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Wood 'City Shaped' 42-piece Exploration Blocks Set
With this whimsical, toy building set, playtime becomes educational as well as fun. With bold architectural shapes, these blocks encourage your child to develop important problem-solving skills. The wooden blocks are sturdy enough to withstand playtime.
- Exploration blocks set
- Design: City Shaped
- Features vibrant color schemes with both basic and advanced architectural shapes
- Uses problem solving skills
- Construct cities, buildings and towers from around the world
- Includes: 42 pieces
- Recommended for ages 1.5 years and older
- Dimensions: 2 inches high x 11 inches wide x 17.5 inches long
- Model: 552
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I had phoned customer service to inquire re: the country of origin since it was not listed. They researched it and came back stating Canada. When the product arrived, it was labeled as made in Hong Kong. Not sure where in Canada they thought Hong Kong was, but my son and his wife do not want products made with child labor as in China. I had to return the product. Disappointed but nice blocks.Read More
These blocks are perfect for kids. They are painted in great colors and the shapes are good for kids. This is a fine product.Read More
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I contacted chat and item is made in Canada, so no child labor!
THe information provided was wrong. I received the blocks and they were made in Hong Kong. Returned them.
Hello, I apologize for the incorrect information you received. This product is made in China. Thank you for shopping with us.
Best Play Sets for Kids
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A quality knife will hold its edge without excessive sharpening and be durable enough to handle the everyday work that takes place in your kitchen. With so many varieties and brands of cutlery to choose from, finding kitchen knives that will fit your style requires a few considerations. When you're shopping for knives, look carefully at each type that interests you, whether you're considering individual knives or block sets. Once you've chosen your perfect knife, keeping it clean and sharp will extend its life.
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Best Skirts for the Office
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