Shoppers go gaga over handcrafted wooden toys, remembering the hours of playtime pleasure they enjoyed way back when. A Summer Afternoon offers a host of natural wooden toys made from top quality hardwoods that are elegantly simple in design with oodles of play value. A Summer Afternoon is a family affair helmed by the Nuland family with “assistance” from five — count ‘em — sons as well as Erin’s Dad and a nephew who drop in to lend a hand when orders pile up.
Introducing DuneCraft’s newest edition to their glass terrarium line, the Double Bubble. The Double Bubble gives you more space and double the fun! Perfect for the office or home, these lush miniature landscapes are refreshing sights and make for relaxing scenery all year long.
While us adults are always telling kids how good they have it, little ones have a big world to learn their way around. Bombarded with scary and inexplicable events on television and online, intense emotions can be frightening and difficult to cope with. One way Andi Green dealt with those scary feelings was through art. Her drawings created a lifeline to express the complicated monsters in her head. And by personifying the emotions, she was empowered and began to share her creations. And so our world has been gifted with The WorryWoo Monsters, an award-winning series of books and plush dolls written and illustrated by Green.
Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle — one of the most beloved nursery rhymes — gave rise to a collection of unique and totally fabulous items for babies and children under the aegis of Daisy & Blu, a company dedicated to celebrating the beginning of life with style. Their blankets, pillows, rugs and wraps tell stories inspired by classic nursery tales that captivate audiences, delighting children and those who love them. The line is the creation of award-winning designer Sherry West, knitter extraordinaire, who turned her artistic talents into a company when expecting a baby girl.
Losing a first tooth is one of the most significant milestones in a young child’s life. How do parents help guide curious kiddos and calm their fears at the thought of teeth falling out? Tug and the Tooth by Heidi Whitaker is a new tooth fairy tradition that supports and celebrates children as they go through this timeless experience and helps parents answer all the questions.
If you’re familiar with inventor’s lingo, you’ve probably heard the term “Pet Rock idea”. This refers to an idea unassuming in its simplicity that goes on to garner mass appeal because of its quirky charm or ability to fill a need people didn’t even know they had. Named after the famous 1970’s toy craze, a “Pet Rock idea” is one that most product creators dream of. After all, who wouldn’t want to make a living in such an a fun and easy way with a product that brings happiness to so many people? Sari Wiaz is lucky enough to have stumbled upon such an idea with her product Baby Paper.
Rashti & Rashti is proud to announce it recently acquired Prestige Toy Corporation, an industry leader with a strong reputation for producing quality infant plush toy products. Along with the Prestige brand, Rashti & Rashti has obtained several well known licenses for plush allowing the company to expand the product offering to its retail customers in the infant plush toy category. The licensed brands involved include: Elf on a Shelf, Fisher Price, Garanimals (exclusive to Walmart), Grin and Grow (a Sassy brand exclusive to Walmart), Sesame Street and even more product categories under Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.
For those in North America, the Playtime New York show is the one of the biggest events of the year where designers, toy-makers and retailers all come together to display their latest creations and network with others in the business. This year, Playtime New York took place August 1st-3rd at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. As always, Playtime featured well-established businesses as well as new arrivals from around the world. Finkelstein’s, Ultra Violet, tinycottons and Oli & Carol are among the notable companies that were in attendance at this season’s show.
The bar is being set increasingly higher for boutiques to carry quality organic items that are also stylish; These brands make is easy to go green: Little Citizens focuses on modern pieces in soft colors and sweet patterns, all 100% organic cotton with sateen and flannel finishes. Fidoodle gets intellectual with their organic DIY kits and imaginative toys. Mitani is a graphic-heavy collection of baby items that will wow customers with the vibrancy of their non-toxic ink. There’s nothing archaic about the Organic Quilt Company and its modern patterns with high-quality, hand-crafted baby bedding and more.
Yoga has enormous benefits for kids. It’s soothing which helps calm them down and it energizes so they get a boost when needed. Mompreneur Jensen Wheeler Wolfe had taught yoga for years so when her daughter’s preschool teacher needed an activity, she stepped in faster than you can say “downward dog.” First, she cut up regular adult yoga mats into four. seeing how enthusiastically the kids took to the child-sized mats, she converted her clever idea into a business: The Little Yoga Mat.
As Digital Natives grow up with everything electronic, there’s a growing trend of going backward to a simpler time. As we see a resurgence in 80s fashion and throwback cartoons have become kitschy cool (how many handsome leading men weren’t even born when the heroes they play splashed across our TVs on Saturday mornings?), organizations like Jam’n Products are riding the wave. Fostering close relationships with historic vendors like Mattel, SpinMaster and more, Jam’n has cornered the market on old-school cool.
K’NEX Brands, the US construction toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love®, is excited to introduce Mighty Makers; a line of construction toys designed to empower girls through creative and stimulating building ideas! Created by an all-female marketing and design team, the Mighty Makers building set line encourages girls ages 7+ to build BIG ideas. Each Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (“STEM”) based set features colorful rods, connectors, panels, engaging story-based instructions that follow the life of the included female figure.