With the recent explosion in new options for walls that have nothing to do with paint, we were intrigued by this tip, from Kristie in Mountain View:
"Something I found today - helvetica wallpanel - could be a cool-looking way to teach kids their numbers."
What's a wall panel you ask? It's a dimensional wall covering formed from laminate over a carved wood core, and it can be stained or painted, though it comes in a variety of colors as well.
Helvetica is part of a series of carved relief Iconic Panels from Burlingame design firm B+N. They're a clever way to add texture and drama to your walls if you live in a space that's devoid of any architectural detailing -- though they will also add nooks for dust.
We agree with Kristen that Helvetica is a worthy typeface for teaching the numerals. Tune in for the movie on its history, due in early 2007.
Helvetica panels range from $945 to $1000, depending on the finish, and can be ordered directly from B+N. Download the specs for details. (Babygeared also sells them but their e-commerce is not working for the time being.)