Tag: wooden toys

Alphabet lovers young and old will swoon over these gorgeous blocks

We bet you’ve at least once bought a set of alphabet blocks as a new baby gift. But buying a set of alphabet blocks that a new baby can enjoy all the way into adulthood? Now that’s a really cool gift for a baby born into a home full of, say, graphic designers or word-lovers. Fine fonts rule!     These beautiful mahogany and pine alphabet blocks from Areaware will make sure that baby gets off on the right foot when it comes to a love of great design and excellent craftsmanship. What I love most of all, though, is that these...

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Stars, not so many stripes — tasteful hostess gifts made for July 4 weekend.

Should you be lucky enough to score a Fourth of July party invite somewhere in the vicinity of fireworks–or better yet, a whole weekend at a beach house (can you tell I’m dreaming of this?)–we’ve got a host of star-themed hostess gifts that are perfect. A little different. And definitely not cheesy. That smell? That’s a blend of good etiquette and freedom, baby. –Liz Star Tea Towel Set by Anna Joyce Stars and dots are just a little more original and practical than stars and stripes, aren’t they? ($28, BRIKA) Custom Constellation Spoon This may be one the coolest...

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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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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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It’s a chair! It’s a dollhouse! It’s genius!

Welcome to our home full of teeny kids’ chairs that are good for one thing. Or two if you count tripping over them. But these cool handmade chairs from CMP-fave Paloma’s Nest are good for three, or more. Just when I thought we were done with kids’ furniture, I spy the amazing Children’s Chair from Paloma’s Nest that actually doubles as a doll house. Or “colonial house” to be specific. Unless you prefer the Victorian House chair. So genius, right? They can sit and then play underneath, or play while someone else is sitting, or… you get the idea....

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Wonderful wooden blocks for multitasking kids

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Petit Collage here at CMP. It’s also no secret that we think wooden blocks are an absolutely perfect gift for occasions of all kinds and children of all ages. But when the two combine? Well, to say we’re excited would be an understatement. The new Safari Jumble from Petit Collage is a set of wooden animal blocks, a brainteaser puzzle, and stylish bedroom décor all rolled into one. Talk about multitasking. Nine wooden animals fit together just-so in a small wooden tray (don’t worry, the animal outlines are laser-etched right onto the tray,...

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A Passover gift to keep kids from bogarting the matzoh

Passover is creeping up on us before we know it (quick! Buy matzoh before it’s all gone from the supermarket!) and while it’s not really the giftiest of holidays, I’m loving this sweet handmade toy set that can get little ones through a seder with minimal fussing.   The Passover peg dolls are lovely little handmade wooden dolls that represent Moses, Pharoah, and those ever-lovin’ 10 plagues in an appropriately un-gruesome way to help bring the story to life. There are also 3 random “Israelites” (dying to turn one into Leo G Carrol as Dathan), plus a clever tent...

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From Brooklyn, with love

I am an advocate for shopping online. As a mom, I rarely have time to visit the mall or shop at my favorite local stores. So it’s always a treat for me to come across new sites with an effortless style that’s as fun to browse as it is to actually shop. Brooklyn Makers is one of those sites. Brooklyn Makers offers a beautifully curated selection of clothes for boys and girls, creative and educational toys (like these cute ABC peg dolls, seen above), sweet hats and hair accessories. You will also find cool stuff for grownups. And if...

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What if LEGO pieces were made of wood?

It’s hard to imagine a world without little plastic bricks, especially if you have a kid who’s obsessed. But what if LEGO were made of wood? The cool part is that they actually exist. And they’re compatible with the original bricks too. Japanese firm Mokurokku has created a line of all-natural Mokulock bricks made of woods like maple and birch that turn building blocks into an art form. Each package costs $31 US and includes fifty wooden LEGO bricks. The details (which are in Japanese) mention that some warping may occur due to heat and humidity–so keep them off...

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What to buy a 7 year old girl: 13 gift ideas according to mine after the NYIGF

I had such a great time discovering so many cool new picks at the NY International Gift Fair this weekend. But what was maybe more interesting, was letting my 7 year-old daughter tag along so I could see her own favorites from the show that are now making the great birthday gift list in her head. With zero censoring from me whatsoever, here are just over a dozen gifts and toys that captivated her 7 year-old imagination.   Related: The coolest gifts for 7-year old boys and girls   Color Your Own Placemats by Modern Twist  More than two...

