book: the elements

The Elements

  • Emily 

The Elements by Theodore Gray is a visual introduction to the concept of elements and the periodic table. Loved by E8, E5 and most adults enjoy it too.

broken wooden toy

How to Fix a Break in a Wood Toy

How many times have you thrown out a plastic toy because it broke, the plastic deformed and it couldn’t be repaired? From both and eco-friendly perspective, and an economical-perspective, it is wonderful that most broken wood toys can be repaired to as-strong-as new. But how do you do it?

book: four famished foxes and fosdyke

Four Famished Foxes and Fosdyke

  • Emily 

Announcing: All Alliteration Aficionados, Assemble! This highly entertaining story has excellent and entertaining vocabulary, focused fully on “F”.

balls for wood ball run

Which Size Balls are Best For Ball Runs?

When you’re setting up to build a Ball run using blocks, the size ball you pick makes a big difference. If you’re playing with a very small child, then you need a ball that is not a choking hazard. If you’re working with a young builder, you need something that won’t be frustratingly heavy or light.

gluckskafer slats

Slats and Flats – Ball Run Track Recommendations

The quickest way to take any set of blocks into a simple ball-run kit is to add a track for the ball to run down. There are a number of sets that look similar in stock images. Lets look through some some of the most common sets, their advantages and drawbacks.

book: who knew physicis

Who Knew? Physics

  • Emily 

My 8-year old (E8) is especially drawn to factoids and “amazing but true” type knowledge these days. “Who Knew? Physics” by James Lees is right up his alley.

grimms balls in a box

Why Wooden Toys?

  • Emily 

The texture of wooden toys is reassuring and solid in a way that plastic never manages to be. It its warm and feels alive to the touch—its inviting. They ask to be handled and played with, and are delightful to hold.