Dovetail Animals by Karl Zahn
Written by Katie on January 27, 2012. Permalink
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Your Design Guide to Home & Style.
Written by Katie on January 27, 2012. Permalink
Written by Katie on January 26, 2012. Permalink
Add this to your rather-nice-to-look-at toy list for kids. Sixteen blocks have trails of ants on all six sides, forming loads of patterns for little (or big) ones to explore. Again, could be an excellent gift for niece/nephew/etc., as long as they are 3+.
Each set contains images of ant hills, a queen with her eggs, and a spider, the ant’s nemesis.
Purchase Information:Price: $21.95
Written by Katie on December 19, 2011. Permalink
Remember how this week we’ll be updating our Gifts section? Well, if you’re lucky enough to have some snow, consider this for a gift this year…
When life gives you snow, you go sledding, obviously. Made from 5/8” thick marine-grade molded plywood, this fully steerable sled will hopefully help you and/or your kids fly down the hill safe and sound (and, of course, super fast).
Purchase Information:Price: $149.00
Written by Katie on December 9, 2011. Permalink
Somehow a puzzle is the perfect past time during holiday family gatherings. Get this puzzle for the person who loves their vinyl, and watch them exclaim over titles that should (or should not) be in their collection. Or you could just get it as a history lesson for kids that have never seen a record collection… “So, back in the day, they used to have these flat vinyl disks that music was stored on…”
Purchase Information:Price: $28.00
Written by Katie on November 22, 2011. Permalink
What do you get for someone that has everything? An old time slingshot, made from buckthorn branches, latex tubing, and a leather projectile pouch. I like that ‘female adult supervision’ is suggested in the description, though in no way do I assume adult females are any less likely to injure someone or something, on purpose or otherwise.
Dimensions: about 11″ x 4″-5″
Purchase Information:Price: $25.00
Written by Katie on October 24, 2011. Permalink
Whoa, are these crazy blocks or what? Brinca Dada is usually known for their dollhouses, which are actually pretty amazing, but these blocks are fit for adults and kids alike. Instead of fitting together snugly or simply, they’re completely wonky and will encourage you to play “with the simplicity of imperfection.” Nice idea, isn’t it?
Purchase Information:Price: $59.00
Written by Katie on October 21, 2011. Permalink
Written by Katie on October 7, 2011. Permalink
If you’re old enough to remember 8-bit computer games from the 80s, then you’re allowed to give the whole ‘when I was your age’ speech at any time you want. Any time. Permission granted. However, if you were born after that decade, then you may only sit and listen to your elders with respect, and awe, if they deserve it. Space Invaders playing cards available from Art. Lebedev Studio.
-54 card deck
-Made in Russia
-Weight: 150 g
-Designers: Alexei Lyapunov and Lena Erlikh
Written by Katie on September 8, 2011. Permalink
These wooden (non-toxic, lead-free, water based stained) puzzles are nothing short of lovely. Whether for your own amusement during a work break or as a simple gift for someone else (adult or child), each puzzle has an infinite variety of possible patterns. We all need a creative moment now and then, don’t we?
Made by Grimm’s, Germany.
Purchase Information:Price: $28.00 - 40.00
Written by Katie on September 1, 2011. Permalink
Here’s a fun way to brush up on your modern art knowledge: the Modern Art Memory Game from AMMO BOOKS. It comes with a booklet identifying each artwork/artist/title, so don’t worry if your memory from Art History I in university isn’t up to par.
Purchase Information:Price: $16.95
Written by Katie on August 16, 2011. Permalink
I’ve always found it strange that in most relatively nice homes with soft fabrics and natural materials, you walk into a play area for the kids and it feels like you’ve been transported into an alternative universe where only oddly colored plastic is permitted. Not that there’s anything wrong with plastic stuff for kids (I’m certainly no expert on the subject), but why not add in some regular wooden blocks, just to offset the crazy colors and random imagery? Maybe with a little less visual input, a child’s imagination will have to work a bit harder. One would hope so. If you’re a new godmother/father, bookmark this for a gift idea when the little one is 3+.
Purchase Information:Price: $69.99
Written by Simon on July 5, 2011. Permalink
Written by Katie on July 4, 2011. Permalink
Written by Katie on June 8, 2011. Permalink
These are too aesthetically pleasing to pass up, even if you’ve not made crayon art for years. Actually, if you’ve not picked up crayons in years, now’s definitely the time to bring it back, with these lovely gems as motivation.
Diamond cut wax crayons.
Set of 6
Written by Katie on May 4, 2011. Permalink
I can’t vouch for the accuracy of this kit, but kids (and adults) would do well to try it out. With a weathervane, a wind gauge (anemometer), a rain gauge (pluviometer) and a thermometer, you (or your kids) will be able to observe and learn about your local climate while trying your hand at forecasting the weather. There’s also space for a small terrarium in a bottle to see how the greenhouse effect works.
Purchase Information:Price: $9.99