Tag: kids’ toys

That doll? My kid made that. Sort of.

I spent a good portion of my childhood coloring, drawing and creating and was very proud of what my mother assured me was some serious talent. I can’t even imagine how excited I would have been if she then had one of my creations turned into a doll from my very own artwork. Child’s Own does just that in an incredibly accurate and impressive way. What started as a way to make one boy’s wildly imaginative drawings turned into this uber cool home-based business. Their attention to detail what makes these handmade works of art so so special; if your kid’s monkey...

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Sweet, but not-sugary, Valentines gifts for under $20

When it comes to giving Valentines gifts, I’ll refrain from saying that my kids are “sweet enough already.” But, let’s face it: they’ll be bombarded with candy hearts, lollipops and other sweets on the 14th. My plan is to find some non-sweet treats they’ll love for a lot longer than that pink lollipop. Here are some of my favorite choices for kids of all ages. –Christina The Woodland Love wooden blocks from Tiny Giraffe Shop come packaged in a little drawstring bag ready to give to your Valentine. The illustrations are so sweet, they’d be perfect on top of...

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This sheep rocks!

My kids inherited a rocking horse that’s all bells and whistles–it whinnies, neighs, clip-clops, and plays some sort of country song. I’m pretty sure it says “yeehaw,” too, which doesn’t really make sense. It’s too much, even for them. Who wants to rock on something that shrieks and beeps the whole time? If you ask me, this Rocking Sheep by Bright Spark Design is the ideal rocker. Inspired by a Danish design, it’s handmade with Baltic birch plywood, reclaimed scrap wood, and real sheepskin. Plus, every one is test-ridden by the designer’s own 18-month-old daughter before it’s deemed acceptable. Beautiful, classic–and...

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A super girl doll for your super girl (or boy!)

I am all about empowering girls. Especially when it seems like so many media messages out there do just the opposite. So I’m glad to find some handmade girl power on Etsy. The Super Girl doll is handcrafted goodness to the tune of braided hair, yellow goggles and black boots that spell smart and savvy. She’s one rag doll that’s business, with a bit of spunk, and I love it. Also, check out the hipster rag doll while you’re there. Because guys with ironic glasses need love too. –Eva Super Girl is available at the Miscellany Shoppe on...

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Owl love you forever

Owls are some seriously cool animals. They have big eyes, they’re nocturnal, and they “whoo.” They’re also the requisite cute kids motif of the decade, which you know if you’re an avid Cool Mom Picks reader. You know what’s cooler than an owl though? An owl with a tie and striped pants. Little DeMaura Designs has carefully crafted this little Owl Rag Doll, who’s made to withstand toddler strength with ease. I’d imagine your little dude or dudette will not be able to put this guy down. After all, artist Gina DeMaura would know–she also makes the toys for...

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Old-fashioned modern dolls

I grew up playing with muñecas de trapo (rag dolls) so when I saw the new modern doll line by Cool Mom Pick favorite Petit Collage I was instantly smitten. They’re just like the dolls I grew up with — except that, well, they’re not exactly made of rags.  Far from it, actually. The fabrics designed by Petit Collage are so pretty and whimsical that you almost forget these dolls are toys meant for children. But they are! And how beautiful would they look on a shelf until your baby is old enough to take good care of them. There are three...

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Cool Mom Picks in Martha Stewart Living!

Well of course you all know we already love Martha Stewart Living, but we now have an extra- special thing for the February issue, since you’ll find Cool Mom Picks in it. What a huge, huge thrill for us! Check page 30 for our tips from us on putting together a theater in the box to keep the kids entertained on foul weather weekends. We’ve included a lot of Etsy favorites, plus some who might be new to you and they’ve photographed it and art directed it all so beautifully. Of course.     It’s a fabulous issue, so we’d...

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Editors Best of 2011: The coolest toys for our kids

Enjoy these, our Editor’s top picks of 2011 for toys for babies, tots, and big kids too–all of which we think will keep kids happy for more than a few minutes. That’s pretty rare these days. And not a battery compartment in sight! Little Sapling personalized alphabet blocks Liz: I think this is just about one of the best baby gifts or shower gifts ever (at top)–they’re handmade, personalized, and they’ll actually be played with. After which, you’ve got a lovely heirloom. You can’t say that about tickle-me-anything. Breastmilk Baby Doll Liz + Kristen: We have to give a shout-out...

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Little Choux – Toys like the elves would make

If Santa’s elves make everything, why do the boxes say “made in China?” my little sister asked me several decades ago. Her prescient question rings more true now than ever, where it seems unlikely that the handiwork of elves had much to do with the toys I see on store shelves. If you’d like some of the gifts under the tree to look a little more like toys that might have been created in Santa’s workshop, check out this neat little store with gifts and stocking stuffers for all the young kids in your life. {hurry! free shipping offer...

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A portable easel for whenever inspiration strikes

My kids are what you might call serious artists. No they aren’t selling their paintings for thousands, they just can’t leave the house without a bunch of arts and crafts stuff–just in case inspiration hits in the minivan, I suppose. Fortunately, one of our favorite brands for neatly-designed, high-quality kids’ toys has come up with a portable easel for an artistic playspace on-the-go Long-time CMP favorite B. Toys’ Take it Easel—gotta love their creative product names—pops up to be a two-sided magnetic easel with a whiteboard on one side and blackboard on the other. Hooray for families with two...

