Today I want to highlight a different kind of wooden building block set to you. Here are some photos of it. You can see a little girl playing and building a cone or conical structure with a unusual kind of arched building blocks.
This building block set is very much different to the normal wooden building block sets we are used to buying like the Melissa & Doug Wooden Blocks .I think this set is somewhat similar to the hugely popular Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Stack & Roll Cups set where kids have to stack-up cups, one on top of another and build a tall cone shaped structure. So I think this kind of novel cone building block sets are becoming a trend today.
The manufacturers are a German brand named Grimm’s Spiel and Holz toys. They say this set has two kinds of building blocks – a rainbow circle of arches and a circle of smaller curved elements. Both of these can also be used separately for other building projects. The smaller curved elements in particular are great for making unsupported bridge structures- a very good educational toy for developing expert motor skills!
This toy is environmentally friendly too and safe for kids to play. Grimm’s Spiel and Holz toys say that each piece in this building block set is handmade in Germany from locally-sourced, sustainable wood sources and colored with natural dyes. The blocks are unvarnished, which makes them easier to stack and also gives a lovely texture to hold.
Clearly the little girl seems to have enjoyed building this conical structure.
Here is a interesting fact about this set. You won’t believe it but this is not some toy concept found recently. Its actually based on traditional African architecture! According to the manufacturers of this set, the concept behind the design is African architecture. In African architecture round huts are made like this out of mud or stone. Some of there conical towers are still standing after hundreds of years and are thought to trace back to the 11th century! So even though they may seem not very steady, they are built to last too!
This is how this Grimm’s Spiel and Holz Wooden Toy Cone Tower Set looks like when it is complete. From it you can get an idea about its height and scope that’s achievable with this set.
This set has 81 pieces in total. Diameter of the rainbow circle is 44.5cm and the Diameter of the circle curve elements is 48.5cm.
This set is now available for sale in this UK website which is where I came across it. Grimm’s Spiel and Holz seem to be specialists in building this kind of building blocks. I found many more of their unusual building block sets like this on Amazon. You might like to check them out too. They are found as Grimm’s Spiel und Holz Design on Amazon.