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!
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…
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!
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…)
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.
Wish I would have gotten my hands on this Baby Bottle Holder when my little ones were tiny! Smart!
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.
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.
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.
Made from recycled paper, rainbow pencils let you create beautiful paper rainbows when you sharpen them. Congrats to the designer Duncan Shotton.
Yoni Lefevre has created “Grey Power,” a project that recreates kids’ drawings of their grandparents in colorful, sometimes surreal photos. Love this so much.
We have these IKEA kids stools at home and I love them. I just discovered these Fairy Ring Cushion pillows that are made for them. Adorable.
It’s a compact bunk bed, ideal for smaller spaces or lower ceilings. What makes LoLo really cool is that the beds are detachable creating two almost identical twin beds. Once converted into twin beds, each bed can have a trundle bed or three drawers underneath. This is fantastic for families with two kids where they start out sharing a bedroom and eventually move to a bigger space and each kid wants their own bed.
Well done, Casa Kids!
I just got a personal hand-delivery of one of the first OTO Cardboard Ice Cream Trucks by no other than the inventor, Måns Swanberg, himself. (I wrote about the Kickstarter back in March.) If you’re a parent of a little one, you might want to bookmark this one. You can even create a custom plate in your kids name. Totally adorable. My kids will be giddy when they get this for the holidays. A total winner!
UPDATE: Måns just emailed me with a discount code! Use SWISSMISS at checkout and get 10% off.
I just got my hands on the new Yellow Owl’s Little Prints book. Christine Schmidt, author of the bestselling Print Workshop and the creative force behind the acclaimed Yellow Owl Workshop line of artisan stationery and home accessories, shares her inspired ideas for making easy, yet entirely unique items for kids. It’s full of beautifully illustrated tutorials on using stamps, stenciling, and other hand-printing techniques. Ella (7) will be so excited when she sees this tonight! I see some extra crafty weekends in my future.