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  1. Bo Buro Cardboard Desk by Kidsonroof

    Bo Buro Cardboard Desk by Kidsonroof

    When we were kids, one of the best playthings you could ask for was a giant cardboard box: it was a fort, a spaceship, or just a blank canvas for painting and drawing. The clever folks at Dutch...

    $76.00

  2. PlasmaCar

    PlasmaCar

    We were given a PlasmaCar as a baby shower gift before my daughter was born. It was our first moment of toy-envy…until we realized that it could support the weight of an adult! Everyone who...

    $60.00

  3. The Original Colorforms

    The Original Colorforms

    Colorforms is one of the best examples of how the simplest of things can be the most enchanting for kids. The original colorful vinyl shapes have remained popular since their invention more than 50...

    $30.00

  4. Barbapapa Suitcase Puzzle

    Barbapapa Suitcase Puzzle

    Barbapapa mania has taken our house by storm: my daughter loves to read the Barbapapa books I had as a child, and watch the original short cartoons on YouTube, and as a result, all who enters our...

    $26.50

  5. b.cause Gund Bear

    b.cause Gund Bear

    I remember being jealous of my sister’s Gund bear when I was younger. This super-soft, stylish bear is not only huggable, it also comes with a Christmas story. Bloomingdales donates $8 to CMI with...

    $29.99

  6. The Sanak-ji Water Table

    The Sanak-ji Water Table

    Kids can splash with abandon in the summer, and when the weather turns, parents can store small toys in the (empty) water bowl under a custom birch-wood cover.  

    $279.00

  7. California Teether Toy

    California Teether Toy

    How exactly does the Golden State taste? Let your toddler test it out with this sanded Maple teether toy in the shape of the California. A tree is planted with every purchase, making it a nice...

    $16.00

  8. Pongo Ping Pong Set

    Pongo Ping Pong Set

    It turns out you can take it with you. Pack up Pongo for impromptu paddle challenges.

    $35.00

  9. Tic Tac Toe Set

    Tic Tac Toe Set

    Now this classic game that has stood the test of time can also endure the elements, thanks to its composition of recycled plastic bags.

    $29.95

  10. Circle House

    Circle House

    Pros We wish more grown-up homes had the simple, no-frills good looks of Royce’s design—–but then again, most American houses aren’t “inspired by Scandinavian fishing ...

    $1299.00

  11. Ultimate Safari Maze

    Ultimate Safari Maze

    Pros Constructed from a nylon-like nonwoven material slung between springy edges, the Ultimate Safari Maze pops into action or neatly tucks away into the included tote bag just like those handy vis...

    $49.00

  12. TrueModern Playhouse

    TrueModern Playhouse

    Pros Durable and dependable, the TrueModern Playhouse has great genes. Blazona has been designing grown-up backyard prefabs for over a decade at Modular Dwellings. Although our testers seemed to...

    $1350.00

  13. Villa Julia

    Villa Julia

    Pros Anyone who’s ever played in a household appliance box knows that cardboard is perhaps the most kid-friendly building material around—and it’s used here to great effect. Preci...

    $274.00

  14. House Blanket

    House Blanket

    Pros Donna Wilson has a playful, universally good-humored approach to design (and the fandom of a certain associate editor). Her House Blanket typifies this fun-loving, anything-goes attitude. Ther...

    $408.00

  15. ProStock Ash Wood Bat

    ProStock Ash Wood Bat

    As potent today as when the Great Bambino swung one. Nothing screams “America” louder or with such verve as a Louisville Slugger. They’re still made in downtown Louisville, and...

    $54.95

  16. Dovetail Alligator

    Dovetail Alligator

    Karl Zahn added a playful alligator to his line of toys made from sustainably harvested new growth beech wood. The tripartite puzzle-like design is held together with dovetails—baby's first...

    $19.00

  17. Dacha Playhouse

    Dacha Playhouse

    Transport your mini modernist to a place where imagination is king with this durable, no-tools-needed playhouse set. Made from wipe-clean, 100 percent post-industrial and post-consumer recycled...

    $1400.00

  18. Eco Dough

    Eco Dough

    Foster creative play with this set of prismatic and environmentally friendly modeling dough.

  19. Emma Wooden Boat

    Emma Wooden Boat

    The real Emma Maersk is the longest container ship in the world and carries 11,000 containers from China to Europe every seven weeks. This finely crafted wood model is a tribute to this feat of...

    $180.00

  20. Bird Calls from Sweet Bella
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    Bird Calls from Sweet Bella

    The design world, like Tippi Hedren, pecked on all sides, has fallen prey to the birds. For the past few years the crafty set has flocked in droves to our winged, feathered friends. Nary a letter...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.28.09

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