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PO Box 2713
Lebanon, OR 97355
WOOD TOYS AND STACKING BLOCKS
ASSORTED SIZES - Build A Set !
||Sizes Available (Build Your Own
Rectangles .75x.75x3, .75x.75x4, .75x.75x5, or 6"
Rectangles 1x1x3, 1x1x4, 1x1x5, or 6"
Rectangles 1.5x.75x3, 1.5x.75x4, 1.5x.75x5, or 6"
Rectangles 1.5x1.5x3, 1.5x1.5x4, 1.5x1.5x5
Rectangles 1x3x3, 1.5x3x3
Rectangles 2x2x.75, 2x3x.75, 2x4x.75
Triangles 2x2 (.75 width), 3x3 (75 width)
Round Columns 1x3, 1x4, 1x5
Rhombus with 45-degree cut on ends 4", 5" or 6"
Dimensions are in rough-cut size. Finishing, sanding and smoothing will be
somewhat less than rough-cut size.
Hand-made in Oregon USA. Material is kiln-dried pine
just naturally love to play with wood blocks. Requires no batteries.
Hours of fun and imagination. These wood cubes are sanded and smoothed on all surfaces, edges and
corners slightly rounded to break sharp edges and points, made from
kiln-dried pine. Hand-made
in Oregon, USA. You can also order squared edges/corners
if you wish for use as craft blocks.
| 20-Piece Set - You specify the pieces you want $17.95
| 40-Piece Set - You specify the pieces you want $34.95
| 60-Piece Set - You specify the pieces you want $50.95
| 80-Piece Set - You specify the pieces you want $65.95
| 100-Piece Set - You specify the pieces you want $79.95
| How to build your set: When you order, add a note with your
payment to specify the sizes you want, or send us a note by email.
Rates Apply to USA Shipments. For orders outside the USA,
please contact us first before ordering as postage rates are a
higher cost outside the USA. To estimate your postage cost, please
visit www.usps.com US Post Office
SEE THIS PAGE FOR ASSORTED SIZES AND
Love Real Wood Toy Blocks
Early childhood developmental years (ages 1 to 5+) come with benefits
that we just don't find with the pricey modern toys, AND.... NO
BATTERIES REQUIRED (humor).
- Helps children build strength in fingers and hands,
improve eye-hand coordination, learn shapes and geometry.
- Toy blocks encourage children to make friends and cooperate, and
is often one of the first experiences a child has playing with others.
Blocks are a benefit for the children because they encourage interaction
and imagination. Creativity can be a combined action that is important
for social play.
- Children can potentially develop their vocabularies as they learn
to describe sizes, shapes, and positions. Math skills are developed
through the process of grouping, adding, and subtracting, particularly
with standardized blocks. Experiences with gravity, balance, and
geometry learned from toy blocks also provide intellectual stimulation.
- Creativity enhanced by as children make their own designs with
Note: Dimensions are in '' rough cut '' size. Sanding and smoothing may
reduce dimensions by up to 1/16th of an inch so to free of residual saw
cuts or mill marks.
WE DO SPECIAL ORDERS TOO, SO IF YOU WANT MORE OF ONE
SIZE, LET US KNOW WHAT TYPE OF SET YOU WANT AND WE WILL SET UP A NEW
LISTING TO YOUR SPECS.
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SOMETHING ELSE YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WOOD VS PLASTIC
.... Wood is better than plastic for in various applications, including
(see this below about properties of wood)
Fair Use Notice (below is for educational purposes)
Wood or Plastic? Myths about Healthy Chopping Boards
(and relates to wood toys)
For decades plastic cutting boards have been touted as being safer to
use because plastic is non-porous. But the truth is, you're safer with
that old wooden board your grandmother used.
By Linda Orlando
If you've been to a kitchen store in the last couple of years, you may
have noticed that they are starting to carry more and more types of
wooden cutting boards. Not long ago, it was hard to find a wooden
cutting board among the stacks and displays of plastic cutting boards,
their packaging proclaiming how much safer plastic is because it won't
trap and hold germs to get on food every time you use the board.
Plastic boards were heavily advertised on TV for years, convincing
everyone that plastic was better because it is non-porous. Cooks
everywhere were told that wooden boards are so porous that harmful
organisms such as salmonella, e-coli, and listeria would soak into the
pores where they would lurk, waiting to contaminate other foods later.
The advertising seemed to make so much sense that everyone believed it
was true. Many people threw out the trusty wooden boards they had been
using for years, and the manufacturers quickly transferred their
efforts to producing a wide variety of plastic replacements. Health
officials even supported the idea that plastic was better-until 1993.
Microbiologists at the University of Wisconsin's Food Research
Institute became the first to actually test the theory to see if it
had any validity. The results of their tests stunned the entire
chopping block community.
Researchers at the Institute intentionally contaminated both wooden
cutting boards and plastic ones with all types of bacteria that cause
food poisoning. They then tested the boards regularly, without washing
or touching them, to see what happened to the bacteria. Surprisingly,
all the bacteria on the wooden board dried off within three minutes.
On the plastic board, the bacteria not only remained alive but
actually multiplied overnight.
The explanation for the dramatic results is that wood has a natural
bacteria-killing property, which plastic does not. Because of the
capillary action of dry wood, germs quickly disappear beneath the
surface of the board, where they die quickly. The exposed area on top
of the board is free from microbes. In contrast, bacteria just sit on
the hard surface of a plastic cutting board, ready to attack whatever
food is placed on the board next.
Researchers also discovered that hand scrubbing with hot water and
soap will remove microbes from the surface of wooden and plastic
cutting boards, new or used, but plastic boards that have been scarred
by knife blades are resistant to decontamination by hand washing. But
as long as a plastic board is washed with antibacterial soap or
cleaner, it is probably safe.
Despite these findings, you can't assume that wooden cutting boards
are self-decontaminating, or that plastic ones should not be used at
all. No matter what type of cutting board you use, you should always
take the same precautions:
Scrub cutting boards thoroughly with hot water and soap, or run
through a dishwasher.
Keep all cutting boards dry when not in use. Bacteria can survive only
a few hours without moisture.
A mild bleach solution can decontaminate plastic and other surfaces,
but even at full strength bleach does not sanitize wooden cutting
boards because of the organic composition of wood.
To disinfect cutting boards, both plastic and wood, spray them first
with a mist of vinegar, followed by a mist of hydrogen peroxide. This
combination kills bacteria on meat and produce as well, without
hurting or contaminating the food.
You can kill germs on or below the surface of a wooden cutting board
by cooking it at high heat in an 800-Watt microwave oven for about 10
minutes. Microwaving will not disinfect plastic boards, however, since
their surfaces will not get hot enough to kill the germs.
Despite the boastful claims of antibacterial cutting boards, they are
not self-sanitizing. Last year the EPA ordered two companies to stop
selling cutting boards that claimed to prevent the growth of organisms
including salmonella and E. coli. The cutting boards had been treated
with a pesticide that prevents odor-causing bacteria from attacking
plastic products. But the pesticide has not been proven effective
against organisms that can cause disease, so the EPA said that the
manufacturers of those boards were misleading the public. In fact, the
EPA is currently cracking down on the claims of so-called
self-disinfecting brushes, toys, and sponges, for that very reason.
It seems that your best bet when it comes to keeping your family safe
from disease-causing germs is to just stick with your tried and true
wooden cutting board, keep it clean, and ignore the hype of
advertising that claims plastic is better. Your grandmother had it
right all along. Source: buzzle.com/editorials/5-2-2006-95011.asp
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