I finally, after 24 years of parenting, fully understand the design concept of the Shape-O-Toy.
The precocious one year old can’t remove the shapes without help. Which means he can’t throw them into the farthest reaches of your house never to be seen again. Or undo all your hard work picking up the shapes and putting them in the box by throwing them back out just as quickly.
The Melissa & Doug wooden shape box is cool looking. And I love that it’s not plastic. But sometimes survival and sanity come first.