Celebrating 20 years of the International Space Station (the largest spacecraft ever built), LEGO has created an 864-piece set based on the beloved vessel. In addition to its impressive details, the model kit comes with a buildable NASA space shuttle and three cargo spacecraft, as well as a stand for display and a helpful 148-page booklet with instructions and facts about the ISS. Intended for everyone over 16 years old, it offers an immersive and educational experience.
Inside this smart toy for cats and dogs, a tiny motor with three different modes provides it with the ability to respond to an animal’s touch, prompt a reaction, or offer a regimented routine of 10 minutes of play and 30 minutes of rest. An interior sensor means the ball avoids obstacles (drastically reducing the risk of a pet running into a wall or tumbling down a flight of stairs). And two treat holders on its exterior reward the pet for playing.
Made in Bolivia by a team of indigenous women, Oeuf’s plush rat toy is crafted from 100% baby alpaca yarn, with a poly blend inside. The yarn boasts a natural water-resistance and an ultra-soft touch, so it’s perfect for little ones. It’s also an eco-friendly alternative to cotton or synthetic fabrics. This woven toy is also fair trade, so the women who made it are paid living wages and are treated appropriately.
This non-toxic play mat from Cream Haus folds up into a teepee for hours of fun. The soft construction means you don’t have to worry about the sharp edges found on similar items designed for wee ones. And it can lay flat for tumbling or other play before folding up to slip behind a couch or under a bed when not in use.
With six color-coded strings that allow kids (three and up) to learn about rhythm, practice songs, create original melodies and play around with sounds, this little guitar features cheerful, stylish motifs, too. Though it stands at just under 22 inches tall, it’s a proper instrument that sounds just like those made for adults.
Available in five sizes, Love Thy Beast’s playful hand-knitted pom-pom sweater fits most dogs—loosely around the body but cinched at the neck and tail to trap in warmth. A pre-cut harness hole on the rear also allows for a leash. The ultra-soft, warm wool was assembled in Nepal, where local craftswomen were employed.
Huts and Bay’s lightweight cotton pet bed, in their distinct camo graphic print, measures 31 by 37 inches and retains its shape through wear and tear. A plush removable insert, beneath an exterior with an anti-bacterial and anti-mite finish, makes cleaning easier. It’s ideal for small to medium-sized pets, who’ll surely love the comfort it provides.
Recommended for architecture nerds (over eight years old), model kit maker ARCKIT’s 105-piece set comes with instructions for assembling the basics, but plenty of opportunities for customization, too. Whether an aspiring architect or someone looking for something structural to tinker with, there’s plenty to conceptualize and bring to fruition—from a standalone building to a corridor within a larger complex.
Part game, part puzzle and part educational toy, Moon Picnic’s Make a Face allows children to experiment with creativity and even express emotion. Crafted from solid beech wood, it includes a round base and several facial components that let users cobble together hundreds of different expressions. Beyond the playful experiences, it can also be a jumping off point to discuss feelings.
Available in two sizes (20 or 13 inches), Lola the Llama is an ultra-soft toy that aims to provide comfort and company for its owner, but whose good deeds stretch beyond that. The purchase of each toy translates into 10 meals for kids in need, courtesy of cuddle+kind’s giving partner, WE Charity. The made-in-Peru doll meets the highest safety standards for children, and employs sustainable practices during the production process.
Intended to carry pooches weighing up to 16 pounds, Wild One’s new Air Travel Carrier is plane- and pet-friendly. Small enough to be placed under regular seats, the carrier features a comfy quilted base mat and mesh panels with retractable screens, should your dog want a view or privacy. Made from neoprene, the outer is washable by hand, while the mat inside can be machine-washed and tumble-dried. The carrier also boasts a handy shoulder strap that doubles as a leash and a panel for sliding it all onto your suitcase.
Available in two sizes (either five or 12 inches tall), sculptor and toy designer Jason Freeny’s Brick Man Anatomical Puzzle is fun for kids aged eight and over—and adults, too. Easy to assemble, with just 16 pieces, the 3D puzzle can then be displayed as a playful objet d’art.
Intended for readers from four to eight years old, Rebecca Green’s aptly named How to Make Friends with a Ghost details the best technique for becoming pals with a spook. From making them their favorite treats (mud tarts and earwax truffles) to charming them with bedtime stories and serenades, there are plenty of useful tips. Along with whimsical illustrations, the book is sweet, funny and conveys a message of kindness.
Measuring out to 36″ by 36″ when assembled, this nine-piece puzzle features a curving pathway for kids to play with. This road can actually be illuminated when passed over by the included car, which is equipped with a blacklight underbelly. The car has lane-following technology, and can therefore commandeer the course all on its own, too.
Taking an all-natural approach to your pooch’s nutrition, Ernest wants to make pet care more healthy and simple. Their Peanut Butter + Banana Recipe Biscuits are made up of just three ingredients—oats, peanut butter and banana—and are wheat-free, making them easier for your dog to digest them. With 14% crude protein and 9% crude fat, they offer plenty of nutrients for your pup.
Written by Dave Eggers, Tomorrow Most Likely is unsurprisingly playful and simultaneously tender. The book, illustrated by Lane Smith, preaches the virtues of going to sleep and waking up ready for the new day—and all the exciting, odd and glorious things that could happen then. “Tomorrow most likely there will be a door that leads to the world, where people are found,” one part reads. Intended for children aged three to five, it’s an ideal read-aloud bedtime story for the family.