Here are three well-designed toys:
- Castle Building Blocks (133 pieces), $139.00, Peter Dziulak at Mahar Drygoods. The most beautiful building block set I have ever seen.
- Melissa & Doug Cutting Food Set, $19.95, Oliebollen.com. Great idea, although some kids will turn the little parts into projectiles (or eat them). Know your child.
- My USA Puzzle Map, $45.00, Spoon Sisters. I love soft puzzles (they also have one for the solar system, with Pluto *sniff*). I also like how Maine, Vermont, etc. are just one big orange blob; being from the South, that’s how I think of them too.