These alphabet blocks are artistic and educational, made from mahogany and pine. Alphabet blocks, $72 at Areaware.com.
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I recently came across these two great products for the musically-minded. The first is the new Grand Piano ($80) from Giggle (2116 N. Halsted St, Chicago,773-296-6228), which encourages tiny fingers to plink away and also looks adorable in the playroom. The second is the DIY Ukelele Kit ($45) from Sprout Home (745 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, [...]
They had me at “Skootcase.” How great is this? Your kid can ride through the airport while keeping his blankie and toys close. Plus, it fits in the overhead bin. Everybody wins. Skootcase Scooter Suitcase, $70, available at MoMA.
In honor of Earth Day, check out these adorable paper doll houses inspired by architecture all over the world. Each is ready for personalization and easy for little hands to decorate. Prices range $10 to $60 at Lille Huset.
Looking for a perfect toddler gift? These graphic and educational blocks inspire tots to get a handle on the alphabet. Each one contains a traditional letter, an American Sign language symbol and a Braille letter, all carved for little fingers to trace. Braille and sign language blocks, $34, available at Uncommon Goods.
There comes a time in every child’s life when they don a cape (or dish towel) and play superhero. Indulge your little caped crusader with these fun options, all off the beaten path from the usual Marvel and DC suspects. Design your own superhero cape, $39.99, available at Building Blocks Toys (3306 N. Lincoln Ave., [...]
Alright, there may not be a lot of use for a portable record player outside of a Wes Anderson movie, but they are too cute to resist nonetheless. The Crosley Cruiser is available for $110 at Urban Outfitters.
This adorable little Toasted Mini Marshall is one of the new collectible toys at Rotofugi (2780 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, 773-868-3308). Note that it’s for playing, not for eating, no matter how convincingly toasted it may look. Available for $9.95.
Wooden toys always have a leg up on their plastic counterparts, but this beautiful wooden airplane in particular is a work of art. (And yet can still withstand tough play from a young aviator). Available for $49.95 at ImagineChildhood.com.
If your kid has Tony Hawk aspirations but is still too young to balance on a skateboard, maybe these toys can head him off for a few years. These eco-friendly tops and yoyos are made from reclaimed skateboard decks. Tops are $9, yoyos are $24 at BranchHome.com.