I originally bought this toy last Christmas for my then five-month old daughter. I mainly bought it because I knew my daughter 'should have' a shape sorter for 'learning purposes.' I bought a lot of the peek-a-block items, and I had no idea she would end up loving THIS ONE so much and playing with it as much as she does. It's actually one of the toys she plays with the most . . . even now at 17 months old! The sorter is of course used for transporting much more than the four shapes that comes with it, but she enjoys the music, and the size is just perfect for her play. And she has found that it can sort a variety of items as well! I should warn those of you who also have climbers, that she likes to try to stand in it with both feet, use it as a stepstool, etc, which of course, it isn't made for. But she's going to do that with anything!
Needless to say, I was very pleasantly surprised, and it has far exceeded my expectations . . . making it WAY worth the money! (I've already gotten a year of play out of it, and I don't foresee her getting tired of it anytime soon!)