ages 3 to 5

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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these toys are meant to fray

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My 6 year old’s blankie is turning into one of those childhood relics: frayed edges, holes in the corners, and threadbare spots. She keeps asking me to sew it up, but I can’t, it’s not the kind of holes you can repair. But it’s also a memento of a childhood full of love and comfort, […]

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when you need a toy to be a little bit of everything

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There are toys being made that don’t fit into our preconceived ideas of what a toy is all about. It takes some innovative thinking to really step back and look at what it means to be a plaything. Ember Design has created a toy that may, at first glance, look like a railroad car. But […]

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animals with a name like filomeluna must be good

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Ears like leaves and feathers, bunnies with a mermaid’s tail, and mustachioed cats. That’s definitely the kind of creative world I want to live in. Looks like Filomeluna feels the same way, because her animals are exactly as I described above – elephants with leaves for ears, bunnies with fishy fins, and a dapper cat […]

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save your cents with these piggies & more

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Birdie found a stash of spare change in the car today, and spent a significant amount of time counting, and sorting her riches into one of her piggy banks. It turns out we have several – thanks in part to a favorite paint-your-pottery shop in our favorite weekend spot. One of these days I’m going to […]

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little wooden toys for little happy children

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Modern, but classic, timeless, and full of play value. Those are the things I love to find in a toy – and the things I can’t wait to share with you. I’ll be honest, the first thing that drew me to desEnfantillages was the minimal styling and color palette. But don’t be fooled, desEnfantillages has […]

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the cutest hunchbacked animals you’ll ever meet

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I’m browsing through a favorite online shop of mine, just seeing what’s what. And then, bam, I see Frida. Who is Frida? Well, she’s the adorable hunchbacked monkey by Franck & Fisher. She’s all sweet-faced, open-armed, and ready to love. Her body is 100% organic cotton, and her clothes are all created from repurposed fabrics, […]

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