Deluxe Wooden Block Set From Smiling Tree Toys
There's a reason wooden blocks are a playtime classic: For babies, they offer plenty of sensory exploration; tots can stack (and knock down); preschoolers can learn letters and numbers; and older children can build more elaborate designs (ok -- and then knock them down).
This 36-piece set from Smiling Tree Toys is made from sustainably harvested hardwoods glossed with an organic oil-beeswax finish.
Each of the 26 letter blocks shows off the uppercase and lowercase version of the letter, and the number blocks have digits on one side and shapes on the opposite. (Deluxe Wooden Block Set, $65)