Minimize the Toy, Maximize the Imagination

I’m a firm believer that children’s toys should meet the imagination halfway, empowering creativity and exploration, rather than present entertainment. In a similar vein, Kukkia’s “Machi” is a simple, minimalist set that allows children to create freeplay creations.

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Kukkia means ‘to bloom’ in Finnish and ‘kuki’ means stem in Japanese. The focus of their products is to provide children with tactile and vividly-colored shapes that are both fun and visually stimulating. They want kids to get involved and to use their imaginations to create, change and re-invent how toys are played with.…
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Raising the Bar on Fetch With Fido

If you’ve ever had the pleasure (maybe) of playing fetch with a Jack Russell or other breed of boundless energy, you know it is a losing battle for all but the most enthusiastic human.  Hyperpet may level the playing field though, with its K-9 Kannon Ball Launcher…

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Lego Insect Evolution

I always preferred the “freeform” Lego sets more than the “kits”, but these insect hacks made from all sort of specialized parts and techniques are very impressive.

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Lots of inspiration was taken from various builders as battle bugs and lego insects have often been explored. I tried to tag a few key people in the evolution and inspiration of our lego bugs Doctor Mobius, Lino M, ROOK, and Sir Nadroj. Thanks so much for paving the way! If you are a Lego bug fan, take some time to check out their photostreams!…
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Build Your Child An Amazing Craft Center For $50

Attractive and organized, this center looks like just the thing for striking a balance between letting a child explore their creativity while keeping housecleaning parents sane.

DIY Craft Station for Kids

“I’m cur­rently in the process of set­ting up a new craft stu­dio to cor­ral all of the projects that have slowly begun to take over our house. The inten­tion was to cre­ate a space for “mommy’s projects,” but it quickly caught the inter­est of my lit­tle ones. What could be cooler than a room filled with art supplies?”
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Clever Low Tech Shadow in the Woods Game

I adore the vintage, simplicity and, frankly, creepy charm of this game.

Shadows in the Woods – Deluxe by Kraul is a board game with a difference, possessing elements of hide and seek, and based on principles of co-operation. It is an atmospheric game to be played in a darkened room, as the dwarves try to remain in the shadows of the trees. The magical power threatening the dwarves is represented by a tealight.…
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