Just Blocks Big Box compared to Grimms Large Stepped Pyramid

Just Blocks: Fit with Grimm’s and Fit with Bauspiel

  • Emily 

Have you looked at Just Blocks, and wondered how they might fit with the Grimm’s and Bauspiel blocks you have or plan to add to your collection? Here is a quick rundown of the sizing and how they fit together (the short version: very well!)

ostheimer daughter 2 painted orange and green

Repainting Figures

  • Emily 

I’ve had a little bit of fun repainting figures–a tree that arrived in a color that didn’t suit us and a couple of Ostheimer friends. I’ve linked the Materials we used at the end of the post (click on the product images).

seaside scene built with wooden toys

Open Ended Toys: Picks for Bigger Kids

  • Emily 

Starting a wooden toys collection is a daunting task–and so is growing a collection as your kids get older–what to buy next? Here are some of our favorites for bigger kid.

orriginal nancy drew and hardy boys books on a shelf

The Book Nook

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What do you do in your home to make reading feel available, accessible and inviting to your kids? In our house, its all about the spaces.

grimm's waterlily funfeck 2

Grimm’s: Old and New

It’s fascinating to watch how toys change over time—and at first glance easy to think that blocks surely don’t change so much. Even within Grimm’s, they evolve. Before Grimm’s was “Grimm’s Spiel und Holz Design” they were “Spiel & Holz Design” –the original logo didn’t even have a rainbow.

Bauspiel stepped counting blocks, circle blocks, epsilon blocks

Bauspiel Blocks in Ball runs

The Bauspiel building block range introduces a new range of shapes for ball runs, and with it a marvelous new set of options and techniques for ball runs.

books by inga moore

Six Dinner Sid, Captain Cat, A House in the Woods: Inga Moore

  • Emily 

At the start of first grade, E8’s teacher made a comment that has stuck with me “Everyone can read. You can read the words, you can read the pictures, you can read both. Its all reading.” Inga Moore embodies this in her books–the words are clever, and the pictures just as entertaining–have you ever seen a cat smirk?

grapat rainbow tompten outside

Cleaning Wooden Toys

  • Emily 

All toys need to be cleaned at some point, but wooden toys cannot be run through the dishwasher or scrubbed with solvents. Is the solution to keep them inside? No–if anything they’re more alive than ever outside. One simply needs a reliable way to clean them.