Toys & Games

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Tuesday tips: Open-ended play and evergreen toys
March 3, 2015
Today for Tuesday Tips I would like to talk about toys. The kind of toys that I prefer in our house are the basic, evergreen kind of toys. I like toys that are well made, with a simple concept, that can be used and combined in different ways or played with in different settings. Toys that ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Gommini Minigoms PlayScape
February 19, 2015
Germany is in so many respects so much further with responsible and sustainable processing and production methods than many other countries here in Europe. There's such a strong local manufacturing of eco products, with use of honest materials, but the research for new, innovative materials, which allow new product design and at the same time leave ...
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KIDS ROOMS
Beautiful, retro-style doll prams from The Tipi
February 16, 2015
We're moving house this week (!!) and have spent the past month paring down our belongings and clearing out all of the stuff we've accumulated over the past four years. It's really kind of appalling how much stuff one family can collect into one house. And I thought we lived quite minimally. Ha! Anyway, we've ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Handmade 'Maria' doll from Mamma Couture
February 9, 2015
In the run up to Christmas I spotted a Maria doll on Mamma Couture's Instagram feed (a 'Maria' doll meaning Maria from The Sound Of Music, complete with her own guitar!). I just knew Ivy would love this, so we ordered one for her for Christmas and it has been a huge hit. The dolls ...
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TOYS & GAMES
kidO magnatabs
February 9, 2015
kidO magnatabs is an ingenious toy that works with little metal beads which are permanently sealed in the plastic magnatab base and a magnetic pen that brings the beads to the surface once you draw over the base. The geometric creations simply erase with your finger once you're done. It's incredibly simple, but it's the kind of ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Brio labyrinth game, suitable for 6-99 years!
January 26, 2015
This labyrinth game by Brio was one of the presents we gave Pim for Christmas and it was such an immediate success. During the courses at our Christmas dinner that evening, the kids were literally fighting over it, together with their grandfather (see photo!). So the fact that Brio markets this toy as suitable 'for 6 to ...
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KIDS
Everyday is a party! Gorgeous leather crowns from hubble + duke.
January 15, 2015
My kids had a little party on our bed this weekend (like most weekends), and they were being so cute, wearing their leather crowns from Hubble + Duke, that I just had to take a few photos. And then, I even got them to sit still just long enough for a portrait! Yay! Hubble + Duke ...
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KIDS ROOMS
Cute crochet friends from Leggybuddy
November 28, 2014
Leggybuddy is a Swiss company started by designer Suzanna Pezo Sommerfeld. She's a mother of a little boy and co-owner of a young and very cool looking design agency in Zurich. As if that is not enough to keep someone busy, she recently launched Leggybuddy, a line of adorable hand-crochet animal characters with, as the name implies, beautiful long ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
The Little Things... A Doll Hospital!
November 21, 2014
For this post in the The Little Things series, we made something I think every little boy or girl will love: a doll hospital! This is such a fun project to make, and it's really quite simple. Also, most of the materials we've used are recycled! A trip to the local greengrocer provided us with the (future) hospital ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Sticker crafting with Pipsticks
November 19, 2014
My friend, Maureen, invited us over to her house last week for a sticker craft playdate for the little ones (and homemade soup for the mums! Yummm).  It was such a fun and inspiring morning in her gorgeous home, and Marlow loved making (and wearing) her sticker crown. What a sweet activity. Maureen is the founder of ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Pretend and play with Fanny & Alexander
November 14, 2014
Last week, Courtney and her family were visiting us in Amsterdam, and we had such a lovely time. Eight children, who have known each other all of their life, together in one house. You can imagine the amount of fun we all had! Ivy and Ava are one year apart, but these girls are the ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Our 2014 Gift Guides!
November 5, 2014
It's almost incredible that it's that time of year again, but yes it is. Christmas is creeping up on us. Only 7 weeks to go!! Time to get organised... We've tried to make selecting presents for the little ones in your life as easy as possible, by creating four Gift Guides filled with amazing gift ideas. There's one for boys, ...
