My friend Jennifer Ward just showed me what she and her team at Casa Kids have been working on over the last few months: The super impressive LoLo Bunk Bed.
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.
Team Tattly took it for a spin, 5 minutes after arriving at Tattly HQs. of course. And, I took over a shift as well.
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.
Who says you need to carve a pumpkin? These chalkboard painted ones are supercool. Clearly, I didn’t see this DIY Tutorial in time. We went the old-school route this weekend at casa swissmiss.
Just discovered this lovely DIY Fall Decorations post over on the Style Files. Totally going to make some of these this coming weekend.
FiLIP is a locator and wrist watch for kids. Using the FiLIP app, you pre-program 5 phone numbers that your child can call. Your child can scroll through the 5 numbers and call the one they want with the touch of a button. Smart.
Skootcase is every airport traveling kid’s dream come true. (It’s a suitcase and a scooter!)
BOT-L. Get it? Totally getting this for Tilo.
This recycled Toy Paper Bag made me look. Probably not all that practical when it actually comes to storing toys, but it sure looks cool. Also available as paper and plastic bag.
I am slowly but surely developing a slight obsession for all things ‘moon’. This Moon Night Light is fueling the fire. (Also comes as Earth)
This Camper Play Tent would have made me *so* happy as a little kid.
Little Marks is a brand new Tattly by the lovely folks of Petite Alma.
Totally making DIY Rockets with my kids this weekend. Thanks for the idea and tutorial, Sweet Paul.
This Neighborhood Block Set makes for a lovely gift.
I wrote about the adult version of the Ostrich Pillow in January of 2012. They now just released a kids version. I continue to be intrigued.
I would have LOVED one of these giant Miffy Lamps as a kid.
My son (3) has a new favorite book, it’s called Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, by Brooklyn based Peter Brown. The beautifully illustrated story celebrates individuality, self-expression and loud roars. Nothing wrong with that.
The Human Body, the first app by Tinybop is finally out. It was illustrated by the wonderful Kelli Anderson, who wrote an interesting blog post about the process.
The Human Body lets you explore a working model of the body. Every part is beautifully animated and interactive: the heart beats, guts gurgle, lungs breathe, the skin feels, and eyes see. Designed for kids ages 4+ to discover what we’re made of and how we work.
Do yourself (and your kids) a favor and download it pronto. It’s stunning. Stunning. Stunning.
This Hand Shadow Puppet Chart made me look. Tempted to buy one for the kids room.
Nothing gets me more excited than watching friends going from telling me about an app idea to launching it. My studiomate Raul and his Tinybop Team have been hard at work and are about to launch a series of educational apps, the first one is simply called The Human Body. The app, designed by no other than super-talented Kelli Anderson, allows kids to explore and interact with the human body, teaching them what we’re made of. The app is about to be released in 48 languages around the world and I am certain it will make huge waves.
I’ve had many conversations with Raul about what we consider a successful kids app. While we of course agree on smart interactions, beautiful design and all, we also agree that kids should be never exposed to touts for in-app purchases or any other kind of advertising. Raul promised that kids will neve be exposed to any of that in any Tinybop app. This deserves a YAY!
Get a sneak peek of the app on their brand new site and sign up for their newsletter to be the first to know when the app is ready to play.
I can’t wait to Tinybop!
I am completely smitten by this Caravan Divan by Kalon. It’s a kids bed and divan in one. Minimal, multipurpose furniture for kids? Winner! Also, it comes in 6 colors. #want
Team Tattly is giddy over today’s long-awaited launch of the New York City Subway Set. We are working on collaborations with brands we love and we figured, since we are based in NYC, it would be lovely to start with a homage to the beautiful subway signage. If you want to know a bit more about the history of how the signage system came about, AIGA has a great article on this. And if you want to sport a Subway Tattly, head this way.
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