Oh, my. We love blocks of all varieties, but we may have an extra-special nook in our hearts for these little beauties. Made from salvaged maple and mulberry branches, these blocks have a fabulous tactile quality that makes them, if possible, even more pleasing to the touch than they are to the eye.
Etsy seller The Whimsy Tree finds branches that would otherwise be wasted, then carefully cuts them in 2-centimeter increments, ranging from 2 to 10 cm, so that there's an internal logic that allows kids to successfully build. The bark is left on, but the cut ends are sanded and finished with non-toxic beeswax and flaxseed oil paste. And each one-of-a-kind set comes to you in its own handmade cloth bag.
$30 for a set of 21 at The Whimsy Tree