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Welcome to Carolina Pratt Unit Blocks – The World's Best Wooden Blocks.
February 17, 2014: Thank you for visiting Carolina Pratt Unit Blocks. We are currently expecting production and shipping delays due to post-holiday seasonal absences and inclement weather. We are currently accepting orders online for April and May delivery. Orders placed online will be handmade in the order received unless special arrangements are made.
Each set of FSC®-certified Hard Maple Wooden Blocks is precision-made in the USA — in Asheville, North Carolina — at our workshop, by our own hands, and then shipped to you.
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Wooden Blocks – Made in the USA – Shipped Worldwide!
News about Carolina Pratt Standard Unit Wooden Blocks.
December 13, 2013 — We are busy filling your orders. New Orders placed now will be delivered after Christmas or in January.
November 9, 2012 — We’re offering special financing through PayPal’s Bill Me Later!
No Payments and No Interest if paid in full in 6 months on eligible Bill Me Later purchases of $99 or more. Subject to Credit Approval. Certain restrictions apply.
July 23, 2012 — Looking for FSC®-certified products? We're now FSC®-certified through our new FSC® certification group. Our new certification number is SCS-COC-004068-BK. Our license number is FSC® C109876. Although we've always used FSC®-certified Hard Rock Maple, we've opted to be externally certified as part of our commitment to responsible forestry.
May 16, 2012 — New Wooden Block Play Vehicles! We now offer individual vehicles, sets of three, nine, and ten. Pictured is a Set of 10 Wooden Block Play Unit Block Play Made in the USA Toy Vehicles including Wooden Toy Airplane, Wooden Toy Cars, and Wooden Toy Trucks, all made in the USA with FSC® certified Hard Rock Maple.
May 14, 2012 — They’re alive!
Although the Brontosaurus has always really been an Apatosaurus, and the Triceratops may now be only a juvenile Torosaurus, you can take comfort knowing that the T. Rex is still a Tyrannosaurus Rex, a tree is still a tree, and these classic Hard Maple Wooden Toy Dinosaurs are built solid enough to withstand the moody seas of scientific debate and your preschool or kindergarten classroom. These Dinosaurs are versatile enough to destroy a city or help an infant bring in new teeth. Perfect for infant teething and big kid block play.
February 26, 2012 — We’re happy to announce a new sister competitor site which offers the same highest quality, best-ever, Made-in-the-USA hard maple Wooden Blocks. If you want to buy wooden blocks for your kids á la carte, this is a great option. Please visit Maple Oatmeal Wooden Blocks at "Mo Wooden Blocks dot com" or click this link to buy wooden blocks in all sizes: http://www.mowoodenblocks.com.
January 1, 2012 — Did you forget to order your FSC® 100% HARD MAPLE wooden blocks? Make your last minute purchases at 2011 prices! (Yes, we have to raise prices in January.) We Wish You a Happy, Healthy New Year! May your world be limited only by your imagination and may your imagination have no limits!
December 15, 2011 — Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to Everyone! Please place your Christmas orders by Sunday, December 18, if possible. Our last shipping day before Christmas is Tuesday, December 20.
November 24, 2011 — Carolina Pratt offers another hard maple wooden blocks set specifically for parents who accidentally purchased a Melissa & Doug 60 Standard Unit Blocks set. We call it our “Oops, I accidentally bought a Melissa & Doug 60 Standard Unit Blocks set” set, or “CP06 Big Kids Big Wooden Blocks Unit Blocks Set in Hard Maple” for short. It’s a sweet deal with 20% more block building material than Melissa & Doug 60 Standard Unit Blocks, filling in the missing larger unit blocks and under-represented blocks. Free shipping included through the United States.
October 22, 2011 — Carolina Pratt joins the Asheville Go Local Card fundraiser for local public schools, pledging $15 (the price of a Card) for each wooden block order of $39 or more placed online to be hand-delivered locally.
October 15, 2011 — Share the joy of well-made hard maple unit blocks. These are the wooden blocks preferred by quality preschools, childcare centers, and elementary schools. These are NOT the cheap imitations made from foam, composite wood, rubberwood, or another unspecified soft hardwood, or non-specific "mixed" maple that splinter easily and won't pass the "Under Age 3" toy safety tests. These are NOT the bargain building blocks that are too light to be stable and not accurately cut which frustrates builders young and old. Carolina Pratt Standard Unit Blocks are Made in the USA and cut to an accuracy of one half of 1/100 of an inch. Perfect for the implicit learning of shapes and proportions built into dramatic play with quality wooden blocks.
October 13, 2011 — Now serving Sweden and the rest of the EU, plus Austrialia, New Zealand, and Japan. Items are made to order and then shipped using USPS International Priority Mail at a discounted price of $44 per (up to) 20 pound flat rate box.
