How gorgeous are these wooden toys? They are made by Daniel Frost made in collaboration with Mark Wright for Pick Me Up 2013, an annual illustration exhibition that takes place at Somerset House, London.
Each toy is hand painted using acrylics on a maple wood and features a character from the fictional town Frostville.
But wait, there’s more!
A boy and his dog waking up to a sunny morning in Frostville. It’s too nice a day to stay indoors, but little do they know that an epic chase awaits them just outside the door!
Atop a Hill in Frostville is a wordless story created by Daniel Frost. Characters are exaggerated and playful, often caught in a moment of action. Street scenes are full of color and activity. I think this children’s book will delight both kids and parents. Perfect for your home library!
Check out the Daniel Frost web and enjoy his amazing work!
Alice, White Rabbit, Caterpillar, Queen of Hearts…
Play to dominoes with Iban Barrenetxea’s characters for Alice in Wonderland, produced by Ediciones TTT. It’s your turn!
More about Iban Barrenetxea’s work here
Frida’s Tierchen is brand that designs handmade stuff for kids: dolls, masks, play mats… All the products are made of natural fibres of cotton and/or wool felt.
Maria Salamanca, founder of the brand, loves to preserve simplicity in all her designs, leaving room for imagination.
Shall we play?
Gonzalo Arbutti & Matías Resich are two argentine designers who work in Buenos Aires. They are multidisciplinary artists and toy makers and have founded Laboratori, a space for experimentation and creation of toys, sculptures, furniture and other objects.
Mini-cubes, Átomo, Roby, Triada, Familia tipo or Autotop are a few of their creations (some of them are from Laboratori, others are designed by Gonzalo Arbutti and Marcelo Federico for Mon Petit Art).
You can visit their workshop here
Looking for a Christmas gift to make? Delight children with personalized presents that use simple crafting.
Here are 5 Christmas gifts for kids that you can make. All of them are easy, inexpensive and cute DIY toys (and games) that your children will love. They are homemade gift ideas for Christmas but may also be used for a birthday or any occasion.
Make Christmas more personal by making your own gorgeous toys!
DiY Tic Tac Toe via
DiY building discs via
Knit octopus via
DiY memory game via
DiY kaleidoscope via
Have a nice weekend all of you!
Infantry has arrived! Three wooden soldiers await your orders to play. They are stockable soldiers by fruitsuper design.
Made of solid hardwood, this set includes 12 stackable pieces, enough to make 3 soldiers. Stack and re-stack to create a unique infantry.
Don’t miss their Stackable Snowmen and Stackable Gnomes among other nice products you’ll find in their shop.
How is your city or town? My city has streets and houses, trees, vehicles and people…And it is made of cardboard. Are you coming to visit us? Its name is Bloc city.
Once again Milimbo proposes a simple and nice game made of cardboard. After playing with the animals of the jungle and Little Red Riding Hood, now they encourage each of you to do your own city.
This toy is made it with simple and geometric forms. From 2 die-cut cardboard sheets A3 size, you can build houses, a truck, a bus, a child with his dog….
To complete the game you can make a path in different ways, with small cardboard cards we can play to make several trips, building, winding roads, barriers, crosswalk, signals, bridges, trees, etc.
More about Milimbo’s work here and here.
Londji is one of my absolute favorite toy brand. Imagination, magic and joy are always present in their designs.
They offer a very wide selection of unique products, mostly toys but also stationary, magnets and tattoos. They love search of traditional toys and games, often forgotten, that were combined with their own designs
I’ve chosen some favorites that would be great options for Christmas gifts. But take a look at their website and make your own selection!
Hopper spinning tops
Love all Londji spinning tops! These are presented in 5 different mat colors based on the work of the American painter Edward Hopper.
Tour Eiffel puzzle
The Eiffel Tower made of thread, ruler-ribbons and thimbles. 54 pieces puzzle with the scene of Paris. You can do Big Ben and Sagrada Família puzzles too!
Explore a world where cork stoppers have eyes, nose and mouth, pencils have legs and pebbles wear hats. Draw as much as you want, imagine what is lacking and overall, have fun!
You can choose between a lot of kaleidoscopes. Moon and Trésors ones form kaleidoscopic patterns from objects around you.
Noir & blanc
Love this stylish version of the traditional game Chess. It is made entirely from recycled cardboard. The board and pieces are easily assembled - just click together and play!
Surrealist Magnets to decorate your fridge with an artistic way. You can decorate it with your own sculpture or play with wild animals too.
The game comprises 32 cards (16 pairs), delicately illustrated, presented in a rigid cardboard box.
(First photo: Tattoos Circus)
Today I love this Polish card game called Robimy zabawkil and illustrated by Hanna Krajnik. It was published in 1979 and it show you how to make handmade toys with natural raw materials. It’s nice, isn’t it?
See more here
24 building blocks, 4 basic forms, 4 different types of European wood.
Imagine. Play with colors and shapes. Build. Enjoy.
These blocks can be endlessly and fascinatingly combined in flat or rising patterns of abstract or figurative beauty
Bibros is a simple yet sophisticated construction set born from a collaboration between German wooden toymakers (SINA) and the renowned Japanese toy designer Yasuo Aizawa.
You can make cool toys for yourself. Handmade gifts for kids, nice and inexpensive presents. They can be made of cardboard, paper, wood… Today I show you 5 great wooden toys you can make at home.
DiY The Bowling Set via
Wooden Marble Maze via
DiY Dominoes via
When Àngel Arbonès was still a kid his father worked as a carpenter, one day gave him a wooden box that he had done so he could gather his toys. His surprise was great when he saw the toy cars, the ball and all the dolls abandoned for to use the box as the main instrument of play.
Nowadays Àngel has founded the brand of toys and small furniture la capsa de l’àngel (Àngel’s box). He makes exclusive designs intended to accompany you for a long time.
Today I love these cameras for little photographers, with lens, movement and customized belts. They are unique handmade pieces. They are great for discover the world together, aren’t they?
You can buy them in his shop or made to order.
Psst: I couldn’t resist to show you this rocker. I am sure your kids will want one.
Do you want to take a ride on a Vespa? Why not?
This one is made of paper and you can park it anywhere.
The paper toy is born from the creative collaboration between the graphic designer Filippo Perin and the illustrator Ale Giorgini.
This is the original artwork:
Print or paper toy, but take a short trip this weekend
Biblioteca de papel (The Paper Library) is a João Lizardo’s project that you can see at Fábrica das Artes, Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisboa) until 22nd November.
The project comprises three interactive bookcases: “The Blue Sphinx”, “The English Garden”, and “Mnemosyne”. Each one is a strictly monochromatic object, entirely made of paper.
Each bookcase encloses a different game/workshop, which will be ‘activated’ by each group of participants. Your children will be able to investigate, negotiate, find … and have fun thanks to these paper sculptures.
Check out the exciting game for each bookcase on Lizardo website, they look amazing!
Create a small zoo at home! Wood or soft animals, for older children or babies. Here are 5 little and friendly animals that seek home. Take a look at them!
Animales del Circo XL. I’m a huge fan of WatermelonCatCompany. Do you not know them yet? Do not wait any longer and visit their web.
Alberta giraffe by Cranc&friends- the cutest soft baby rattle I have seen.
Fionn the Fox by Makers & Brothers and Claire-Anne O’Brien. He is a hand knitted friendly Irish animal.
Animal Pen by Amabro via. Amusing pens for children and parents.
Lovely Kangaroo by Bamloff