Boutiquing: Tiny Giraffe...

In my never ending quest to keep you (and I) far away from the nearest baby emporium, I present to you these incredible wooden alphabet and number blocks. This hand-sanded, illustrated set of 12 wooden blocks makes for a terrific gift. Although I can see it as a conversation piece for a baby shower (everyone will fawn over these!), I can assure you that even three and four year olds will enjoy finding ways to use these for play.

Where are they from, you ask? Etsy. That's right. I found them a little boutique called tiny giraffe™. They were designed in collaboration with fellow etsy vendor Drawn to Letters. The resulting product is a gorgeous set of educational cubes featuring bright watercolor drawings by Drawn to Letters' Joanne Gilbert. Letters A-Z are paired with corresponding drawings, perfect for teaching baby letters and sounds. Numbers 0-9 are paired with corresponding vivid 'candy' dots, making them a great tool for learning to count and recognize both colors and numbers.

The only potential problem I see with these is their beauty. A mom like me may be tempted to keep them artfully arranged on a shelf or bookcase rather then pulling them down for play. But don't fall victim to that. These smooth cubes have been lovingly sanded by hand and are perfectly safe for use. The wood is untreated and chemical-free, and the blocks are finished with non-toxic, water-based sealant for durability. So... let the toys be toys!

See the rest of the boutique's beautiful creations here.

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