When today’s cosmopolitain kids grow up eating salmon skin rolls, unagi and edamame, it’s only natural that a toy company should create a toy sushi set. And the pleasing symmetry and simplicity of building blocks lends itself so well to the neat shape of sushi, it’s only natural that that set be made of wood.
Complete with its own wooden box for storage, the Plaplax Tsumiki Sushi set has 50 wooden pieces, all coloured with natural paints. There are rectangular rice blocks, multi-coloured sashimi and egg pieces, rings for seaweed, and narrow filling pieces for handrolls.
Kids can assemble a Japanese feast, carefully arranged on the box lid which doubles as a tray. Of course the best toys are flexible enough to let imagination join the fun, and these blocks could be just about anything: fences to keep fierce dinosaurs in check, the walls of a castle, or jump ramps for cars.
Sadly the set had a limited run of 20, and is now sold out. Join the mailing list to find out the next time they’re available.