From WS Game Company, an offshoot of Hasbro tasked with stylish, contemporary upgrades to heritage games, comes a 3D version of the classic Clue. In fact, the game is a 3D-wood cabinet version of the mansion with each room of activity displayed beneath a tempered glass top. Wood character movers meet plated die-cast weapons. Decorative metal plaques round out the premium attributes. It’s a beautiful way to play a game so many know and love.
Designed by Hunter Craighill, the Jack Puzzle feels just at home in the hands of child as it does on the desk of someone working in a creative field. Crafted from brass, the game involves six notched bars, interlocked in a very specific—if not challenging—order. It also doesn’t occupy all that much space—though it certainly offers great distraction.
Beautifully illustrated by artist Kelsey Oseid, the new hardcover “What We See in the Stars: An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky” explores the long-lasting human fascination with outer space. From identifying and explaining the constellations to myths, stories, science and more, the book contains 100+ hand-painted images. For kids and adults alike, it’s a delightful trip into the cosmos.
Made from sheet steel that’s folded and powder-coated, this pet board is the perfect snoozing spot for cats who like to climb. It’s lightweight and comes with everything needed to install. Further, the minimal shape and simple colorways (smoky blue or white) mean the design pairs well with all styles. Plus, it will free up a little floor space. Price is in Euros.
As far as group games go, bingo might just be one of the easiest activities to enjoy. Now, artist Rob Hodgson has reimagined the classic with monsters and crazy creatures. There are googly-eyed counters, creepy characters and mythological beasts—and a monster head storage box for the 48 chips. Three people are needed to play (and three is also the recommended starting age) but bigger families can definitely all jump in.
Made from paper and cotton in Italy, this geometric world globe stands 12 inches tall after home assembly. The black and white 3D map comes complete with 50 red marker pins so you can track your travels across the world, or your dream destinations. Printed with non-toxic inks, it’s also ideal as an inspirational tool for kids.
Organic and hypoallergenic, Nook’s crib mattress checks the natural box with materials like coconut and eucalyptus but takes it a step further with other innovative features. Using NanoSphere-dipped fabric, the mattress cover is virtually waterproof (liquids pill off) and eliminates the need for an additional cover. The result, combined with the firm mattress, is a safer sleep surface so that little ones rest better.
From CH favorite Adam J Kurtz comes another book of positive vibes: “Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives.” Entirely handwritten on perforated tear-and-share pages, the book is full of advice, inspiration and empathy for creatives of all kinds. In Kurtz’s classic style, it’s cheeky and funny, but ultimately kind, generous and empowering. If you’re feeling a creative block, open at any page.
Made from BPA-free platinum silicone, this set of four stackable popsicle molds is practical and kind to the environment. Create all kinds of flavored frozen treats (including healthier options) on your own or take tips from the accompanying recipe booklet that includes ideas for lactose- and gluten-free options. Dishwasher-safe and ideal for summer months, they are available from the MoMA Store.
The award-winning game system Osmo changes the way kids interact and learn while using an iPad. Making it less about swiping and more about hand-on play, the Explorer Kit includes different programs—some of which center on numbers, math, business, problem-solving, science and more. Our favorite is Coding Jam, the musical program that includes blocks which can be arranged in patterns and sequences to create songs.
This very sweet raglan pullover is emblazoned with the words “enfant terrible,” for the cheeky child in your life. Embroidered with a chain stitch, the sweatshirt is available in pale blue or purple—obviously intended for all genders. Available in sizes two years to 10 years, it’s an item many grown-ups will surely covet. Price is in Euros.
Made from sturdy cotton canvas and industrial-grade polypropelene rope, Mr Dog’s “Best in Show” toy is not only guaranteed to make your pooch feel like a winner, it’s also bound to last through countless puppy play dates. Co-created for the NYC-based company with Brooklyn-based illustrator Alessandra Olanow, the toy comes complete with a squeaker inside to keep your best pal entertained for hours.
If you’re not able to get a cuddle from a real sloth, this little guy from Jellycat is the next best thing. Measuring 17 inches tall, the sloth is soft and floppy—made for naps and hugs on days when they’re need. And, if your child is a bit messy, the sloth is hand-washable.
Quash bedtime tantrums with this magical Sky B Plane bed by Circu. Especially good for kids who are having trouble transitioning from crib to bed, this creation is made for adventure dreams. With compartments on either side and a shelf on the top wing, there is storage space included. Plus, the super-glossy varnish is easy to clean.
Those of us who were following along with the rogue social media managers from several national parks this week might be looking for ways to support them. One easy option is buying this deck of playing cards, as 100% of the proceeds go to the National Park Foundation. Each card is illustrated by one of 40 artists from all over the world and has a wholesome, retro vibe.
Made from 100% natural fair-trade hemp, Shed collars for pets come adorned with all kinds of playful and provocative patterns. From marijuana leaves to dinosaurs, smiley poop and boobs, they are each as silly and cute as the next. Available in small, medium or large, they can fit small dogs, cats and even “small bears,” so your best pal will be the right size for one of these fun accessories.