Egyptian hieroglyphic "alphabet" blocks. I was already planning on giving the littles Greek, Russian and Chinese alphabet blocks next year, and these are even better.
If you want to broaden a child's horizons, just leave 'em clues and hints. They may or may not follow them but it'll be their decision and all the more fascinating to them because of it. (Me, I'm the aunt who hands out science toys and books.)
T. R. MCELROY'S STREAMLINED TELEGRAPH KEYS
8 months ago