Toys You Won’t Toss

March 28, 2014 /

I decided to edit my original post because it was far too ranty. I’ll sum it up by saying there are a lot of beautiful toys out there and here is a little recap of some timeless, lovely toys that should survive many years of Spring cleaning because of their beauty, form, function and endless possibilities.


You can’t really buy this toy unless you have a billion dollars and get it on ebay.

The company that made it, Creative Playthings, sadly, isn’t in business, well, it was bought out by CBS who discontinued the toy sector in the 80’s and now only sells rather pedestrian playground equipment. (cue sad violin  music)

I love 95% of the old Creative Playthings stuff but don’t have a small fortune to get it, since most of it is considered “collectors” items.


My husband and I want this so badly. There are a hundred ways to play with this rainbow. Not the least of which includes, flipping them over to form a “U” shape and tapping them with a mallet to create a xylophone. Woah. Really, look up Grimms rainbow, do an image search. Wow.


There are so many tacky xylophone toys out there. I was really disappointed with the one we got, since it makes no musical sense. I even checked which each note was with a tuner. No lie: A#, F#, A#, E, D.  ;{






Restoration Hardware, linen softies.


This would take forever to DIY.



from Dwell Studio.


(The above blocks are actually magnetic! Woah! The brand is called Tegu, you can get them on Amazon.)


(We have one of these for our Beena but I removed the stick up his rear end so he’s more like an action figure. She plays with him in the car and loves moving his joints. She calls him “doll”. Squee.)




These Japanese made blocks label the kind of wood each piece is in Japanese and English.



I covet these every day of my life and I”m trying to make a cheaper hack version using food coloring. They are from a German company called Grimm Spiel and Holz).



This is DIY-able. Can you say, “stolen paint chips” from Lowe’s?



Bauhaus top.



Bath toys, how I love these little bath toys.

linen dinosaur

I have more pins on this subject than I should but, if you are interested, see my Toys board.

Post by Leah Sidwell, toy snob and hater.



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  • Amanda Nowlin says:

    Amen, my granola-sisters. So, my “baby” is 5…and we still have MANY of these types of amazing wooden toys that Joe and Sam STILL play with. Now it’s less about discovery and more about art and what is pleasing to the eye. Toys like these are an investment…so much so that I dragged them all the way across the country in our move. <3

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