As a newly minted auntie to my dear nephew Alek, I am still navigating through the rich and complex world of understanding children's toys. There's just so much to choose from and so many routes to explore. For my money, any toy that puts learning and the child's creativity center stage is ideal. Miller Goodman's Playshapes is one of the most lovely block sets I have come across yet. Beautifully crafted, the set yields endless charming possibilities. There's even a Flickr group where users can post new configurations. If you're in the TDot, buy yours at Magic Pony!