I've just discovered a wooden toy manufacturer called Miller Goodman. (Click on the name to go to their homepage, which features a virtual building toy.) MG makes painted wooden cubes (among other products) that can be reconfigured to make endless combinations, creating faces, animals, and more. There's a "facemaker" set and a "shapemaker" set, and each has a "mini" version with fewer blocks. (Links go to an American shop; here's the native British Miller Goodman store. Naturally, the sets combine seamlessly.
The images shown above are from Miller Goodman's gallery page, which is full of inspiration. Go!
I'm Debbie Way, an artist and writer who enjoys making things.