I have to admit to loving pretty much anything Learning Resources makes. The quality and durability of their learning toys and games is fantastic. The Super Sorting Pie is no exception. I presented it to a class of awesome 3 year old boys and it was hit. Here is the rundown:
Pros of the Pie:
*It is visually fun. The pie is divided into five sections and there are seven fruits in five different colors - red,orange, yellow, purple, and green (60 pieces). The pie comes with a lid (or a top crust, if you will), which we used to hold all of the fruit we were sorting. The pie is a good quality plastic (measures 8.75") and the fruit is made of a rubbery plastic that seems super durable.
*It is a FANTASTIC way to practice fine motor skills. The pie comes with two pairs of Learning Resource Jumbo Tweezers, which are great quality tweezers/tongs. The boys loved using these to move fruit around and every boy but one found the tweezers to be responsive and non-frustrating. Even if you don't use the tweezers, moving the small pieces of fruit with your fingers is great fine motor work too.
From the Learning Resources website: Tweezers encourage the pincer grasp and functional finger movements, targeting skills needed for daily living like getting dressed and brushing teeth.
*There are three double sided "sorting cards" that you place in the bottom of the pie. These prompt children to sort by color, type of fruit, or number of fruit. This allows the pie to adjust to different ability levels and it also makes it more fun/less boring because you can play it different ways.
In case you are interested, Learning Resources does align the Super Sorting Pie with State Common Core Standards: Measurement & Data, Counting & Cardinality, Operations & Algebraic Thinking
Cons of the Pie:
*The purple color on the sorting card does not match up precisely with the purple fruit. One of my preschoolers pointed it out immediately. Its not a huge issue, but just so you know.
*The fruit is small - not tiny, but small. It is designated for "Prek+" by Learning Resources but I think it is a great toy for the three year old set. That being said, if your child is putting non-edible objects in his mouth, I would wait to buy this. The mouth sweep and heimlich are never fun. This is not really a "con" but something to note.
Conclusion: This toy is Fledgling Approved! Pros far outweigh the cons. And if your child tires of the sorting games, it would be fun to pretend with in the kitchen.