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Stuffed toys for kids with asthma? – Reader Q&A

My twin 9-month-old daughters were just diagnosed with asthma (and) I’m having a really hard time finding hypoallergenic stuffed animals. Do you have any ideas or tips? Thanks! -Heidi As a fellow asthmatic, I totally understand the need to keep the amount of dust down, and so I’d love to help you find some safe toys your kids will love. Elks and Angels Cuddle Bear is 12″ of soft sheepskin. I love that the material is naturally resistant to bacteria, dirt and odor and is so fluffy, it doesn’t need stuffing to be huggable–something that cuts way down on...

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Great gifts for your kids that benefit their school, too

I admit it: I’m a fan of pretty much every one of those daily-deals sites. Hand me an exclusive membership to sweet deals on designer merch and I get a little thrill.  And this new site totally supersizes that thrill in the coolest way possible, because every purchase I make goes to my daughter’s own school. Treehouse Tykes is a private-member site that features awesome brands of kids’ clothing, toys, books, and furniture–up to 70% off. But here’s the key difference between it and other sales sites: 10% of your purchase goes to the school, or charitable organization of your...

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Simple wooden toys that your kids will simply adore

I never mean to, but I occasionally have a weird mind slip and underestimate the power of simplicity. When a package arrived in the mail from Gween, bearing six pieces of pretty, shiny wood meant to put together into a windmill shape, I wasn’t sure my kids would like it. But you know what? They loved it. But the experts at Gween knew that they would. The cool windmill (officially named “Gusto”) is one of five models of stackable toys that can be put together in different ways–which works on kids’ motor skills, piques their problem-solving interests, and (if...

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Best train table for a toddler? Reader Q&A

My toddler LOVES anything train! Do you all have any ideas for cool train tables that my toddler would love?   I wish I had done this research for my son before we got his ugly train table many years ago. Though he loves it, it’s a major eyesore every time I walk into his room. Here are some cooler-looking train tables I think you, and your toddler, could love.   Under-the-bed Train Table Sled I like that this Train Table Sled by Choo Choo Track & Toy Company doesn’t take up much space and can slide under the bed when not...

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It’s time to raise the curtain on the coolest Muppets items

We headed off to see The Muppets this past weekend, both for the nostalgia and to introduce my kids to the beloved characters of my younger years. And while I believe that much of this movie would be lost on kids younger than grade school, my older kids were delighted with the music and characters and are now infected with Muppet Mania. But before you head out and get bombarded with all the licensed merchandise this movie will spawn, take a look at some of the coolest Muppet items we’ve found. –Christina The iconic Adidas sneaker (also featured in...

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A big-kid bike for the toddler who’s done with the tricycle

As a 4-year-old, my daughter is at the age where her eyes grow wide at the sight of a kid riding a bicycle. Tricycles are so last year–get the girl a two-wheeler, stat! And what could be a more appropriate first bike than a FirstBIKE Balance Bike? For little kids, FirstBIKEs have all the appeal of a big-kid bicycle: sleek lines, cool colors, and–most importantly–two wheels. All that’s missing? Pedals and training wheels.  But that’s a good thing, because FirstBIKE is made to teach toddlers (as young as two!) and young preschoolers how to ride and turn on two wheels....

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Three words: portable ping pong

I have this one person on my list that I can’t stand holiday shopping for. Why? Because she already has everything. Really. If it’s something she likes, she buys it before anyone else has the chance. It’s the worst.  But, for the first time ever, I may have found something that she doesn’t have. And her kids will love it, too.  This Pongo Portable Ping Pong set found at Mxyplyzyk is the best. Its paddles with retractable handles and handy drawstring pouch mean you can tote it with you and set up anywhere. And it’s got a weighted net,...

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Web Coolness – Holiday cheer (and free printables!), instilling thankfulness, and toys for special kids

We’re here to spread some holiday cheer with cool links from around the web. The DIY candy lights from Oh Happy Day are so sweetly festive, we’d love to see them around our homes. Have you seen our Holiday Gift Guide? It’s full of great gift ideas for everyone on your list, and maybe even a thing or two for you! Also, Kristen lists her favorite gift ideas for tech accessories in this Momformation post. The world’s largest LEGO Christmas tree is truly impressive. We’re just glad we didn’t have to build it. Twenty years of musings from a...

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4 modern nativity sets, not one of which lights up

Though my religious affiliation can best be summed up with a long puzzled silence, there are certain things from my youth that I carry with me to this day, like praying when the plane jets down the runway, and setting up the nativity scene before Christmas. Our nativity set is a bit battered though, so I’ve been on the lookout for something a bit more contemporary to add to our decor this holiday season. Here, a few beautiful (and sometimes pretty funky) sets that may fit into your holiday as well. –Christina As a long time fan of the...

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Up where the air is clear

My kids fell in love with Anamalz right away. Not so much because they were made out of eco-friendly, organic wood and textiles by a super cool Australian company. But because of all the reasons kids like toys–they’re cute. And they’re awesome. They’re bendy and they stay upright. And they inspire imagination. Want a sheep to roar like a lion? Want a dinosaur to sing all the words to Twinkle Twinkle? Done. Try doing that with some AAA-battery devouring toy. So now I’m happy to find that there’s a whole new playhouse made just for our Anamalz. Not that...

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