Sometimes the simplest toys really are the best. These natural wooden alphabet blocks, designed and handmade in the USA by Uncle Goose and available from the lovely Hop Toy Shop not only look and feel beautiful, but will provide hours of fun (and a lot of learning) for babies and little ones from birth right up to school age. The set contains 14 blocks, embossed on each side with an upper or lower case letter and painted with bright, non-toxic colours to contrast with the gorgeous natural wood. Babies will love stacking (and chewing!) them, whilst older children can use them to learn the alphabet and spell out simple words. At £29.95 they're a lovely simple and special gift for a new baby or birthday, proving that musical plastic isn't always the answer. What's more, we think they'll look pretty stunning displayed on the shelf, too… And if a toy looks as great on the shelf as in the toy box, it's pretty good in our books.