I love when grown-up objects are inspired by kids. How could our lives not be inspired by these tiny creatures, begging us to slow down and look deeper and play longer? Such is the case with Ingrid Hulskamp’s latest collection: “En Voyage.”
My parents were both school teachers, so we had no shortage of educational toys scattered about our home on any given day. One of my favorites were Tangrams – I fondly remember an entire summer dedicated to creating different animals from the colored triangles at my disposal.
Now, a short 25-something years later, I still love the idea of creating something out of nothing. It’s so metaphorical – the idea of puzzles. That we’re all just doing the best with the pieces we’ve got, attempting to pull together a portrait that looks like something worth keeping around for a bit.
A wheel on a stick? Could it really hold a child’s attention for more than a few minutes? Polish product designer Grzegorz Cholewiak and
German artist Lena Hensel answer with a resounding yes in their newest invention for the littles: Toll’s Toy.
Have you seen Donna Wilson’s newest creatures? They’re fluffy, cozy and… edible! Cheers for veggies that any kid would love on their plate.
To Buy: £37.50 at Donna Wilson
I’m always looking for international shops that ship worldwide, offering the highest quality toys and goods from Japan, Sweden, Norway and beyond. I find it fascinating that, thanks to this dear Internet thing, I can stock up on unique gifts for special little ones in my life – without having to jump the pond myself.
Seeking: a bubble wand that isn’t overtly plastic or primary-colored or loud and boisterous. Spotted: Amechan bubble set from Kiko+, constructed from sustainable beech wood with a matching candy-shaped tray and a surprise bubble recipe inside.
Last weekend, Bee and I enjoyed a perfect mom+daughter date. There was sunshine and swimming and lemonade, stroller naps and bananas and jazz bands. It was just… perfect. Sure, there were meltdowns from bouts of boredom (Bee) and impatience (me). But the day inspired us to get outside more often and enjoy these lazy summer days as much as we can. Because before we know it, this season will have passed us by. (And I’m not talking about summer, am I right?)
In honor of our perfect day out, here are a few blue sky-inspired finds we’re loving!:
The concept of heirloom toys has always seemed kind of impossible, you know? Could a single toy actually survive the chewing of babies, throwing of toddlers, forgetting of children? And with the quick sifting of trends and color schemes and “of-the-moment” patterns, how could you ensure a timeless, classic design?
Fredericks & Mae can. And has.
If you’ve read this site for more than four minutes, you’ll know that there’s a very special place in my heart (and Bee’s toy chest) for multi-purpose products that can grow from the baby stage to todderdom and beyond. So of course, I was pleased to receive a note from Elisabeth announcing a shop update were I spotted the cleverest blanket of all: Bu! Blankets.
My nephew is in the midst of a hardcore, no-holds-barred superhero phase, and what self-respecting aunt could possibly turn down the opportunity to assist him in saving the world? And even though I don’t intend to throw a punch or perfect my roundhouse kick, I can at least dress him for the job, right?