they go wacko.gif

#7 lilone_

Posted 22 July 2006 - 05:23 PM

DS is starting to get the idea of all the Tupperware shape o shapes just now (16 months).  He can do the easier ones ie square, star, cirlce but has troubles with the others like pentagon etc.
We have another shape sorter (FP) that is color coded as well as the shapes - ie the hole for the shape has the color of the shape block and he got the hang of that much faster - probably 13 months from memory.

I find he finds the tupperware ball "annoying" having to turn it around all the time.  I think if you had them on a table top and drop them in the holes like that he would get it alot faster biggrin.gif

#8 peanut1

Posted 22 July 2006 - 07:07 PM

DD was about 17/18mths when she was able to do her Tupperware ball sorter on her own. The only shapes she still sometimes gets confused with are the pentagon and hexagon but she just tries the other hole and usually gets it in.

#9 llama

Posted 22 July 2006 - 07:57 PM

They reckon that some kids can do it at 12 months but I know some who couldn't do it until 2.
I think 18 months is probably about average. DD could do it with help at about 16 months and I think she can do it alone now although she doesn't want to. Not interested. At all. Does one shape and then thinks 'this is boring' and wanders off!


#10 Guest_lisasm_*

Posted 22 July 2006 - 08:12 PM

My DD is 2 next week and has NOT mastered the tupperware sorter. She is quite a way away from it too.  Although we don't get it out everyday. I am sure that if you practiced it everyday you would get the hang if it quicker.

#11 Xaria

Posted 24 July 2006 - 11:00 AM

DS is 19 months, and still terrible at the shape sorter. He just bashes the blocks at it most of the time. He knokws what's supposed to happen, but doesn't seem to have any concept of shape whatsoever.

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