Japanese paper artist Yasuyuki Wada’s paper model kits, named Top To Tail, come with everything needed to create a 3D animal—except the required patience. Flat laser-cut pieces of card simply need to be folded and joined (sometimes with a little glue) and a wild creature takes form. We love the 14-inch crocodile, but a giraffe, elephant, chimpanzee, polar bear, penguin, panda and zebra are also available.
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.
Covered in JCRT’s digitally printed The Hobbit pattern, Mr. Dog’s classic dog bed comes in three sizes made to accommodate dogs from under 45 pounds to 100+ pounds. A shredded latex foam and cotton rag fill ensures that your pup remains cozy, but isn’t swallowed by the bed. Plus, a durable water-repellant coating protects against saturation and microbial growth. Roping around the edges of the 100% non-toxic cotton twill exterior elevates the look. The cover is machine washable, while the insert may be wiped down with a damp cloth.
Handmade in Canada, these sweet “David Meowie” toys contain premium catnip and are lined for extra strength (but without harmful glues). Made from 100% cotton, sizes and colors may vary due to the toy’s handcrafted nature.
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.
A sculptural fish figure rises at the center of premium pet brand PAIKKA’s Slow Feed Bowl. The delightful centerpiece to the earthenware vessel isn’t only decoration, it also aims to slow down fast eaters and thus aid digestion. This dishwasher-safe item measures 5.9 inches in diameter. Through retailer Olivela, the purchase of this bowl provides support for a child undergoing chemotherapy at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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.
From Seoul-based start-up Bacon, this toy offers pups plenty of entertainment. Inside the plush chicken (which measures 23 by 18 cm), dog owners can stuff the other ingredients for a Samgyetang soup: a chestnut and jujube (that both squeak) and ginseng (that crinkles). Not only do the sounds entertain your pooch, but the act of retrieving the tinier toys from within taps into their hunting instincts. This kind of activity may also provide dogs with stress relief and owners a slightly macabre giggle.
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.
One of several products by Rowan, a new company focused on human-grade, all-natural skin care products for dogs, The Coat Refresh is designed to keep your dog’s coat looking and smelling good in between washes. Featuring essential oils, aloe vera and coconut oils with none of the nasty things, both you and your dog will enjoy the results.
Fable’s glow-in-the-dark Falcon charges in natural sunlight, offering a toy that’s extra exciting at night. For pets, the toy features two treat cavities capable of holding dry or wet food. For owners, this means a few moments of peace and quiet while your furry friend focuses on excavating. The Falcon’s shape also allows for the addition of other toys designed for tugging and other types of play.
A powdered indigo dye developed at Aikuma Senryo (originally a Chinese herbal apothecary founded in Tokyo circa 1818), Yamato Indigo makes it easy to dye apparel, accessories and other fabrics at home. This kit includes enough of each individual component to concoct a large vat of dye in order to lend a vibrant hue to shirts, pants and even sneakers. Specifically, that means 50 grams of Yamato Indigo dye, 100ml of vinegar, 100ml of a fixative, as well as a portion of soda ash and Sodium Hydrosulfite (and possibly a pair of rubber gloves, current shortage pending). Instructions are easy and the entire process is fun as a group activity, too.
Featuring a playful illustration by London-based artist Tess Smith-Roberts, this 1000-piece puzzle is made from 100% recycled paper and features a soft-matte print for no-glare fun. It’s exclusive to Whiled (founded by Alisha Ramos) which is donating $1 from all sales to The Black Schoolhouse. For the artwork, Smith-Roberts was inspired by prolific children’s book author Richard Scarry who conjures up bustling worlds. In her homage, Smith-Roberts creates a neighborhood where sweet characters can be seen enjoying everyday activities—together and solo.
Made from 100% sheepskin, these slippers provide plenty of coziness and comfort for children—from infants to two-year-olds. The slippers feature a durable sole made from suede and a cuff that can fold up or down for comfort. Their maker, the Stockholm-based brand Shepherd of Sweden, sits at the crux of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary design, producing items from high-quality materials for kids, adults and everyone in between.