All Ages: Gift Ideas

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Some things are SO classic and SO good for all ages, they land here.  Because Grimms and Grapat are Geofenced, these items are not directly linked on this page, but instead have buttons below.

grimm's large stepped pyramid LSP

The Grimms Large Stepped Pyramid is amazing–huge both in presentation and play value.  I don’t like it as a first / stand-alone set because it lacks variety in shapes, but combined with any other Grimms building set it is amazing addition!

grapat mandala parts in a tray on the grass

Grapat Manda pieces are beautifully made and colored and wonderful in play as loose parts, as scenery, as counting manipulatives or to make mandala art.  We use these daily. (ages 3+)

feet on a wobbel board outside

A Wobbel really is good at any age.  Adults cannot resist them (my adult brother who doesn’t have kids got one after playing with ours), kids love them.  We just cannot reccomend them highly enough.  Click here for links:  USA  Canada

Bauspiel Colorstreet (gemblocks) are such a good early building block.  They have good grippy texture and a consistent shape that stacks well.  They’re Beautiful alone or mixed with other blocks.

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Ideas by Age

The pages linked here will take you to ideas by approximate age.   These lists were put together with longevity in mind, so don’t hesitate to look back and forward a year or two as you’re looking for ideas.  If you’re new to wooden or open ended toys and would like to know more about what to look for, this article is a good place to start.

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shelf of toy reccomendations

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

Bauspiel Giant Ranbow, cropped, photo by building with rainbows

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.

loose parts display of grimms and grapat and myers natrual toys

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.

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