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Forum topic by Michael Wilson posted 12-08-2011 07:53 AM 933 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Michael Wilson

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12-08-2011 07:53 AM

So my sister now has three adorablicious little munchkins. Six months up to four years. It occurred to me that it would be fun (and squarely within my skill level) to make a set of wooden blocks for them and a box to keep them in.

I’ve spent a dizzying amount of time online looking for something that would constitute a “standard” unit block size, only to come up with three or four “standards.” :-/

Ordinarily I’d just pick one and go for it. But I’m concerned about them being a manageable size (read: small enough) but big enough that they’re not going to present a choking hazard.

Any ideas on what those minimum dimensions might be? There’s got to be some nanny state child safety guidelines kicking around someplace. But I haven’t got a clue.

Ideas?


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#1 posted 12-09-2011 03:06 AM

Check out this article…
http://pediatrics.about.com/od/safety/a/109_choking.html

My mother used to work in a daycare and they had to have a choke test tube(like the one they refer to) in the classroom at all times to check toys. Easily enough made out of PVC pipe.

CtL

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#2 posted 12-09-2011 03:42 AM

That’s a really spectacular idea. Thanks very much. It didn’t occur to me that those existed. But it seems obvious once you mention it.

Ok, just so it’s actually here in case someone else finds this thread. This is from the choking sub-link from the link above:

small toy parts that can fit inside a choke test cylinder or no-choke testing tube, which measures 1 1/4 inches wide by 2 1/4 inches long and simulates the size and shape of a young child’s throat, such as Lego building blocks, dice, beads, etc

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