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Melissa & Doug Standard Unit Solid-Wood Building Blocks With Wooden Storage Tray (60 pcs)
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- 60 natural finished, smooth-sanded hardwood blocks to inspire hands-on, imaginative play
- Packaged in a handsome, wooden tray for easy storage
- Ideal for introducing early math concepts, including shapes, parts-to-whole, and sorting
- Exceptional quality and value
- Ages 3 years and up
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Building Blocks of Learning
This traditional set of 60 solid wood standard unit building blocks with a natural finish and smooth rounded edges is beautiful in its simplicity – and a great value! The blocks come in a lovely wooden crate for easy and convenient storage. Precisely measured and cut, these carefully crafted blocks will inspire children to build, stack, and use their imaginations to make all sorts of structures. Playing with blocks helps develop fine- and gross-motor skills, problem solving, and more. And let’s face it, it’s also endlessly fun to simply watch kids build towers and knock them down!
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Sixty natural-finish, smooth-sanded hardwood blocks are packaged in a handsome wooden crate for easy storage. Ideal for building, balancing, and hands-on early-math learning. Great value!
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These blocks are very well made and the kids do such creative things with them. They are worth every penny.
Here's a tip. When these blocks first arrived, I took a photo of each layer of blocks (there are 3 layers) as we unpacked them. I'm posting those photos here, because I refer to them every time we put these blocks back in the sturdy box that they came in. The photos also give you an idea of the various sizes and shapes that are in the box.
Initially, I planned to order more, however, as I played with the blocks with my son, I noticed a significant problem. While sold as "standard unit blocks," the shape and length of these blocks is not consistent. The length of some blocks, which are meant to be the same size, can vary by as much as 1/8 inch. While this may seem like a small difference, it makes structures unstable and makes it almost impossible to build taller buildings using those pieces.
On other blocks, the angles are weird. Many of the triangles differ in length, but also in shape. The larger, flat triangle pieces are supposed to be 90* angles, but they're probably closer to 86*. This severely limits their usefulness in building.
Overall, these are nice quality blocks. Just understand that roughly 20% of the blocks may be far less useful because they've been improperly cut to the wrong length or finished at bad angles.
When they want to build anything higher (which is frequently), they use the much older, heavier blocks from my childhood that don't have rounded edges, or Keva planks. These provide a much more stable building platform. So, if you have younger kids who want to build low structures, these are awesome. If your kids want to build elaborate castles, forts, towers, etc, I'd buy something made of a denser wood without so much rounding.
The blocks come in all kinds of shapes and they are smooth and rounded. So there's no need to get into the band-aids, Morgan. You're faking when you say you have a splinter. I'm on to you.
There are enough blocks to share here. I have to keep telling Alex that because he doesn't know how to share. He's my least favorite nephew. How can one kid produce so much snot?
The wooden box that stores the blocks is great to sit the smallest nephew in. That way he isn't touching and gumming up the remote control. It also makes for a fun game when I'm ready for everyone to leave. I simply have challenged the kids by asking who is smart enough to fit all the pieces back into the box, like a puzzle game. Their competitive little spirits kick in and the blocks are cleaned up in about five minutes.
Then they can go home.
Overall, this was a great purchase. It was a cheap and easy way to score points as their favorite uncle.
UPDATE 2010-09-01: Still makes use of these unlike many other toys he's had... I now consider a good set of blocks as a "MUST HAVE" toy for a young child.
UPDATE 2012-07-01: My son is 5.5 and still uses these blocks... many other toys come and go, but this one lasts and lasts.
UPDATE 2013-12-04: My son is almost 7 now and still occasionally uses these blocks. Again, I'm impressed with the longevity of how long a child can play with these. Again, highly recommended! I now wish I had bought 2 sets originally.