If I had to choose a ‘desert island’ toy for my kids, it would be building bricks. Lego is the obvious choice, but we’ve got other sets of bricks that click, clip, or connect with straws or magnets. They’ve all seen their fair share of play time.
The Mini-Carpenter blocks from Japanese designer Soz promise hours of building fun. The small, interconnecting pieces come in a good range of colours and shapes. Create a strawberry, a small pony or a ‘chair for small packages’ – the website certainly has lots of building ideas, some of which are a little lost in translation!
Mini-Carpenter blocks are distinguished by the fact that you can create true cavities within your designs. A simple example is the strawberry with a pale green stalk poking out the top of dark green leaves, but Soz also suggests that the inside of the Ton pig (above) makes a great place for a ‘secret candy stash’.
The Mini-Carpenter buckets containing 256 pieces are ¥8190 and small character sets, such as the strawberry, start at ¥504. The Soz site has links to lots of stockists worldwide, so would-be builders can purchase blocks from retailers using their first language!