Spherovelo Kid’s Bike

The Spherovelo Bicycle is a funky, fun, pre-school first bike for kids (one to three year olds) that is a safe approach to teaching children to ride and comes with removable internal stabilizers.

The Spherovelo is designed by a British company called Early Rider, based in Henley on Thames, England, but has a distinctly west coast style aesthetic.

With a simple design, and using stabilizing balls for first time learners, it can move in any direction, and the stabilizer balls can be removed, so it becomes unstable and the child learner then develops motor skills to balance themselves and keep it upright.

May 19, 2012

The Paper Safe Box

Rob Ives has created a fully functional paper safe which is a great DIY project for you and your kids. You can lock and open the secret drawer with your own private combination that is entered with the small numbered dial.

Ives designs paper animations and you can buy a CD with easy to follow instructions, lots of images to show you what to do and the print patterns for the parts. It costs only £2.50 (US$4, €3), which is great value for lots of eco-friendly entertainment and you also get something useful.

After printing onto thin card, use a sharp art knife (adults only for this) to cut out the card patterns. Using glue to keep the parts together, you can part all the separate parts and then assemble them to make the safe. Afterwards, you could customize it with bright colors and keep your valuables hidden from view.

March 15, 2012

The Children’s Fireplace

In Trondheim, Norway, the Children’s Story Telling Fireplace and hut was designed and built by Norwegian Haugen/Zohar Arkitekter architectural design company.

Built in a residential playground, the conical-shaped hut uses recycled construction site material consisting of short wood pieces that were stacked to make the dome and slightly crooked-looking chimney flue.

The design mimics old Norwegian turf and log huts, with a 5.2m x 4.5m  (17ft x 14.7ft) base and a concrete foundation. The dome has 80-layered circles of pine with oak separators creating small gaps between the layers with each layer is stacked at an angle to create the curved dome walls. The gaps provide natural light and airflow for the fireplace.

March 12, 2012

Recyclable Tube Toys

These brightly colored toys are made using the actual cardboard packaging that the toy bits and pieces are shipped in. The brainchild of British designer Oscar Diaz, the Tube Toys offer a train, fire engine, tractor and car which are all 100% recyclable and pre-cut for easy assembly.

“All the parts needed to build each vehicle are contained in a standard cardboard tube, which doubles as the packaging. The tubes have slots and holes to place the wheel axes and other components. A single stripe of paper displaying all the information necessaries for the shop (brand, product name/description and barcode) is the only bit that will be discarded after purchase,” explains the designer.



Tube Toys by Oscar Diaz.



February 19, 2012

Children’s Book Clocks

For anyone with fond memories of their favorite childhood books, these Vintage Book Clocks from American artist Steven Gabriel will strike a nostalgic chord.

Made from old reclaimed books like Dr. Seuss classics, the books are transformed into simple handmade clocks. Although most of the clocks are ‘one-of-a-kind’, occasionally Gabriel does make more than one clock from a particular book title.

Prices range from US$35 (€27.4) to US$265 (€207).

Visit: http://www.etsy.com/shop/VintageBookClocks

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January 10, 2012

Cool Cardboard Robots

CALAFANT, founded by inventor and creator Boris Schimanski, makes wonderful flat-packed cardboard cut-out toys that give your kids some great hands-on creative opportunities. CALAFANT (Cardboard Land of Fantasies) robots come in two sizes 50 cms (20inch) and 105cms (41inch) tall. They can be painted, and decked out with all sorts of add-ons to make the robots cute, techie or even aggressive.

According to CALAFANT, children’s creativity is highly important for their expression, needing paint, craft projects, model building and pretend play to experience and learn about their emotions. Making the models also assists in motor skill development, and is often just plain fun.

The models are made in Germany from high-quality, recyclable cardboard, with pre-cut and pre-punched cut-outs, so they can be assembled without glue and scissors. There are also castles, doll-houses, space-ships, pirate ships, cars, farms, treehouses and a whole lot more of exciting and imaginative cardboard toys are available.

Visit: http://www.calafant.de/en.html

January 9, 2012