Are you ready for the holidays, or looking for some ideas? 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
4 Years: Gift Ideas
The Lola set from Grapat is wonderful–it comes with 12 solid cylindars, 12 hollow tubes, 12 “vases” and 36 peg people, 12 in each of 3 sizes. The colors are beautiful, the building FUN–this one is great for years to come!
Grimms Color Matts are often overlooked–but out of the box, they’re rugs in a dollhouse, beds, roofs, cards for a card house, ready for matching, math and simply adding color. It took us a while to get them, but now use them daily.
Gluckskafer slats come both in a 64 pack and a 32 pack. Either is enough to have fun, but 64 is no where close to too much. The lengths are the same as the Grimms Large Stepped Pyramid pieces, and the build well either with that set or independantly
No doubt about it–the Bauspsipel Gem blocks are magic. They sparkle, they build well, and because the gems are fully embedded, you can turn them any direction and they still stack flat. another “daily use” set around here!
Did you know crayons are better for muscle development than markers because the kid must regulate the pressure differently? Stockmar crayons are a little pricey, but the color is so good and they last so well, its a good investment
Gonge River Stones great for those days when the keeds need to keep moving, but “inside” is the name of the game step and reach between them, OR in small world play they are excellent hills and mountains
The Tea Collection clothing company is known for drawing inspiration from different regions of the world. Each season they visit a new local. A fun way to incorporate art and culture into your kid’s wardrobe
Ideas by Age
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At first glance, the Bauspiel Giant Rainbow looks familiar and perhaps similar to other sets, but on closer inspection, the size and proportions reveal that really it plays more like a remarkable set of blocks than the typical rainbow stacker.
Each year as earth day rolls around the kids and I talk about changes we can make to live more responsibly. Sometimes it means using less of things, sometimes using different things, sometimes it means looking for ways to use things longer, and other times it means making new choices next time you shop. Here are a few of our favorites.