ages 3 to 5

a little bit princess, a little bit quirky

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Handmade toys, made with love, full of personality. That’s been kind of the heart of Small for Big, isn’t it? So Milipa fits right in, with her sweet selection of toys and wall accessories all handmade in southern Italy. Personally, I’d like to go visit her studio – who’s ready to expense that trip for […]

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you can grow a mermaid tail in no time

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One of the silliest – and enjoyable – gifts Birdie received over the Holidays was the ability to turn into a mermaid whenever she feels like it! It’s easier than drinking a magic potion or singing like the Little Mermaid. All you need is a Blankie Tail. Available in different colors and made of the […]

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your pals barry, wilby, chloe, ralph …

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It was one of those wonderful weekends where I actually felt good at the end of it, like I’d accomplished something. Even though, to be frank, it really wasn’t much at all. Just living life. So, to be honest, I don’t have a lot of words for you today – I’m still basking the glow […]

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origami playhouse

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I saw a T-shirt the other day that fits my Monday mornings almost perfectly: it said “I can’t adult today”. Anyone with me? Let’s go hide out in Origanid’s French Playhouse. You bring the hot cocoa, I’ll bring the pillows and blankets. Seriously, if the cost wasn’t quite so splurge-worthy, I’d probably be ordering one […]

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where the buffalo roam

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I sometimes think the best parts of my job are the moments when I find something none of us knew we needed. The things we didn’t even know existed. It always gives me a little rush to stumble on something that feels brand new. Today, it’s all about the Chuck the Bison. Yep, you didn’t know […]

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play it again with encore toys

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Aaaah, do you feel that? It’s the start of a brand new year. Clean, fresh, and unknown. Even better, it’s the start of school again! I loved having Christmas break with Birdie and lots of family time, but boy howdy we are all ready to get back into our usual routines. (though I’ll admit, the […]

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small and cute and cuddly

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These sweethearts have stolen my heart for the week, I wish I could find each and every one of them under my Christmas Tree. Handmade and hand embroidered, these little guys are full of lopsided, lumpy, perfect imperfections. Stop by Woodland Tale and see them all for yourself, along with some rubber stamps and other adorable-ness […]

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gift guide: 10 best toys for preschoolers

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It’s a wonderful time of year! Time to think about those you love the most, and what little token of your affection might please them as much as they please you. This week Small for Big is going to be finding some of my favorite gift ideas for the season – for kids of all […]

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this cosmos is particularly magnetic

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Wood and magnets are a match made in heaven – I’ve seen several toys using them in combination and I’m always impressed. Somehow the two materials working together seem almost magical! It’s no surprise that the new wooden block sets called Cosmos have that same – ahem – magnetic appeal. The beautiful materials, lush surfaces, […]

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dolls growing flowers, capes, and fins

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It’s a quick post today – I’m running behind but I certainly didn’t want to leave you in the lurch. Mondays in particular need a good dose of design to keep us going. How about these sweetheart dolls from Mio Mucaro Creatures? Each doll is made with 100% Cotton fabric (custom printed with Eco-friendly, water-based ink) and […]

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you can be a sweet silly

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Ok, quick, before the the Holidays with a capital “H” take over. What comes after New Years? Valentines’ Day, and even though you may not think you need to worry about it now, let’s just think for a second. Are you ever prepared for Valentine’s Day? I’m not, because I’m too busy with everyone else. […]

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keeping calm with kathryn davey dolls

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For the first time in weeks, I had a slower, calmer work day yesterday. It was almost pleasant. I had time to answer my emails, wrap up some loose ends on a few projects, and in general, breathe. All in all, I felt much like these sweet dolls from Kathryn Davey. Calm faces, restful poses, […]

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roll these cars away to your own candylab

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I’m low on words today. These cars are awesome. What else is there to say? Candylab Toys creates oversized, gorgeous, modern, wooden street rods, I mean, cars. Ok, my job is done, now you can check out these sweet rides!

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if you like jeans, you’ll love these guys

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Denim. It’s everywhere. Yet, it’s really rare to see it done well in toys – unless you’re looking at a Bratz doll, maybe. It seems Evie Barrow has found a way to make denim and stuffed toys look just right. The Sweet Dreams characters are each one of a kind, with faded, well-loved denim and […]

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a treehouse better than your dollhouse

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Let’s start with the fact that Land of Nod has just announced their Holiday assortment of toys and other goodies. And I’d like pause for a moment to absorb the reality that the Holidays really aren’t all that far away. Sigh. Okay, now that we’ve had our moment of silence, we can enjoy the cuteness that […]

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