Beautiful Reggio Emilia Inspired Wooden Block Set

I can’t say enough about the importance of building block play. Like me, Learning Materials Workshop knows that children need blocks to explore, invent, represent, design, and imagine.

President of Learning Materials Workshop, designer and educator, Karen Hewitt of Vermont, U.S.A., creates play objects for children and designed these most fantastic colorful, wooden triangular blocks called Villetta blocks. She believes in open-ended play (AMEN!) and using play to inspire fantasy and form-making.

We do, too. And we love her beautifully crafted building blocks!

When Karen sent us the Villetta blocks to try, we shared them with our friends who have two boys ages 3 and 5, and together the kids played and created with much delight. (And I just couldn’t resist the above photo with the nose-picking! he, he)

The Villetta blocks include 12 natural and 12 colored wood prisms.

Learning Materials Workshop is the U.S. distributor for Reggio Emilia publications and they distribute the Reggio Emilia (preschool) books, DVDs, and videos. To learn more about Reggio Emilia, visit Learning Materials Workshop. You also might like this NY Times article, How to Use Blocks to Teach.


Learning Materials Workshop is offering Imagination Soup readers the chance to win a $29.99 Villetta Block Set. To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below by December 8, 2011, midnight MST. By entering this sweepstakes, you agree to Imagination Soup’s official sweepstakes rules. No purchase necessary. Open to individuals in U.S. only, 18 years of age or older, void where prohibited.

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    • Sari

      Absolutely beautiful! My daughter was trained to teach the Reggio way. She also visited schools in Italy prior to graduating last year. Theses would be a terrific addition to her classroom.

    • Laura Brines

      I can’t wait to play with these beautiful new blocks!

  • Mindy R

    ooh, those blocks look so cute. My kiddo would love them! :)

  • Danielle

    I love these blocks!!! Look at that intention in the buildlings!

  • Erin

    Love these blocks. Please enter me. :-)

  • Laura@art4littlehands

    I would love them. We have never owned blocks so they would be perfect. Hope to win.

  • Laura@art4littlehands

    I liked learning materials workshop on fb under my page name Art For Little Hands.

  • amber gierer

    Would love to win these, I have a 6, 4 and a 2yr old and I can see them all playing with these!!!

  • amber gierer

    I liked learning materials workshop on facebook. My fb name is Amber Elschide Gierer. thanks

  • coleen

    i’m more and more impressed with reggio emilia educational materials. thanks for the chance to enter!

  • NiCole Witucki

    My children would love to play with these blocks. Thank you for the giveaway.

  • NiCole Witucki

    I liked learning materials workshop on facebook. My name NiCole Lynn.

  • Rachele @ Messy Kids

    My son would love those blocks!

  • Rachele @ Messy Kids

    I liked learning materials on FB under my Messy Kids account.

  • Andrea

    My 3 year old would love these!

  • Andrea Julian

    I liked learning materials on facebook!

  • Kris

    My girls would love these!

  • Becky

    What a clever set! I hadn’t seen these before. Thanks for spotlighing them.

  • Becky

    Liked the company on Facebook.

  • Jaimie

    I love these! They would make a great addition to our wooden blocks that we already have! :)

  • Mandi

    These are sooo neat!

  • jen shuttleworth

    My twins would spend hours with these blocks. We would love to win them!

  • jen shuttleworth

    I liked the Learning Materials Workshop on Facebook.

  • Suzanne Santillan

    My nephew would love these blocks. Great giveaway.

  • Duffy

    Love these blocks!

  • Nicole

    Love these!

  • Karen Hewitt

    Thank you so much for your wonderful comments and lovely photographs of children using our blocks. We are also thrilled with the recent buzz that has been generated from the NY Times article on the resurgence of block play in some early childhood classrooms. I do want to mention that I have been designing open-ended block sets since the early 1970’s at least twenty years before I knew about Reggio Emilia’s infant-toddler and preschools. I first visited Reggio Emilia in 1992 and was certainly inspired by their ideas. This is one reason that I became the US distributor for Reggio Children publications. My block designs come from my background as an artist, an early childhood teacher, a toy historian and my graduate studies at Bank Street College of Education. We are so pleased to have participated in your give-away on your informative and beautifully designed website.

  • Razi

    We would cherish these beautiful blocks as part of our homeschooling fun!

  • Razi

    We liked Learning Materials on Facebook!

  • Jackie

    What a wonderful giveaway! I’d just read an article about the importance of block play.

  • LC

    The blocks are great, but those are some handsome models you’ve got. Must be expensive to get such talent (multitasking at such a young age–nose picking and block planning).

  • Maria Gianferrari

    My daughter is nearly 10, and still loves to play with blocks! And my paternal relatives are from Emiliglia Romagna, the province, and tiny “paesini” near Reggio Emilia.

    Thanks for sharing this!

  • Maria Gianferrari

    Woops–misspelled Emilia–too tiny print (and aging eyes!)

  • Katherine

    Lovely. Both of my kids (3 & 6) would enjoy these.

  • Katherine

    I liked them on FB – name there is the same as my e-mail but with my middle name too.

  • Jen

    These blocks are fabulous. I’d never seen them before. My little guy would adore them. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Jen

    I liked them on Facebook…and discovered that that they are located where we used to live…and where my son was born! Wish I were still there to do some shopping!

  • Stephanie

    What beautiful blocks! These kind of toys are my favorite – simple, non-plastic, and sure to spark the imagination.

    I have two little girls (plus, one-on-the-way!). They would be delighted to play with this set.

  • Pamela Cain

    What nice blocks. I’ve been looking for an additional set to add to the blocks my son already has.

  • Pamela Cain

    I like Learning Materials Workshop on Facebook.

  • Shelley

    We love blocks!

  • Ana Andric

    I liked them on facebook. My 3 and 4 year old would love to build with new blocks

  • Ana Andric

    We would love to win these:-)

  • Connie

    I would love to add these to my day cares materials.

  • Amanda F

    These blocks look great, and such high quality!

  • Amanda F

    Liked on facebook — George Fobert

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  • Stephanie W

    We would love to win these blocks for my daughter and son. I would also love to do a creative theme with these blocks for my daughters daisy troop. Thanks for a wonderful opportunity!

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  • Teri Martin

    These would be wonderful!!

  • Teri Martin

    I also “Like” Learning Materials Workshop on Facebook for the 2nd entry :) Same name as on FB.

  • Roanne B

    Great giveaway. A new ‘toy’ for me to enjoy with my nephews. thanks.

  • Michelle Dippel

    Oooh! Would be a great thing for my son!

    (littleangel_mw at yahoo dot com)

  • Michelle Dippel

    I follow them on FACEBOOK.
    fb = (michelle.s.dippel)
    (littleangel_mw at yahoo dot com)

  • PragmaticMom

    Those blocks are gorgeous. Too bad my kids are a tad old for them… :(

  • Lexigurl

    I would love to have these in my classroom. I love the simple colors!
    lexigurl_17 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  • Lexigurl

    I like them on FB: Alexandra Herring

  • Michelle

    Fun! My girls would love creating patterns and building!

  • MomofTwo

    I love the idea of being imaginative and these blocks do just that!

  • MomofTwo

    Like them on FB
    Jessica Shallow-Miller