Category: Toys + Other Playthings

Up to 50% off the coolest toys, gifts and more at Kangarooboo

We’ve loved the wonderful mom + pop owned toy shop Kangarooboo since we first found them back in 2007, so we admit we were super bummed to hear that they were closing shop after all these years.  Road and Rail Crane Train, $20, now $12.79 As we wish Justin and Jennic well on their new adventures, we wanted to share their big closing sale, where you’ll find the coolest indie toys, accessories, and more at pretty awesome discounts while supplies last. Here are just a few of our favorites: BlaBla Baby Sookie, $52, now $31.79   Recycled Plastic Tool...

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Personalized puzzles that make perfect birthday gifts. Maybe not just for kids.

I just finished spring cleaning my kids’ bedrooms and, while I was able to part with many things, I held onto almost anything that had been personalized with their names. If you too find that personalized gifts hold a special place in your heart, then you won’t be puzzled by my enthusiasm for something beautifully made–yet affordable–that could become a treasured plaything to hang onto for a long time. We’ve loved TinyMe’s colorful personalized labels, and we’re also smitten by their adorable wooden jigsaw puzzles that come in a huge array of styles and colors. The lovely muted color...

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Birthday gift for 9-year-old girl? Reader Q+A

Can you help me with a gift for a 9 year old girl? She likes Star Wars…among other things. Thanks! –Jaime via Twitter Ooh, fun one, Jaime. 9 year old girls, like other tweens, can be tough if you don’t know them–so many different personalities and interests. As some of our own girls hit that age, here are just a few gift ideas that we find they’re loving as tweens. –Liz CRAFTS It’s hard to even know where to start when you’ve got a crafty kid. Even a great set of colored pencils or pastels and a nice drawing...

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Meet the cool new kids on the blocks

I try to teach my kids that it’s the little differences in each of us that make us so delightfully special…and delightfully weird. And that’s exactly what the imaginative minds at Wee Society celebrate and encourage in their new collection of unique (and pretty wonderful) toys and games. Wee Society is a toy and design company that believes quirks should be celebrated — and hey, being a quirky-as-they-come family, we wholeheartedly agree. Right now, we’re having a blast exploring Wee You-Things Blocks. Funky and bright with modern designs, the blocks offer three brain stimulation puzzles, but they’re also perfect for simple...

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They’ll scream for this ice cream truck playhouse

As soon as school wraps up for the year, my kids want to know when the ice cream truck is going to come jingling down the street. But I know they’d scream even louder for their very own ice cream truck to manage any day of the year. Famous OTO’s cardboard ice cream truck is a little playhouse with special details and a clever design that turns it into a mini food truck. The neighborhood kids will come running to play (even without the bells), but unlike the real thing, this one is even better it only requires imagination...

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The ninja lovey you didn’t see coming. Because it’s sneaky like that.

This sweet ninja is soft, cozy, and comes with a minky sword. Who better to protect your baby from nightmares? This sweet ninja security blanket from Koddalie on Etsy is a unique and cuddly way to keep your baby happy–and safe from the bad sort of ninja. Because all new moms have ninja problems, right? Handmade of black dimple-dot minky and soft pink cotton, it measures in at 12×12, but can also be made at 18×18 or 29×29, if you need extra ninja protection for the little one. She’s washer and dryer safe, and even comes with her own...

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Your kid, the fairy tale star? Handmade personalized dolls we adore

Soft, sweet dolls that are handmade with love and look like art? We’re big fans. And when you can add personalization? Even better. We love the simple, lovely elegance of these handmade dolls from the blita shop on Etsy. Each one is carefully double-sewn in Portugal of quilting cottons and felt, stuffed with polyester, and given a sweetly embroidered face. Just like our kids, they’re tough and beautiful and ready for adventure. There’s even a personalization option on this Red Riding Hood Doll: just tell them which name and which fabric you’d like for the hood, and your doll will...

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Tiptoe over the tulips while slacklining.

When the weather turns warm, I am on the hunt for fun new ways to get the kids outside–and off their various electronic devices. My latest find may be low-tech, but it’s so high on fun, we’re all waiting in line for our turn to play.  Slacklining is one of those new-to-me outdoor activities that’s growing in popularity this season, as companies like Gibbon Slacklines and Slackers promote this sport for fun families hankering for more exercise and outdoor time together.  For families who are just starting out, I love Slackers’ soup-to-nuts Slackline Classic Series kit which has everything you...

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Orange you glad you found these adorable bike bells?

We’ve dusted off the bikes, filled the tires with air, and my kids are now ready to dash around the neighborhood on their trusty rides. But now that they are old enough to venture ahead of me, I think my neighbors will appreciate hearing a little cheery bike bell warning of their approach. If you don’t want any old bike bell, you have to check out what CMP favorite Poketo has in store for your ringing pleasure. The fruity Hand-Painted Fruit Bike Bells are so cheery and bright you can practically hear the ring from here. It’s such a better...

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How to build your own monster trucks without having mastered pre-calc

All of my kids–yes, even the girls–love to play with toy cars, but there’s only so much you can do with them, right? That’s why I’m in love with this new line from Manhattan Toy that lets them unleash their creativity on all things four wheeled. The new MOTORWORKS line of cars and trucks has been in heavy play rotation around my house, and I’m not surprised considering it gives kids the opportunity to build and create the vehicles they’ll race on your kitchen floor (or is that just my house?). The cars and trucks like the Monster Truck...

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