“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” Create a relaxing under-the-sea oasis for your little Jacques Cousteau with the Sea Creature Set ($50). The 6-piece set of 5×7 prints features real and imaginary sea creatures from angelfish to mermaid to whale. Available on archival quality paper and printed with Epson pigment inks, each print is individually signed and dated by the artist.
Toddlers learn by imitating. Let your toddler imitate you – and practice walking safely – with a Pushing Car ($172). Your little one can have fun pushing around a favorite stuffed animal or doll with this car-shaped push cart. Includes great car features like cutout windows, painted head lights, and rubber tires to grip the road. With an adjustable handle, this car grows with your child, and it has a removable fabric pocket for storing toys, snacks on the go, and treasures found along the way.
Math goes green with the Tree Blocks Math Kit ($64). 65 pieces feature lots of natural wood shapes and sizes, including a standing log ruler, 3 dice and 96 activity cards in 3 skill levels, from the basics up to algebra. Made from sustainable sources, with only non-toxic child safe finishes, Tree Blocks is good for the environment and your child’s brain.
It floats! It spins! It’s FUSHIGI ($20)! This dynamically designed ball is used in the mysterious art of contact juggling. By exploiting the sphere’s reflective properties you can create the illusion that its defying gravity or even moving on its own. Contact juggling has been around for centuries and was showcased in the cult classic movie Labyrinth. Now you can learn to master the FUSHIGI and perform maneuvers like the Levitation, the Enigma, the Palm Spin, and many more. Unlock the secrets, mesmerize the mind, confuse the senses, and blow away your friends!
Finally, a chalkboard that will grab your kids’ attention – hook, line and sinker. A Whale of a Stick On Chalkboard ($29) features a Julien Chung design and includes a whale, water spout, eight droplets and a tugboat. Just peel and stick on any smooth, non-textured surface. The chalkboard is removable and reusable – in case your whale needs to migrate.
Rainy days. Long trips. Family get-togethers. Any time you’re cooped up with kids, you need a defense against the dreaded “I’m bored!” Enter 52 Activities Cards ($7), fun little card sets with all sorts of creative ideas – make a flip book, create a time capsule, master tongue twisters and riddles, and much more. Each card offers detailed instructions, but leaves plenty of room for your kids to get creative. And with 52 cards in each set, there’s something for everyone.
Do you have an aspiring architect or designer in your family? Does your child like to rearrange the furniture in your house? Keep your furniture (and your sanity) in place and turn your kid loose on the MoMA Modern House ($14). With this innovative set of modular nesting boxes, your little architect/designer can create modern spaces, arrange furniture and accessories, and invite the MoMA Modern Family ($12) over to play. The house includes 6 nesting boxes, 8 mix-and-match furniture pieces, and 12 removable vinyl clings. The family includes 5 press-out people, a cat, a dog, a doghouse, and over 150 mix-and-match vinyl cling clothes. Together the possibilities are endless!
It’s an eraser, it’s a puzzle, it’s Crazerasers ($2)! Featuring food, animals, furniture, you name it, these eraser/puzzles are all the rage. Your kids can take them apart, put them together, collect them, and trade them with their friends. Or just use them to erase stuff.
Enjoy your own homemade frozen pops in as little as 7 minutes with the Zoku Quick Pop Maker ($50). Simple and easy to use, you can make up to 9 pops before refreezing. Includes a base, remover tool, and six reusable pop sticks and drip guards. The only thing quicker than making these pops is eating them!
Come on down to the farm with Calafant Farm ($21) – a sturdy, functional cardboard farm designed after old-fashioned farms in Germany and Holland. Measuring approximately 20 × 12 × 20 inches unfolded, this large farm has working doors, 2 rooms in the back and porches on each side – plenty of room for the farmer and his (or her) family, plus all the barnyard animals roaming around your house. Includes 12 washable markers so kids can decorate the farm and make it their own. Easy to build and fun to decorate, Calafant Farm will provide hours of creative play for your little farmer – without any barnyard smells!
Babies love to touch everything, and they love to put their fingers in their mouths. It’s enough to turn even the most laid-back parent into a “germaphobe.” Protect your baby from germs (and cleaning solutions) on restaurant tables with the Neat Solutions Table Topper ($17). Regular placemats go from table to floor in 3 seconds flat, but the Table Topper stays put with cleverly designed adhesive strips, providing a sanitary eating surface for the entire meal. Educational and entertaining designs keep your baby occupied – so you can eat too!
Looking for backpack that cares for the planet as well as books? Look no further! Eco Packs ($56) are made from recycled plastic water bottles and trimmed with naturally biodegradable canvas. The straps and back panel are padded for comfort, and the large zippered front pocket and two side pockets will easily hold all your child’s stuff. Plus your child can choose from Recycle Sign, Heart or Peace Sign, to reflect their personal philosophy and style.
Join forces with the Empire to crush the Rebel Alliance with the ultimate LEGO Motorized Walking AT-AT ($130). Thanks to the Power Functions System, the mighty All-Terrain Armored Transport really walks forward or backward into battle and its head moves up and down. Cockpit opens and laser cannons rotate for even more realistic play. Includes AT-AT Pilot™, General Veers, Snowtrooper™ and Luke Skywalker™ with grappling line and lightsaber. And when the battle is over, just grab the handle on top for easy transport – or to beat a hasty retreat.
Kids love to build things. They also love to take things apart. Satisfy both sides of this yin and yang with LEGO Bricks and More Builders of Tomorrow Set ($30). This set contains all the basic LEGO bricks your little builders need to make just about anything – the only limit is their imagination. And once they’re done they can take apart their creation and build something new.
“Mommy, there’s a monster in my room!” Many a sleepless night has been prefaced by these 7 words. Now you can take the monster out of the closet, out from under the bed, and put it on your child’s walls with Monster Friends Posters ($25). These four friendly creatures don’t want to scare anyone – they just want a home! Each deluxe artist edition poster is screen printed on sturdy 100-pound matte poster paper. Buy one for your little monster, and enjoy more peaceful nights. At least until the teen years…