Are you ready for the holidays, or looking for some ideas?
I’ve pulled together some guides for specific topics–for these see buttons at end of post.
And here are some of the some of the pieces that were new to our family, or that the kids were particularly drawn to this year
The Bauspiel plus building blocks are really new to us–but WOW are they a big hit! The kids are always reaching for them, and keep asking for more–fingers crossed for Christmas!
Boards and interesting geometry have been a big deal here this year. I’m so impressed by how much the simple shapes still hold on–the basics are important!! And the new stepped pieces from Papoose are gorgeous!
The Mirus 100 board with engraved numbers was a game changer for us learning numbers. Its beautifully made, and slim enough to bring along for outside math lessons and adventures.
Abel blocks are beautiful, simple, and complex. They look so simple, and stacking a circle is straight forward and satisfying. Try anything else and the balance is a brilliant challenge. They’re also fantastic in flat lays and mandalas!
Just Blocks are another simple but brilliant set. the big blocks are great first blocks for very little people (hold the sticks until they’re past the mouthing phase) but the sticks are one of my kid’s favorite pieces!
Because they have both 4 and 5 cm sides, they integrate beautifully with both the 4cm Grimms sets and the 5cm Bauspiel and Papoose sets.
The Bauspiel Rainbow is a total showstopper. Its amazing on the shelf, but even better in play. The pieces are huge and strong and easy to build with. And they make fantastic tracks for ball runs too!
Here are a few of the guides I’ve put together, if you’re looking for ideas for starting a collection, where to shop, or what to think about when picking sets