Pros: Great building tool, non-toxic, great thinking toy - really works your brain
Cons: a little hard for younger kids
Finding non-plastic eco-friendly building toys that meet my son's crazy high building standards is difficult. He loves Legos and K’nex but I don't love the plastic issues. CitiBlocs solves this issue. CitiBlocs are precision-cut wooden building blocks that are lightweight and since they're all identical in size and shape they require super thinking to build with. They also do not require glue, snaps, or connectors. Instead designs work based on gravity, balance, and imagination.
Eco-Design: Citiblocs are made of Grade A New Zealand Radiata Pine and are certified 100% non-toxic, complying with ASTM F963-03 and CPSIA as well as European Standards for Safety. CitiBlocs are untreated and are stained with water-based colors. They come in natural wood color or red and blue.
Educational Pros: CitiBlocs really make you think. The quality and stability of your design relies on your child's ability to figure out how to stack, form and balance these blocks into a particular shape. CitiBlocs can even be used as an advanced educational tool - you can download the FREE Citiblocs Education Guide (pdf). Or watch the video below...
CitiBlocs are real fun for the whole family. They're supposed to be for ages 3 years+ and Cedar loved them. He made all sorts of cool structures - towers, trucks, a basket with a handle, a solar powered library and more. I liked them too which was a perk since adults usually end up playing with their kids toys with their kids.
One of the best things about CitiBlocs is that this is a green toy option that every family can afford. A starter set of 52 planks starts at just $15.
Cedar got frustrated a few times because CitiBlocs can be sort of hard to build with. He'd think of a design and it wouldn't work out as planned. I suggest that parents spend some time building with their kids and you can discuss design and shapes and so on.
Awards - CitiBlocs were also recently featured on the Today Show along with Stephanie Oppenheim who noted that CitiBlocs, are her,"New favorite addictive toy.” and are an Oppenheim Gold Award winning toy.
My son and me would highly suggest this toy as a gift. After getting them, Cedar wanted to save up his own money for a larger set, which to me says "Great toy!"