Items tagged “Children (4-7 years)”

From their earliest days, girls naturally cleave to dolls. Tiny tots get hold of that first, soft doll who often becomes a natural bestie, there at night as a soothing bedtime companion and around during the day to snuggle with or just be at a little one’s side. Grown up girls cherish special dolls given to them long ago by a parent, adored granny, aunt or friend and often keep them forever. We’ve gathered a tea-party worthy group of special dolls that will delight young ladies of different ages and stages from Bonikka, Pennymeade, Arianna and My Friend Huggles.

European toymakers have long been ahead of the curve when it comes to blocks and other building sets. They tend to prefer wood to plastic for both aesthetic and environmental reasons, and their sets are often extensive, detailed, and realistic. Janod is a French company that’s been the recipient of multiple international toy awards. They offer superior quality wooden building sets designed to inspire children to have fun while expanding their skills. Simple, class building blocks are available in various colors, sizes, shapes, and patterns. In more advanced sets, kids can create their own cars, trucks and other vehicles, as well as buildings.

A simple, yet meaningful message written on a napkin and placed in the lunchbox can help a child get through those tough days at school. Canadian mom Margerete Volpe happily got on board with the lunch box note habit, but the practice had a down side. While her daughter loved the notes, Margarete did not love the waste made from throwing away so many napkins every week. As an environmentally conscious person, Margarete was hit with inspiration: Why not make reusable cloth message napkins? And that’s how PICKmeUP Napkins was born.

IMAGINE GreenWear
Itzy Ritzy
Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. (K.I.D.S)

This spring and summer, as your customers become more aware of what’s on the labels of their clothes, proudly display Made in the USA. Marketing surveys are showing an increasing desire, in particular among Americans, to purchase products made in the States in support of American jobs, hand craftsmanship and durability. This label and the movement behind it has gained popularity and retailers can take advantage this summer with Flap Happy protective swimwear, airy dresses from Aria, joyous outfits from Giggle Moon and daring denim from Preston Miles Kids.

For kids who don’t just want to own a pony but would like to be one, check out Hoofitz rain boots, footwear with a unique sole that leaves hoof prints. The rationale is that the sole mimics the grip, flexion, and balance of a horse’s hoof so the boots are comfortable as well as long-wearing. As an antidote to couch-potatohood, these boots are fun to wear, encouraging youngsters to get up, go out and horse around. Eileen Kenney, professional horse trainer and highly experienced rider who competes in equine events often on her own horse Riot Gear, created Hoofitz.

Learning how to code seems like a daunting task, but with the dome-shaped Ozobot it just feels like playing games. This little USB-charged robot can be programed to do virtually anything the user wants, from playing interactive games to racing other Ozobots on a custom made course. It can even learn choreography and get its groove on. Following a color-coded path, the Ozobot can change speed, direction, and action depending on whatever the user wishes. For kids curious about programing, or the robotic obsessed, this makes a great birthday gift for a whole group of friends.

Yumbox
Bibi & Mimi
Woombie (KB Designs, LLC)

Ever hear children tell a story with such imaginative happenings, you want to draw what’s in their head at that very moment? Doodle Do did… and does! Doodle Do offers doodles that decorate shirts, pants and rompers. Doodle Do is a little different. Focused on organic, but full of color and fun, the company specializes in branching off from the bland with quirky and imaginative wearable art. Doodle Do features the drawings from kids who imagine crabs can fly, dogs can share secrets, and anything is possible. Capturing that fearless dreamlike quality is what Doodle Do is dedicated to doing.

NapiNol Nursery Therapies creates all-natural skin care products with only the most necessary ingredients. They vow to use as few ingredients as possible, and each with a vital purpose for the skin. Their products contain no synthetics, no chemicals and nothing that isn’t on the label. Their products meet the strictest standards set by the Environmental Working Group, scoring a zero toxicity rating. NapiNol values this honesty and clarity because they have a working knowledge of both natural maternal needs and pharmaceutical formulation, allowing them to find natural solutions to product development where others resort to synthetics for help.

Toys that promise to entertain kids while also teaching a skill are rare, and oftentimes are more for show than education. Not with LightUp, a company devoted to teaching children about the world of electronics and programing through interactive circuit building and coding. Kids will become fascinated when they learn how to make a circuit run, and can even write a custom program for it once built. It’s the perfect gift for the curious child interested in how everyday objects work.

ABC Spring Educational Conference & Trade Show
HALO® Innovations
Teeny Tiny Optics
Children's Club - New York, New York (3/1/15 - 3/3/15)

New York’s Javit’s Center rocked the 2015 ENK International Children’s Club from March 1 through 3, 2015. Over fifty brands displayed collections for the first time and there were showings by a large number of both new and international collections. Everything for kids was on view for an enthusiastic crowd of buyers, editors and bloggers as more than 650 exhibitors convened to display their wares. To further delight the crowd, prodigy DJ Fussyman was on hand to spin the turntables. Holly Hastie, Oogoolz, Shampoodle, and Charabia are a few of the brands that exhibited at the most recent Children’s Club NYC.

The art of doll making has a history that goes back thousands of years. In a world without mass produced playthings, items like dolls were precious and hard to come by. Eventually, dolls evolved into the comfort and fashion objects we’re familiar with today, and can be found by the hundreds in just about any discount or department store in the world, but there are still a number of craftspeople who continue to produce interesting, beautiful and top-quality dolls. Viola Hale, of Viola Studio Dolls, is one of these artists.

One evening Danielle Stangler was out to eat with her family when she looked over to see her 18-month-old daughter covered in macaroni and cheese. Stangler knew that her tired little one was going to hate having her face wiped and was anticipating the scene that she was about to endure. She asked her husband to dip his napkin in his drink and proceeded to wipe her face. To her surprise, the reaction to the napkin was “nummy, nummy!” As it turned out, her husband’s drink was lemonade. Stangler was able to get every last piece of food off with no battle at all. From there, the idea for a flavored face wipe, NeatCheeks, was born.

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