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The “Shall-Blocks Series” is an innovative and unique design of toy blocks that continuously challenges a child’s creativity and imagination. Each step in the series comes with a set of building blocks plus an additional game designed to help develop new skills as the child grows.

【STEP1】(Ages 1.5-3)
Block Building / String Stacking / Shape Sorting / Stack Balancing
【STEP2】(Ages 3-6)
Block Building / Workshop Playing
【STEP3】(Ages 4-9)
Block Building / 3D Silhouette Solving
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What are building blocks?

The benefits of building blocks to child development were established over a century ago by German educationalist Friedrich Froebel. He discovered that build blocks helped cultivate imagination, concentration, spatial reasoning and many other skills necessary for a child’s growth. Our goal at SHAOOL is to build on these discoveries a provide a set of building blocks that takes these concepts a step further.

Block Building

About Shall-Blocks

SHAOOL’s goal to bring about the next evolution in building blocks was realized with the development of Shall-Blocks. These blocks are designed to continuously challenge children as they grow and develop. Shall-Blocks provide new ways to stimulate imagination and creativity, as well as improve concentration and motor skills.

《Characteristics》

Patterns
Shall-Blocks are based on the same shapes developed by Friedrich Froebel over 100 years ago. He emphasized the importance of scale in the design of building blocks, and we at SHAOOL have done the same. The 7 different shapes included with Shall-Blocks can be mixed and match to the size and shape of other blocks in the set, helping children to understand shape’s relationship to size.
Shape
Each Shall-Block includes one or more holes which provide even more ways to play and stimulate a child’s imagination.
Size
Shall-Blocks uses the dimension standard of 4cm, which is a common size used in European and American toys. This size is optimal for small children, allowing them to easily hold and grasp each shape.
Material
Shall-Blocks are made from ABS plastic rather than the traditional wood. This ensures that there are no variations in shape and weight, which in turn guarantees and consistent playing experience for the child. This plastic is the same plastic used in common dishes and tableware, ensuring no safety hazard to children. Unlike wooden block, this plastic material can be easily cleaned and dried in a matter of minutes.
Safety
There are no sharp edges in Shall-Blocks, and their weight is less than half that of traditional building block. This ensures that even the most ambitious stackings present no safety risk to the child.

《About each additional games》

String Stacking

String Stacking

Shall-Blocks come with a short string that can be run through the hole in each of the blocks. While this may seem like a simple exercise to adults, children under the age of 2 have not yet developed the motor skills necessary to do this easily. The string is short so there is no safety hazard, and only 4 or 5 blocks are needed to complete a stack. This gives the child a sense of achievement when they have filled the string.


Shape Sorting

Shape Sorting

In order to fully challenge a child’s shape recognition skills, size and direction must also be taken into account while playing. Shall-Blocks does this by using the holes in the blocks as a guide onto the “Sorting Block”. Each of the 10 hole shapes are designed to fit a specific shape, size, and direction of a block.


Stack Balancing

Stack Balancing

Shall-Blocks help to teach weight and quantity recognition by providing a “Balance Stand”. Children stack various blocks on this stand with the goal of keeping it balanced. In the event that the Balance Stand becomes unbalance, the playing child is rewarded with the excitement of seeing all the blocks come crashing off the stand. Difficulty can be adjusted by setting the stand on a hard surface for high difficulty and a softer surface for lower difficulty.


Toy Carpentry

Toy Carpentry

Kids love to hammer things, and Shall-Blocks provides the tools to do just that. The hammer and nail set can be used in combination with the holes in each block to not only give the child a place to hammer, but also allow them to combine blocks to build whatever their imagination comes up with.


Silhouette Solving

Silhouette Solving

The most challenging Shall-Blocks game is 3D Silhouette Solving. The goal is to stack and align blocks in manner that matches the provided “Projection Card”. Many adults find this game challenging, and it is an excellent way to develop a child’s logic and spatial reasoning skills.