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Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards

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  • Includes 10 colorful pattern boards
  • Patterns and blocks are stored in a wooden case
  • Great to teach shapes
  • Recommended Age Range 3 Years and up
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Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards + Melissa & Doug See & Spell + Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Clock
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B00006JZCG
  • Item model number: 29
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 36 months - 6 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (350 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Description

Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards

From the Manufacturer

Keeps children engaged for hours in rewarding play! Features 10 simply designed colorful patterns; and over 100 pattern blocks in 6 different shapes and colors to replicate the pattern shown. Contents store neatly in durable wooden case. Develops shape recognition and spatial relations!

Customer Reviews

Overall it's a great toy -- educational and fun!
Elaine
I wish the box that holds the puzzle came with a lid or something to that the pieces could be better contained.
J. Howard
Using the blocks alone, my children loved to create an endless number of beautiful geometric patterns.
L. Lee

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

123 of 128 people found the following review helpful By L. Lee on November 28, 2004
I bought this toy because my children loved to play with pattern blocks at science and art museums. This was the only toy I found with real wood blocks that were the size and feel of the toys they had played with earlier. Using the blocks alone, my children loved to create an endless number of beautiful geometric patterns. The toy encourages creativity and promotes mathematical thinking.

My daughter, who was five or six at the time, tried using the picture boards. At her age, she was able to do it although it was frustrating when the pieces moved out of place. For awhile, she thought that she had to use the picture boards in order to play with the toy properly. Once she got over that, we had a wonderful toy again.

If you throw away the picture boards from the beginning and let your child's creativity take over, you have a 5 star toy that even older children and adults enjoy tinkering with.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By City Witch on December 30, 2006
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This is basically a set of boards with patterns on them that your child is supposed to replicate with all these tiny puzzle pieces.

The good: It's fun. It's a great way to work on basic math, shapes, and matching. Its also good for small motor development and coordination. Its challenging.

The bad: The pieces are small and nothing holds them in place. They move when another piece is put down and they fall off if your child tries to pick up the board to show you his latest accomplishment. Also, the colors of the pieces are not distinct enough. The purple ones look an awful lot like the blue ones. Finally, the box is awkward to get the puzzle boards out of. I use the top puzzle as a lever to get the others out, but my almost 4 year old can't manage that. How hard would it have been to cut out a finger's width of the inner box?

I DO like this puzzle set, but its not as user-friendly as the other Melissa and Doug products I have seen. In spite of the labels, I do NOT recommend getting this for a 3 year old unless the child has excellent manual dexterity.
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful By cardinalwatcher on October 7, 2004
My daughter received these pattern blocks as a present. At 3 1/2, she now loves to play with them. She enjoys the challenge of putting the blocks on the pattern boards and making pictures. Yes, as another reviewer noted, the wood blocks can slide around on the wood pattern boards. My daughter was initially frustrated that the blocks didn't "stick". But, this is not intended to be a puzzle. After sitting with her a few times and showing her she could just move the blocks back into place, the frustration was gone. This is one of her favorites. She especially likes to pick out 2 of the boards and have someone else make one picture while she's making another.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By History_of_Art_Geek on July 20, 2007
My son received this toy over three years ago. I must admit the Pattern Blocks & Boards wasn't a favorite, as it caused frustration. I'd help him pull the boards out of the box, and I'd place some of the tiles close by, so he wouldn't have to reach into the box. William would match the colors, yet he had difficulty with the tiles sliding on the boards. He became so aggravated I put the toy away.

The next time the toy came out, I put the boards up, and we started sorting the tiles. We'd discuss the colors, the shapes, and counted the tiles. We also started combining the tiles to make our own designs. In time, he adjusted to the boards, and became quite good at reproducing the patterns. Now that he's 6, he likes the Pattern Blocks & Boards.

Since we have many Melissa & Doug sets, I like that the lid is clear, so kids can identify the toy. I wish the box had a groove on the board side so it would be easy to grasp, and remove the boards from the box. It's a tight fit, and I have noticed William turning the entire contents out on the table, or floor because he struggles with removing the boards. As it's completely made from wood, this set is very durable. Overall, the Pattern Blocks & Boards is a well-made, educational toy.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jason Orendorff on January 2, 2008
My four-year-old son did each of the printed boards once and since then we haven't bothered much with them. It's more fun to play with the tiles by themselves.

And believe it or not, it *is* fun, for all of us. The four-year-old boy makes pictures. The mommy makes groovy geometric patterns. The math nerd dad (that's me) makes dodecagons. I'm especially happy that there are enough pieces for the whole family to play at once.

Pure unguided, creative play. That's where the magic happens, folks.

The pieces do tend to scatter. We don't care.
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92 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Jane Austen on August 26, 2004
This is a great concept but it does not work! The wooden pieces do not stay in place as you put the picture together. It's not awful but it frustrates my child, he wants each piece to stay exactly where he put it! I would try 'Playful Patterns' by Discovery Toys. It has foam pieces on a plastic board so they hold. Also, they have more shapes that can be used to make other shapes - semi circles to make circles, right angled triangles to make squares etc.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G on October 1, 2014
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I was so excited to have this pattern blocks. OMG it did smell SO BAD like old paint when I open the package. And the plastic cover was all cracked and blended. Pattern itself shaped wrong or cricket. It seems like they put them together when it slightly dry. They were all sticked each others. Smells JUST AWFUL!!!!! I just didn't let my kids to play with them. Wasting my money.
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Thank you for your comments on the pattern blocks & boards. I would love to speak with you to get some additional information and help you with this. Please call me at #800-284-3948.
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Beth Miller

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