Land of Nod’s It Makes a Village Building Set would create the village (or previously mentioned Land of Lollipops) of my kids’ dreams, with swoopy arches, wavy roads, and even little shapes that could become anything from a rock wall, to a cluster of bushes, to a row of gumdrops.
Created by Germany’s Grimms exclusively for Land of Nod, these blocks are safe for kids ages 1+, making them such a wonderful first-birthday gift. Colored with water-based dyes and natural oils, you won’t have to worry if they make an occasional trip to the mouth. And I appreciate that the edges are all hand sanded to remove sharp corners since blocks often have a tendency to become airborne in my house.
This set alone could be enough to keep my kids occupied for quite a while, but when added to their set of basic wooden blocks, they’d add a pop of color and interest that breathes new life into an old classic.
And when it’s time to clean up, check out how the pieces can fit back together into a modern-art type puzzle. My kids would have fun seeing all the ways the pieces can go together, grouped by shape, by color, or just scattered throughout. It’s actually one toy they might not mind cleaning up off the floor when play time is up. I can dream, right? –Christina