Unit Blocks

Starter Kit: 40 maple blocks

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$65 includes free shipping to continental USA

Children play to construct their knowledge about the world and reconstruct their experiences

For supervised play with children from 12 months old. At this age, children begin to put blocks together and match them. Start with eight cubes and introduce more blocks as the child develops confidence. Stacking one block on top of another is the first step in building.

Made in the United States from FAS quality, knot free Michigan and Indiana maple hardwood. Blocks are rounded on the long edges and sanded and softened on the ends and corners. Tolerances are within .01 inches. All shapes are a fraction of the standard unit block of 1-3/8 by 2-3/4 by 5-1/2 inches, the generally accepted standard for schools, preschools, and kindergartens.

Basic Kit: 60 maple blocks

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$125 includes free shipping to continental USA

Excellent for children from 3 years old. At this age, children are able to stack unit blocks and create abstract patterns. Start with eight cubes and introduce more blocks as the child develops confidence. Children love to play with their parents and make things together.

Advanced Kit: 160 maple blocks

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$340 includes free shipping to continental USA

Excellent for children from 3 to 5 years old. At this age, children begin to make things like houses. They need bigger sets to engage their interest. There are enough blocks here for one large building or a sturdy triumphal arch.

Caroline Pratt

Unit blocks were desinged by Carline Pratt for the City and Country School, which she founded in 1913 in the Greenwich Village of New York City. The Play School embodied a child-centered approach to education. Children worked together to reconstruct their experiences through play with unit blocks.

Based on the ideas of Friedrich Froebel, the curriculum was drawn from the environment of the child: observations about the neighborhood inspired each child to reflect on their world directly so that they could make sense of their experiences.

sources:

  • Pratt, Caroline (1948). I Learn From Children. New York: Perennial Library/HarperCollins. ISBN 0060972734
  • Hauser, Mary E. (2006). Learning from Children: The Life and Legacy of Caroline Pratt. New York: Peter Lang. pp. 44–49. ISBN 0820467510

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