September 2, 2011 — School and Institutional Buyers: We accept Purchase Orders. We’ve added a Toll-Free Fax Number (888-516-0210) for your purchase orders. Just proceed to checkout and select “Purchase Order’ as your method of payment. Additional directions are listed on our Purchase Orders page.
Questions? Call Us Toll-Free 888-799-0797.
August 30, 2011 — International Customers: Using new USPS Priority Mail International Flat Rate shipping options, we can now ship our unit blocks to Canada and Mexico for as low as $20 for 20 lb box of unit blocks. Most of the unit block sets we offer (unit block booster sets, Rx sets, bulk unit blocks, same-shape unit blocks) fit in this size box. Free Shipping Insurance and Handling are now include at no additional charge. Contact us for USPS Priority Mail International shipping to schools other countries.
For reference, a Standard Unit Wooden Block made from Hard Rock Maple in the basic unit shape (5.5 x 2.75 x 1.375 inches), a double unit plank (11 x 2.75 x 0.6875 inches), or a double unit pillar (11 x 1.375 x 1.375 inches) weighs about 0.53 pounds. A hard rock maple double unit block (11 x 2.75 x 1.375 inches) or a quadruple unit plank (22 x 2.75 x 0.6875 inches) weighs about a pound. A quadruple unit block (22 x 2.75 x 1.375 inches) in hard maple weighs about 2 pounds. Twenty pounds is a lot of maple wood blocks!
August 27, 2011 — We've updated and simplified our wooden unit block shipping. FREE WOODEN BLOCK SHIPPING available now for ALL BLOCK SETS for EVERYONE in the continental United States.
August 27, 2011 — Using new USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate shipping options, we are now able to offer FREE WOODEN BLOCK SHIPPING to Alaska, Hawaii, and APO/FPO postal addresses on all wooden block orders up to 50 lbs. (almost everything) — plus greatly reduced shipping on larger sets.
August 18, 2011 — Our Unit Block sets have new photos. Now is the time to start placing your order for shipping or personal delivery in September.
August 15, 2011 — We added great photos for our new CP01 Age 1-2+ Infant Toddler Starter Set of Unit Blocks and CP02 Age 2-3+ Toddler Booster Set of Unit Blocks.
The "Age 1-2+" and "Age 2-3+" means that these unit block sets are suggested for children starting at the age listed and up! We also have unit block booster sets marked "Age 3-4+", "Age 4-5+", and "Age 5-6+".
These sets allow you to start on a small budget and grow with incremental booster sets into developmentally appropriate preschool or school set of Unit Blocks as your child and family grow. All of our blocks are made from safe, hypoallergenic Hard Rock Maple, feature smoothly rounded edges, and are suitable for infants and toddlers, as well as older siblings and friends.
Of course, you should still supervise young children at play. Unit blocks are designed for use by children with immature judgment. Loving supervision is required at all times.
August 1, 2011 — Carolina Pratt Unit Blocks joins the Handmade Toy Alliance.
July 31, 2011 — We added 19 More Bulk Unit Blocks in convenient one-box sets today. An order of 128 Small Unit Block Triangles means 8 hours of work right here in Asheville. Two hundred orders is someone's annual income! Support safe wooden toys and our regional economy by purchasing standard unit wooden blocks made here in Asheville, North Carolina.
July 30, 2011 — We actually added an entire new line of Unit Blocks for Home and Home-based Childcare this week, starting with an Infant Toddler Standard Unit Wooden Blocks Starter Set with affordable annual or semi-annual age-appropriate Unit Block booster sets so that your blocks grow with your child and your family!
July 28, 2011 — We will be adding two new sets of Standard Unit Wooden Blocks for Toddlers this week.
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Our Carolina Pratt Unit Blocks are precision manufactured to within one half of 1/100 of a inch by a real, live human being, using infant-safe Hard Rock Maple — the hardwood of choice for wooden blocks for toddlers and preschool Standard Unit Blocks — the original Standard Unit Block, made in the USA from domestic FSC® Mix Credit certified Hard Rock Maple.
We are serious about making the best wooden blocks for your children at competitive prices including Free Shipping for our Hard Rock Maple Standard Unit Blocks via USPS Parcel Post and USPS Priority Mail.
What can you build with Carolina Pratt Unit Blocks?
How about healthy infants, toddlers, children, adults, schools, churches, and communities?
With our Hard Rock Maple Standard Unit Blocks, you can build just about anything.
We are building a better future — and so can you.
We make Wooden Unit Blocks because they inherently teach every subject matter.
