Plus Plus

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My daughter (8) is madly in love with Plus Plus. I am amazed at what she comes up with. I am all for toys that fuel my kids’ imagination.

Warp Speed Bubble

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Love Love Love this Warp Speed Bubble Backpack by Madpax.

This Fox Likes Tattoos

Cutie Tattotie Fox

Team Tattly partnered with North American Bear on tattoable dolls, called Cutie Tattootie. Seriously adorable, right. (Not to mention the girl!) The fox comes with 12 Tattly tattoos that the kid can either apply on themselves or on the doll. Put the doll in the washer and the tattoos disappear. Fun, right?

Tattly Turns 3 (Birthday Sale!)

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Three years ago today I posted about the launch of Tattly. Today, we have a team of 14 shipping orders around the world. Never in a million years would I have imagined Tattly would grow the way it did. Talk about a humbling experience!

To celebrate the occasion, we will take 50% off your order with discount code TATTLY3. This sale lasts as long as a Tattly – up to 5 days! Happy our Tattly birthday to you!

sugru + LEGO = Awesome!

Sugru

My love for sugru is so big.

Have you watched the sugru founders wonderful 99u talk?

Just launched: Plants by Tinybop

I am so incredibly excited for my friends at Tinybop: They just released their second iOS app called Plants, a vibrant, interactive diorama of the world’s biomes!

Plants is the second app in Tinybop’s Explorer’s Library. The first, The Human Body, reached the #1 spot on the App Store’s education charts in 143 countries and was named one of the App Store’s Best of 2013. Like the Human Body, Plants is a slow-play app which aims to help kids make connections about the world and prompt big questions. Can’t wait to explore it tonight with my kids!

Buy Plants for $1.99 in iTunes. And most of all, make sure to check out this epic (!) stop animation by Kelli Anderson.

SlideRunner

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This SlideRunner takes an indoor staircase into a giant slide. Amazing, right?

(via)

KidCam

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My kids *love* taking photos with my iphone, which results in thousands of shots cluttering up my library. KidCam is about to solve that. It’s a brand new photo app for kids that limits the number of photos and videos your kids can take. After the limit is reached, the oldest photo or video will be deleted to make room for any newly snapped photos or videos. But the best part is that it keeps a separate photo roll/library. And as for younger kids tapping a shutter button can be difficult, KidCam gives you the option to tap anywhere on the screen to snap a photo or record a video. And, my son of course, is mostly excited about the monster overlays!

Dinner Conversation With My 8 year Old

Me: “What do you think I do at work all day?”

Ella (8): “Sit at your computer and laugh!”

Dead on. The fact, that Ella knows my job makes me happy, is the *best thing ever*. Now I just have to help her find her path…

Look Birdy

Look Birdy is a simple photo app that makes kids look! Made me smile.

littleBits Space Kit

Woah! littleBits just launched a Space Kit, in collaboration with NASA.

littleBits is the LEGO of electronics. It’s a library of electronic modules that snap together with magnets for prototyping, learning, and fun.

I am a fan.

LEGO Bunny

LEGO Bunny

This LEGO Easter bunny gets my two thumbs up.

Crack A Smile

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Crack a smile

This breakfast mold sure would put a giant smile on my kids faces!

Giant Bubbles

This must be the most wonderfully zen and magical video on YouTube. Thanks to my studiomate Albert Lee for pointing me to it.

Build-On Brick Mug

Build-On Brick Mug

There are no toys allowed at the breakfast table in our house. This might change with the Build-On Brick Mug. Get your LEGO on!

Luckey Climbers

Luckey Climbers

A Luckey Climber is a three dimensional sculpture designed for children to climb on.

Made of bent plywood platforms that are suspended by steel pipes and cables, climbers are visually elegant works of art that are also part jungle gym and once alive with children they become what Thomas Luckey called “fountains of children.“

Absolutely love this.

(Also, made me think of this episode…)

Mario The Magician

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A few weeks before my son turned four, he expressed the wish of having a magician at his party. We had Looney Louie the year before, so I felt challenged to find a new magician. So, down I went a Google rabbit hole. Let me tell you, there are *a lot* of frightening magician websites out there. (someone’s gotta tell them about Squarespace) And then, I stumbled on Mario.

My son’s magician dreams came true when Mario showed up at our house on February 14th. He was fantastic, a magician at heart. Magic is his labor of love and it shines through in his performance.

I’ve learned that in addition to the hundreds of private performances he does every year, he is involved in a publication of a children’s magic card tricks book for Barnes & Noble and is performing for Lincoln Center. I am not surprised by his Magician success.

In 2012, filmmaker Kal created a short film about Mario, entitled Building Magic. In August of 2013, a successful Kickstarter campaign secured funding to extend Building Magic into a feature length film. Filming is currently underway, and the film is expected to be complete and ready for the film festival circuit in 2014. Here’s the trailer:

If you’re ever thinking of hiring a magician in NYC, consider Mario. Tilo and Ella couldn’t stop talking about his performance. And look at me, I am writing about it. He’s truly magic.

Arm Knitting

I shared an Instagram of Ella (7) knitting a few days ago and one of my followers left a comment saying I should look into arm knitting. A quick Google search let me to the above YouTube video. Looks fascinating, no? Also, lots of arm knitting stuff to find on Etsy.

I love the internet so much!

Paper Dresses

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The cool mom of the day award most certainly goes to Angie, mother of 4 year old Mayhem. Together they create elaborate dresses out of paper.

(via Anju)

Baby Bottle Holder

Baby Bottle Holder

Wish I would have gotten my hands on this Baby Bottle Holder when my little ones were tiny! Smart!

Kids Winning at Hide and Seek

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This post on 20 Kids Winning at Hide and Seek made me laugh so hard. It reminds me of my days when I documented my son’s silent meltdowns: It’s Hard Being Two.

(Thanks Barbara)

Sugru Magnet Kit

Sugru introduced their first ever sugru kit: It comes in a small tin. Inside you’ll find three packs of sugru (2 for your magnet projects and 1 spare). Below them, nestled in some cleverly cut cardboard, are four fantastic bespoke neodymium magnets. Also included is a great little booklet full of tips and tricks! Those Sugru folks, brilliant, as always! Check out their magnet-kit page for ideas on how to use it.

VW Campervan Children’s Play Tent

VW® Campervan Children's Play Tent

How incredibly retro cool is this VW Campervan Children’s Play Tent? The best part; it pops up and packs down into a spare wheel carry case.

F Bunk Bed

F Bunk Bed

The F Bunk Bed by Rafa Kids is the most stylish kids bunk bed I have seen to date. Lets consider it wishlisted for Tilo’s room.