Every child deserves a good set of Standard Unit Blocks! Blocks are perhaps the quintessential toy for child development. Creative play and imagination abound when playing with natural toy blocks. If you buy your child a toy car, the toy car is always a car. If you give your child blocks, a block can be a car, a train, a telephone, a bed, etc. The only limits are your child’s imagination. At one point in my life, I had the romantic notion that I would make my children a set of blocks. A wise friend, who had tried it, advised me against it. A good set of blocks has been sanded to softness and the corners have been routed to roundness. I personally prefer the unpainted blocks. Melissa and Doug make an affordable option. The age recommendation is three years old, like most toys because of liability issues, but I would not wait until my child was three to introduce them to the wonderful world of blocks. School sets of unit blocks can be very pricey. The Melissa and Doug architectural blocks are more affordable and made of quality hardwoods. If you child becomes quite the block fanatic, you may need two sets, as there are only four columns in each set. Just like most Melissa and Doug toys, the blocks come in a nice wooden box with handles that can be used for quick clean up and storage. Remember, children’s work is play!