Tag: kids’ toys

A sweet wooden wonderland for your wunderkind

Silent night? Yeah, only if your holiday toy choices don’t include batteries, drum sticks, or bells. We’ve found a beautiful selection of handmade, heirloom quality toys that can help your child create a peaceful, quiet winter wonderland under the tree. Much like the quiet of a snow-blanketed forest, these handmade wooden toys from Etsy shop mielasiela in Lithuania are a breath of fresh air. Each piece is hand-cut and sanded, formed of natural, untreated black alder wood. We love that the designs are original, clearly hand drawn and so delightfully unexpected. Besides the boy in the forest, there’s also...

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Sweet play macarons (and an irresistible, unmissable Black Friday toy deal)

I admit I swooned just a little when I saw this beautiful play food toy at longtime CMP favorite, Cattiwampus. Then I saw that they were on sale, too, with an extra discount for Black Friday–and a little extra discount just for our readers, on everything in the shop. Yep, more swooning. Because when I can support a little shop this crazy weekend, and still get a great deal? Sign me up. [Don’t miss an AMAZING limited time offer after the jump just for our readers!] The toy macaron set is made by Djeco, which is a wonderful French...

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A natural wooden puzzle that let kids play with fire…and water, earth and air.

This is the time of year that my kids become obsessed with games, puzzles and any activity that can keep their attention without them having to be outside in our freezing cold weather. Usually for Christmas I stock up on a little new inventory of things like natural wooden puzzles so that we’re not running out of options. And now this set from long-time favorite toy shop, Natural Pod, is on my must-have list. This children’s natural wooden puzzle introduces your children to the wonders of the four elements. Earth, fire, water and air are represented by a cave, flames,...

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Threadless + Makedo: a match made in creative heaven

Some partnerships make beautiful music together, but this one makes fantastically creative artwork. If you order from Threadless soon, you might find a very special surprise packed in with your artist-designed t-shirts. Our pals at Threadless have partnered with our other pals at Makedo to celebrate and reward thinking outside the box. Right now, Threadless will randomly pack Makedo kits into their regular orders, encouraging customers to create unique and wacky projects using what Wired magazine has called, the “World’s Best Toy.” The artists are then encouraged to upload their creations to the Threadless website, which enters them in...

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Ring, ring! Cuteness calling

Here’s a sweet phone for your little one that doesn’t require a contract, an upgrade, or even a fancy power cord. And it even rings! You know, like phones used to do? The ring ring! phone available from our pals at ROMP is the apex of heirloom toys for kids 3 and up. Handmade in Germany of cherry wood and finished only with vegetable-safe oil, it’s good for the environment and for little hands. The dial spins, the bell rings, and you never know who’s going to be on the other end of the line when you pick up. (Knowing most...

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Neighborhood Toy Store Day 2012: shop local today and score discounts and karma points

Whether or not you’re ready to deck a hall, or any other symbol of holiday festivity that will be here before we know it, we’re pretty sure that some of you are already starting to make your holiday lists. Well, today just so happens to be a brilliant to day to start checking the kids in your life off your list, help your community, and maybe score a few discounts while doing it. Eli and Sheri Gurock of Magic Beans in Boston, one of our favorite neighborhood toy stores! As a site that’s always been committed to supporting the...

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ICU for worn stuffed animals and assorted loveys

My son has a very special lovey called Meow that he sleeps with every night. She is still his happy bedtime companion, but after being hugged tightly night after night for almost eight years, she is starting to look a little worse for wear. Gulp. The good news: I recently read the most amazing story about the sweetest little girl and her mother who are doing all they can to make sure all of those beloved–and well-hugged–loveys get the fixing they need to last as long as necessary. Started by Brooklyn’s Rebecca Benghiat and her little girl Amalia, NYC...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Whether you’re reading this email from your regular laptop or you’ve got your smartphone plugged into an ATM in NYC after Sandy, we’re so glad you’re here and that tech is keeping us all connected. Here are a few of our favorite picks from the last week, just in case you missed them. 1. Turn your texts and emails into designer digital notes. Even Emily Post would approve. 2. One of the most addictive video games ever is now available in toy form. Your kids will flip. 3. This app is perfect for crafters or wanna-be DIYers like us....

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Hey, doll. Are you a subscriber?

Baby, have we got a good deal for you. All you have to do is subscribe to our newsletter, which is jam-packed with awesome offers, exclusive discounts, top picks, style trends, and of course, our monthly subscriber-only giveaway. This month, FOUR lucky Cool Mom Picks subscribers will win this Corolle “First Doll” Collection valued at over $200 each. Right in time for holidays too. Want a chance to win one? Just subscribe to our newsletter and find the details this week. All the cool picks, none of the spam. Yeah,...

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The best scooter for little kids? The one that’s the best for big kids.

There is no question in my three-kid household that one of the favorites in our fleet of ride-on toys is the Mini Kick scooter. From the moment they could balance on the stable footrest, my kids were cruising the driveway and declaring it “best scooter ever.” But now, even the youngest kids can fall in love with their own Mini Kick without having to wait until they are “scooter ready.” And, even better, this Mini Kick is made grow with them, making it a toy they’ll use for years. The all new Mini Micro 3-in-1 Scooter is basically the...

