These wooden circus blocks are my all-time best thrift store find.Â We bought them when Little Hen was two and Firecracker was a newborn.Â At the time, we were on a super tight budget, since Hubby was in grad school.Â The set was $12, and I really wanted it for the girls, but we couldn’t rationalize the price.Â I waited for weeks, hoping no one would snatch it up, and what do you know, it went on sale for $6!!Â
The blocks are all hand carved from various woods, and includes a bear and a cub,Â twoÂ camels, two alpaca,Â a donkey, an elephant, a giraffe, two horses, two men,Â a tractor, a see-saw, various blocks,Â and a circusÂ box.Â I can tell that they were gently played with, because they are in beautiful shape, but also have a smoothness and patina from being handled frequently.Â
I kept these in our “gift box”, waiting for the right time to give them to the girls.Â For 3 1/2 years we waited, and ended up giving them as a welcome gift from their new baby brother on the day of his birth.Â They have been a big hit around here, especially with Firecracker, who likes to stack the animals into tall towers.
Do you and your little ones have a favorite wooden toy set?Â If so, I’d love to see it!Â Next time – Handmade dolls.