Little Noah's Ark


Designed and made by Tender leaf Toys

The animals went in two by two… into our new Little Noah's Ark!

Our smallest, neatest shape-sorting ark with 6 pairs of solid wood animals, designed especially for little hands. Mr and Mrs Noah, the custodians of our animals can be placed at the top of the ark, while all the animals can be collected inside the hull and retrieved by lifting up the little house. Enjoy putting the magnetic cloud or rainbow on top of the roof.


Set includes:

  • Beautiful wooden ark with ladder 
  • Mr & Mrs Noah
  • 2 Elephants
  • 2 Crocodiles
  • 2 Rabbits
  • 2 Rhinos 

Presented in a pretty illustrated colour box.

Suitable for ages 24 months +

Product dimensions; 21 x 12.4 x 19.5 cms

Animal Mobile

Click on the link to download and print some beautiful pictures to make a matching mobile!

Fine motor control

Fitting shapes into holes is fiddly. You need quite a bit of control. That’s why shape sorters for the youngest children have generous openings and simple shapes.

Bringing fingers and thumb together to grasp each piece develops the hand strength and dexterity that will later be needed for confident pencil grip. 

Spatial reasoning

Which way round does it go? This way or that way? Fitting a wooden hippo into an ark doesn’t sound like an essential life skill but this kind of spatial reasoning is crucial for reading. Is that a ‘p’ or a ‘q’, a ‘b’ or a ‘d’? Learning to orientate objects in space is the first step - and lots of fun, too!

Sorting and matching

Sorting means grouping things together that are the same. Two lions, two cats, two zebras. Matching, counterintuitively, is the opposite: what is different about these two things. Put two shapes side by side. Do they match? You are looking for differences between them. Find a difference? No match.

So a shape sorter is really a shape matcher. Is this the right shape for this hole?