Some Non-Sucky Kids’ Toys

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Lately I have been spying some cool toys. The kind that you feel all smug about buying, because they’re wooden or handmade or sustainable or so educational it’s scary. None of these toys even shoots lead out at you, so there’s a bonus right there.

Here are my finds, and really, I just want to play dress up and run around outside through the trees.

A catalog I sent away for: Palumba. I’m loving their style. In fact, I love pretty much everything in the catalog, but here are a few picks:

silk play scarves

32 maple blocks in a cherry and walnut storage case

natural suede tool belt pouch

I think all boys would love this, but Fen would have LOVED it as well. Kids are all about carrying around weird little things with them when they pretend they are magical wise creatures from outer space and the future.

stockmar crayon case



This looks so fun I think I might die. It’s from Bella Luna Toys, and you can click on the photo to take you right to the page.

eco finger paint

From the Bella Luna site: Handmade with fruit, plant and vegetable extracts from annatto seed, beets, carrots, curcumin, purple sweet potato, red cabbage and spinach, flour, cornstarch, wheat paste and earth clay. Colors look pale in the jars, but become vibrant when mixed with water!

wooden etch a sketch

From This is so much cooler than the plastic ones.

wooden trike

Also from Smallable

knit grasshopper doll bla bla

I love Bla Bla dolls, but this one is especially cute. There’s a really good selection at as well as…..

foods with happy faces



  1. 05/01/2012 / 8:26 pm

    I love this blog idea! So glad you’re going to keep up your other blog, too, though. I look to you for periodic doses of snark!

  2. 05/01/2012 / 11:17 pm

    These are great picks! Love that balance board. I need to get one for my kids!

  3. 05/02/2012 / 3:36 pm

    I really do love the scarves! My kids are always finding new uses for them! Great picks!!!

  4. 05/03/2012 / 12:30 pm

    I love the etch-a-sketch type toy!

    Congrats on the new blog! I look forward to reading more!

  5. 02/10/2014 / 9:20 am

    Art stuff. Lots of it. Playdough and cookie cutters, chunky crayons and paper for little kids. Older kids like glue, glitter, safety scissors, and lots of colors of paper.

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