Unit blocks set with blocks large and small help children develop gross and fine motor skills. Unit blocks are tools for building stories, developing language and conversational skills, confidence, and social competence through micro and macro dramatic play and through the simple act of giving words to describe what have been built.
Unit blocks teach proportions and math through hands-on, intuitive, self-correcting exploration.
Unit blocks encourage imagination, planning, experimentation, and problem solving. There is no one right way to play with unit blocks.
Although blocks have a fixed size and relationship to other blocks, teachers and parents will tell you that there are no limits to how young minds can play, create, imagine, and discover with a good set of unit blocks.
We use Hard Rock Maple because it is the safest material for little hands and mouths.
Hard Rock Maple, Hard Maple, Sugar Maple, Acer saccharum, call it what you will, it’s the same tree used to produce Maple Syrup, which is recommended (as is brown rice syrup) for allergy avoidance diets. Allergies to maple syrup, the concentrated sap, are rare. Allergies to maple wood are virtually unknown. Compared with birch and walnut, it’s the safest domestic hardwood for teethers. Maple wood is naturally anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and insect resistant without being toxic to children. Maple’s tightly interlocking grain and outstanding hardness make it the safe and durable wood of choice for preschool equipment as well.
We recommend against rubberwood, other Asian hardwoods, foam, cardboard, and plastic unit blocks. In addition to any health concerns, light weight blocks are easier to knock over, which is frustrating for young builders.
We source FSC® certified hardwood.
We choose the highest currently available certifications for the wood that goes into our unit blocks because FSC® inspection with a verifiable supply chain supports sustainable forestry for the health of the youngest generation and for generations to come.
The Forest Stewardship Council® has specific standards and chain of custody requirements that encourage not only sustainable forestry but also safe, legal, and socially responsible practices worldwide.
FSC® certifications can be used by schools and facilities to achieve goals for LEED Credit-Opportunity Contributions for Certified Wood and Low-Emitting Materials.
We clearly mark all our invoices as Made from FSC® Mix Credit Certified Hard Rock Maple for those buyers who require documentation.
Featured Standard Unit Blocks: Carolina Pratt Wooden Block Sets
We recommend these sets of wooden blocks for Toddlers, Preschools, Elementary School Classrooms, and Private Homes.
CP31 Preschool Center Unit Blocks Set in Hard Rock Maple 150-Block Classroom or Family Unit Blocks Set for 3 builders
CP61 1/4 Classroom Unit Blocks Set in Hard Rock Maple 190-Block Class / Family Unit Blocks Set for 4 to 5 builders
CP62 1/2 Classroom Unit Blocks Set in Hard Rock Maple 380-Block Classroom Unit Blocks Set for 8 to 10 builders
CP64 Full Classroom Unit Blocks Set in Hard Rock Maple 760-Block Classroom Unit Blocks Set for 16 to 20 builders
RX-10 1/4 Class Rx Unit Blocks Booster Set in Hard Rock Maple 55-Block Upgrade from 1/4 School Set (adds 1 child) Age 1+
>> More of the Best School Standard Unit Block Sets for preschools and elementary schools.
CP01 Age 1-2 Infant Toddler Home Starter Unit Blocks Set in Hard Rock Maple 45-Block Home Unit Blocks Starter Set for Ages 6 months & Up
CP02 Age 2-3 Toddler Preschool Booster Unit Blocks Set in Hard Rock Maple 55-Block Home Unit Blocks Booster Set for Ages 6 months & Up
CP03 Age 3-4 Toddler Preschool Booster Unit Blocks Set in Hard Rock Maple 48-Block Home Unit Blocks Booster Set for Ages 6 months & Up
CP04 Age 4-5 Preschool Kindergarten Booster Unit Blocks Set in Hard Rock Maple 57-Block Home Unit Blocks Booster Set for Ages 6 months & Up
CP05 Age 5-6 Kindergarten 1st Grade Booster Unit Blocks Set in Hard Rock Maple 40-Block Home Unit Blocks Booster Set for Ages 6 months & Up
>> More Toddler & Home Standard Unit Block Sets for children in homes and home-based childcare.
CP108 64 Unit Pillars Standard Unit Wooden Blocks in Hard Maple Bulk Unit Blocks Set of 64 Unit Block Pillars
CP204 4 Quadruple Units Standard Unit Wooden Blocks in Hard Maple Set of 4 Unit Block Quadruple Units Same Shape Unit Blocks
CP219 8 Quadruple Unit Floor Planks Wooden Unit Blocks in Hard Maple Set of 8 Quadruple Unit Floor Planks Same Shape Unit Blocks
CP401 8 Basic Units Standard Unit Wooden Blocks in Hard Maple Set of 8 Unit Block Units Same Shape Unit Blocks Set
CP403 4 Double Units Standard Unit Wooden Blocks in Hard Maple Set of 4 Unit Block Double Units Same Shape Unit Blocks Set
>> More Bulk and Same Shape Standard Unit Blocks to supplement or build your own standard unit block sets.
