Opening day of the much anticipated Skirball Cultural Center's Noah's Ark Exhibit today, and i managed to stop by before drive up to SF. It is essentially an interactive, extremely hands on, low tech space filled with creatures made from more recycled goods than you can imagine... built to withstand anything kids can do to them. In essence, i haven't quite felt like i was 5 in a long time (particularly when one of their edutainment ladies actually asked me in that kindergarten teacher voice "have you seen what happens when you spin the barrel?" and "did you find this giraffe's partner yet?"). Three phases, in three rooms, you experience the loading of the ark and exploring the environment, the interior of the ark during the flood, and the rainbow that concludes the space. It's a fascinating and playful space full of pulleys, wheels, sounds, textures, rock walls, and creatures that will truly be loved by kids of all ages. There are also "happenings" filled with musical instruments and stories for all to play and experience together.
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Design*Sponge had a reader send in these pics of her little girls room, and i couldn't resist reposting them to show you. It's refreshingly girly... and has the tord boontje before dawn curtains (casting some awesome shadows)... the birds of a feather mobile, bird/tree lamp, some great stenciling on the walls that matches it all beautifully. Also, check out that cool teepee like nook and crazy slanted door? Inspiring design job on this lucky little girl's room.
Next time your kid is sitting bored staring down and twisting at the edge of their shirt impatiently, why not have them look adorable in these silhouette tees and have them learn their alphabets and to read? Smart Tees by Wire and Twine print the alphabet and the name of what is on the tee upside down near the hem of the shirt just where kids can read them right side up. Adorable Dinosaur, Cow, Fairy, Train shirts... and the pic below looks like it just might be hand screened by kids for kids!
Cow in a Box... how DO they get that moo in there? These have been around since my childhood, and are nearly extinct if nearly fruitless internet searches show that only one manufacturer seems to be left. So when i wandered into Stumasa today, i had to buy a few... and sacrificed one to be dissected and shared with you all... step by step walk through and video below! And no, discovering the simplicity of this old school toy's innards does not make it any less fun, and its still much better than its technologically driven counterparts. And for under 5$, who wouldn't want one on their desks.
While perusing ToysREvil we found this toy and had to share. I love toys with cracked out faces that make me laugh out loud. Whaleboy is the creation of illustrator Patrick Morgan, and the comic that the toy is based on is being pitched to Nickelodeon to possibly become a cartoon! Reminds me of Ren & Stimpy and Spongebob a bit. Oh and the best part? He apparently has a sidekick named "Sucka", one of those little sucker/cleaning fish! Too funny and cute. If you wanna get your hands on one of these guys check out whaleboytoy.com.
Svan Scooter ~ the perfect mix between the scandinavian sleek bent birch and playful scooter... it took everything in us not to jump on that and roll around barkar hangar. The one odd (or perhaps brilliant?) detail, was the use of what looked like office furniture casters for the wheels... now if only they'd make a larger one that could be used as a desk chair/studio transportation.
Nodders ~ you know, those silly things that bob their heads in cars? Well i've never been a huge fan, but this extensive and bizarre collection manufactured by B. Shackman Company is impressive... from poodles and german shepards, to hippos and lobsters... Also available at Rose and Radish.
Manuella's elephants and bunnies (also ducks and dogs exist).... brain child of Merav Flam, graduate of Bezalel Academy for Art and Design Jerusalem... and i'm smitten not only by these creatures, but also by the motivation behind the line... "With children in mind, her unique designs reflect her own longing for childhood without digital and electronic toys... 'Manuella' - is reminiscent of the mechanical system that was used a long time ago to operate dolls, musical boxes, and toys." Now if that doesn't hit you somewhere in your laptop toting, cell phone attached, wii loving being... i give up, go buy your kid an Ugly Doll.
But i have this habit of always shopping for kids toys (some of which admittedly i end up buying myself) ~ and having a few products in mind for all of those last minute baby showers that keep popping up, and to find the perfect gift is hard, but it will be hard to go wrong showing up with one of these Manuella Elephants.