Toys & Games

TOYS & GAMES
Origami Fortune Teller Set by Djeco
February 22, 2016
Do you remember playing the game paper fortune tellers when you were at school? I had such fun with my friends in the playground excitedly opening up the prediction to see what we had to do - we wrote simple challenges like hop on one foot 10 times, or say a joke, and then there ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Rola Bola
February 12, 2016
We have a new favourite toy and it is called a Rola Bola! Do you know it? Vivi discovered it at her circus class and now we are all having turns at it. It is actually surprisingly difficult to keep your balance, so we all try to stay up for at least a minute. Apparently ...
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FUN
A fun family word game
February 2, 2016
When we were in Chile in December, we coincidentally (and luckily!) bumped into another travelling family whom I have been following on Instagram for the past year. This family of four (@ouropenroad) have been travelling around South America in their westy van for the past three years (what an adventure!), and happened to be passing ...
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FUN
Play&Go play mat
January 8, 2016
My friends seem to have baby in cycles - and, at the moment, I am back in the baby cycle with babies popping up everywhere around me - I love it! I do have a lot of fun finding the latest new baby presents and there is one clear winner. It is the Play&Go play ...
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FUN
Moulin Roty rag doll
January 6, 2016
My sister flew to New Zealand to meet us for Christmas, arriving late on Christmas eve after the kids had already gone to bed.  The children woke extra early on Christmas morning because of the excitement of seeing her and were even more excited to see that she had brought them each a small present. ...
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BABY
Llamas!
December 23, 2015
My friend Lisa just sent me a link to Larry the Llama at Land of Nod with a note telling me it reminded her of the fluffy llamas we recently saw in Santa Cruz, Chile. Yes!! It's so true! How cute is Larry?! The perfect little ride-on toy/decór object! It makes me wish I had children's bedrooms ...
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FUN
Great gifting from Sarah and Bendrix
December 7, 2015
I'm getting more and more excited about the London ShopUp this week! We have so many amazing brands joining us, I just can't wait to fill that extra suitcase I'm bringing over : )! Sarah & Bendrix is one of the wonderful shops setting up their booth at our great venue, offering a selection of very ...
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FUN
Mamma Couture, and the enchanted creatures
November 9, 2015
We've been loving the beautiful products at Mamma Couture for a while now. You might remember the sweet bag of fabric vegetables, the cute rag dolls that come with different outfits, or the customisable dolls that we have shared with you in the past year -- all lovingly handmade with the utmost attention to detail and safety. Eva ...
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BABY
2015 Holiday Gift Guides now live!
November 3, 2015
Can you believe we're talking about the holidays already?!! I can hardly believe it's November and time to start thinking about holiday gift-buying. Sinterklaas arrives in The Netherlands in just over a month's time, Hannukah starts around that same time, and then Christmas comes just after that. It's time to get busy! The good news ...
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KIDS
3d Feel and Find game by Guide Craft
October 21, 2015
Florence is nearly four and goes to pre-school three times a week. On the days she's at home we organise play dates, we bake, we read and we play puzzles. I love our time together especially knowing how quickly she's growing - this time together is precious.       One of the games she really ...
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FUN
Colourful Kapla
September 28, 2015
I've written about Kapla before, and they are also on the list of evergreen toys we published for a Tuesday Tips in the beginning of the year. Kapla is such a beautiful and extremely creative toy -- the simplicity of the wooden blocks, with their perfect dimensions, makes it possible to build all sorts of structures ...
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BOOKS
Cotton chalk books -- great for travel
August 18, 2015
Just before we left London, with the impending 9-hour flight to Seattle on my mind, I discovered these cool chalk books from one of our newest shops, Little Goldie. The 'Chalk & Talk' books are great for travel because they fold or roll up easily into your carry-on bag (or daily tote) and can be pulled ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
See you next week!
August 10, 2015
We've decided to take a little blogging break this week to enjoy some time away from our computers. We are each in our favourite summer spots enjoying slow, lazy days with our families, and we hope you won't mind if we push the pause button this week and resume as normal next week? In the meantime, ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Dream Car, by Huzi
July 22, 2015
It's always so great when children's toys are not only great toys (encouraging kids to create, learn and be imaginative), but also when they look so good you'd rather display it on a shelf in the living room than hide it at the bottom of the toy box. The Dream Car, designed by Mike Mak for Huzi, ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Design your own butterfly wings
July 13, 2015
Ivy received this Design Your Own Butterfly Wings Kit for her birthday a couple months ago, and in my haste to tidy up after her party I stuck it in our craft cupboard, hidden away until we found it last week! She spent an afternoon carefully colouring and glittering her wings, and then spent the entire weekend fluttering ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Birthday gifts for a 10-year-old boy
June 24, 2015
I still can't believe my baby is TEN!! It's been an emotional year as I anticipated his birthday and reflected on the past decade, but then when the day finally arrived, it was happy and joyous (and I didn't even shed a tear)! We celebrated our big boy with pancakes for breakfast, an afternoon spent at ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Edible Gluten-Free Play Dough
June 18, 2015
My 1.5-year-old absolutely adores playdough but he also loves to put it in his mouth so as I tried to find edible playdough I came across this recipe and it’s amazing. It’s not only edible but also gluten free! How great is that? The only thing about it is that it only keeps for about ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Birthday gifts for a six-year-old girl
June 15, 2015
Birthday season has just come to an end in our family, which consists of five birthdays in quick succession. Marlow is our odd one out with a birthday in November, but the rest of us all have birthdays in the springtime. Our birthday bunting literally goes up and down and up and down from April ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Woody knitting toy
May 27, 2015
This past Christmas I discovered the ethical French toy brand Les Jouets Libres when looking for gifts to give my nieces and nephews. They make the most beautiful, old-fashioned wooden toys, the kind of toys you keep forever. I ended up buying this pretty stacking toy for one and this colourful blocks set for another, both which ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Stitch 'n Kids: the braid star
May 20, 2015
I saw this braid star at my friend Elke's house and went to buy one for my children as I'm always interested in these kind of simple crafting tools. And it has become an instant hit in our household! Simply a wooden disc with 8 slots, it's the perfect entertainment for children aged 4 (depending on their motor ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Oli&Carol natural rubber bath toys
April 25, 2015
Over the years I've learned that bath toys should not have a hole. Even though you're a clean person (which you are, of course), there will eventually grow a nasty, black substance inside that toy. Also, independent of their age it seems, children love to put everything they find in the bath into their mouth. So bath toys are ...
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BOOKS
So Awesome Wallet cards
April 13, 2015
These So Awesome wallet cards don't just looks beautiful, they're also super practical. A selection of cards the size of a credit card, made from durable, easy-to-clean, biodegradable and kid-safe (non-toxic, food-safe) plastic, are kept together by a re-closable ring. The size makes them super easy to throw in your handbag or nappy bag. They can be ...
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HOME AND DéCOR
Hattie the elephant (from Four Monkeys)
March 27, 2015
When Pim was 2 years old, he pulled over a marble sculpture that my mum had made as our wedding gift and it broke in half. Thankfully we were able to restore it, but -- better safe than sorry -- we now keep our delicate sculptures in storage until our children are bigger. And I've ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Triangular crayons!
March 23, 2015
Last week in New York we had dinner with the ever so sweet Annie from Brimful, and she brought us a few sweet and thoughtful gifts. One of them is a little container with crayons, which is nothing that special in theory, except for the fact that the crayons are triangular! How clever! Not only are ...
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