Matryoshka AcornRaduga Grez £38.25
Matryoshka Acorn can be opened and closed, arranged according to size, in the parts you can hide feathers, large beads, chestnuts and other treasures. You can put the halves one on top of another, hide them inside each other or build a tower. You can place the acorns around the nursery, give a basket to a child and collect them together to make a picnic for the squirrels.
Children love opening and closing nesting dolls, arranging them by height, and are delighted to see that a large thing hides many small ones. But traditional Russian matryoshkas are not kids-friendly enough – the wood is rough and closes too tightly.
Matryoshka Acorn is made by lathe method – a round billet is put on a rotating machine and the craftsman uses a sharp knife to give the desired shape to the wood. This is an old technique and very few people own it. Therefore, the number of toys is limited. But thanks to it, the parts of matryoshka dolls are perfectly smooth, easy to open and close. And this toy embodies our favorite combination – natural wood and eco-friendly paint.
How to play:
- Play the pieces like the dishes
- Hide the small objects under the hats
- Put a small toy inside, hide the nesting doll in the nursery and play "cold and hot"
- Put inside little notes for each other
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.