RX-10 1/4 Class Rx Unit Blocks Booster Set in Hard Rock Maple 55-Block Upgrade from 1/4 School Set (adds 1 child) Age 1+
RX1 Unit Block Rx 1: Half Units & Half Columns Set in Hard Rock Maple 24 Pieces: 8 Half Units + 8 Half Pillars + 8 Half Cylinders
RX2 Unit Block Rx 2: Unit Arches & Unit Triangles Set in Hard Rock Maple 10 Unit Blocks: 4 Triangles + 4 Arches + 2 Half Roman Arches
RX3 Unit Block Rx 3: Unit Column Pillars & Cylinders Set in Hard Rock Maple 12 Blocks: 4 Pillars + 4 Double Pillars + 4 Small Cylindars
RX4 Unit Block Rx 4: Road, Roof & Floor Unit Planks Set in Hard Rock Maple 9 Unit Planks: 3 Quad Unit Planks + 6 Double Unit Planks
>> More about our Rx Standard Unit Blocks Sets that add high-demand unit blocks to existing standard unit block sets.
CP370 Tyrannosaurus Hard Maple Unit Block Dinosaur Set in Hard Rock Maple Set of 1: Tyranosaurus
CP371 Brontosaurus Hard Maple Unit Block Dinosaur Set in Hard Rock Maple Set of 1: Brontosaurus
CP372 Triceratops Hard Maple Unit Block Dinosaur Set in Hard Rock Maple Set of 1: Tricerotops
CP373 Raptor Hard Maple Unit Block Dinosaur Set in Hard Rock Maple Set of 1: Raptor
CP375 Dinosaur Set of 5 Hard Maple Wooden Blocks Set in Hard Rock Maple Set of 5: Tree, T. Rex, Brontosaurus, Tricerotops, Raptor
More Made-in-USA Wooden Toy Dinosaurs for infant teething and preschool wooden block play
CP301 Bug Hard Maple Unit Block Vehicle Set in Hard Rock Maple Set of 1: Bug
CP302 Airplane Hard Maple Unit Block Vehicle Set in Hard Rock Maple Set of 1: Airplane
CP303 Bus Hard Maple Unit Block Vehicle Set in Hard Rock Maple Set of 1: Bus
CP304 Pickup Hard Maple Unit Block Vehicle Set in Hard Rock Maple Set of 1: Pickup
CP305 Jeep Hard Maple Unit Block Vehicle Set in Hard Rock Maple Set of 1: Jeep
CP306 Camper Hard Maple Unit Block Vehicle Set in Hard Rock Maple Set of 1: Camper
CP307 Big Van Hard Maple Unit Block Vehicle Set in Hard Rock Maple Set of 1: Big Van
CP308 Racer Hard Maple Unit Block Vehicle Set in Hard Rock Maple Set of 1: Racer
CP309 Mini Van Hard Maple Unit Block Vehicle Set in Hard Rock Maple Set of 1: Mini Van
CP310 Mini Car Hard Maple Unit Block Vehicle Set in Hard Rock Maple Set of 1: Mini Car
CP311 Airplane, Bus, Racer Set of 3 Unit Block Vehicles Set in Hard Rock Maple Airplane, Bus, Racer
CP315 Pickup, Jeep, Camper Set of 3 Unit Block Vehicles Set in Hard Rock Maple Pickup, Jeep, Camper
CP326 Van, Mini Van & Car Set of 3 Unit Block Vehicles Set in Hard Rock Maple Big Van, Mini Van, Mini Car
CP352 Great Set of 9 Hard Maple Unit Block Vehicles Set in Hard Rock Maple Plane, Bus, Racer, Pickup, Jeep, Camper, Van, Minivan, Mini
CP353 Best Set of 10 Hard Maple Unit Block Vehicles Set in Hard Rock Maple Bug, Plane, Bus, Racer, Pickup, Jeep, RV, Van, Minivan, Mini
>> More Made-in-USA Wooden Toy Cars, Trucks, & Airplanes for toddler and preschool wooden block play.
We’re a Proud Member of the Handmade Toy Alliance. We’re also an FSC®-certified manufacturer, which applies to products marked as FSC®-certified. The Forest Stewardship Council® promotes responsible forestry and use of forest products through third-party monitoring and verification. Our FSC® certification number is SCS-COC-004068-BK. Our FSC® license code is FSC-C109876.