Remember the family slide projector your dad used to pull out to reminisce over old vacation photos? Now you can relive the experience with Projecteo, a tiny projector that lets you bring your favorite Instagram photos to life. A perfect gift for Father’s Day!
Oh my, time flies! Savannah’s moving onto junior high this September and will finally be getting a room of her own at home. We’ve started spring cleaning, and while it’s always nice to declutter, I’m actually sad to see some of her “baby” playthings being boxed up and put in the attic.
I’m a firm believer in “less is more,” so I wouldn’t say that my children were spoiled toy-wise when they were little. We love wooden toys, but there are so many other simple, stimulating products out there now for the all-important early years.
I recently discovered the bright & cheerful playthings from the brand new Portland-based creative studio and shop More & Co. I doubt primary colors and basic shapes will ever go out of fashion—this eye-catching collection is sure to appeal to young and old alike.
Here are just a few of my favorites—enjoy!
We’re always on the hunt for cool & unusual vintage playthings for kids, and we totally flipped when we found this De Stijl-style rocking elephant made in Holland in the 1940s. The rocker is one of the latest finds at Mid Mod Design, one of our favorite sources for all things vintage.
Have you ever been to Berlin? I got back from a whirlwind trip to the German capital, where I was invited to speak at The Hive European bloggers’ conference. It’s such an interesting city with an amazing creative energy, you really feel as if anything’s possible when you’re there!
I hope to take my family next year because I know they’ll enjoy the buzz of fast-paced city life. Travel really is one of the best life-learning experiences for kids, especially when you live in a small village like us.
Of course, not everyone has the chance to travel or dreams of visiting a city, but I thought this would be a good opportunity to curate a small collection of architectural toys designed to develop children’s spatial awareness and stimulate imagination through play.
Summer is almost here and it’s time to go outdoors and have some fun. We live in the countryside and my kids love playing in the garden. Savannah’s into making perfume from rose petals right now and Miles wants to build a new den.
Sound familiar? Children seldom get bored if they can explore outside, in the woods, a park or even a market garden. Of course, not everyone has access to green spaces or sunshine all year round. Rainy days can be long and frustrating, but there are plenty of simple, nature-inspired activities and games for them to play indoors.
Here are a few that recently caught my eye…
The minimal BUM stool by BAGGU and UM Project (available from Lin Morris) features a natural canvas seat, maple base, and brightly-colored shoulder strap. All proceeds from the sales of the travel seat go the to Brooklyn Recovery Fund for local Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
This fabulous camping lean-to by Scout Regalia & Reunion, also available from Lin Morris, quickly & easily converts from covered shelter to open air.
The perfect accessories for traveling light this summer—love!
Small is beautiful, so they say. In my experience, little ones can learn great things from playing with their miniature friends. We’ve all dressed up peg dolls, held tea parties for plushies, fought never-ending battles with mini toy soldiers or soothed teddy with a nighttime story, haven’t we?
Although I love quirky vintage wooden dolls I’ve been making the most of my secret pinterest boards to curate a small collection of modern mini folk that I hope your little ones will enjoy…
As you already know, pretend play has many benefits. While doing things exactly like mom or dad, your child develops his/her creativity, analytical skills, logical reasoning but also communication and social development skills.
Play kitchens are among favorite pretend play games. Here are a few of our favorites…
Anyone with an interest in design knows that Milan is the place to be this week. Today marks the opening of the much-anticipated furniture fair and Fuorisalone 2013, which—for the third year running—includes KidsroomZOOM!, the most celebrated children’s design event in Milan.
So what exactly is KidsroomZOOM!? In a nutshell, it’s a unique celebration of modern art and design for kids. Organizers Paola Noé and Thomas Maitz definitely have their fingers on the pulse of the children’s design industry, and they always surprise with a beautifully curated selection of modern furniture, decor, toys, and art.
KidsroomZOOM! is all about introducing and showcasing new, exciting talent. I always discover something inspiring there, and this year is no exception. Here are a few favorites…
Phew! Yet another deadline that I only just managed to meet… As adults, parents, and professionals, we all know how life can sometimes feel like one big balancing act. Every day we perform multiple roles, juggling countless responsibilities and multitasking to perfection. The to-do list only gets longer, and time is never on our side. (Insert Machiavelic laugh here!)
So, all work and no play? I hope not. Learning to unwind, forget the rules, and think outside the box is essential to maintaining that all-important equilibrium we all strive for. Play can be therapeutic, educational, and fun–at any age. Here are a few picks from the beautiful & modern Ludus Ludi collection of toys, designed for both little and big kids alike.