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70 of 73 found the following review helpful:
Top quality but.....Jan 01, 2008
"mom of DD 1996, and DS Jan 2007"
My son loves these blocks, and I wish I had these blocks growing up. They are top quality, but two of the blocks have a small red knob inserted into the top. My dog and my son worked together to remove the knob on one of the blocks, and I later found it in my son's diaper.
59 of 61 found the following review helpful:
Great Toy, But Some Pieces Too Small For 1 Year OldAug 30, 2007
By N. Mininger
"Sanity is Over-Rated!"
I love Haba toys, but although this set is rated for 1-4 year olds, we had to put some of the pieces away as they are just too small for my grandson who loves to put EVERYTHING in his mouth. I'd given them to him for his first birthday, and although he really likes them, some of the blocks are just too small for a one year old. I am going to buy the Fantasy Jigsaw blocks to give him more to play with though and just put away the little parts till he can handle them.
Haba makes really nice, well made toys.
51 of 53 found the following review helpful:
Pretty, but kids don't play with themJun 07, 2013
By Tiffany Case
These blocks are gorgeous, but they just aren't that much fun. I know I'm going to get some downvotes for saying that, but it's sadly true. Listen, I wanted to like them too. I spent a fortune getting the Fantasy blocks, the Sevilla set, the Cordoba set, the First Blocks, and another set of Haba. I wanted something made by workers who enjoy first-world wages and working conditions. I wanted something non-toxic, and I wanted something durable from a respected brand. These blocks delivered on all three. Plus, they are just beautiful. Each one is like a neat little treasure. The colors are gorgeous and the different sets look stunning together. They are beautifully made of solid, heavy beech-wood.
My daughter never played with them. Not at nine months, or twelve, or fifteen, or eighteen months. Not at two or two-and-a-half. Her cousin, who's almost four now, spends time with us every day for the last two years, and he never played with these either, nor do visiting playdate friends.
It's not that the kids don't like blocks. They play every day with our Wonderworld blocks, our Holz blocks, the Duplo Legos, and my old unit blocks from kindergarten. They just don't play with the Haba blocks, and I think I've figured out why.
Most of this set is decorated cubes and decorative "tower topper" blocks that can't be stacked. There are a couple of arch pieces and columns, but no triangular blocks. For the most part, all you can do is stack up straight towers, not too high, and make pretty color patterns. That's fun, but the kids have much more fun with sets that let them make cantilevered towers and explore proportions with multiple different size blocks. Those more diverse sets are also more educational, since the tots are exploring all kinds of spatial and engineering principles.
There's a limit to how much of that you can do with the Haba colored blocks. You can still build cantilevered towers with the arches, of course, but the plainer block sets with more rectangles and long pieces just offer more possibility and fun.
So to sum up: These are the prettiest, highest-quality blocks on the market, but they are more fun to look at than to play with.
19 of 20 found the following review helpful:
HABA FANTASY BLOCKS are FABULOUS!Jan 09, 2007
By S. Notter
We now have 3 or 4 sets of them and the kids make wonderfullly creative towns, buildings and towers out of these blocks. They are always the first blocks by kids choose to play with at our house. These will be kept for the kids forever.
11 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Love the blocks but beware of smaller piecesJul 03, 2008
By Nik O'Donnell
My son loves the blocks. The look like no other blocks and he gets a kick out of the block with the bell inside and the clear plastic blocks that look like ice cubes. To my horror, he can put a few of the smaller ones entirely into his mouth so I took them away so he can play with when he's older. Watch out for this if you buy these wonderful blocks.
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