3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Needs some improvements,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
This review is from: Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards (Toy)
I loved pattern blocks as a kid. I remember playing with them in school and there were a ton of them. I never had a board or anything, just pushed them together, made designs.
We got this for my son when he was 4. It's all right... but I see there is a bucket with twice as many blocks (plastic) available on Amazon for the same price. No boards. I think that would be the better way to go. More blocks would be more fun - the boards are OK but more blocks would be better.
What really bugs me about this set, though, is there's no way to really keep it all together. It came with just a floppy flimsy plastic cover that didn't stay on - it just laid over the box. So you have this solid wooden box with loose pattern tiles flopping around in one side. We got my niece the M&D cutting board & food set when she was 2 or so, and later bought the same for my son when he was 2 or 3. My nieces came with a heavy plexiglass sliding cover - my son's came with no cover. I think that M&D have kind of cheaped out on packaging over the years. This should really have a heavy plastic sliding cover - it would make it so much nicer. We got rid of the flimsy plastic cover and I keep the tiles in a cloth drawstring bag - it's really akward though. I guess if you have shelves for toys it's not so bad but we tend to shove everything in drawers.
Anyway - all in all I guess this is just OK. I think you're better off going for just the tiles, in a bigger assortment.