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Beginner Sets of Wooden Blocks
Five Medium Sets of Children's Blocks
 for Beginners (4-5)

American Hard Maple Blocks - "the real deal"


The Wooden Blocks Sets on this page include five different Beginner Sets of Building Blocks, suitable for youngsters from 4 - 5.  There are enough wood blocks to really begin to talk about and begin to build structures as opposed to merely stacking blocks and at the end of this age range, children begin to think about details such as doors and ramps.  Our six year old, for example, was much taken with wheelchair ramps when she first noted them and was excited to find she could mimic them in her blocks set with a ramp.  This age is still a trifle young for blocks; children really begin to make things at age 7-8 at which time they will need 150 to 300 blocks - but for a four year old this is plenty of building blocks.  Our American Blocks are the real deal: American wooden blocks of native hard maple.

The Beginner A Set is our best selling Set of wooden blocks and a favorite for younger children. Our "A" Sets are somewhat more detailed and offer a wider range of pieces.  The "B" Sets are chunkier with somewhat larger pieces.  In general, "A" Sets and "B" Sets are the same size (volume/weight).  Our Building Blocks Sets come in Premium Hard Maple (all Firsts) and Hard Maple First & Seconds.  To see a bigger picture of the wood blocks sets, click on the picture icon(children's blocks ) and to see a list, click on the "List of Pieces button.  The "List of Pieces" is the definitive list of what is in a set.
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Beginner A & B  Wood Block Sets

The Beginner A & B wooden block sets are for youngsters in the range from 4-5.  They are the same size (weight/volume) but the Beginner A is more detailed and has fewer large pieces while the B set has fewer pieces but more big ones.

"Barclay Blocks has the right
stuff to make your Bauhaus a
Wow House!" - Walter Gropius 

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Beginner Set - Version A12
(125 pieces - 24 shapes)
Our best selling Set.

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Premium Maple (USA)
 
Regular $247.85
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Maple First & Seconds (USA)
Regular $235.46
Sale $192.47
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Beginner Set - Version B12
(85 pieces - 19 shapes) 
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Premium Maple (USA)
Reg $205.03
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Maple First & Seconds (USA)
Reg - $194.78 
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"When you really need to nail up
a lot of theses, nothing works
better than cathedral doors from
BB's." - Martin Luther

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The Walker Book Set

Our favorite book on Block Play is Lester Walker's Block Building for Children. This book has a number of projects that are suitable for building and does an excellent job of explaining various stages in the process.  However, like any book of this sort, it starts out with a list of pieces necessary for making the projects.  The set below is designed to go with this book and includes all of the necessary pieces, plus some optional pieces that the book recommends for expanded play. 
 

"When you have a finicky customer
like Louis the Fat, you want the best.
  Flying Buttresses from BB's are
the Bomb!" - Abbe' Suger   

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Beginner Set
Walker Book Set 12
(78 pieces - 14 shapes)

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Beginner Set D

This is a very chunky set assembled on the basis of the Bank St. School Set.  Numerous authors of books on Block Play recommend this school set, but unfortunately, it is designed for 14 children.  By the magic of long division, we've modeled our set to be a similar assembly designed for one or two children.  Like a lot of school Sets, it is missing many of the fine detail pieces.  Instead, it is assembled of large, simple pieces that lend themselves to the play of children around the age of 5. If you are looking for a set with mostly big pieces, this is the set for you.




Beginner Set
 Version D12
(61 pieces - 18 shapes)

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"бинго!  Make a quaint little village
on the Dnieper one day; make
a new one downstream the next!
 - Grigori Potemkin

 

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Beginner Set C

This is a "tweeny" set.  It consists of the Beginner Set "A" plus a large additional box of the basic rectangles.  It lies somewhere between the Beginner Set "A" and the sets that are found among the Standard Sets.  It is a good deal larger than the Beginner Set "A" (one and a half times), but smaller than the Base Set "A". It's the right set for the person who wants a Beginner Set but would like to "go long" for the child who is already playing with blocks and enjoys them.

"бинго!  Make a quaint little village
on the Dnieper one day; make
a new one downstream the next!
 - Grigori Potemkin

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Beginner Set
 Version C12
(165 pieces - 27 shapes)

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Large Block Wagon

This wagon is large enough for
our Beginner Set "A" or "B"

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  Large Blocks Wagon
 Unfinished $65.00
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Block Crates/Totes:
Unfinished, Stackable

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Crates/Totes

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12" by 30" Block
Add-A-Cubby

One Unit holds about 2-1/2
cubic feet.

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12 x 30 cubby
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This is by far the best available book on block play we have found. It has over
a hundred pictures of block projects and helpful advice by architect and
author Lester Walker.  Hardcover, 167 pages, this book will be a terrific
stimulus for kids old enough to read or follow picture designs.  Teachers and
parents will also find many useful ideas.  A real gem.

Lester Walker's:
"Blocks Building  for
Children"

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Bokk on Children's Blocks

Hardcover
167 Pages
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