Automoblox Mini Emergency Response Line 3-Pack

Already available in original sizes, Automoblox Mini collectors will want to snatch up this Mini Emergency Response Line 3-pack.

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You get the mini-version of the police, fire and rescue vehicles for $40– less than the price of one of the originals.  abx_minipolice_whand_20140605

We already have the S9 Police Cruiser and the T900 Rescue Truck, but it’s hard to turn down this 3-pack to go with our Minis…

16 Jun 2014, 9:03pm
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gg* Toys

gg* is one of the gorgeous toy lines from the Japanese toy company, Kukkia.  Their products aren’t widely available in the US, but are worth snagging when you find them!

You can can currently get the Oekaki House Drawing Board on amazon for $64.  It’s infinitely more spectacular than the “Little People” version that my children played with, and the B. Toulouse Laptrec I’ve purchased for use as gifts.

Magnetic Drawing Boards

If you’re looking for stylish wooden versions of the most popular toys, this is without a doubt the one to get.

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The tsumiki House Building Set is another special product from gg*.

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And my 5 year old would LOVE to practice his chopstick skills with this beautiful Mame Ohagki Bean Game.

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We used the Birthday Mobile in our last nursery board and I didn’t even make the connection at the time.  Now I love it even more!

Giantsuper Stuns with High-Design Animal Alphabet Flashcards

A quick search for alphabet-related items on our blog reveals that we absolutely love seeking out cleverly illustrated, modern designs for you. Today we feature alphabet flashcards which could easily double as gorgeous artwork for your nursery and child’s room.

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Giantsuper was founded by father-of-two, Paul Lee. Paul originally illustrated the super-deluxe set of flashcards for his son when he was learning the alphabet. The cards feature modern, iconic animal designs enclosed in a beautiful, premium box.

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I’m not sure that I have ever used the word ‘gorgeous’ to describe flashcards before, but I am pretty certain that these qualify for that use. They are gorgeous!

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Each card has a detailed animal image in the center, with corresponding capital letter in the top left corner and animal name on the bottom right. The animals look as if they are created in origami form and they seem to hold motion on each card.

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They really are incredible. Also incredible is the affordable price point.

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For more detailed images, you can check out the full alphabet here, and you can purchase a set of these beautiful flashcards on Amazon.

Kid-O at the Beach

This summer, you can enjoy the coolest toys on the beach.  Kid-O is bringing us this amazing collection of Quut beach toys. Upgrade your shovel and pail with the Alto, Ballo, Cuppi, Ringo, Scoppi, and Triplet.

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If I didn’t have a pesky cold this week, I’d be taking the kids to the beach tomorrow.  Maybe next week?

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Play Kitchen Bamboo from North Forty Design

You know how sometimes you’ve been looking for something just right for a long time and you have no idea what it looks like, but then you find it and you just know?  Well, I have finally found THE modern play kitchen.

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From North Forty Design, the Play Kitchen Bamboo is a stunning open ended, modular design that can be arranged and rearranged in your home for the ultimate pretend play time.

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Unfortunately, “ultimate” usually comes with a matching price tag.  As shown, the kitchen combination is $1300.  There is also a birch version for $900, and the pieces can be purchased separately as well.

Also worthy of mention from North Forty Design is the Framehouse.  This open structure is made of FSC White Oak and can be used in any number of ways.

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This retails for $725.  Inspiring, no?
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5 Mar 2014, 10:54am
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Etsy Finds: Hey There Little Red Riding Hood

There was a time when my grandmother would tell my sister and I the story of Little Red Riding Hood every night. We made story time more varied by asking her to change the color of the hood, but I admit red is my favorite anyway.

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Limited Edition Red Riding Hood Triptych by Amy Sullivan- $50+
The Big Bad Wolf Stuffed Toy from Blita- $45
Plush Small Stuffed Bird from Time Handmade- $32
Scandinavian Red Riding Hood Cushion Cover by Gunna Ydri
Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf from Meu Adorável Iglu- $35
Set of Four Little Red Riding Hood Mini Pillows from titiluli- $40

Must-Have Lego Duplo for Toddlers

You may know about my fondness for Lego Duplo, okay I admit, I’m more of a fanatic!  And while it saddens me deeply that my boys have nearly grown out of Duplos, perhaps your kids will be able to enjoy these amazing sets!

I first saw these this weekend at Legoland Florida (one of my favorite places!) but you can pick these up at your local Lego store, Target, etc…

Bath time will be infinitely more awesome with Toddler Build and Boat Fun.  $20

Lego Duplo Toddler Build and Boat Fun

Unlike the previous cake set, this Creative Play Ice Cream Set is not packaged in pink and is equally suitable for both boys and girls!  Love!

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Of course a “healthier” option would be the Creative Picnic Set.  So much fun to be had with these!
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Put these or any other Duplo sets on your gift buying list and they’re sure to be a winner.

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Rich or Reasonable: Rolling Ride Ons

Toddler ride-on toys are irresistibly cute, but for sleek modern style, Early Rider‘s award winning Spherovelo is as cool as they get.

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If $100 is too steep, maybe the $20 Jelly Bean Racer from Little Tikes might do the trick.

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Nickster Toys

The educational toys from Nickster are colorful plastic toys with a modern aesthetic that gets my enthusiastic stamp of approval.

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An additional Nickster app reinforces the skills kids practice while playing with the toys.

About Nickster from cozzolino studio on Vimeo.

Toys retail for $23-$25 and can be purchased on their website or select online retailers.

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18 Feb 2014, 11:53am
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Coming Soon: Automoblox Work Trucks

Coming this fall from Automoblox, these larger size work trucks are bound to be the centerpieces of your Automoblox collection.  They are sized so that Original Automoblox can fit on the bed of the Flatbed Hauler.  The pieces for these three trucks will be interchangeable with each other but not with the originals.  Right now the largest Original Automoblox retail for about $50, so I’m a little anxious about the price for these large trucks (since I want them!).

Automoblox Dump Truck Automoblox Fire Truck Automoblox Flatbed Hauler Tow Truck

Did anyone get to see these at the Toy Fair?

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