Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby’s First Blocks

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  • T. Aulbach says:
    65 of 79 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I can see her wheels turning…, November 22, 2007
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    T. Aulbach
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    = Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby’s First Blocks (Toy)
    As my 14 month daughter works on getting the right shape in the right hole. It’s true that sometimes she just gets frustrated and picks up the lid and throws the shapes in the bucket instead of sorting them, but when I play with her talk to her and ask her where each shape goes she really focuses and we get them together. She looks so proud of herself when she gets them right, too! But even when she is playing by herself and taking the lid off, it’s still a very fun toy for her to put them all in, take them out, and do it all over again!

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  • Sunshine says:
    588 of 772 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Concerned about possible use of harmful chemicals, May 11, 2009
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    Sunshine (New York, NY) –

    = Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby’s First Blocks (Toy)
    My son received this toy as a gift for his 6-month birthday. At the time, I remember hearing about how some plastic toys (often made in China) contain harmful chemicals that are known to cause cancer and feeling concerned that this toy might be one of them. I didn’t do anything for awhile, seeing how my son enjoyed playing with the toy and thinking (stupidly) that if this toy were truly harmful, it wouldn’t be sold in the U.S.

    One day, I came across this toy on Amazon and noticed the warning to CA residents under “Product Details.” I couldn’t believe it when I read this toy is made with harmful chemicals known to “cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.” I bet a lot of people who are giving this toy 5 stars are not aware of the warning.

    UPDATE TO REVIEW ON 10-28-09: Amazon has removed the warning about the harmful chemicals, and in response to an inquiry I sent them told me “Product information from the item detail is added or deleted upon manufacturers information.” Amazon suggested I contacted FP, which I did, and the FP rep said he couldn’t find anything in their records indicating the toy’s manufacturing had been changed. The toy’s production has not been altered since 2007. He suggested that perhaps the warning wasn’t accurate, and that’s why it was removed. That may be, but it seems like a pretty big mistake for Amazon to make on multiple FP toys. I see now that none of the FP toys that previously had this warning have it now.

    As for my son’s reaction to the toy, he liked to bang the pieces together and put them in his mouth, but he never bothered to try to sort the shapes since the top doesn’t stay in place, as others have mentioned. My son always removed the top and took out all of the pieces, no matter how many times I showed him how to sort the shapes with the top in place. Talk about poor design! I should have given it 1 star for the “educational” rating in hindsight, but I figured that theoretically it could be of some value if a child didn’t remove the top. Also, Amazon wouldn’t let me go back and change my ratings.

    I just got another shape sorter for him from Amazon (the Tolo Rolling Shape Sorter), and within minutes he tried to put the shapes in the slots because he couldn’t remove either the top or the bottom of the unit. Now that’s an educational toy!

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  • C. Murphey says:
    78 of 103 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Not that great of a sorter…, July 25, 2007
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    C. Murphey
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    = Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby’s First Blocks (Toy)
    This is a basic, durable, inexpensive toy. However what I don’t care for is the fact that the lid doesn’t snap on. I’m sure this is that way so babies can take it off, but I prefer the sorter that the child has to put the shapes through the holes. My baby figured out that it was easier to take the lid off! I like the Smartronics cookie jar sorter much better.

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