Frequently Asked Questions

How do I clean the blocks?

Not surprisingly, untreated wood and moisture don’t mix well. Water warps. You can clean your blocks lightly with a damp cloth and mild detergent, but avoid getting the embossed sides wet. Moisture is more likely to cling to the crevices, making them more susceptible to damage.

Is it OK to gnaw on the blocks?

Weirdly, we get the “is it OK to lick or chew on the blocks?” question quite a bit. Let’s make it crystal clear: keep the blocks out of your mouth. They aren’t teething toys. And they certainly aren’t food.

Looking behind the question, we get it. Babies put things in their mouths, so adults get concerned and ask if it’s safe. Rest easy: since we don’t put any sealer or coating on our blocks, Uncle Goose blocks are technically mouth-safe.

What about replacement blocks?

Uh-oh. You lost a block. Or a roving pack of feral St. Bernard puppies decided to use a few as chew toys. We won’t judge or scold. We offer replacement blocks for those “just-in-case” situations. You can order replacement blocks online.

What about defects?

If you look carefully at your block set, you might see mineral streaks, pinholes, or wood grain. These aren’t defects. Wood has a naturally imperfect and beautiful character. We wouldn’t dream of replacing a perfectly imperfect wood block.

However, if your block is cracked or damaged, please let us know. We’ll replace it.

Are Uncle Goose blocks safe?

Uncle Goose Blocks are a timeless classic. Generations have thrived by playing with wood blocks. So, yeah, of course they’re safe.

If you’re concerned about the paint, don’t be. We buy our inks from an American manufacturer that doesn’t use heavy metals. To keep them honest, we test every gallon of ink before we put it on our blocks. We’re fanatic about quality and safety.

And if you don’t trust us, you can trust the government, right? Check out our CPSIA (Consumer Protection Safety Improvement Act) Certificates online. We have earned government safety certificates for every last one of our products.