The Magic of Wooden Blocks

For all the advance­ments in tech­nol­ogy, there is still no replace­ment for the magic con­tained in a set of wooden blocks. Archi­tect Frank Lloyd Wright cred­ited his leg­endary works to a sim­ple set of wooden blocks he played with as a child. Known as Froebel gifts, the ultra-minimal sets of blocks chal­lenge the child to use their imag­i­na­tion to cre­ate some­thing new using only the most basic of shapes.

Every­one has their favorites, often handed down for gen­er­a­tions. Maybe it’s a box of blocks care­fully cut by a grand­fa­ther or uncle in their garage work­shop. In our house, it’s a box of vin­tage Cre­ative Play­things blocks we picked up on eBay years ago.

golo wooden puzzle

avail­able here for $16

I know that I’ve men­tioned these wooden blocks by Golo before, but they’re cer­tainly worth men­tion­ing again. Get them while they last, they don’t stay in stock for long!

helsinki wooden blocks

Helsinki Made of Wood
avail­able here for $44

The Helsinki Made of Wood block set by Kokoro & Moi lets you build your own minia­ture ver­sion of Helsinki. The set is super fun and col­or­ful, though the shapes are some­what limited.

facemakers by miller goodman facemakers by miller goodman

Face­Maker by Miller Good­man
avail­able here for $50

A mod­ern retake of the clas­sic face-making blocks.  Will you be a cow­boy or a princess? With thou­sands of poten­tial unique faces to be made, the choice is yours!

What are some of your family’s favorite clas­sic toys? Please share!