There are things that I take pictures of because they’re just wonderful, and collect a lot of because I fall in love with them at first sight.
These things are educational toys.
Today I’d like to share with you the toys that I’ve found during my travels, and even some that I’ve bought in Japan.

“Bauspiel” by Bauhaus1-1024x322

I fell in love with this the moment I saw it at Bauhaus in Germany. The edges are so beautiful, I feel light-headed when I see them. Just by placing these pieces on a surface forms a picture. They’re so important to me that I remove them from the box, start grinning, and put them back nicely.

Math Set from Germany2-1024x603

The pieces are stored in a metal case, and the wooden numbers and bar graphs have magnets on them. I think I had a “math set” that I used for studying when I was in first or second grade, but this German one is quite straightforward.

A Board I Found at a Kindergarten in Portland3-755x1024

This is a board I saw in a kindergarten that I randomly passed by in Portland, Oregon. I think it’s used in a game – you turn the circle, and follow what it says wherever the circle stops. For example, you touch your knees if it stops at “Touch Knee.” There are numbers and symbols so there may be other ways of playing it. I thought it would have been nice if I could have actually seen how it is played.

Puzzle Blocks from Vienna4-1024x325

I bought these because they were so cool in their packaging. The blocks are made of plastic so they’re quite light, and I also like that there are different combinations of blocks inside the containers.

There are also several illustrated examples of what to make using the blocks. I play with them as if they are building blocks, and make things based on different color combinations. But I still like them neatly packaged in their container the best.

Wooden Cutout Puzzles from Switzerland5-1024x481

This is available in Japan, so even though I wanted it, I didn’t buy it, rather, I stopped myself from buying it. But when I saw the actual product in Switzerland, I thought that I definitely had to have it, so I splurged and bought it under the pretext that it was my Swiss souvenir for myself.

As you can see from the outer frame, each inner piece is cut as a whole. That’s probably why the shapes seem relaxed and gentle. The shape of the human is also loose which I like.

Cards with Awkward Illustrations that I Like From Mexico76bc988cc3aedeee49ad837592db405e-1024x801

When I bought these cards, I didn’t know how to use them because they only had words, drawings, and numbers on them. Because the drawings were colorful, and the people’s poses looked awkward, I somehow took a liking to them and I bought them without really intending to.

I researched what these cards are, and they are like traditional Japanese playing cards. There are “letter cards” and “picture cards,” and the ones I have are picture cards.

The letter cards have hints written on them, and using these cards, you have to pick from the picture cards what the letter cards are describing. They can also be played like bingo, where you lay cards side by side vertically, horizontally, and diagonally.

My cards were sold individually, so it’s unfortunate that I don’t have the letter cards to complete a set. But I do enjoy the awkward poses and expressions in the drawings.

There are still a lot of things that I collect, but for now, I’ll stop here.


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