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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
set of 6 hand-dyed play silks


32 maple blocks in a cherry and walnut storage case
32 maple blocks in a cherry and walnut storage case


natural suede tool belt pouch
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.


fabric crayon pouch
fabric crayon pouch- design for Stockmar crayons



Waldorf wooden balance board

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
organic and natural finger paints

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
wooden 'etch-a-sketch' type board

From This is so much cooler than the plastic ones.


wooden trike
wooden trike

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knit grasshopper doll bla bla
knit grasshopper doll by 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
personified foods!


****Also! Thanks to everyone who entered my Copy-Kids DVD giveaway. The winner is…. Krista from This Mumma’s Life who will no doubt have fun watching children eat fruits and vegetables.

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Jeanette Nyberg

I'm Jeanette Nyberg: artist, author, introvert, creativity-pusher, color-lover.


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