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Humble wooden blocks get a beautiful makeover

Whether you are looking for a stunning first-birthday gift for a special child in your life, or your preschooler just loves to build, this beautifully designed set of colorful blocks is one toy they’ll treasure. Especially when they are building the Land of Lollipops or whatever they dream up in their imagination. Land of Nod’s It Makes a Village Building Set would create the village (or previously mentioned Land of Lollipops) of my kids’ dreams, with swoopy arches, wavy roads, and even little shapes that could become anything from a rock wall, to a cluster of bushes, to a...

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The perfect first dollhouse

I still remember taking my girls to a friend’s house for a playdate, and realizing that my youngest daughter, then about two, could lose herself for an hour or more with the little girl’s dollhouse without making a peep. I knew from then on that imagination-building toys would rule her world and the hunt for the perfect dollhouse would begin. If you have a boy or girl in the same boat–or house–I’ve found just the one to get them started. This new child’s dollhouse, simply called “Playhouse,” is the perfect first dollhouse. With just three floors, enough furniture to...

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This personalized set of pins will bowl them over

Growing up, I used to love spotting my name on keychains, toothbrushes, shoelaces, and whatever else happened to be hanging on those spinning racks by store cash registers. Kids today–well, my weirdly named kids, at least–don’t always have the same fun name-spotting opportunities as I once did. That’s why I always get excited when I find great customizable gifts for kids, especially keepsake-worthy ones like this. These Personalized Wooden Toy Skittles (no, not the candy) from KeepsakeToys fit the bill perfectly. Durable and plenty of fun for indoor play, this 10-pin wooden bowling set can be personalized with up...

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A bird in this tree? Worth years of fun for little hands

Puzzles really need to pop to stand out amongst the competition these days. When you give a puzzle, it can sometimes go unnoticed in a sea of blinking lights or licensed Harry Potter allure. I am absolutely in love with this handmade Bird Tree Puzzle that your child can use for creative play or as a good old fashioned manipulative. Plus it’s so beautiful it could serve as a dinner centerpiece at a funky shabby chic affair. (Maybe?) The birds are simple and sweet thanks to the gentle colors and nontoxic dyes. But don’t get me wrong, this will be...

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The puzzles that give other puzzles puzzle envy (is there such a thing?)

One of my favorite pastimes with my kids has always been puzzles. I love the combination of relaxing and challenging. My son usually only lasts a quarter of the way through, but my daughter patiently works until the very last piece is placed. (I try to quit but she just won’t let me.) So I am thrilled to find these gorgeous, handmade wooden puzzles that I think so many parents will love. The wooden magnetic geography puzzles by Steven Mattern Design are cool to look at and so educational–what a great way to make geography more interactive than a...

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Montessori style fun in a box. Actually, it is a box.

One of the neat things about sending the kids off to preschool is seeing all the fun developmental toys they get to play with. It’s also one of the mildly guilt-inducing things. Like, uh…was I supposed to be giving them all these fun developmental toys to play with at home? I love that Little Alouette, one of the very best mom-and-pop artisans of handmade wooden baby toys and teethers, is increasingly moving into some neat stuff for toddlers. Check out this nifty sensory literacy sand tray, which looks like it could be found in any Montessori classroom, only probably...

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The coolest kids toys of 2012: Editors Best of 2012

We love nothing more than finding toys for kids that are handmade, or at least, don’t require an on and off switch and 300 batteries. Instead, our favorite toys of 2012 are all powered by the imaginations and little hands of kids. Liz LEGO Friends As one of the original they’re doing WHAT with LEGOS? cynics, I have come full circle, completely respecting the way that LEGO Friends sets give more girls the chance to combine building skills with imaginative play. I will say I prefer the veterinary clinic, flying club, or invention workshop to the uh, beauty salon; but hey, no one says...

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Modern Nativity scenes you won’t mind the children touching

When you consider that most nativity sets include a couple of sheep, some people, an angel, and a stable, is it any wonder that most kids can’t wait to get their hands on them? But after my three were finished playing with the set I had growing up, I understood why my mom had kept it on the high shelf, away from our hands. Most Nativity sets are definitely for looking, not touching. But not these three sets I tracked down which would make great gifts for new parents, or for young children on Christmas. They are all made...

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New blocks on the block: awesome LEGO alternatives to get kids building

We’re not saying you need to leggo your LEGO (like your kids would ever let that happen). We’re huge LEGO fans! But this holiday season, we just want you to know about some really cool alternative building systems out there that’ll get little hands playing and little minds working. As a bonus, some of these blocks and things are a little softer than LEGO bricks. Which might matter to you if you have a knack for stomping on them barefoot, like I do. Just sayin’. Like wooden blocks gone through a major makeover, Twig blocks come in vibrant colors and cool...

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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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