Holiday Gift Guide: Blocks and Marbles


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This is a set of 45 blocks and 14 marbles. Build marble runs from your own imagination. It came with a canvas drawstring bag to store all of the pieces. My marble obsessed son loves it.


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8 Responses to “Holiday Gift Guide: Blocks and Marbles”

  1. Fairly Odd Mother Says:

    This doesn’t have anything to do with your gift ideas (although I’ve been loving them!), but had to tell you that I thought of you last night as I counted up all our holiday books—we had 22 in all, so I ordered two more. I think it was you who wrote about reading a different holiday book to your kids every day in December leading up to Christmas, and I’ve wanted to do this as well since I read your post last year.

    I think you said you wrap your books, which I knew I’d never get around to doing, so my 6yo and I decided that I’d wrap the book-of-the-day in a pillow case and hide it in the house for them to find. Then, they could ‘unwrap’ the book from the pillow case which would be then used again the next day, for the next book.

    Thanks for the idea! I’m really looking forward to making this a family custom.

  2. t in hd Says:

    My kids LOVE this toy. We have a different version (there are so many over here) but the same idea–build a course and send the marbles through. Haba makes a really great one with lots of different bits you can buy to add on. Really neat but not cheap.

  3. CathyC Says:

    This is one of the best toys we own, though ours is made by Ideal, but it is identical to the one you have pictured. I can’t tell you how many hours have been spent playing with this.
    Great choice!

  4. Kris Says:

    Chris, I know you don’t like playrooms and like to keep the toys in the main rooms of the house. That said, how do you keep the little ones from putting marbles and other little pieces into their mouths when your not looking?

  5. chris Says:


    I don’t have little ones who ut stuff in their mouths any longer.

    That said I keep all the toys organized. You take it down and play with it, you put it away when you are done.

  6. Kris Says:

    Miles is far ahead of Ava then. She is 2 1/2 and driving me nuts with the things going in her mouth! Maybe once the two year molars come in, we will be done with that stage.

    Thanks, Chris. :)

  7. t in hd Says:

    I think it also depends on the kid. My first two rarely put things in their mouths beyond the infant age and were long past that stage by age 3. My youngest is nearly four and still puts every damned thing in her mouth. She even swallowed a coin last winter. Not fun.

  8. Molly Says:

    What a ruling toy! When my littlest is old enough to play with it safely I will surely try to remember to buy it (will have to wait 3 years until then) Please remind me in 3 years, OK?;-)

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