10. 5.2011

Kiko

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I've never seen star-shaped dominoes before - but why not? It certainly takes away the image of old men playing in a pub, and puts them firmly in the 'children's toys' camp. No danger of grandpa nicking these.

Also from designer Kiko Shiomi, the magnetic town scene. It comes with plain black bases that you can draw your roads on - how wonderful.

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10. 3.2011

Cool Spaces for Kids

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Just spotted on Etsy this beautiful, portable hop scotch mat and puppet theater by Cool Spaces for Kids. The braindchild of Capetonian stylist and author Sam Scarborough (Children’s Rooms and Cool Spaces for Kids), these creative spaces turn almost any place into instant fun.

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09.26.2011

Hopewell Creek toy campfire

Hopewell Creek toy campfire

Hopewell creek toy logs

Babygadget's love of toy food is known far and wide, but anything that also encourage imaginative play with that food is welcome in our books! Now you know what to do with that wooden spud and those felt marshmallows - get toasting on this fabulously lifelike toy campfire from Hopewell Creek.

Just check out the detail on those logs. They're all handmade by a (very youthful, judging by her profile pic) grandma, and the fire is CAD $95 while the logs are $27 for the set.

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09.23.2011

Pigmée

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Every now and then there comes the chance to scare the living daylights out of your kid. I mean, buy into a genuinely different toy-cum-artwork. The choice is your which view you take: I'm equally bemused and fascinated by Petithood's Pigmée dolls.

Fashioned out of second-hand sheets, and faceless, they are - I admit - the kind of doll you can quite see a small child getting very attached to. They're also redolent of times so poor that parents couldn't afford to buy their child a proper doll.

Perhaps the answer is to give them with fabric pens and invite the child to create their own dolly, if that's not sacrilege. With prices starting at 42 €, that's also quite a pricey project.

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09. 9.2011

Sweet meats - plush toys for carnivores

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Mate, don't ask me, I'm a vegetarian. But if your kid has a love affair with meat, I can just about see you might want to purchase a plus t-bone, rasher or ham at Sweet Meats.

Prices start at around $18.00 for a rasher of bacon, and go up to about $90 for a 'meat medley' featuring four cuts.

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09. 2.2011

Lorette trailer

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It's minimalist, robust and just plain beautiful - the Lorette trailer comes from UK store SCP, one of those London design shops with a perfect touch.

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08.24.2011

British Cream Tea toy food

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Here at Babygadget, we like to think that, if nothing else, we've steered the world's parents towards a comprehensive collection of the best toy food out there. Today, however, I present to you something quite unexpected: toy food based on some true British classics.

Are our global readers familiar with these things, I wonder? Well, surely everyone understands strawberries and cream, above (£15.00).

But how about Iced Gems, below (£16)? I'm not sure whether these tiny biscuits, each topped with a sugary peak, are known outside the UK. Believe me, this is a very good rendition.

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I'm also impressed with the sausage roll, £16, below. Apparently each one is slightly different, but all feature a degree of authentic-looking burnt pastry on top.

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If you're at all familiar with Cornish pasties, sugar mice, Liquorice Allsorts, Blackpool rock, Fab ice lollies, Custard Creams or Jammie Dodgers - or indeed if you are just a mad Anglophile, British Cream Tea will provide some worthy additions to your toy food collection. Beware, though, because as you can see from the prices, such slavish imitation doesn't come cheap.


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08. 9.2011

Adatinė

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linen terracotta color pants and grey organic hoodie

Adatinė is a collaborative effort between Elena and Ieva - "two friends and neighbors, working separately, but creating together." Adatinė means a pincushion in these ladies' native Lithuanian, which is apro pos, because sewing is the creative link they share. Though one tailors beautiful children's clothes while the other makes charming animal friends, both are devoted to hand crafting simple and stylish items from natural materials. Utterly original and fun, all products by these uniquely talented ladies share the same singular character and flare.

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fox friends

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100% cotton grey cords with yellow pockets

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black bear brooch made from 100% Lithuanian linen

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pink cotton pinafore

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pike fish

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sleeveless girls blouse

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08. 8.2011

Plui

Plui

Ooh, I'm loving the udder-shaped madness of the Plui bath toy, as pointed out by SwissMiss.

Fill it up, and give it a squeeze to make rain fall - check out the video on their homepage to see how it works. Yep, it's what kids have been doing with empty bottles in the bath for generations... but so much prettier, don't you think?

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07.27.2011

Furze Chan soft toys

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I recently wrote about the work of Furze Chan over on designskool. But this gifted artist from Hong Kong, just emailed to inform me of a new product which I just had to tell you about here.

To me, Chan's new soft toys are utterly irresistible. I love their primitive forms and slightly perplexed expressions. Each character is hand sewn and embroidered by Chan from linen and cotton fabric. Simply adorable and charming, they are the kind or toys that a grownup would treasure just as much as a child. (I know I want one!)

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Also, if you are not familiar with Furze's puppets, you should be. Another classic, timeless toy from this inspired woman!

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All items available for purchase at Furze's Etsy store.

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