I don't know about you, but under our living room couch -- ready for immediate action -- is a collection of toy wooden building blocks. My children and I like to make cityscapes on the rug -- perfect for a way to work off holiday meals! My current favorite set of blocks is the Haba Colosseum (available on Amazon.com
) -- given to me by my older daughter (I guess all that early play time paid off!).
You can build the Colosseum (remember the old adage, "Rome wasn't built in a day" -- well this approach is a lot quicker), as well as many other architectural landmarks of your own invention, like amphitheaters or grand staircases. The set has 110 pieces in 7 different shapes. The blocks are natural untreated beech wood and smooth to the touch. The age recommendation is 3 years and up -- well I am definitely "up." And now I want to turn my Colosseum into a station for the Brio train set that's also under that couch...
There are many different Haba block sets, including Egyptian,
-- so you can travel the world without leaving home!