Based on works by well-known artists like Ugo Rondinone and Sheila Hicks, every RainerShine’s subscription art kit includes the materials and instructions needed for kids to embark upon two artistic adventures. Kits are available as a monthly subscription, at one of two skill level options (ages three to six, or seven and 12). Subscriptions start at $29 per month (with a six-month commitment). Each kit also features a profile of the artist who inspired it.
Made from 100% hypoallergenic silicone, Copenhagen-based toymaker Liewood’s Dante Beach Set proves packable and playful, and fit for children of all ages. Four molds (a bubbly blob, rainbow, starfish and shell), a bucket and spade provide kids with ample equipment for creating structures in the sand. They can be easily rinsed off with water or wiped with a damp cloth, and their flexible construction makes carrying them to and from the beach super-easy. Price is in Euros.
Designed in Barcelona and produced in Europe, Lubulona’s wooden toys come together to form little worlds. Each all-natural building block (crafted from high-quality beech wood) has been decorated with non-toxic paint. Their beautiful blue and gray Lubu Town Winterburg Maxi set includes four stackable houses with ladders, two rooftops and two cars with wooden figures. Because of the size of the pieces, this set is recommended for children over three years old. Price is in Euros.
With variations shot in Japan, 16th arrondissement of Paris and San Marino on an iPhone, Sean Brown’s 500-piece puzzles capture the energy of their respective locations through the creative director, designer and photographer’s thoughtful lens. Each puzzle is composed of sturdy cardboard with both lamination and a glossy finish. It’s a transportive adventure from the comfort of a living room.
Photographer Carl Ostberg’s tantalizing image of flowers smoking weed has been transformed into a bright, colorful and alluring 1000-piece puzzle. Cut from thick-stock board composed of 100% recycled paper, the completed image measures out to 19.25 by 26.6 inches. It’s a collaboration between Ostberg, Piecework puzzles and the cherished cannabis-centric magazine Broccoli.
This eight-foot-long fairytale puzzle lets a group of players craft their own story from 20 inter-changable pieces, printed on both sides. Imagined by author Anne Laval and released by the Laurence King publishing house, each Story Box includes colorful fairytale characters, scenes and scenarios. The collaborative game taps into imagination and emphasizes the importance of storytelling.
Manufactured by Queensland, Australia-based company Little Building Co (LBC), this 1:500 scale model of the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum will tantalize architecture and art fans alike—though one should be careful with the kit’s small pieces around children. Inside, there are all of the necessary elements to build the model, but LBC asks that you furnish your own high-quality PVA wood glue, which can be found at any hardware or craft store. A feat of building technology at the time of its construction, Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision for the museum features several clashing structures, yet they remained cohesive under his creative direction. With this set, and a bit of spare time, you can recreate a classic. Price is in AUD.
Artist Christina Hart’s card-matching game works like most others: place the cards upside down and flip one by one, until you can memorize a pair. This deck features various types of leaves and is a great way for novice green thumbs to learn how to recognize different plant species. Inside, there are 40 cards: 18 pairs and two bonus cards. Plus, every one was printed in Italy at a 100% solar-powered manufacturer.
Featuring an illustration by Julius Klinger created for Hollerbaum und Schmidt (Germany’s leading poster printing company in the early 20th century), this 12-piece puzzle depicts portraits of Klinger and his colleagues as cacti. Made by Poster House, the puzzle measures eight by 10 inches.
Measuring seven inches, this mini Spalding NBA Basketball is the perfect size for younger ball players to refine their skills. The rubber cover offers plenty of grip and is durable enough for outdoor play. Available in eye-catching orange and red or orange and blue, these mini basketballs also come in team iterations.
A sophisticated educational tool in the form of a charming little robot, ROYBI comes with 500 free daily lessons as well as 40 stories and songs. ROYBI encourages children (from pre-school age to elementary) to learn languages and acquire STEM skills. There’s also a companion app for parents to monitor progress.
Imagined in collaboration with NYC’s momentous Metropolitan Museum of Art, Monopoly: The Med Edition incorporates attributes from 5,000 years of art history. This variation on the classic board game weaves in components from The Met’s 17 curatorial departments and allows users to develop and expand their own mini museums with the addition of galleries and wings. This edition’s booklet doesn’t just contain the rules, it also informs users about the art found throughout the game, including on the distinct currency.
With the purchase of Cuddle + Kind’s handcrafted, premium cotton-constructed Maya the Mermaid doll, 10 meals are donated to schoolchildren who are in need—via partnerships with World Food Program USA’s School Meals Program, Children’s Hunger Fund, Breakfast Club of Canada and WE Charity School Nutrition Program. Further, the sale of these fair-trade dolls also supports 750 artisans in Peru. Maya is handmade in two sizes (20 or 13 inches) and will provide kids with plenty of company, comfort and inspiration for playtime.
With contributions from Cypress Hill members B-Real, Sen Dog and Eric “Bobo” Correa, FITZ Games’ HotBox card game prompts players to uncover comedy gold with each flip of a card. Dares and challenges populate the game, too, which comes with 420 cards per deck. From “take a shot of ranch” to “FaceTime your ex,” the weed-powered card game is still wildly fun when played with friends over Zoom. Cypress Hill also produced an extension pack for the game, available for $13, that pertains to their music.
Beloved Long Beach, CA-based roller skate brand Moxi started making skates in 2008 and now routinely sells out of their retro-vibed releases. Available for pre-order (and shipping in November), these Panther Skates feature a drum-dyed suede boot with a curved collar and ankle padding for comfort, high-rebound wheels for outdoor use, and animal-print toe-caps to protect against scuffs. The brand also purveys safety gear for all, as the brand is committed to make “sizes to fit the full spectrum of skater bodies.”
Named “Center,” Round21 and artist Ju Schnee’s collaborative ping pong paddle features a colorful design that clearly marks the middle of the strike zone—where the ball should hit to avoid it careening out of bounds. A vibrant, geometric design adorns one side, while a speckled black and white pattern occupies the other. This high-preformance paddle features an ergonomic grip that lends comfort and control, and a rubber-foam hybrid pad for improved accuracy. Right now, the brand commits 10% of net proceeds to the Public Art Fund.