Classroom Sets of Unit Blocks are composed of the same blocks as we sell elsewhere and are the same scale. The only difference is that these sets are designed to be integrated with specific lesson plans for preschools and classroom use, are organized for the simultaneous play of numerous children in schools, have a limited range of simple shapes, and are easy to put away after block play. Schools and preschools tend to use wooden building blocks in the earliest grades and these wooden block sets are accordingly rather simplified as these children aren't typically ready to build buildings or more complicated structures.
The building block sets that follow are recommended by a range of authors addressing the problem of how many and what types of blocks should be stocked in a classroom with multiple children.
We offer seven sets based on Stanton and Weisberg of the Bank Street School (Play Equipment for the Nursery School), Wellhousen & Kieff (A Constructivist Approach to Block Play in Early Childhood) and Hirsch (The Block Book). A few of our corresponding blocks differ in shape in minor respects from those in the suggested sets but are functionally the same. (We also show our Beginner Set D which is a set designed for a single child to represent the contents of these sets).
We also offer seven versions of the sets recommended by Newburger & Vaughan : Teaching Numeracy, Language, and Literacy with Blocks. A few of our corresponding blocks differ in shape in minor respects from those in their suggested kit but are functionally the same. You can purchase a whole kit or a half. These sets are somewhat larger and we suggest that they are about right for a class of 20 or so children. (Our Beginner Set E is an attempt to provide a version of this set for one child).
Please note that the pictures are merely representative. These sets are too large to photograph adequately, for so much is hidden that the exercise becomes pointless. If you scroll down we have provided a table showing the actual pieces found in each of these sets and the table is the operative guide to what you are buying.