BlueBird and offspring are very excited for this movie. See the trailer here.
Polly and Lucy are two handmade dolls from Austrialian hop skip jump, created in an effort to raise money for the Red Cross - Victorian bushfire appeal. Very cute dolls and very good cause.
Love this Great Plains Teepee from Amazon/Target. At 7.5 feet, it is the perfect size for a kid's outdoor playspace. Comes in cotton canvas, so you can leave it plain, or paint your own design onto it.
Make your toddler's days a little more exciting with Restoration Hardware's Superhero in a Box.
Doobleh-vay blog has a genius idea for those thank you notes. Make it easier for your kid to say thanks to grandma and grandpa:
1. Take a photo of child with gift.
2. Ask the child how the gift makes them feel.
3. Write that sentiment on the blackboard along with thank you.
4. Print photo and include with simple handwritten child signature or scribble scrabble.
These super cool hand painted tree swings from All Is Well are so cute. They can be attached to a tree, porch, deck or A-Frame and come with 24 feet of treated manila rope for about $50. Lots of cute colors to choose from, too.
"These lovely blocks contain many carefully engraved illustrations of the equipment, training, and activities that a budding mad scientist will require, combined with a clever alphabetic introduction to the concept depicted." Each block begins as a pen and in drawing which is then laser engraved onto American maple. No toxic dyes or finishes. Alphabet block examples:
A - Appendages
B - Bioengineering
C - Caffeine
D - Dirigible
E - Experiment
F - Freeze ray
G - Goggles
H - Henchmen
I - Invention
J - Jargon
K - Potassium
L - Laser
Created by Xyclopa and available for $40
Turn your child's scary monster drawing into a plush toy at FAO Schwarz. Cool idea. They send you a design kit which includes paper, pencils, and a detailed questionnaire to determine your monster's personality. Once you have finished your kit and turned it in, designers at North American Bear Co. reproduce your drawing into a plush monster, including a mini story that describes your monster and identifies your child as the creator.
Here's a way to up the ante in your kid's pretend kitchenette...felt cakes. Featured on tons of shows and in family magazines (Early Show, Cookie Magazine and Real Simple), these cool 100% felt cake kits allow kids to decorate their birthday cakes (or play cakes) again and again. Lots of different themes like ocean, Jack and the Beanstalk, cherry blossom, and rocket ships. $59 and available at Twinkle Kids.
This award-winning (Eurobike 2000 Award and Jugend Innovation Award) is a totally different type of family bike. The Taga combines stroller and bike into one. They also offer a double version. Only available in Europe right now, but it's still very new. We might see it around here soon.
As with everything now, you can personalize your Keds. Keds Studio allows you to choose your canvas, pick your colors, add your own graphics and create a customized shoe. This might be really cute for a kid shoe.
If you have just slightly under a thousand young relatives as I do, holiday gift guides can come in handy. Toys like make your own reindeer, cool retro robots, and other unique items you can't find in your typical Target. And all these from Blosem Kids are under $25. To see each product and details, follow the link.
Nifty Kidstuff is a cute Etsy store of handmade toys and dress-up items. Puppet theaters, outdoor canopies, crowns, and more. All items are created by a student at the Savannah School of Art + Design and prices range from $12 - $65.
Not long ago I was scouring the internet to find images of cool chalkboard walls. They're out there, but had to weed through some not-so-nice looking ones, too. Sister Tootie and I are investigating them for the munchkins. I'm beginning to notice that location is key...in the kitchen, a little-used nook, or an entry way seem to be the most effective. Here are some very creative ones:
Here are some really fun 'fake' foods for your kid's pretend kitchen. All from Seattle store Nico & Zoe. Included are felt fettuccini (they also have ravioli), hand-sewn felt pink shortbread cookies, and wooden eggs.
The Pottery Barn Kids catalog usually takes residence in my recycling bin these days, but they did have a nice idea for a kid's bathroom. We are always tripping over the tooth-brushing/hand-washing step stool, but this Pierce Console has it all figured out. The price is a tad much, but the idea is a good one - a pull-out step.
This puzzle from MOMA could be 15 individual lizards, or a 15-piece floor puzzle! Made from non-toxic foam and $18.
The Elmer books by David McKee are so good for little kids. They love that multi-colored elephant! Now you can get the matching suitcase and lunchbox at The Conran Shop.
I am in love with these coloring books. I have to force myself not to wrestle them from my child and color them myself. This is no ordinary coloring book! With playful drawings, funny scenarios and fun-to-follow instructions, this book is not just for coloring, but for doodling, drawing, imagining and thinking. Meant for kids (but adults love it too). Taro Gomi is a great artist and a resident of Tokyo, Japan. She has illustrated more than 100 books for children (including my favorite:"My Friends" - I highly recommend it). The coloring books are $19 and available lots of places including Amazon.com.
The ingenious little ride-on suitcases by Trunki are so neat. Available in green, blue or pink here.
Check out this Paper Chair. "The Chair is made with drawing paper, as the paper is being “drawn upon”, the size of the front cylinder increases and thus follows the child’s growth!- age 2-7 Years. Clean paper is transferred from the back cylinder to the front simply by rolling the front cylinder backwards. The amount of paper is approx. 500 meters, which means that the paper can be changed twice a week for 5 years." Created by Charlotte Friis Design as a 'statement' about the amount of paper we go through. Found on Cool Hunter.
Here is a cute little website you can visit with your kids, called Make-A-Flake: A snowflake maker. Very fun and kids love it. You pretend to cut a piece of paper and create a unique design.
Forget the silly, tired tea party. Have a sushi party!! (Pretend, of course). Comes with a cleaver (again, pretend - but boy you could scare Grandma with that one!!) and chopsticks. Very hip urban baby. Available at Genius Jones for $19.95.
Here are some cute ideas and items for a little something different come b-day party time.
Adopt a real, live animal through WWF:
A cute felt birthday cake to decorate all on your own:
For the little scientist in your life - some bug and bird badge sets. Can't find these at Toys R Us!
Who wants to be restricted by what BARBIE wants? He/She can design their own dreamhouse!
Forget Nintendo, take them back to the old days with a Viewfinder!