Natural Pod is a Canadian company offering beautifully natural toys for open-ended, imaginative play -- like Tree Blocks.
Tree Blocks ($29.95 CAD small set - $79.95 CAD large set, shown)
My older children, Merlin and Elspeth (now college students!), played with tree blocks when they were little. These tree blocks are made of kiln dried locally sourced alder with a wax finish. The ends are smooth, so no splinters. This set is unique in that it has half round pieces that work as beds, roofs, or bridges.
Even if you already have nice blocks, there is something about the natural feel of tree blocks that inspires a different type of more magical, nature-oriented play. They go well with animal figures or gnomes.
Gnomes ($3.50 CAD)
Natural Pod's tree blocks were just named one of the top ten eco-toys in North America.
Also, check out the sale prices on Fagus trucks!
Natural Pod has offered our readers 10% off until December 31, 2009. The code is "NPSaraTB09". Prices are in Canadian dollars, but Natural Pod does ship to the U.S. Currently one Canadian Dollar is equal to about 94 cents.