The Family Kit is a very large kit of blocks,
suitable for three or four five year olds, a small day care operation,
or small kindergarten classes. It includes a full range of pieces
including twelve of the 22 inch rectangles, and over one hundred and
sixty of the other basic rectangle blocks of other sizes.
This kit allows a bunch of children to make a whole city, and there are
enough pieces to permit cooperative play without hoarding. While bags
are supplied, a system of shelves or cubbies are really required for
adequate storage. These should be sufficiently robust to support 150
pounds or more, and low enough for children to ritualize taking blocks
out of storage and putting them away again.
Teachers will find that these blocks work well with available lesson
plans and projects as given by organizations like the Bank Street School
and the National Association for the Education of Young Children
(NAEYC). With a kit this size, the sky is the limit. Children will
cantilevered structures and tall towers. Boxes on top of boxes can make
a structure that reaches nearly as high as the ceiling. Construction
projects may include projects with windows, doors, walkways, wheelchair
Many of the smaller pieces become more fully integrated as decoration in
battlements, fenestration, fancy entries, steps, and statuary.
Children vary in their interest in these things, but many of them become
blockaholics, and will spend hours and days completing incredibly
creative and complicated projects. Additionally, this is a good set for
cooperative play between four and five year old children and their
younger siblings. .