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.
Wooden toys are typically the choice for design-snob parents (and I mean that in the kindest way possible), but Kid O has elevated plastic toys to an irresistible level. Their newest products are terrifically tempting.
Take a look at the entire 2015 collection.
Two hippos are joining the blabla knit dolls collection this spring– Jacques the blue sailor and Esther the purple bathing beauty (at least that’s how I’m going to describe her).
You KNOW I’ve got to be partial to Esther, even though she’s a hippo, because we Esthers have to stick together!
There’s also this adorable collection of new roly poly family rattles. I’m gonna call the little blonde one Esther too. I think we’ve got a strong resemblance.
The Cribsie Awards select and honor the best baby brands and products. Under the Play category, be sure to vote for the “Best Toy For Tiny Hands“. You can’t go wrong with any of these. Just get one of each!
The nominees are:
Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether
Green Toys My First Keys Baby Toy
HABA Buzz Buzz Rattle Clutching Toy
Skip Hop Explore and More Roll Around Toy
Manhattan Toy Baby Whoozit 6 Inch Stroller and Travel Activity Toy
Which toys do your little tykes prefer? Vote for your favorite in the Cribsies and comment with any of your favorites that didn’t make the finals!
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When Colette Bream does games, you know they’re also going to be works of art. I love this selection of familiar classics as well as original board games. Why settle for the usual when you can choose something really extraordinary?
Slides and Ladders- $48
Tiddlywinks Game- $34
Giant LUDO Game- $68
Tic Tac Toe Game- $15
These are just SOME of the games available. Visit Collette Bream’s etsy shop to see them all.
One of my favorite creative toy brands is Invisible Creature. They have done collaborations with Odd Galaxy, Uncle Goose (Stack and Scare Blocks), Super 7’s Wormwood, and now (thankfully!) again with Uncle Goose with their addition of the Barn Blocks.
The Invisible Creature Barn Studio blocks create a replica of a barn 30 miles east of Seattle. The barn was originally built for horses in 1964, but was remodeled for use as an artist studio last year. The blocks were made by Uncle Goose, and depict all kinds of creative and fun prints on each side. Can you spot the Eames rocker?
I love the whimsical pictures on each side and the concept of using the blocks to build one specific building (among many creative free-play uses). My toddler son would have a blast using these blocks, and I have to admit that I would love them just as much as him. These are going on my next wish list for upcoming holidays.
Any little ones you know resolving to learn to ride a bike this year? My younger one has yet to reach this milestone so we need to get to work on that asap! From the experience of his older brother though, I can tell you that learning to balance before adding pedals is the perfect way to master the two wheeler. Training wheels are so 1980-something.
Loll Designs partnered with Heritage Bicycles to create this little beauty out of recycled plastic. It features 12″ wheels, adjustable seat height and a Heritage medallion. Choose one of 10 colors. $260
You can also get a Bennett Balance Bike, which is the wooden version, for $300.
If your girls are lucky enough to have a Jess Brown doll to treasure, their precious friend might need a home that’s equally beautiful. You can find a Doll Furniture set by Jess Brown at Anthropologie. The Bed and Armoire are sold separately for $298 each. The armoire includes five outfits and their hangers.
The bed comes with a pillow, comforter and quilt.
How I would have loved this as a child! It’s the type of plaything that will one day be saved up in the attic for future generations.
Let me know if you get one! I’d love to see the photos of all the lucky girls this holiday season.
Then you may be further north with snow in the forecast, and this Wooden Snowman might be more appropriate.
Finally, be ready for Christmas with a Personalized Wooden Christmas Tree Toy.
Check out The Wandering Workshop for more beautiful gift ideas.