Bauspiel, Bauhaus, Building Blocks

These primary shapes are anything but elementary: they’re a perfect primer for budding, creative minds. Designed by Alma Siedhoff-Buscher during her training at the Bauhaus  in the early 1920s, the Bauspiel set of building blocks represents the basis of German educational theory about the importance of play in early childhood development. This set of blocks is meant to encourage children to explore form and texture; develop a sense of inventiveness and creativity; and recognize color combinations and shapes in their imaginative play.

Though its seemingly simplistic shapes like cubes, cylinders, wedges, and bars are common to most building block sets, this set has aspects that embody the aesthetics so characteristic of the Bauhaus movement: namely crisp lines, and simplicity of form. There’s very little that one cannot create with these blocks, so your wee ones can use them to embark on imaginative journeys with pirate ships, castles, giant robots and more.

+ Bauhaus Bauspiel Building Blocks $160

+ MoMA Store