Earth Pastel CubesRaduga Grez £25.50
We painted cubes with the most beautiful deep pastel colors. They are as tender as the childhood itself, but not too sugary-sweet. We took inspiration from various shades of wildflowers.
We removed the sharp corners from each cube by hand, so when a parent accidentally steps on a toy, it will not hurt. And we do not cover toys with lacquer, so the cubes do not split and it is more convenient for children to build with them.
The toy is carved and painted by hand in a small family workshop in Russia.
How to play:
- Build an amphitheater/a stadium/an arena and show a performance to the audience
- Build the highest tower possible, then pretend to be a wind and try to blow it away
- Build skittles and play bowling
- Build different figures: a circle, a triangle, a heart, a crown, a snowflake etc.
- Imagine that cubes are color pixels and draw with them
- Build a tower with all 20 cubes from the set
- Build a house for an ostrich or a crocodile
- Build together in turns by adding one cube at a time
Why we love blocks
Like puzzle pieces, blocks fit together. Unlike puzzle pieces, they can do so in a variety of ways. Learning to predict what fits where is the work of many years. Which pieces will I need? Do I have enough? The expert can see simply by turning the blocks over in her mind.
Small world play
Is your castle missing a section of wall? Does your railway need a tunnel? Never fear! Here is your humble set of blocks to the rescue. Infinitely versatile, blocks provide the canvas upon which to paint your stories.
Red, blue, red, blue; big, small, big, small. So much of early mathematical thinking is about making patterns. Can you see how it's a small skip from here to odds and evens or the two-times table? A set of blocks like the one above can even illustrate a number's relative size and how it can be combined to make ten.