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by Brad Singley
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Block Party

UncommonGoods is proud to introduce the winner of our first ever YouGoods contest: MultiBlocks!

Designed by Brad Singley, these blocks were inspired by his father, a civil engineer who built toys for his children.

"I can still remember the frustration of playing with building blocks as a young child," Brad says. "I wanted to build BIG, but it was impossible to make a skyscraper out of triangles, semicircles, cylinders, and small cubes."

Brad's prayers were answered when his father made him a set of wooden square and rectangular cubes in four different lengths. Many years later and with children of his own, Brad recreated his favorite toy, updating it to include numbers and increments to encourage both mathematical and creative thinking.

Made in Michigan from scraps of basswood leftover from other products, these blocks feature laser-etched numbers and increments and are sanded to a satiny smooth finish. Each set of 42 blocks comes with six of the 8-blocks, twelve of the 4-blocks, eight of the 2-blocks, and sixteen of the 1-blocks.

Click here to see Brad's video of the MultiBlocks! Or read more about Brad and the MultiBlocks on our blog.

Basswood is a local, renewable wood that is sustainably grown and harvested on industry land in Michigan. Each set of blocks arrives in a recycled cotton storage bag made from 80% Ecotec(tm) (a blended cotton yarn produced from the excess fabric of newly made clothing) and 20% Bottle Bag(tm) (material made from 100% recycled soda bottles).



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  • details
Recycled
Exclusive
Item ID
19471
Made from
recycled cotton, basswood
Measurements
15" L x 13.5" W x 3" H; 42 blocks
Notes
Ages 3 and up. Recycled cotton storage bag, included with each set of blocks, is not a toy and is intended for use by adults only. Hand wash cold. Line dry.
  • the maker
Brad Singley

Brad Singley

Brad Singley grew up in Bishop, California -- a small town in the eastern Sierra Nevada. Living in such a scenic location, he developed a love of painting the dramatic landscapes in his own backyard.

He studied civil and environmental engineering at Brigham Young University, but he never strayed too far from art and design. While at school, Brad worked as a multimedia consultant where he created short videos and animations for the web. For his master's thesis, Brad created an instructional videogame for UNESCO, which won local and national awards.

Brad credits his wife Meg for introducing him to the world of modern design. He enjoys studying the works of mid-century designers such as Isamu Nochuchi, George Nelson, Alvar Aalto, Eero Saarinen, and Ray and Charles Eames.

"These guys blurred the lines between mathematics and art in a way that I find very inspiring," Brad says.

As for the MultiBlocks, Brad wanted to give his kids every opportunity to develop their analytical and creative skills, so he built them a set of simple wooden blocks.

"There are hundreds of cheap plastic toys on the market, but I think we can learn a lot from the minimalism of the mid-century modernists."

Brad lives in Seattle with his wife and three children. He loves design, Ben and Jerry's and Ray and Charles Eames.

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MULTIBLOCKS: SET OF 42
 
4.7

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (17)

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    (2)

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    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (19)
  • Attractive (16)
  • Easy to assemble (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Gifts (17)
  • Living room (3)
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    • Midrange shopper (15)
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    • Family older kids (5), Single female (5), Family young kids (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

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5.0

Love these!

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from Seacoast NH

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Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Durable
  • Easy To Assemble

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Childs Room
  • Gifts
  • Living Room

Comments about MULTIBLOCKS: SET OF 42:

So bummed these are no longer going to be carried. I bought these for my 3 and 1 year old. Both of my children love to build. The 3 year olds only complaint she needed more blocks, despite standing on a chair to keep builder higher! So we are getting more before they are gone forever! Thanks for another great product!!!! :)
It even came with a great storage bag!

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5.0

Toys for a little boy

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from Herod, Il

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Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Durable
  • Easy To Assemble

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bedroom
    • Gifts

    Comments about MULTIBLOCKS: SET OF 42:

    As a new grandmother, I gave it to my grandson (3 months old at Christmas). He will grow into the blocks. My daughter really liked the simple, plain unpainted wood blocks.

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    5.0

    Bought as a gift

    By 

    from Arkansas

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    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gifts

      Comments about MULTIBLOCKS: SET OF 42:

      Bought as a gift for my niece, she and her parents love it!

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      5.0

      Good quality and educational

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      from Yakima, WA

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Assemble

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gifts

        Comments about MULTIBLOCKS: SET OF 42:

        Am giving to grandson for his 2nd birthday. He LOVES building things and this provides opportunity for learing while playing.

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        5.0

        Great product

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        from Point Pleasant, WV

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        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Educational
          • Gifts

          Comments about MULTIBLOCKS: SET OF 42:

          The blocks were purchased as a gift. To gain an understanding of our number system, children benefit from exploring the relationships of amounts. It is a bonus that the numeral is associated with the amount.

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          5.0

          How to really teach math.

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          from Franklin Lakes, N. J.

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          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Durable
          • Easy To Assemble

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gifts

            Comments about MULTIBLOCKS: SET OF 42:

            My five-year-old grandson loves the building and the math aspects. Putting the numerals on the blocks was a stroke of genius,

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            (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Details of product not accurate!

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            from San Mateo, CA

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            Comments about MULTIBLOCKS: SET OF 42:

            I purchased this item for a Christmas present for a child about to turn 2 years old. The details state that it is intended for ages 2 and up. When I received the item, it was packaged in a box that clearly states "for ages 3 and up". Very misleading.

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            5.0

            Intelligent design!

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            from IA

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            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Durable
            • Stimulate thinking

            Cons

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                Comments about MULTIBLOCKS: SET OF 42:

                My grandson will learn a great deal from these unique blocks and have fun in the process.

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                5.0

                "Best Set of Building Blocks...Ever!"

                By 

                from Texas

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                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Durable
                • Elegant
                • Excellent quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gifts

                  Comments about MULTIBLOCKS: SET OF 42:

                  These were a present for a 2 year old and he loves them!!! They are so elegant and perfectly designed that I would buy them for adults as well as children.

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                  5.0

                  Fun for the whole family

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                  from Indianapolis, IN

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                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Durable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Gifts

                    Comments about MULTIBLOCKS: SET OF 42:

                    We bought these blocks for our 2 year old son for his birthday, and we all love them. Easy to build impressive 4 ft tall towers! I agree with the reviewer who said it is difficult to get them all back in the bag, but it does make them easy to transport.

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