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338 of 348 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2009
I bought two boxes of these blocks for my son when he was two because blocks are a wonderful open ended toy. The blocks were well made and the paint never chipped on ours. Although the product was as described I would not buy them again.

I found these to be so small it took a lot of patience and time to build larger structures. My son's creations would take a while to build, then fall over easily. My son and I had a few opportunities to play with larger blocks and it was so much fun to assemble huge, more stable towers, quickly. I gave all our little blocks away and bought the Melissa and Doug set of 60. We now have a daughter who is almost one and both children use them daily in different ways. If I could do it all over again I would have saved money and began with the set of 60. We are considering a second set of the larger blocks since they are so much fun and well worth the money. [...]
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121 of 142 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2007
I called the company and they assured me that all Melissa and Doug toys are painted with non toxic paint and that they test often.
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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2011
This is a durable, quality toy. Colors are vivid and the paint endures constant falling/smashing. However, pieces are too small for any child less than 4; not because they cannot hold it but because they do not provide adequate stability when the child tries to build something. If the pieces are not leveled perfectly, they fall apart with the slightest touch because they are too small, narrow, and LIGHT. And if your child is less than 4 years old, s/he probably will not have the patience to built up anything that falls apart constantly. Overall, toy has very good material quality, but I would go for sets with bigger pieces if the child is not 4 or older.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2007
Of all the high-tech gadgets my kids got during Christmas, the toy they kept going back to was these blocks and another little block village set that I bought to go along with this one. Even the 13-year-old son of a friend got involved. Good toy that will keep interest!
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2008
My 4 year old grandson, and his parents, were thrilled when he receieved these blocks yesterday. We'd been unable to find colored wooden blocks in any local stores. I was happy to see that the yellow blocks were just as vibrant as the red and blue. In the picture I saw they looked rather pale.

What I wish I'd known prior to purchase is the dimensions of the blocks. They are smaller and thinner than I had anticipated. That being said, their size has not diminished my grandson's enjoyment one iota. He likes to build roads with the blocks and can't wait to build the castle pictured on the box the blocks came in. (As soon as we can find a time when his little sister isn't around to knock it down, that is.)

I do like the variety of shapes as it helps him to learn more about triangles, squares, rectangles, etc. The small size of the blocks is the only thing that detracted from the purchase. Otherwise they earned an A+ from this grandma!
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2009
If these blocks have a prop 65 warning(known to cause cancer)doesn't that mean they are dangerous? Check info on item. No one else seems to have noticed this.Ive noticed many melissa and doug items here on amazon have the prop 65 warning and it makes me wary to purchase them.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2010
I ordered these blocks as a gift for my 1-year-old, who is getting really into stacking blocks. They just arrived today, and I noticed two things immediately. First, they are VERY SMALL! I'd read the other reviews commenting on this, but I was still surprised by the size. I'd say most of the pieces are between 1-2" on the longest dimension-- so, a bit smaller than a golf ball, not really great for building large structures.

Second, the blocks I received have a strong, unpleasant chemical odor to them-- like burnt garbage, maybe?-- that still hasn't dissipated after about 8 hours of sitting outside on a windy day. I'm hoping this will go away in time, since it's probably not worth sending them back, but in any case don't count on your kid being able to play with the blocks right out of the box.

EDITED: I called the Melissa and Doug customer service line and they assured me that the odor problem is not normal for this toy. They're sending me a free replacement in the mail. The person I spoke to was very friendly, and I was extremely impressed with the M&D customer service experience.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2007
We are grand parents from the pre-computer, pre-video game era, when a carboard box became a puppet theatre and a sheet over a couple of chairs became a tent on a jungle safari. Wooden blocks leave it to the child's imagination as to what he or she can create. The Melissa and Doug products are naturally simple wooden shapes. The craftsmanship is excellent and the blocks will last for years (requiring no upgrades or patches!).
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2011
I was very disappointed by this purchase as the blocks have a very strong smell from the paint. I got a headache from it and didn't let my child play with them afterwards. I expected more from this company.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2012
Although it was my fault for not reading the age recommendations, this set would not even be fun for a 3 year old. I thought by looking at the pictures that this was a traditional set of blocks that you can build nice big castles with. I opened the box saw how small each block was and packaged it right up for return. Plus I read the other reviews about the paint fading decided this wasn't worth the $. Returning this week.
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