Shoppers looking to help develop kids’ creativity will relish ecologically sound, techy coloring books from Painting Lulu. The system bridges the gap between traditional coloring books — always a kid fave — and contemporary technology. The technology is simple: kids color in the book and then, with a little adult assistance, scan the QR code on the page using a free app on a smart device — it doesn’t even require a download. Presto, the coloring page appears on the device and kids can continue coloring where they left off using the special Painting Lulu Digital Crayon that has a host of unique coloring tools and features.
Many car lovers collect 1960s vehicle memorabilia, and even enjoy passing down their appreciation to their children with toy cars that sport this signature look. Candylab Toys captures the spirit of the ’60s with its line of classic collectible toy cars. What makes these cars unique is that they’re made of wood, a material growing in popularity due to its longevity and environmental sustainability.
Playhouses make the perfect hideouts where kids can create their own cozy kingdoms of fantasy and fun. Traditionally, playhouses have been outdoor buildings, usually small sheds or the classic tree house. Of course, not all kids have access to the type of outdoor spaces that allow for these options, not to mention the fact that tree houses and outdoor buildings can be difficult to build and aren’t the best options in bad weather. Yuhuhugs introduces children to a whole new set of options with their innovative line of indoor playhouses.
In early May, ABC Network’s reality show Shark Tank was in Detroit looking for entrepreneurs to showcase on its upcoming season. Julie Andreae, co-founder of Secure Beginnings, a Detroit based manufacturer of a revolutionary breathable crib mattresses, jumped at the chance to participate – and was selected to advance to the next round. One of the requirements of advancing into the next round of consideration for Shark Tank is the creation of a video detailing the product. Andreae was given only a few days to ideate, shoot, edit and submit a video, so she called on Media Genesis to help pull the video together quickly.
What’s better than a jigsaw puzzle with the design on one side? When the other side reveals a second part of the fun. That’s the idea behind Flipzles, award-winning puzzles made of thick, durable wood with vibrant images on all three layers, each a unique piece of art created by Vicki Lewis. Flipzles help kids discover spatial relationships and build hand-eye coordination, yet are compact, easy to store and a snap to take anywhere.
The Netherlands, also known as Holland, has long been known for its tulips, windmills, wooden shoes, and those yummy butter cookies you get every Christmas… but what about couture? While most people still think of Italy and France as the fashion capitals of Europe, Holland has been a quietly growing force in the industry, and lately it’s been hard for anyone who buys or sells kids’ clothing to ignore the influence of this small but vital nation. Leiden-based design house Cakewalk is a great example of the Dutch children’s clothing aesthetic.
Little darlings will enjoy wearing delights as much as they do eating them with Lili Collection’s moccasins and matching purses. Mouthwatering strawberries, juicy pineapples, ice cream popsicles and more become fashionable and adorable style statements. From picnics to play dates, these accessories are sure to make her the star of the show! Lili Collection also features Animoccs. These cute critters come in purses as well and are perfect to wear in summer and straight on through to fall and winter.
As options open in the home decor market, new parents are clinging to their identities as modern humans, even if they’re feeling less than human thanks to sleepless nights and dirty nappies. With a shared aesthetic and appreciation for design, Jennifer Kelly and Rebecca Perren found a void in the market for what they wanted for their own homes — the right mix of classic and modern, the subtle balance of fresh yet sophisticated design. They created Pehr Designs’ Petit Pehr line to answer the call of modern moms everywhere, creating classically simple home accessories sure to fly off your shelf.
Don’t shoot the messengers, but it’s time to start thinking about back to school displays. And no display will be complete without the perfect accessory for the all-important first day outfit. And then there’s school picture day. And holidays. Well, you get the picture. And that picture gets prettier with the Republic of Pigtails, a collection of handmade hair accessories that go beyond the glass beads and into a fashionable fairytale. Rika Gunawan dedicated Republic of Pigtails to her daughter and their edgy friends who love to look fabulous.