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Dec 05, 2013

Kid Friendly Inspiration: The Cabin Bed

The Cabin Bed - Restoration Hardware

You can admit it - we all had the dream of sleeping in the fort bed when we were a kid; and I'm willing to bet most of us haven't outgrown it quite yet. With my own little kids (finally) sleeping right now, I'm once again dreaming of a bed that will inspire them to dream as big as they possibly… read more

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Jan 08, 2013

How to: Make DIY "Manly" Wooden Teething Toys

created at: 01/08/2013

Last month, my nephew turned one, and he's suffering the pains of little ones everywhere - new teeth and very sore gums. He's sticking anything he can in his mouth to try to relieve the pain, so my sweetheart asked me if we could make up some dedicated teething toys, made from natural materials, for his birthday gift. And since his parents are both hilarious and always up for a laugh, we decided to go all out and avoid the monkeys and giraffes common in infant toys, and make them in humorous, tongue-in-cheek "manly"… read more

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May 15, 2012

Kids Recreate the "Sabotage" Music Video by the Beastie Boys

created at: 05/15/2012

To pay tribute to Beastie Boys Adam "MCA" Yauch, filmaker James Winters, along with wife, kids, and nephew, made a shot-by-shot recreation of one of the 90s most iconic music videos, the Spike Jonze-directed "Sabotage"...starringread more

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May 02, 2012

How to: Make a Puzzle from an Apple

created at: 05/02/2012

When you work from home, you look forward to little things that help break the day up: the mailman coming, the tornado siren test on Wednesdays at noon, the kids skipping along the sidewalk walking home when school lets out, and, most importantly, snack time. Often, it's just a handful of nuts, a bit of leftovers, but usually, a simple piece of fruit.

Which, after I saw this video last week, I've been turning into puzzles. Every… read more

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Apr 30, 2012

Seriously Unique and Creative Playgrounds by Monstrum

Danish design firm Monstrum, founded by Ole B. Nielsen and Christian Jensen, has dedicated itself to creating safe, stimulating, and beautifully designed playgrounds for children. They say, "playground design should be a reflection of the world surrounding us. We see the world as a place full of colour...Why only play on a monky frame and a sandbox, when you can play in a moon crater or a submarine or a giant spider or an enormous snail or a Trojans horse or a rocket or an ant or a princess castle. The fantasy is infinite."

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Feb 20, 2012

Toy Vehicles Made From Their Own Packaging

created at: 02/19/2012

Tube Toys are little toy vehicles created by London-based designer Oscar Diaz that are assembled from their own packaging. Inside each package are components like wheels and stickers that are inserted into pre-cut slots in the package.… read more

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Jan 24, 2012

How to: Make DIY Boomerangs from Recycled Boxes

created at: 01/24/2012

 

Cheap styrofoam toy-store boomerangs have given generations of Americans, children or otherwise, the mistaken impression that building and throwing boomerangs is very difficult. This flies in the face of reason: Using less-than-ideal materials, human beings have been building, throwing, and catching boomerangs for more than 11,600 years. Boomerangs are absurdly easy to make--this is an ideal project to keep kids busy in a pinch. Learning to throw one is just a little tricky, but most of the trick is in properly tuning the… read more

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Jan 04, 2012

One Room + Thousands of Kids + Thousands of Stickers = Art

created at: 01/03/2012

I believe it's a scientific fact that kids love stickers. They'll adhere them to any surface they can get their little hands on. This past December, Yayoi Kusama constructed a large domestic environment at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, painted it entirely white and then handed out colored dot stickers to the children who visited the museum. The kids were invited to put the stickers anywhere they chose in the blank room, transforming it into a prismatic explosion of color and sensory overload.… read more

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Feb 01, 2011

How To: Turn Your Dining Table into a Ping Pong Table

created at: 02/01/2011

College spoils young adults in a lot of ways: the ability to live in the same community with thousands of peers and then being forced to interact by the RA, the illusion of financial "independence," or the notion that if you schedule yourself right, you only need to be accountable two days a week, and only from 1:00-4:30 p.m.

But for me, dorm living twisted me in another way: 24-hour access to a ping pong table. I've never lived in a home with enough space for such luxuries as a table tennis and billiard tables, save for those two great years in Swing and Morris halls. At the beginning of freshman year, I wasn't much, but buddy, by the time I was an upper classperson, my roommate Adam and I had that… read more

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Sep 28, 2010

How To: Vintage Arrow-Inspired Decor

I'll admit it - it never occurred to me to source or make vintage arrows as a home decor accent piece, but why not? They're fun, colorful, and masculine-ish/tongue-in-cheek enough to totally make sense in lots of spaces.

Mom Danielle created these bold arrows while making over her sons' rooms. The shafts are made from dowel rods, and covered in patterned washi tape, fabric scraps, and acrylic tape. And note the erasers as arrow heads - would work quite well with the office supply crossbow,read more

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Jul 29, 2010

How To: Cereal Box Marble Run and Other Awesome, Handmade Toys for Kids

Joel Henriques is a Portland-based artist that seems to be the best dad in the world. His blog, Made By Joel, features awesome, one-off toys, games, and activities that he makes for his two children, and usually includes some steps towards making your own.

I'm not a parent, but I'm pretty sure most of these are happening in my house this weekend, especially the cereal box marble run pictured above, and this zip-line toy:

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Jul 26, 2010

Photos That Imagine What an Infant Might Be Dreaming

created at: 07/26/2010

If you're an artist on maternity leave, spending the day with your beautiful new child, and have a collection of fabric and textiles to make imaginary worlds, what would YOU do?

I'd do the same as Adela Enerson, who came up with this fantastic way to stay creative while her new daughter, Mila, naps: create scenarios around her that imagine what she might be… read more

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