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Uncle Goose Chinese Character Blocks - Made in USA

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  • 32 - 1.75 inch basswood cubes
  • contains characters, word construction grid, animals and puzzle
  • handmade in the USA
  • sustainable Michigan grown basswood
  • printed with non-toxic, lead-free child safe inks
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A Chinese product made in America? You don't see that every day. This 32 block set features Mandarin simplified Chinese characters, their English equivalent, a stroke grid to learn how to create the character, numbers, pictures of the pin yin equivalent, and a puzzle featuring a map of China, the Chinese flag and yellow dragon. 32 - - 1.75 inch basswood cubes printed with non-toxic, lead-free, child safe inks. Uncle Goose blocks are 100% handcrafted in Grand Rapids, MI from fast-growing and sustainable Great Lakes grown basswood.

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  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 7.2 x 1.8 inches ; 3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B002YMB5JM
  • Item model number: UGCH32
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 24 months and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,029 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Gene Koo on February 13, 2012
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These are a great set of blocks with multiple uses. Each block corresponds with a basic word like "bird," a picture of which appears on two face. One picture is subtitled with the pinyin (Romanized pronunciation). On a third face is the Chinese for that word; on a fourth, stroke-by-stroke instructions for writing that word. The fifth face features a number, and the sixth, a piece of a puzzle. When assembled, the puzzle shows a map of China, a dragon, and the word "China."

These are premium-quality blocks that are hefty and easy for my 20-month-old to hold and stack. The edges and corners are a little sharper than usual (not sanded down to a curve), but that hasn't been an issue, and makes the puzzle more satisfying when assembled.

I will say that the snarky comment on the box about buying Chinese toys that are made in the U.S. turned me off. Yes, I'm willing to pay extra for this toy that's made here in the U.S., but since these toys are clearly targeting people who want to learn more about China, the politicization seems unnecessary and off-key.

Overall, a great toy with lots of educational value. Worth the price!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Cierra on October 7, 2011
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There are few blocks with Chinese words on them, but even if there were competitors, this would be the set you want. The size is the traditional large blocks, and these seem exceptional quality, with solid feel and crisp edges. The colors are bright and the lettering is clear.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By TeechTX on December 14, 2011
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These Chinese language blocks are not just a children's toy, though they are certainly just right for children. I purchased a set from Amazon for my Anglo-Chinese godchildren as an aid to their learning that side of their heritage. I was so impressed -- each block includes pictures, English and Pinyin words, simplified characters, a side that shows how to write the character, and a side that is part of a puzzle map of China, all in bright colors on good, solid wood -- that I ordered this set for myself. I keep them on the breakfast table and study one block a week to expand and reinforce my own meager Chinese vocabulary. I highly recommend these (they come in several other languages as well) for any child or adult who wants a fun way to improve their Chinese. Some familiarity with Pinyin is helpful but not absolutely necessary.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gary Mauser on September 24, 2011
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My wife and I bought this toy for our 3 year old grandchild because he speaks both Chinese and English. These blocks give him a great learning experience. His mom makes up language and character learning games which he loves.

I strongly recommend this toy for pre schoolers. Grandparents and parents alike will be able to see the child's delight.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Isvara on January 10, 2014
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I bought these for myself and 2 of my friends, and everyone loves them. It's a very unique product, and it's very educational. My only minor complaint is that they use simplified Chinese characters (vs. traditional). I understand why they do, but depending on what you want your child to learn, where you're from, or what you know, you might not like that it's simplified. I just wish they offered these block using both types of characters!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By drbhc on October 29, 2014
Beautifully crafted wood blocks. Very please with the quality and love that they're made in the USA. The colors are bold and don't rub off. The following details are on each side of the block:
- Chinese character with strokes to learn writing
- Chinese character with English translation
- Image of object with pinyin
- Chinese number
- puzzle of China, Chinese flag, and a dragon
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kay Benson on March 6, 2014
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I bought these Chinese blocks for the three boys (3 y.o. and under) that I nanny for. The first time we opened the box and began to play, the 3 y.o. said, "These are our favorite!" over and over. The blocks have been a hit ever since. They love learning the number and animals. We haven't gotten to writing the characters yet, but I am excited to teach them that. Also, the pieces can be put together to form a map of China, the Chinese flag, a dragon and the word for China in English and Chinese.

The couple things that I would say as a "negative" about these blocks would be that the edges are not rounded, so they can hurt if they are thrown across the room. Also, there is pinyin (pronunciation system) for the animals on the blocks, however there is no pinyin provided for the numbers. Thankfully, I know Chinese, so I am able to help them with that.
(For anyone who would like to know how to pronounce the numbers, I recommend getting the free app called "Pleco." Just type anything in and there is a button you can push to hear the pronunciation.)

Overall, a mostly perfect buy for my 3 boys. Great fun and great for learning!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carme on August 9, 2013
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These are beautiful blocks that are light, well-made, and brightly colored. My 1 year old loves to play with them. One caveat, they are blocks in the true sense, meaning they don't have rounded edges. But they are certainly made to last as a child grows with them. The sides are structured as follows: 1. a Chinese character in red, 2. the same Chinese character in yellow along with the English translation, 3. a picture of what the character means along with the pinyin of the character, 4. A graph of the strokes to write the character, 5. a number written in Chinese characters with along with the English translation, 6. a portion of a puzzle. When all 32 pieces are placed together for the puzzle it forms the PRC flag, a yellow dragon, and a map of Mainland China.
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