Friday, April 5, 2013

Within Arm's Reach

Look at these beautiful birch letter blocks we just got!  I have wanted a set of these for a long time.  My grandparents live up in the North woods surrounded by birch trees, so birch trees are special to me.  On our drives up to see them, we would know we were getting close when we would see the birches.  

One of my favorite bloggers, Tonya, at Plain and Joyful Living, has an Etsy shop called The Vermont Branch Company.  She and her husband and some of her kids are all involved in the business.  I contacted her to see if she would be able to make these for me, and what she sent far exceeded my expectations.  I put in a close-up shot hoping you ca see just how soft and appealing these are.  My kids are stacking them, writing words, laying them out in alphabetical order, and just enjoying how nice they feel.  You should pop over to her shop to see the other cool things that they sell!

These will live in the family room on a low shelf, just inviting little hands to explore.  We don't keep many toys out all the time, we tend to tuck them away and get them out as needed, but there are a few  toys that always live within arm's reach of our little ones:
Wooden elements stackers 
Crocheted balls and bowls

Natural wooden blocks

A basket of instruments

And of course, a basket of books
These toys get played with every single day.  There is something about the feel of the natural materials that draws the kids in...much more than plastic toys.  Hey, even I find myself picking them up now and then.  And while there are days when I do have to stash the wooden kazoo away for an hour or two to save my sanity, I LOVE that my kids find so much joy in these simple toys.  

What toys do you have out that your children just cannot resist?

*I have linked to several shops in this post.  I do not own these shops, nor am I compensated for linking to them.  I have simply bought items from these places that I love, and would love to see others support these little family businesses.  So go get some for yourself!*

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  1. Playsilks would go nicely with that collection.

  2. Oh how fun! I will need to go take a peek at her shop. These are beautiful. I have a friend that has a cross that is twisted and bent to fit in your palm with fingers clasped around it fitting in the grooves, I am always drawn to touching it when visiting her home. The wood and shape are soothing. Visiting from yarn along!

  3. Oh these look beautiful!

    Thanks so much for sharing at the Friday Baby Shower - Alice x