By Pamela Drake Inc.

Reviewed for Kindergarten, 2007

Little girls just can't put Woodkins down! These wooden versions of "paper dolls" are a wholesome alternative to blinking electronic toys. Place squares of brightly colored cloth beneath the doll's surrounding frame and your child can create socks, pants, shirts, dresses, and belts. Woodkins also get bonus parent points for the handy carrying case and the fact that adding to these dolls' wardrobes consists of nothing more than finding some fabric scraps. A pitch-perfect gift that bolsters creativity, and reminds us that sometimes the simplest toys are also the best. (Pamela Drake Inc., $15.00)