I’m ready to move into the new Cubic Dollhouse Set, though I must admit, personally I’d be more interested in a three bedroom place.
Seriously though, this amazing dollhouse is a MoMA exclusive and features a glazed roof, double height living room, and modern furnishings throughout. Furniture is included but the dolls are sold separately (and the patio isn’t currently available).
Just look how happy this little boy looks with his flat panel tv and ipad!
For ages 4+ $200
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I’m pretty sure that I say this every year, but if you had to choose just one store for your holiday gift shopping, The Land of Nod would be the one to pick. They assemble the best collection of beautiful, unique gifts that stand the test of time. They also work with makers and designers to develop exclusive products for the season. But I’ll quit talking about them and just show you a selection of my favorites.
First, there’s a number of fun playhouses.
The Gearhead Garage Playhouse is too fun. The Gas Pump and Speedster Sit-On are sold separately. I also like the idea of getting their Speedster Racer and/or the Fire Engine Speedster with the garage.
The canopy playhouses are great because they add a lot of whimsy but don’t take up a lot of floor space. The new styles include the Skyhouse Playhouse Canopy, London Calling Playhouse Canopy and Woodsy Playhouse Canopy.
There’s one other crazy new playhouse, the Monster Playhouse, but it’s a little weird for my taste so I could bring myself to post a photo of it.
In a world saturated with play teepes, the new Dip Dye Denim Teepee is a unique version worthy of note. Denim style canvas + ombre is a really cool look and the floor cushion they have to go with it is pretty as well.
If the full play tents take up too much space or if you prefer something more temporary, I love Suzy Ultman’s Hanging Around Hallway Playhouse that just hangs in a doorway or hall and included the welcome may.
Another soft, plush place to hang out and play is the Day Trip Plush Canoe that is part of the Camp Wandawega collection.
You may know I have a thing about rocking horses, and the Thoroughbred Rocking Horse designed by Adam Greber is a new favorite of mine.
I love how the What’s That Stand For can transform into a great number of places for pretend play. It comes with curtains, banners and theater, produce, ice cream, drive thru and bank signs as well as a chalkboard/whiteboard sign so the kids can add anything else their imaginations come up with. This might be my #1 top must-have pick for holiday gifts.
Now we did have a nice wooden workbench when the boys were little, but this If I Had a Hammer (and a Workbench) looks even cooler. With so many black and white kids rooms, this one fits right in.
My final new toy pick from The Land of Nod for the holidays is the Modular Dollhouse. It is compact, can be arranged in different combinations and best of all, comes with the furniture and dolls.
I’ll just say this, I’m a little envious of all the kids getting The Land of Nod goodies for the holidays this year. I wouldn’t be mad if you tag me in your holiday Instagram photos to show off.
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We’ve rounded up our favorite shape sorters in the past, but somehow I missed the fact that you can still purchase the one I had as a kid over 35 years ago. If we still had it, it’d be as functional today as it ever was because these things last forever!
The Shape-O Toy can be purchased online from Tupperware. This is a perfect gift for the child with nostalgic parents. $29
A Manny & Simon push toy is pretty much a requirement for any modern nursery (just search our archives to prove it!), so I know their teethers are going to be standard for any well equipped toy box and diaper bag.
We got to preview the teethers ($14) at last years ABC Kids Expo, but I really love the shakers ($24) as well.
We’ve been admiring Nobodinoz from afar for a long time, but their lovely collections are starting to trickle into US retailers.
Carrito Mapachito (raccoon trolley),
and a couple of their full sized play tents.
I love the color palette Nobodinoz uses. It’s fresh and modern (of course), a little bit tropical, and all goes together perfectly. I’m starting to think I should use their colors as the scheme in my new house! I can’t wait to see what else becomes available. Most of all I’m hoping to see the furniture! Who’s with me?!
There are a few more stand-outs from The Land of Nod for Fall 2015– this time in the toy department.
How about this Byte-Size Personal Chalkboard ($25)?
The Fresh Picked Plush Produce ranges from $7 to $9 per piece (though I wish they just sold it as a complete set).
The Get Reel Fishing Game should keep them busy for a while ($50).
And their new Gobs of Jobs Activity Chart might just help manage household responsibilities in a fun way ($80).
These were my favorite of the new toys, but if you’ve never browsed their selection of toys, you’re really missing out. It’s a beautifully curated collection and you can’t go wrong with anything you purchase.
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So today was the last day of school and I’m facing three months of summer with both excitement and trepidation. Travel is definitely part of the excitement of vacation and you can face it with less trepidation if you’ve got great travel activities to keep the kids busy.
I really recommend the great travel games from Melissa and Doug. With the pieces firmly attached to the board, you can have all the fun without the tragedy of pieces spilling out of reach on the floor. I seriously have the USA License Plate Game
and Hangman in the car with me at all times, but next I would add Travel Bingo and the Travel Memory Game. Bring these out as needed (or when the ipad battery dies)!
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Is Sophie the Giraffe too played out for your teething tot? Shop the 100% natural rubber, hand painted toys from Oli & Carol. Newly launched in the US, these sweet chewables are cute and unique alternatives to the ubiquitous french must-have.
and XL Beetle Cars.