Beetle Blocks are not your typical building blocks. Handcrafted from Ponderosa Pine in Western Canada, their naturally-stained geometric blue pieces are the dye work of a local species of bark beetle that kills and tints the grain of the Ponderosa tree rings. Thankfully, this ‘dead wood’ has found new life in Beetle Block building sets that are not only engaging with their limitless construction possibilities, but also a great way of crafting nature’s leftovers into interactive toys for all ages. Perfect assembled on a playroom shelf or scattered underfoot in the living room, these gorgeous block sets transform a sad tale of destruction into one of resourcefulness and adaptiveness.

+ Beetle Block sets retail for $50 at TRUNKSHOW