Wednesday, March 27th, 2013...12:42 pm

Wooden alphabet blocks & toddler crayons

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I really love the colors in these two sets. I’ve gone anything-but-primary with the color palette of Viv’s room (which is inspired mostly by ethnic textiles), and these toys are the perfect complement.

The blocks are by Janod Toys: Kubix 40 Letters and Numbers Blocks ($25). Designed and manufactured in France for the past 40 years, Janod’s factory is in the Jura region of Eastern France where the timber for all products is grown. All Janod toys are manufactured to strict quality and safety standards, painted with lead-free and non-toxic paint. I was introduced to the brand when a friend got Viv a gift from Tantrum. Janod’s wooden toys are all so beautiful. If/when I want to get her other building blocks, I can build upon this alphabet set with other block shapes from Janod, and they’ll all fit the same color palette.

The Playon Crayons ($12.90) are the brainchild of Studio Skinky. I got mine online from SF-based Sunday in Color. They’re certified nontoxic and meet the European safety standard CE mark. And stain free! They’re not as soft as standard wax crayons, so they hold their shape nicely (even when stepped on, oops) and don’t leave marks on every little surface they touch. This means they require a bit more pressure to draw with than some things, so for drawing in particular, they’re probably best for kids age 2 or so and up. At a year and four months, Viv loves stacking them even more than drawing with them.

I’ll share more of my picks for stylish baby toys at my Skillshare class next week, Beautiful Baby Essentials: Clothes, Toys & Gear that Don’t Sacrifice Style.

P.S. I think I just admitted that Viv is now a toddler.


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