Training Games: Teddy's Colors and Shapes

February 22, 2021

by Ambie Valdés
This is part of a series called Training Games, where I review children's games when playing (with modified rules) with my twin toddlers. This review was written when my twins were 17 months old.

Teddy’s Colors and Shapes has boards with different cut out shapes and wooden pieces of different shapes and colors. You roll a die that’s either a color or a shape (depending on which mode you’re playing) and then get one of those colors or shapes and place them into a corresponding cut out. 

My kids started playing this one at ~14 months. We use the boards and all the wooden shapes. We used to use the dice too, but it was a lot of pieces to keep track of since the dice and the circles can both fit all the way into their mouths. Most of the time they just chew on the pieces. Baby B loves putting shapes and puzzle pieces into spaces, so he’s able to match up some shapes. But since the shapes and boards are thinner than the typical bucket toy with shapes and holes, they don’t get as much tactile confirmation of it being right. Plus, if you hold the board off the floor and put the shape in sideways, it will fit into any of the holes, as my babies have found out. Still, they love playing this game, and they both also like putting all the pieces away when they’re done playing.

They can usually match the shapes up pretty well

Chew Test
  • Wooden Shapes: 5/5 - very durable, but some of them can fit all the way in the mouth
  • Cardboard Boards: 3/5 - thick and can withstand some chewing, but get dinged up around the edges
  • Dice: 4/5 - wooden and very durable but can fit in the mouth

The next game in the series is Go Away Monster!
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