However, I just looked on Amazon and, while the vast majority of reviewers LOVED the M&D blocks, a few people claimed they are made with a wood filler (not solid wood) and that the finish rubs off. So now of course I am concerned about any glues, chemicals or finishes that may be lurking on or within these blocks.
Are there any affordable hardwood (chemical-free) unit block sets out there that anyone could recommend?
Are other companies' blocks the same dimensions so you can play with them interchangably?
are definitely made out of real wood, and didn't seem to have any kind of finish on them when I saw them at a friend's house. I can't imagine that the Architectural Unit Blocks are made differently, based on what I saw on their web site.
We have some other, extremely similar rubberwood unit blocks that my parents bought, they don't seem to be any particular brand. My kids love them!
The M&D blocks don't seem that bad to me, although they do have a strange odor. We also just bought CitiBlocs (love them!), which are made out of pine. Those have no odor.
It doesn't appear that the M&D blocks have a finish on them. I was just going by the review I read on Amazon.
I guess the only way to find out for sure would be to contact M&D. At any rate, my kids love the blocks, and if they're totally safe I'll be thrilled!
After reading this thread I bought the introductory set from Community playthings which we love but now I would like to add to it and am trying to figure out which set to add to this set. What pieces would you recommend buying? A similar set to what I have already have or a different set? Want to spend around 200 and get the most bang for my buck.
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