Uncle Goose Classic ABC Blocks with Pull Wagon - Made in USA
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- 28 - 1.75 inch Basswood Cubes with Wooden Pull Wagon
- Handcrafted from sustainable Michigan basswood
- Printed using non-toxic, mouth safe inks
- Ages 2+
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At last, you can own a 100% American-made vehicle. This Michigan basswood wagon provides sturdy storage and transportation for 28 ABC blocks. Wheel treads lathed in Maine. We engraved a handsome Uncle Goose logo on the bumper. The blocks? Four full alphabets. Colorful numbers, math symbols, and a menagerie of hand-crafted animals.
Like the alphabet blocks in Grandma's attic, this set of 28 wooden blocks features carved letters with fancy scroll borders and simple ink drawings. Individual blocks feature four sides with different colored letters. One side has a number, one side has a picture and spelling of the object below it, such as an owl or duck. Unlike Grandma's blocks, however, these are printed with nontoxic color ink. And to avoid destroying nonrenewable forests, they're made of basswood that's cut from industry-owned and managed land in Michigan. The blocks come inside a nostalgic, wooden pull-toy wagon. Toddlers can load up the wagon and make household deliveries. The blocks can also be used to make all kinds of imaginative structures and, of course, as a tool for becoming familiar with numbers and letters. --Gail Hudson
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We simultaneously bought the lowercase set of these blocks, and I mention this because a really cool feature is that for each of the adult animals in the uppercase set there is a matching baby animal in the lowercase set. So if you decide to buy both, you get the added bonus of a little game of match the mama (or daddy) animal to the baby. There are even some unusual pairs like a tadpole and frog and a butterfly and caterpillar. What a well-thought-out and fantastic tie-in between these two sets!
With all the letters available on the uppercase alphabet set (it essentially has the full alphabet 4 times over), kids will have the opportunity to make plenty of words as they enter that phase. Younger kids will enjoy building with something that is so brightly-colored and fun to look at. And with the safety standards of Uncle Goose - and, of course, the fact that they are made in the US - I don't think you could possibly go wrong with this or any other set they offer. And they have a lot of cool options. I had trouble choosing.
Anyhow, the wagon, which has gotten lukewarm reception with some reviewers was not originally going to be part of my order, but it happened that a combination of sale prices vs. non-sale prices made it seem silly not to buy the wagon; it only cost me an extra couple of bucks over what the blocks alone would have been. And for that price, I am definitely pleased with it.
However, I can understand the negative reviews of it. The wagon is more a really cool way to store these blocks, and less a really cool wagon by itself. Mostly, this is because it is small, as would be expected (13. 75" x 8.6"). It stands a mere 2.6" from the ground, and only has a depth of 1" in the block compartment. It seems sturdy enough, which is good, because my girls seem to like the idea of sitting in it. So far, it's holding up. They also enjoy toting toys and blocks in it a bit too.
Also, of note on the wagon is the pull string and the ball that is attached to it. The pull string itself, presumably in an effort to comply with CPSC rules (all pull cords must be 12" or shorter) to prevent strangulation hazards, measures about 9-10". This is really really short, and it was frustrating the heck out of my 95th percentile girls. They would have had to walk about on their knees. The ball at the end, which measures about 1.25", is a choking hazard, whether its becomes detached or not, without supervision. We ended up removing the ball, and replacing the nylon cord with a similar one, about 2 inches longer - which still meets CPSC standards while making the wagon functional. It's not a difficult fix to do yourself, and it's really a necessary one if you want this wagon to do anything but make the kids angry.
Bottom line: I wouldn't totally discount the wagon. My kids really seem to like it. If the price is right and you've got a clear idea of what you're buying it's a fine accessory to the blocks.
The blocks are worth every penny no matter how you package them. I'm so pleased to have found such a high quality toy made right here in the USA!
My main complaint about them is that I constantly keep worrying that my son would hurt himself if he accidentally trips and falls on one these blocks. The edges are slightly blunted (rounded), but not enough to avoid injury if someone falls on them. I also noticed a slight splintering on one of the blocks, but I don't want to send the whole thing back because of one minor flaw on a single block.
However given that these blocks are double the price of other blocks on the market, I would have expected Uncle Goose to be much more careful about their quality control. 1 star off for that and the not-blunted-enough edges. Otherwise, these blocks are great!
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