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5 Questions with... Olimpia and Carolina of Oli&Carol
I distinctly remember first hearing about Carolina and Olimpia, the two young sisters behind Oli&Carol -- a super cool brand from Spain creating the coolest natural rubber toys. It must have been over 6 years ago, and I recall being SO impressed with the entrepreneurial spirit of these two young women! In the following years, ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Treasure baskets - our revolutionary discovery for baby play
We have recently discovered treasure baskets in our house and they really have been quite revolutionary for play. I am full of play ideas for my eldest daughter Lily, who is two, I create toys from cardboard and love thinking up fun games we can play with things we have around our home. But for ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Black owned games brand for all the family - Very Puzzled
I wanted to share this glorious black owned puzzles brand on here. I discovered them earlier this year before being gifted another of their products, their colour- in tshirt, more recently. Very Puzzled is a toys and games brand and is Dad-run. It was born from a mission to provide black children and families with ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Nature Soup - A DIY game for little ones learning to count
My daughter loves to cook and can count to 20, but she is just now learning how to count out items.  Often when we prepare a recipe at home, I will help her measure and count out ingredients.  I made this game for her after seeing a similar mainstream game and thought that it might ...
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OUTDOORS
SEEK (and find out amazing facts) -- the ONE app our children use!
Seek is our one and only app that our children use. It started in lockdown over the Spring, as things sprung to life, and our children would ask us 'what's that?' So my husband found the answer, which was for all of us to learn more from the world of amazing digital technology by using ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Minikin handmade paper dolls by artist Adrienne Brown-David
I recently discovered the charming Minikin paper dolls by Adrienne Brown-David. This American artist and mother of four girls created a sweet line of vintage-inspired paper figurines. At first, she lovingly made them as  a special gift for her daughters to play with. She wanted her girls to have a uniquely personalised toy.  Eventually, that ...
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TOYS & GAMES
One-of-a-kind handcrafted Waldorf doll by Bamboletta
A few months before her 5th birthday, Nayou, my daughter, told me that she wanted a new doll. That was interesting because she had never asked for any specific toy before! She used to have a couple of classic baby dolls, but we ended up losing one of them during a move. That particular doll had similar features to ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Fagus Wooden Vehicles
When I think about the toys my children play with daily, the ones I see off the shelf, in the middle of the floor day in and out, our Fagus vehicles come immediately to mind. Much has been written on this site about the team's very favorite toys for children (this list of evergreen, open-ended toys ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Monopoly Deal -- a new favourite family game (which is perfect for traveling too!)
This summer we met with family friends during our holiday in France, and our children were introduced to a new game: Monopoly Deal. Which is basically 'Mini Monopoly' -- not only in size but also in time! The size of a deck of cards, this game can be played in just about 15 minutes and ...
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FUN
A fun summer find -- ECOBO Beach Toys
I finally, by total accident, recently came across non-plastic beach toys for our summer adventures, and couldn't help but share in case there are any other parents out there still on the hunt for the beach toys. A few weeks ago, I popped into one of my favorite shops, Port of Raleigh, for a birthday ...
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THURSDAY THOUGHTS
Are you competitive when you play games with your children?
Let me start by saying that I have huge respect for parents with an endless (endless!!) patience; parents who can play silly games with their children and let them win over and over again. I am not one of those parents. Of course I do sometimes play those silly games, and I do let my children ...
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FUN
Announcing the 2019 Babyccino Awards WINNERS!
After much deliberation by our team, followed by tough decision making by our wonderful judges, and then finally a tally of votes from all of YOU, our wonderful readers, we are super excited to announce this year's winners in the Babyccino Awards! Drum roll please as we announce them all below...! The winner of the ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Suspend -- a favourite family game which is all about clever balance!
Emilie has written about the clever balance game Suspend before (she also gifted our children one set for Christmas a few years ago) so I'm not at all being original here. Suspend, however, is such a firm favourite family game in our house that I thought it would be worth oversharing in this case :). ...
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OUTDOORS
Isamu Noguchi's Playscapes in Atlanta, Georgia
The way we travel has changed a bit since having children, and the single largest shift involves making time to find and explore new playgrounds. My husband grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and on a recent visit to spend time with his parents, who still live there, we spent a morning at Isamu Noguchi's Playscapes ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Otrio -- a super simple but incredibly fun strategy game!
We recently were at the birthday party of our godson (who turned 11 already!), and one of the presents he received proved to be an instant hit: the board game Otrio. Have you heard of it? Otrio is a super fun strategy game, based on the universally known classic tic-tac-toe. To win from your opponent, ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Wooden peg dolls -- a sweet and simple toy and one of Bram's favourites
This 'Nins' wooden playset is Bram's favourite toy! The size of the little wooden peg dolls are perfect for his little baby hands. He loves to carry them around with him when he's crawling and cruising around; often one in every hand. Officially these wooden peg dolls are part of a season play set (ours ...
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TOYS & GAMES
PARK pass a ball to a child in need.
The idea behind PARK is a lovely one. Simply said -- for every ball they sell, PARK will pass an identical ball to a child in need. An amazing initiative, with a noble idea behind it: that football can change the world. Sam and his friend Tara started PARK because they believe football has the power to transcend ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Miniature Waldorf dolls from Fairyshadow. The sweetest little gift!
Aren't these miniature Waldorf dolls ridiculously sweet? It was my friend Annie from Brimful who pointed them out to me a year and a half ago. I obviously placed a little order -- who can resist those tiny mice, bunny babies and moles? Ava has a little necklace mouse which she very often wears -- ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Road building with Waytoplay, a flexible and waterproof toy road system
Waytoplay is a super fun Dutch Design toy existing of 100% child safe rubber road segments that can easily be put together like a puzzle. Unbreakable, suitable for any surface AND water/weatherproof, children can roll out roads wherever they feel like and start playing. Be it in the garden, on the beach, in the bath ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Eat your veggies! With the natural rubber baby toys from Oli & Carol
Bram is not big on solids yet. He bravely tries little bites of mashed carrot, sweet potato or banana, then squeezes his face as if I'm feeding him a lemon. And basically refuses to eat the rest of the dish. I've had a bit of succes with avocado and broccoli (perhaps he only likes green ...
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KIDS
Swifty Scooters -- a fun and safe way to explore and travel
In my ever continuing search to find the ideal transport to cross Paris easily and quickly -- I have come to the conclusion that travelling independently, i.e. with wheels or by foot, is the best way to get from A to B. First and foremost it lets us enjoy the beautiful city we live in. ...
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TOYS & GAMES
The most beautiful wooden animals by T-Lab
My husband returned home from an overseas work trip with these beautiful treasures of wooden animals. They are aesthetically captivating, so very soft, smooth, light as a feather, and lovely-to-hold. You wouldn't even realise they were wood at first. Perfect for tiny hands, with such lovely undulating curves, and the most fragile little hand-painted lines ...
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BOOKS
Mrs Wordsmith
I find teaching kids how to read and expanding their vocabulary such an interesting subject. There are so many different theories and there are so many different methods out there, which makes it hard to figure out what works. Children are also so very different. One of my kids picked up a book at age ...
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