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Bauspiel Giant Ranbow, cropped, photo by building with rainbows

Bauspiel Giant Rainbow–How Does It Play?

  • Emily 

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

Earth Day — How do you Teach your Kids?

  • Emily 

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.

Grimm's wooden toys color rally charts

Domino Rally: What Sets Should You Look For?

  • Emily 

There’s nothing quite like a domino run–and one made with wood blocks comes with a particularly fine sound–but which blocks are best, and flexible in other builds?

openended toys for math tools

Math Tools — Learning at Home

  • Emily 

Virtual school has been really hard for everyone this year–teachers have it tough, parents are working double-time, and the kids are hanging in there, doing better than we ever could have asked of them–but it’s still tough. The younger and more hands-on the kid is, the harder it is to catch on to new information in this digital school world. We’ve been putting a lot of energy into making math more tactile.

Christmas Hits 2020

  • Emily 

Do you find you’re normally able to predict which gifts will be the biggest hits, and which may take a while to catch on? Some years I feel like I’ve got it all planned–and the kids like the boxes best. This year, they were given boxes and baskets, some more classic toys, and some books. Can you guess the favorites?

building with rainbows wooden toys

Toy Storage

You now have all these beautiful, open-ended and loose-parts toys. But thats it exactly–they’re on the loose. How do you contain them while keeping them accessible? We keep ours visible and available for easy play access.

Open ended toys for adults, toys for memory patients

Adults Need to Play too

  • Emily 

Socks, sweaters, books and picture frames are all very well when you’re planning gifts for adults, but wouldn’t you rather open a package and find a beautifully made toy? Imagine bringing that glee to your friends and parents! Open-ended toys are magic here–most of the toys children love are magic for adults too.

Bauspiel building tiles and Grimm's color mats side by side comparison

Grimm’s and Bauspiel Comparison: Color Mats and Building Tiles

  • Emily 

Grimms and Bauspiel both make sets of thin flat wooden tile blocks. The Bauspiel set is their “Building Tiles” and, the Grimm’s is the “Color Mats”–both are beautiful sets and while similar in essence, this comparison shows how these two sets are different.

Side by Side comparison of Grimms and Bauspiel slats

Grimm’s and Bauspiel Comparison: Leonardo Sticks and Color Rods

  • Emily 

Grimms and Bauspiel both make sets of long thin wooden slats blocks. The Bauspiel set is their “Color Rods” and, the Grimm’s is the “Leonardo Sticks”–both are beautiful sets and while similar in essence, this comparison shows how these two sets build differently.