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THE SHOPUP
Dressable rag dolls from Mamma Couture
October 29, 2014
How cute are these rag dolls from Mamma Couture? They're completely handmade and the faces are hand painted, giving them such sweet expressions on their little doll faces. All the dolls come with a few super sweet clothes, that can be combined in different ways to create cute outfits. They are also machine washable (practical!). Mamma Couture ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Advent Calendars. Time to start planning!
October 17, 2014
December is still six weeks away, and I'm refusing to start thinking about Christmas just yet (I saw the Christmas decorations up on Oxford street earlier this week and it didn't seem possible! Can it really be that time of year already?!). But... I do love Advent calendars -- it's one of my favourite Christmas traditions. ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Darling, handmade Waldorf dolls by Stellabyrosa
October 13, 2014
When I was giving the pillowcase stamping workshop at the Yvestown Fair / Snor Festival a few weeks ago, my eyes kept wandering away to the Stellabyrosa stall next to me, full of the most delicate and wonderful Waldorf dolls. Rosa, the creator of the dolls, told me about how she couldn't find the right kind of ...
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OUTDOORS
This boy, and balls!
August 28, 2014
Pim's football (soccer) season has started and yesterday we went to the first training of the term. Pim really enjoys his weekly football, and Tamar and I always joke that he is a real team player, but certainly not a champ. Meaning, he loves to be in the company of his friends, chit-chatting with the boys and having a good time -- ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Learning to weave on a peg loom
August 8, 2014
My sister just gave Ivy a Peg Loom weaving kit and it's been really sweet watching Ivy learn to weave this summer. She's intent on making herself a little handbag, which is one of the projects recommended in the loom kit. I'm kind of hoping we can buy some pretty yarns and make some weaved ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Dinosaur / Skeleton Memory Game
August 4, 2014
Do you sometimes play memory games with your children? And do you win? I honestly have trouble beating my kids! I remember that as a child, I loved playing Memory with adults, because I could actually beat them. I wonder, is it true that children have a better (short term) memory than grown-ups? Anyway, I ...
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BABY
Sweet vegetables from Mamma Couture
July 31, 2014
How darling are these handmade vegetables from Mamma Couture? I love the different materials and shapes, and the sweet details like the little face on the peas. There are 13 different vegetables that come in their own fabric carrying bag, and the vegetables are available to buy separately as well. So pretty and so fun for ...
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BOOKS
Kid Libs, Mad Libs for kids
July 28, 2014
My kids discovered Mad Libs for the first time this holiday and now I'm wondering what took me so long to introduce them! The giggles coming from the kids' table are so, so cute. Not to mention, they now know the difference between a verb and an adverb, a noun and a plural noun. The ...
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BOOKS
Baby & Me Magazine, my favourite childhood items
July 23, 2014
This month's issue of Baby & Me Magazine features the best and most stylish of children's products in the 2014 Style Awards. They handed out awards to winners based on their criteria of iconic design, good looks and innovation (you can see the winners here). This month they asked me to round up some of my personal ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Sweet shadow puppets from Nogaravin
July 17, 2014
Last week our oldest daughter Sara and I visited the Kleine Fabriek, the children's fashion and lifestyle trade fair here in Amsterdam, where we met our lovely Polish shop member Noga Ravin. I've always loved the look of Noga's 'Doggy Bags', but it was nice to discover her original and innovative range of products in person. [video width="480" height="270" m4v="http://babyccinokids.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Shadows-sketch.m4v"][/video]   Her ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Croquet
July 15, 2014
I have a new game obsession for this summer and it is... croquet! It was partly brought along by reading 'Alice in Wonderland', but also because it just looks like a lot of fun. Apparently it actually used to be an Olympic sport -- back in 1900 and in only one Olympic competition -- but still! It ...
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TOYS & GAMES
GG* Crêpe Shop!
July 14, 2014
Kukkia is a toy brand from Japan, which in my opinion is one of the best in the children's market. The Kukkia toys are beautiful, yes, but what I love is that they are simple enough to allow children's imaginations to do the work. Many of their toys are classic concepts (like building blocks, wooden cars or dominoes!) but ...
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