It’s never too early to teach children the importance of a healthy body. My adorable niece recently started kindergarten at a local Montessori schoool. Everyday before the lessons begin, the children participate in a short yoga class. To our surprise-she loves it! So it got me thinking, do they make yoga mats for children? Looking for the answer I stumbled upon eco-friendly yoga mats by Lotuspad. Not only are the mats made smaller for kids they also are free from PVC and other harmful chemicals. And make sure to order the a cute little carrying strap with it so your little yogi can carry it class himself!
Aren’t these little guys cute and cuddly? Yes I said cuddly! These adorable plushies take the taboo out of bodily functions and help teach children about potty training. The plush duo are known as Pee and Poo. Look for them on Perpetual Kid.
A wonderful addition to a child’s colorful nursery. The Butterfly Rhapsody set from Lillipad Studio takes its inspiration from the warm and inviting colors of the Caribbean. Bright and lively, this pint sized set would go beautifully with a variety of color schemes. Not only is the set lovely to look at but it’s also is a green product. Lillipad uses only FSC certified wood and non-toxic (no VOC) paints.
The perfect table for the budding young artist in your family. The Offi chalk board table features a chalkboard surface and a round storage space in the middle to hold chalk and erasers. Not just for chalk drawing, the mulitfunctional table can be used for many different activities. For more info on the Offi Table go to Modern Seed and while you’re there check out the adorable Look Me chairs that compliment the table.
It’s hard to believe this nifty building set used to be a plastic bottle. The Spaceframe set can be used to create forts, tunnels-you name it! Its soft durable peices interlock with one another and are super easy to use. This is a wonderful toy to spark the imagination and you can feel good knowing you’re keeping one less bottle out of landfills.
Can you believe these charming and colorful buildings are actually wardrobes for children? The closets are made by Dutch company, Kanst van een Huis, which roughly translated is the equivalent of “a barn of a house”. The building’s facade reminds one of a walk down a bustling street in Amsterdam but instead of markets and shoppes inside, they provide valuable storage for your child’s room. Each closet contains a hanging rod and shelves hidden inside. If you are interested in seeing other designs by the company or if you would like to learn how you may purchase one of these wardrobes you can contact the company by visiting there website here.
When this colorful little see saw first comes out of its box it looks more like a puzzle than a teeter totter. The Tau See Saw is perfect for the DIY parent who like to participate in the construction of their children’s toys. A template is cut into sheets of wood leaving it just slightly connected together. Once taken apart, the pieces can be easily assembled to create the toy you see here. If your child outgrows the fun the see saw can be disassembeled and stored flat for a potential younger sibling to enjoy.
You’ll never find a more versatile play table then the one we found on Giggle.com. This table is truly amazing! The hard sturdy bent wood piece can be used as a table, a bench, a slide, a rocker-just to name a few. The list is only limited by your child’s imagination. The table comes with interchangeable play kits that can be used for storage or removed for different activities. And the soft puzzle-like pieces that come with the set interlock for spontaneous building projects. The play table is durable and easy for kids to arrange. We’re sure it will make the perfect addition to your child’s play area.
Keeping a young child amused during a long trip can be a daunting task for any parent. Letting them watch their favorite movie on a portable dvd player can be a great way to pass the time. But players can be expensive and most are not durable enough to stand up to a few accidental drops. That’s why we think Fischer Price is on the right track with their Kid-Tough portable dvd player made especially for children. The unit is rubberized and shock and skip proof making it strong enough to handle a little abuse. The player comes with a handle so it can be carried by your preschooler and kickstand legs for hands free viewing and simple controls makes it easy for children to operate the player themselves. The Kid Tough portable dvd player is under $200 making it an affordable option for traveling families.
Tired of the high cost of design furniture Swiss Designer Nicola Enrico Stäubli designed a collection of sturdy folding furniture called “foldschool”. The cardboard furniture is made by you, using recycled cardboard and instructions available for download on the foldSchool website . Cardboard is a great material for kids furniture since it is lightweight, durable and easy to paint and decorate. The collection includes a stool, chair and rocker. If you would like to try your hand at cardboard furniture making, go to the foldschool website for complete instructions.