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Special delivery: awesome DIY cardboard toys for kids

When I was a kid, my father ran a factory and on the rare special evening he would come home with big cardboard boxes for my sister and I to play with. I have memories of late nights setting up giant playhouses in the basement where we spent hours cutting, decorating, coloring and making it all our own. I had kind of forgotten about that feeling until I was introduced to Metamorphic Toys. Metamorphic Toys is a green toy company that provides kids creative freedom by enabling their imaginations through design. We’ve featured cardboard DIY toys before, like this cardboard playtown, an...

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Huggalos: the huggable friends helping families heal

No matter how hard we try, there will be times when our kids will be scared or sad and we won’t be right there with hugs. From overnight trips to hospital stays, we found a great, snuggly friend to help keep a kid’s heart warm when they need it most. And as a bonus, 20% of proceeds will go toward breast cancer research during the month of October! The Huggalos were invented by mom Donna Broder to help her son transition to preschool, but the idea has blossomed into a wonderful way to help kids with family members overseas,...

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Block party: printables that let you create your own mix-and-match stackables

It’s nothing new to us mamas that kids love blocks. But it’s double the awesome when kids get to build their own. And that’s where Olliblocks come in. These adorable children’s blocks are assembled by you and your child. All you need to do is download the PDF, print, adhere the paper to 1.5″ or 2″ wooden blocks, and start mixing and matching. They come in three sets of characters: animals, girls and boys. Get your little one’s favorite for $5 each, or download all three for $12.                                                                                                      ...

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Well, hello, dollies!

I’ve got some folks I’d like you to meet. These pretty custom dollies are hand-sewn, have hand-painted faces, and each cost less than $50. Um…Barbie who? I’m downright twitterpated over the beautiful handmade dolls at Hen and Chick on Etsy. Each doll is hand-sewn of a fetching mix of new, vintage, and repurposed fabric and sports a unique face painted by shop owner Rachel Linquist.  You can buy one of the ready-made dolls in her shop for $40, or order a custom doll for only $45–a steal for such a special gift. Create the doll of your dreams by...

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This DIY dollhouse delights (with free wallpaper designs, no less)

I have a dollhouse-obsessed five year old…and I’m not complaining a bit. I love the fun creative play and imagination it inspires. (Currently, the little girl who resides in the dollhouse is named “Frodo.”) If you’re more interested in the idea of play than the idea of packing it full of expensive collectible furniture, this dollhouse kit might be for you–including some amazing free downloads (yes, free!) to help make it your own. The birch plywood dollhouse at Ferm Living is right up my alley–simple and unadorned. Plus for those of you with space issues, you can mount it...

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Eco-sweet and plastic-free: we’re in dollhouse heaven

When I survey my children’s toys, I have two thoughts: 1. I should have purchased stock in Duracell. 2. How can one household amass so much plastic? So I was thrilled to come across a world of handmade toys, interactive ideas, and three oh-so-beautiful words: “no plastic parts.” If you’re seriously nostalgic for simpler toys like I am, you’re going to adore the online toy store Once Upon a Treehouse. Once Upon a Treehouse is the charming brainchild of two mamas, Lori and Tara, who are sisters. The background story of their business is as sweet as their creations....

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DIY Crafts meets toys meets awesome

One of my son’s favorite activities is creating DIY roads and parking garages for his collection of Matchbox cars. So when I saw this super easy tutorial, I thought it would be a cool way to take his imaginative play to the next level. These DIY chalkboard city blocks from hellobee are brilliant, imaginative fun. Requiring only a few supplies (and crafty genes are NOT on the list of must-haves), you and your favorite car-lover can whip up an entire neighborhood in a couple of minutes. Vroom-vroom!   All you’ll need is chalkboard paint, sandpaper, and a bunch of old blocks...

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Turning kids’ art into accessories with My Pretty Monsters

There’s an avalanche waiting to happen. Somewhere in your house, a pile of drawings and paintings is teetering, just waiting to collapse and terrify the cat. At least, that’s what happened to me.  Here’s a better way to honor your kid’s creations: by wearing their art as accessories. My Pretty Monsters transforms children’s artwork into lovingly crafted keepsakes. Whether you choose a messenger bag, a phone zippy, a purse, or even a giant stuffed animal, this gift will please your child as much as it pleases you.                      These aren’t assembly-line works, either. For example, each...

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The animal blocks that might lead to Tetris greatness

First, the bad news: when you get all these block animals lined up just right, there will be no fireworks over the Kremlin. The good news: they’re seriously cute and probably won’t obsess you like Tetris. Oh, and your kid can play with them, too. We’re always big fans of My Sweet Muffin, and their new Eco-Wooden Animal Blocks are no exception. In addition to their stunningly adorable design, you can also rest easy knowing that they’re completely child-safe for mouthing and banging. Each block is handmade of different woods, finished only with linseed oil. The set comes with...

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Custom embroidery on just about any kids’ gifts you can imagine

We all know that personalized items make a baby’s or kid’s gift ten times more special. While many of the big catalog stores offer custom embroidery, they’ll usually only personalize their own brand’s items–which is kind of limiting. So I’m so happy to find a shop that features some of our own favorite small brands, and allows you to personalize their items with a name. For ages we’ve loved companies like 3 Sprouts, Apple Park and Myself Belts. And now the site Makaboo features them as part of a smart selection of items, from loveys and baby gifts, to back-to-school gear, decor, and clothing. The...

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