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Fall 2010 Toys
Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: MindWare
Price: $24.95

Snap open the 11" by 14" traveling case of this excellent set of building blocks and behold a colorful array of forty-two wood blocks. They don't spill out, because they are magnetized to adhere to the smooth white surface of the two inside panels of the carrying case. The varied shapes and gentle colors of the blocks are readily adaptable to many themes, such as animals, faces, vehicles, people, structures, sports, and abstract designs.

Also included is a deck of cards showing fifty full-color designs ranging from easy to complex for youngsters to replicate. Older children are more likely to let their own imaginations dictate the pictures they produce. Special note: Dry-erase markers can be used on the white panels, so children can enhance their block constructions by adding their own drawings.

Ruth B. Roufberg   ©2010 Parents' Choice

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