A multi-award winning toy that's made in America!
Winner of 12 Awards!
Dado Cubes combine art and science as you explore architectural principles . . . proportion, balance, structure and color. A new twist on classic building blocks, Dado engages your imagination as the slits on each cube are interlocked to create an unlimited number of three-dimensional structures. Constructed horizontally, vertically or nested together, Dado invites visual spatial development and problem solving through design-centered, attention-grabbing fun!
Loaded with educational benefits
Dado Cubes features 10 cubes, scaled from 1 inch to 5 inches
One set is capable of building structures over 32 inches high!
Durable, heavy gauge plastic construction
Developed, manufactured, and assembled right here in the USA!
Dado is Special...and Spatial!
Visual Spatial Learning has captured the attention of scientists and educators
as being highly valuable in child development. Visual Spatial Play refers to the
ability to mentally picture things and is characterized by the ability to
appreciate patterns & form in very large or small areas of space. Children with
profuse Visual Spatial Intelligence can construct three-dimensional mental
images and visual them from multiple perspectives. A keen eye for form,
design, color, size, shape and space enables these gifted children to
create realistic representations of real world images.
Dado is a Favorite Toy of Children...a Favorite Tool of Professionals
Employed by Occupational Therapists: "Dado helps children improve fine motor skills, including hand strength, finger dexterity and coordination of small muscle movements. With mastery of the movements required to fit the cubes together, children take obvious pride in their creative constructions. Psychosocially, children develop skills as they share ideas and talk about their play goal." Elizabeth Paskar, Occupational Therapist, Missouri
Endorsed by Classroom Teachers: "The open-ended nature of Dado Cubes, their unique groove-connecting assembly, and the challenge of achieving the highly desired perfect balance draw children in. As my students are busy building, talking through their plans and making adjustments, I am amazed by their critical thinking and problem solving skills." Stacy Coulter, Kindergarten Educator, Kansas
Valuable in Ongoing Visual Spatial Research: "In my work with visual-spatial children in various corners of the world, I have found that one distinguishing feature is their ability to visualize in multiple dimensions. Many visual-spatial learners speak of 4- and 5-dimensional mental images! Dado Cubes would offer these individuals, young and old, a hands-on way of demonstrating what their incredible minds are able to see and create. For children who lack such ability, this wonderful new toy may help them to expand their understanding of dimensionality, viewing their world from a unique perspective!" Alexandra Shires Golon, Director, Visual-Spatial Resource
Author, Raising Topsy-Turvy Kids; If You Could See the Way I Think; The Visual-Spatial Classroom
TOY SAFETY INFORMATION
In response to recent toy safety concerns, we're providing the following documentation that demonstrates that Dado Cubes meets or exceeds the following safety specifications:
The mechanical hazards requirements of 16 CFR 1500, "Federal Hazardous Substances Act Regulations".
The mechanical hazards requirements of ASTM F963-03, "Standard consumer safety specification for toy safety".
As one of the top online toy retailers, we have access to unprecendented quantities of product review data. One of the key ways that we use this data is by associating our products to the specific ages and genders of the kids who are playing with them. Whereas most retailers must rely upon manufacturer suggested ages (i.e. 3+), we take actual customer usage and share it with you here so that you can choose the perfect toy or game.
But how does this help me? You can use these graphs as a general measure of it's appropriateness for a given age and gender. While this information is generally accurate, it should not be used as an absolute answer. For instance, many dinosaur toys are purchased for boys, however, that doesn't mean that it's inappropriate for a girl who happens to like dinosaurs.
NOTE: The orange color in the charts above indicate ages that are LESS than the manufacturer suggested age. Please purchase at your discretion if your child is younger than 3 years of age.
Identified Special Needs Challenges: ADD/ADHD
"This was great for my child. It requires him to slow down in order to put the pieces together properly. It helps with fine motor skills as well. "
Identified Special Needs Challenges: Autism
"Mu nephew loves to put one item inside another item. He has an interest in the way the slits allow him to put one block -into- the other. Having to put the cubes in a consecutive order in order to get them to all fit inside each other was challenging and fun for him."
Identified Special Needs Challenges: Autism
"My grandson with Autism has a need to put things in order. This toy helps satisfy that urge. He loves to put the toy away."
Dado stacking cubes
Posted 3/26/2014 by Dimity A. Thornton
I first found the "blocks" at SFMoMA and brought them to MA for my 2-yr-old granddaughter, who is still using them in ever-evolving creative ways at age 8. After watching her play w delight in such imaginative ways, I have designated them to be my 1st choice for toddler-and-up gifts, esp appreciated for grandparents toy closets. Also, 6 yrs later they show no signs of hard use and are as attractive as when new. Thank you for an usually wonderful product!
Love these toys!
Posted 3/11/2014 by Donald Montabana
WE first saw these at our local Please Touch Museum. Our granddaughter (4 years old) was so taken by them that we practically had to drag her away to see the rest of the things to see. I will admit that I, too, had a blast making various shapes with her -- that led me to buying them for me to play with. I have some ideas for other structures but that means I'll need to buy additional sets. Haven't seen a toy this contagious in years.
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