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.
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.