Blocks are incredibly versatile. You can make anything with blocks. And you can use anything as blocks: books, cushions, even plastic food containers. Which make them the perfect toy choice for a home environment where space is at a premium. So, what does your child learn from blocks? Motor Skills: Block play is all about eye-hand coordination and visual perception. Want to take it up a notch? Stack soft blocks or cushions as high as your preschooler can jump over them. Make an obstacle course or maze with blocks, and then knock a ping pong ball along the course with a golf club or clean fly swatter. Math: You can pattern blocks by shape or color. Blocks can be used as units of measure. It's easy to see how a 6-block-high tower is taller than a 4-block-high one. You can demonstrate levers and inclined planes with blocks. One of our favorite science experiments involved making different types of block buildings on a movable table and then creating an "earthquake", observing which types of buildings sustained the least damage. Write up traffic signs to use in a block neighborhood. There is something so satisfying about the THUNK when you toss a block into its container. Set up a basket for each type of block and sort the blocks at the end of playtime for some great clean-up practice. 86 pieces, 14 shapes. 43 lbs. Guidecraft smooth unit blocks are made to resist dents and dings. You'll notice the finely sanded and rounded to eliminate any sharp edges, and are splinter-free to protect tender young hands. All our blocks are guaranteed for life. Material: Hardwood. Traffic Signs and Cars are not included.