2008 Dr. Toy 10 Best Active Products
2008 Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products
2008 NAPPA Winner (National Parenting Publications Award)
2008 National Parenting Seal of Approval
2008 Early Childhood News Director's Award
2008 Preferred Choice Award - Creative Child Magazine
2008 Exceptional Parent Symbol of Excellence
Dado Squares truly inspire complex thought through simple design.
Set a pile of Dado Squares out and stand back. What happens? Children reach out and take hold of a learning toy that's a perfect fit for busy hands, unlimited imaginations, and problem-solving growth of young minds!
Little kids reason for themselves how to create incredible three-dimensional structures. Visual spatial development and problem solving come along naturally! Your child gets to know architectural principles intuitively... proportion, balance, structure and color.
From 35 two-dimensional pieces, kids devise amazing three-dimensional designs. Given a few minutes with Dado Squares, they become parking garages for matchbox cars, fences for animals, angular hats, and space rockets. Designs are improvised and revised.
Every step along the way, the concentration in your child's eyes builds. Take note! This is the most impressive feature of Dado Squares - the imagination, reasoning, and visual skills that show up in playtime.
At last - the masterwork is finished! Then come genuine smiles and beckons to "Look!" - at a small person, beaming with pride, over effort well spent.
Dado Squares and Visual Spatial Learning
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 Squares are Simple...Simple Design that Inspires Complex Thought
In Tom West's book, In the Mind's Eye, he suggests that in the 21st Century, strong visual skills will be crucial elements to success: "Ready recognition of larger patterns, intuition, a sense of proportion, imaginative vision, the original and unexpected approach, and the apt connection between apparently unrelated things...". Through Dado's simple shapes and intuitive system of construction, people of all ages find Dado engaging.
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.
My rating of Dado Squares
Posted 8/12/2013 by Vicky
My grandchildren play with the Dado Squares constantly. They have created parking garages, day care centers for the little dolls, stores and so on. Both my husband and I enjoy building with the squares also. I will have to purchase another set so that there is enough for everyone in the group.
Great building toy for several ages
Posted 10/22/2012 by Beverly C Young
I got this for three boys ages 3, 8 and 10. All enjoyed it and began playing immediately. They sorted colors, built similar structures and large towers. They also have the Dado boxes and together they are great fun. Very durable toy, too.
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