Magic Mushroom Felt Playhouse

The Winding Road is a platform founded by Marla Showfer, who traverses the globe to partner with and present small fair trade artisans. For the Magic Mushroom Playhouse, Showfer worked with a family-owned workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal to create a pastoral felt world, replete with a mushroom-shaped cottage and mouse finger puppet. With a design evoking fairytale art, the playhouse inspires whimsy and imagination.

Castle Block Set

From the heirloom-quality South German toy brand Gluckskafer, the Castle Block Set is a vertical puzzle produced with wood from the Linden tree. The bright primary colors (drawn from non-toxic, water-based paint) lend each block—and the non-traditional, but still fairytale-like castle as a whole—an even more imaginative presence.

Archiblocks

French designer Laurence Calafat elevates a humble, classic toy with this 16-piece set of architectural blocks. The hand-sanded, untreated lime wood provides a pleasing look, while also offering an enjoyable tactile experience. Available in City (rectangles), Bauhaus (curved, geometric shapes) or Factory (trapezoids), there are innumerable creations to be made.