Like the alphabet blocks in Grandma's attic, these wooden blocks feature carved letters, fancy scroll borders, and simple ink drawings. Individual blocks feature four sides with colored letters, one side with a number and one side with the image and spelling of the object below it, such as an owl or duck. Unlike Grandma's blocks, however, these are printed with nontoxic, colored ink. And to avoid destroying nonrenewable forests, they're made of basswood that's cut from industry-owned and managed land in Michigan. Toddlers and preschoolers can use the 27 blocks to make all kinds of imaginative structures and to become familiar with numbers and letters. The set comes with an attractive and sturdy canvas sack for easy clean up and storage. Each block is a 1.75-inch square. --Gail Hudson
"How can you improve on a classic? Make it mobile. This set of 28 classic ABC blocks fits inside a sturdy cotton canvas drawstring bag, and is neatly presented in a beautiful display box. Each block is made from sustainable Michigan basswood, and features animals, numbers, math symbols, and letters. It's a great way to stow away blocks for a road trip, or to just clean up and organize a playroom. 28 1.75" cubes (44mm) 7.5 oz 100% cotton drawstring bag Ages 2+"