Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 17
Rated 5 out of 5 by CNF Beautiful wooden blocks!
I bought these for my almost two-year old for christmas. I think he will get many years of play out of these blocks. They are bigger then most ordinary block sets and just beautiful!
Rated 5 out of 5 by daycarequeen Most played with blocks!
I have operated a daycare for years. Purchased these blocks about 3 years ago online and they are everyone's favorite, also lots of learning going on with these blocks. My grandson loved them so I purchased another set for his birthday. A big hit and still look like new.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jane I will be buying more sets of these!
I purchased a set for my home daycare and we all love them! The quality is very good and I'm planning on buying more.
Rated 1 out of 5 by joe teacher Smaller than "Standard Unit Blocks"
A standard unit block is 5.5 inches long, 2.75 inches wide, and 1.375 inches thick. These blocks are (1-1/2-by-2-by-5-inches). It may seem like a minor difference, but it is significant. True standard unit blocks are twice as long as they are wide and twice as wide as they are thick. This makes them a valuable spacial learning tool because it gives kids hands on ways to explore putting two halves together to make a whole (among other mathematical concepts. I am very fond of most M&D toys. It is disappointing that they miss-label these blocks as standard unit blocks.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lauren Great blocks
I had originally intended to purchase the set that contained 100 pieces, but settled on this one instead. These blocks are VERY durable! My kids (he's 4, she's 7) got these for Christmas 2011, and this is probably the most played with toy they have. They build houses and towers and castles, etc, then knock them down. With all that demolition work, only one block has a tiny chip in a corner. Plastic toys come and go, but I think these will be around for a very long time. Good, quality wood. Really gets the creative juices flowing.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mandy the Mom We love these!
Our son uses these blocks with his trains and cars. He loves them and we love watching him play!
Rated 5 out of 5 by Miss Debbie Great Deal
I LOVE IT So much i have purchases another set so the kids can go BIGGER!!! I bought these blocks for my daycare as a creativity toy and found so many more wounderful uses. Being a standard Unit is great 2 small blocks make a med block 2 med blocks make a big one etc. It has even shown useful in helping my 10 year old (who has learning disabilities) the basic concepts of fractions and geometry!! This product remains the best value it takes a beating from the littest and still provides quality for everyone!
Rated 3 out of 5 by Pepi Not safe for little mouths
I love playing with unit blocks and so does my daughter. But I have mixed feelings about the Melissa & Doug Standard Unit Blocks. I bought three of these sets for my now three-and-a-half year old daughter back when she was about six months old, in spite of the Ages 3+ label. They're on a special bookshelf in her room. She loves to play with them. As far as a toy goes, I recommend standard unit blocks to anyone who will listen. I even purchased two more sets: one for a friend and one for my niece and nephew. That's five sets. Recently, I was dumbstruck to learn that they're REALLY not suitable for under age 3 because the wood is not considered safe for small mouths. The wood they use is a soft Asian "hardwood" that is not naturally anti-microbial. It's typically treated after it is cut down with borates or other pesticides and insecticides to prevent infestations. That's the trouble with manufacturing everything in southeast Asia. You can't be sure that you'll receive what you're expecting. You just don't know what you don't know. A few chemical additives are perhaps not such a big deal with older kids, but they're obviously a big concern for me. My daughter has been mouthing these "natural finish" blocks for several years now. I just don't feel like this is a safe enough product, particularly if you have infants and toddlers around. Questions to Melissa & Doug's customer service line received a simple, "WE don't ADD any chemicals to our blocks." Well, I knew that. M&D doesn't manufacture these blocks -- it's all outsourced -- so obviously they're not going to break open the shrink-wrapped packages and ADD anything. I'm not even concerned about chemicals ADDED during manufacturing. I'm concerned about the chemical added to the wood BEFORE manufacturing. "Oh, we'll get back to you." They never did. So I switched to buying Made-in-the-USA Hard Rock Maple standard unit blocks because of these safety concerns. I was surprised to find that the blocks made in the US were better cut and came in more (and larger) shapes and sizes. The cost is higher, maybe twice as much per block, but I feel like it's worth it, particularly when my daughter puts one in her mouth (pretending it's pizza or whatever she's decided to cook up today). Also, the extra durability of the hard rock maple unit blocks doesn't hurt when our dog decides to chew on one of the column blocks. The Melissa & Doug unit blocks turn to mush in our big dog's mouth, but his teeth marks in the hard rock maple unit blocks can be sanded out.