With the encouragement of friends, I started working on the artwork for my blocks a few years ago. My own kids are 2,4,6,8 and 10. I have a range of personalities from the rough and tumble boy, to the imaginative girlie girl, to the information junkie. I try to make my blocks appeal to all of them. Being a mother of 5 I know that a good toy is one that is durable, easy to clean, educational, good looking and difficult to turn into a weapon. :) I really wanted to have Christian figures for them to play with. After scouring the internet I was so disappointed with my options!!! I knew there had to be a cheaper (and less time consuming) answer. Blocks are a classic toy that have so many options for play. I love that my blocks have great appeal for boys since they even fewer religious toy options.
There's nothing more heartwarming to me as a mother than to see even my tiny toddler begin to cultivate a relationship with God. Good Christian toys bring Christ and His saints to the world of a child - the world of play. Christ's message of healing love and forgiveness for each of us is so beautiful, powerful and important that I want my kids to be surrounded by beautiful reminders of it throughout their day.
I asked my customers which product they wanted me to work on developing next and many wanted a wooden mass kit. I figured out how to pull together a set and now it's a big hit in my shop! I'm continuing my mission to create all the resources I wish existed to help my family celebrate and learn about Christ throughout the year. In the future I hope to add coloring sheets and People of the Mass blocks, but I also have Liturgical Calendars and especially prayer books burning in my brain. Prayers please as I try to figure out how to keep up with demand for my toys and continue creating more Catholic resources while also being the mom/wife I'm meant to be. You can follow me on my AlmondRod Toys facebook page to see what is in the works. Thanks for stopping by my shop and God bless!