Melissa & Doug 26-piece Wooden ABC Picture Blocks in a Wooden Storage Tray
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Our child loved them immediately and called out letters while pulling each block from the sturdy wooden tray that the blocks come in. The blocks are made from an attractive wood and the grain shows through nicely behind the letters and the pictures associated with each letter, that fill four of the six faces. We consider it a definite plus that each block shows the upper and lowercase form of each letter. We also like the fact that these are small enough for little hands, but big enough to give to a 2-year-old without worrying about a choking hazard.
One quibble: the blocks are not designed to provide any cues as to vertical orientation, either for letters or illustrations. The reason this matters is that the capital-M has spreading legs, which makes it basically *identical* in appearance to the capital-W, when either letter is upside down. It should have been possible to design the M with vertical sides, which would have reduced confusion and would teach the letter "M" in a form more likely to be found in other settings. Similar confusion applies to the lower-case "L" and upper-case "I", which look identical.
Quibble #2: some of the letter-related words that illustrate each block seem oddly chosen. For instance, "Ink" for the letter "I" -- how likely is it that a 21st century child will encounter an old-fashioned ink bottle anytime soon?Read more ›
These blocks have great pictures and clear letters. I agree, however, with another reviewer's comments regarding M/W and some of the word choices, but in general they are great. So, we'll just have to explain somehow what Ink is. I'll bet we can do it.
I particularly like that the block holding tray is durable, and that the dimensions of the box allow for extra room (2 blocks worth) to make re-packing easy.
The blocks are a nice size, and the size and shape remain consistent between the blocks for easy stacking. I have not found any rough edges or splinters. So far the pictures have held up well.
These are high quality blocks that should be a satisfying toy for several years to come.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this toy in 2003, for my son who was 2 years old at the time. This was a toy, I felt, that could be used for a long period of time, and it sure did. Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by thomas gorecki
I love Melissa and Doug products with nearly religious fervor, but these blocks were a little disappointing. Read morePublished on October 18, 2007 by pezzettino
The blocks are great. The quality is great and the graphics are nice and clean. My baby and I play with these together. I show him the pictures and recite what they are to him. Read morePublished on May 27, 2007 by writing momma
I bought this for my 26 months old daughter and she loves it. It's very educational and good teaching tool for the kids to learn. Read morePublished on August 2, 2005 by Valarmathi Alagarsamy