Shopping Guide

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Ideas by Age

The lists below, targeted each at a specific age range, are picked for their longevity.  Items typically can span 2-3+ of the age categories.  I value picking a gift that lasts, so I’ve tried to curate suggestions thta do the same.  Don’t hesitate to look at the previous ages for more ideas as you ponder.  With a few exceptions, I’ve tried to suggest things beyond or that compliment the most common choices, but also things that will be good for any child, even one who may be unfamiliar with openended toys. 

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If you’re new to wooden or open ended toys and would like to know more about what to look for, this article can help.  This page lists some shops with new customer discounts, and this page is good for help visually identifying brands.

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Reader Favorites

Favorites from Readers!  I’d love to include your top picks as well!  Instructions are here to submit your Reader Favorites

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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.

wooden rainbows made by Grimm's, Myer's Natural, Ocamora, Naef, Bauspiel

Isn’t it funny–you may start out with a single Rainbow Stacker–but they just seem to multiply! Since first writing the first post about picking a rainbow stacker, a few more have joined our ranks!

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