As I've said in the past, my kids tend to enjoy the simple, open-ended types of toys like blocks, over those with lights, sounds, etc. There's just something exciting about being able to create and explore. In fact, it's toys like this that keep them playing for hours on end! I love the many skills simple products like these offer, which is why I keep my eye out for them this time of year as gifts for my kids. 

We own lots of great open-ended toys, but the one thing we've been missing is a set of wooden blocks. It's one of those things that every family should own in my opinion, whether you have girls or boys. That's why I was thrilled to find CP Toys had the Hardwood Unit Blocks Starter Set and that we were going to have the opportunity to review it!
For those who aren't familiar, is a family owned business serving loyal customers since 1953! Dedicated to inspiring learning, creativity and fun...they offer a unique mix of high quality products with unparalleled play value for children. Over the years, this company has become a name people know and trust. Their success can be attributed to the values and principles set forth by the their commitment to providing unique children's educational toys, great customer service and the decision to forgo selling violent toys.

We have had the opportunity to review a couple of items from in the past, and have been very impressed with the quality and overall kid appeal. When the blocks arrived, I had a feeling we'd love them just as much...and I was right!

The blocks arrived in a nice box (which I plan to keep using to store the blocks in when not in use). It's the perfect place to keep them so they're not getting scattered and lost throughout the playroom.
Pulling them out of the box I found that they were very well made and something I can tell will last us a long time. They are made of select hardwood with sanded, beveled they're not only made to last for many generations, but also smooth and safe. 
This set is based on the standard unit block 1 3/8" x 2 3/4" x 5 1/2" and includesmore unit and double blocks than most other sets. I have to say, I was impressed with how many blocks came in this starter set. It includes 12 unit blocks, 6 double unit blocks, 4 half unit blocks, 4 pillar blocks, 2 large triangle blocks, 2 ramps, 2 large cylinder a total of 32 pieces! We've had fun building with them!
With the variety of blocks offered, this wooden block starter set really lends itself to unending creative play. The sky is the limit as to what can be created using these blocks, and all while kids are having fun they are also learning basic concepts like math, size and balance!

I absolutely love this block set and so do my kids! I would definitely consider it a must-have for all families with children 2+ years, and of course think it would make an excellent Christmas gift this holiday season as well!

Buy It: You can purchase the Hardwood Unit Blocks Starter Set for $59.99 at

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**The products for this review/giveaway were provided for free. However, all opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

  1. mathstamp December 4, 2012 at 10:12 PM  

    My son saw these in the catalog and really wants them. It's hard to beat nice wooden blocks for kids!

  2. Natalie December 4, 2012 at 11:01 PM  

    My son would love the barn and animals!

  3. Jessica B. December 5, 2012 at 9:59 AM  

    Pound A Ball

  4. Cassandra Eastman December 5, 2012 at 2:41 PM  

    I would also love the Beginning Building Bricks!

  5. Rochel S December 5, 2012 at 4:07 PM  

    I like the Little Carpenter Workbench

  6. Janet W. December 5, 2012 at 7:21 PM  

    My grandson would like the Preschool Basketball.

  7. BethElderton December 5, 2012 at 7:21 PM  

    The As Cozy As Home Play Kitchen- Complete Set is absolutely awesome!
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

  8. Denise December 5, 2012 at 7:22 PM  

    My son would love the portable soccer goal, too.

  9. Sandy VanHoey December 5, 2012 at 7:22 PM  

    I like the Remote Control Transbotix™

  10. Audra Weathers December 5, 2012 at 7:24 PM  

    My daughter would also like the As Cozy As Home Play Kitchen Complete Set!

  11. Kim December 5, 2012 at 7:40 PM  

    Love the As Cozy As Home Play Kitchen- Complete Set!

  12. s December 5, 2012 at 7:59 PM  

    The Marina.

  13. mummytotwoboys December 5, 2012 at 8:01 PM  

    Another great item is the Goodnight Moon Game

    (d schmidt in widget)

  14. evilredcaboose December 5, 2012 at 8:14 PM  

    Christmas Collection & 18" Doll

    I've got a American girl doll those would work with too!

    BTW, how is you get to review? I try to apply at places but I CAN'T meet criteria? Any way I can name drop you on the appeals?

  15. Wild N Mild $$$ December 5, 2012 at 8:44 PM  

    Robo-Gangster Lab
    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

  16. Andrea December 5, 2012 at 9:05 PM  

    I would love the As Cozy As Home Play Kitchen- Complete Set!

  17. lgm52 December 5, 2012 at 9:28 PM  

    Soft Sensory Classics

  18. aperry December 5, 2012 at 10:39 PM  

    Big Tape Measure

  19. Tanya M December 6, 2012 at 2:09 AM  

    I would like to get Multi-Level Logic Puzzle - Trucky™ 3 for my daughter.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  20. lana December 6, 2012 at 7:12 AM  

    Electronic Ambulance & Rescue Team

  21. Denise Taylor-Dennis December 6, 2012 at 8:31 AM  

    I like the 3-Way Adjustable Easel

  22. Sandra J. Strickler December 6, 2012 at 11:59 AM  

    Gotta have a train table!

  23. Laurel December 6, 2012 at 4:26 PM  

    I love the Safe Play Bowling!

  24. Kimberly December 6, 2012 at 8:10 PM  

    I would like the Giant Inflatable Soccer Ball

  25. Eileen December 6, 2012 at 9:16 PM  

    Oh my gosh this activity cube is amazing! I'd love to have this for the grandkids! We have 3 that are all 1 year old now!

    Thank you!

    ejrichter60 at gmail dot com

  26. Lina December 6, 2012 at 10:08 PM  

    I also like the Child Sized Real Tools!

  27. Anonymous December 6, 2012 at 11:25 PM  

    I love this stuff:

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    sandralclark at

  28. Jen F December 7, 2012 at 9:02 PM  

    Another item that I like is the Arts & Crafts Case.

    jenblogger7 at

  29. Kerry December 8, 2012 at 7:16 AM  

    Stay & Play Firehouse

  30. Romina December 8, 2012 at 9:38 AM  

    My son would love the Wood Nut & Bolt Builder.

  31. Erin Rok December 8, 2012 at 9:02 PM  

    I really like the As Cozy As Home Play Kitchen- Complete Set

  32. Dana A December 8, 2012 at 11:31 PM  

    I would love a kitchen!

  33. Frugal Tumbleweed Acres December 9, 2012 at 6:48 AM  

    I'd love to gift the Press & Go Construction Trucks.

  34. Jessica December 9, 2012 at 5:54 PM  

    My daughter would love the Christmas Collection Only for 18" Dolls. Thank you for the giveaway!

    girlygirlugh at gmail dot com

  35. jakiesmom December 9, 2012 at 9:29 PM  

    i like the spiral train set with thomas and james

  36. Laura Jacobson December 9, 2012 at 10:58 PM  

    Oh Carter would also love the Wood Meal Trays!

  37. Ashley turicik December 10, 2012 at 12:10 AM  

    Classic fold and ride trike

  38. Terra H. December 10, 2012 at 5:28 AM  

    Table Top Soccer Game

  39. Cserafini December 10, 2012 at 9:07 PM  

    My son would love the barn and animals.

  40. Paul T / Pauline T December 12, 2012 at 10:56 PM  

    Jungle Adventure ----- Paul T/Pauline T aka Paul Tran ..... emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

  41. Paul T / Pauline T December 12, 2012 at 11:00 PM  

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  42. kellyr78 December 13, 2012 at 12:07 PM  

    I like the Dino Dig & Build

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