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- Set of 10 graduated cubes scaled from 1 inch to 5 inches; slits on each cube interlock with the other cubes to create unique, creative structures; features bright, vibrant colors
- Stack and arrange the cubes any way you want; arrange them by size and nest them together; push yourself to explore and invent new ways to build
- Fun for anyone ages 3+; meets or exceeds all safety standards and regulations; durable, heavy-gauge plastic construction; BPA-free
- Strengthens visual-spatial skills, creativity, spatial awareness, fine motor skills, planning, critical thinking; inspires children to think imaginatively, communicate their ideas, express themselves
- Winner of 12 awards including 2006 National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, iParenting Media Award, 2007 Dr. Toy Best Products Winner, Creative Toy Awards 2007 Top Toy of the Year Award, and more; developed, manufactured, assembled in the U.S.A.
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Toy of the Year Award Creative Child Magazine. Exceptional Parent Symbol of Excellence. A multi-award winning toy that's made in America, Dado combines art & science as kids of all ages explore architectural principles...proportion, balance, structure & color. A new twist on classic building blocks, Dado engages the imagination as the slits on each cube are interlocked to create an unlimited number of three-dimensional structures. Constructed horizontally, vertically or nested together, Dado invites visual spatial development & problem solving!
Top Customer Reviews
There is not a great deal of playroom there. I am sure as she ages, she will be able to work with the more.
This is a toy that looks like it should be a huge hit. Multicolored and multishaped pieces are appealing to kids, while the educational nature of the toy gets moms and dads to purchase. Who doesn't want to encourage their kid to be an architect or an artist?
But once in the home, this toy simply does not get played with. Or rather, a structure gets built once and then the kids move on to something else. While there may be *millions* of combinations (as the packaging advertises), most are variations on a few basic themes (stacked, nested, vertical, horizontal).
This toy wins awards (although to be fair, I had never heard of Creative Child Magazine), so *someone* has to like it. Right? Just not me. A cheaper product like the Wood Stacking Robots by Schylling is used more frequently and more enjoyably in our home.
Maybe the Dado Cubes should be a specific purchase for a child with spatial needs?
Putting them together is too much for a 3 year old and he is advanced in his abilities in other logical and physical tasks.
Taking them apart takes too much strength once they are together.
I really thought they would have been more popular with him, but he consistently chooses other toys even when I sit out with him and build 'cool' things with the Dadu Cubes. I'll update if things change as he ages.
But the blocks seem to lose their appeal quickly for older kids. The problem is that relative to most building toys, there are really a limited number of arrangements for the dado blocks to go in. The fact that the blocks range so widely in size means that some of the larger blocks can't slot into the smaller blocks. And there are only 10 blocks, which is more than enough for a 3 year old, but kind of limiting for a 4 year old.
That said, some older kids will definitely find ways to breathe new life into these blocks, by building structures that interact with other toys (zoo enclosures, modern apartment buildings, lairs for evil geniuses). But if your older kid is really into *building* rather than imaginative play, this may not be the set for them.
Pro's: Fun, unique, educational
Con's: hard to transport, expensive