Tegu Blocks retail for $30. These eight-piece, magnetic wooden blocks designed from the start to be a building system, taking a cue from the architectural school of thought. Blocks come in their own pocket pouch.

The Philip Johnson Glass House Design Store in New Canaan is a source for creative and architectural children’s gifts this gift-giving season.

The budding architect can produce early designs using the Tegu’s magnetic building system and Lego’s Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe. Go modern with children’s furniture, including Little Bert, the replica of the 1951 Bertoia Chair. Parents can inspire and educate their children with the trio of books entitled “13 American Artists Children Should Know,” “13 Modern Artists Children Should Know,” and “13 Buildings Children Should Know.” Both parents and kids are guaranteed to enjoy Steven Guarnaccia’s twist on the old classics with “Goldilocks and the Three Bears: A Tale Moderne” and “The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale.” In the latter tale, the three little pigs are architects Philip Johnson, Frank Gehry and Frank Lloyd Wright who attempt to build a home that can withstand the Big Bad Wolf’s infamous huffing and puffing. Which structure is left standing  — The Glass House, the Gehry House or Fallingwater? You’ll have to read it to find out!


Tweet Tweet Home Birdhouse; ($25)
A little birdie told us that affordable housing isn’t just for people anymore, thus this inexpensive, colorful “haute” house! Local Audubon Society chapters have determined that (at least) 22 different birds can nest with the best inside. Durable enough to be used outdoors, the Tweet Tweet Home includes a loop for hanging and a perch for, well, perching. Also great as an interior accent. Have fun Tweet Tweeting.

Children’s Books:

“13 American Artists Children Should Know;” ($14.95). Hopper, O’Keeffe, and Pollock are just three of the American artists featured in this eye-catching and engaging children’s books designed to captivate your young readers’ attention and spark their imaginations. Test your knowledge and be inspired to create your own art. Children and adults alike will find this colorful introduction interactive and instructive — not to mention fun!

“13 Modern Artists Children Should Know;” ($14.95). Artists Picasso, Chagall, Calder, Lichtenstein, and the others profiled in this exploration of modern, Pop, and post-modern art are designed to appeal to young minds. Large illustrations brimming with color, fascinating explanations and biographical information, do-it-yourself activities, quizzes and a helpful glossary and timeline are all part of this vibrant book; 48 pages.

“13 Buildings Children Should Know;” ($14.95). The world’s most iconic buildings are made accessible and exciting for young readers in this colorful introduction to architecture that changed the world. The straightforward text provides historical context and facts for each structure, along with color photographs, cross-sections and/or ground plans, and timelines tracing the buildings’ developments and changes over time. For children 12 years and up; 46 pages.

Andy Warhol Coloring Book; ($8.95).

Steven Guarnaccia titles: “Goldilocks and the Three Bears: A Tale Moderne,” ($18.95); “The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale,” ($18.95).

The Glass House Visitor Center + Design Store is located at 199 Elm St., in New Canaan. Holiday shopping hours are 10-4, up until Saturday, Dec. 15.

Items listed here — and more — may be found and purchased through the website as well, at

Sales from the Design Store support the preservation of the site, including 14 buildings and structures, a collection of contemporary art, paintings, and sculpture, and the 49-acre landscape.

More info: 203-594-9884,