We love the super-cute beanbags that come out of Woouf! a multidisciplinary design studio based in Barcelona. But, we are especially smitten with these pychedelic, animal-themed ones designed for Woouf! by Vasava (another awesome Barcelona-based studio)… which are unfortunately sold out…bummed. I’d keep checking back to their site though - plenty of awesome designs are afoot I’m sure!
Check out their other artists collabs here!
We came across this super easy and age-appropriate science experiment for L the other week on TinkerLab and thought we’d give it a try. As with anything that involves marshmallows, I kept having to wrangle him in a bit to keep him from devouring them immediately.
We microwaved our first victim (mr. pink) at 10 secs. We then put him back in for an additional 20 secs. Then we microwaved a second fella (dr. yellow) at 50 secs - he got pretty burnt. Mrs. green managed to avoid the microwave but unfortunately her bouncy, smooth, and plump shape and texture fated her to be eaten by mr. L.
But first we made fun observations on textures (soft, gooey, sticky, bouncy), heat, smell and taste. And then we compared how each of these differed according to how much time each marshmallow spent in the microwave.
Check out the science behind the experiment here!
The Pippa & Ike Show has so much goodness that make us smile (check out two of their prints from our Prints and Poster post). We were especially smitten with these adorable light switch stickers. And when we noticed that they were out of stock we were disappointed for sure but then saw a perfect opportunity to squeeze in quickie craft.
So we found this today. It feels a bit like discovering a super special vintage find at the flea market. Although, the book itself is only 5 years old, Bob Dylan’s classic has been around since 1974. And to put pictures to his beautiful lyrics make the old new again, especially for the little ones. What a great way to introduce the kids to the works of one of the best song writers ever.
Paul Rogers, an award-winning illustrator (who’s also responsible for illustrating Wynton Marsalis’s ABZ book) was asked by Dylan to interpret his words using his signature mid-century style. And so with Dylan’s music and lyrics floating in his head, Rogers delivers a Forever Young that is as timeless as the song itself. The story is follows a little boy on his journey as he follows his dream, making music, meeting and befriending strangers. Along the way Rogers peppers the book with “visual shout-outs to Dylan’s career” (they’re all explained in an endnote).”
Here’s a site for sore eyes. You Are My Wild is a lovely, weekly portrait project that brings together 14 photographers to document how they see their children. The photos are sweet, candid, silly, funny. And inspiring. I’m an avid iphone snapper, but seeing your kids through a more thought-out lens is really something. Time to read that manual.
Summer is barely over, fall isn’t yet here, and yet we’re excited for winter. Why? Because of these amazing graphic sweaters and knitted hats by Annie Larson of ALL Knitwear. They definitely have a sort of retro/street vibe about them. And the fun patters and bold colors will definitely stave off any winter blues.
We stumbled upon this funny Tumblr site called Having a Face and it made us smile. The premise is simple - put a pair of hand-made eyes - black circle on a white paper plate - and place them on different elements in nature thus giving that thing a face and turning it into a swamp monster of sorts. Kind of creepy, but mostly cute and quirky.
I am downloading this app as I type. And I only just read about it here 5 minutes ago. So you can see I’m pretty excited about it.
The Human Body takes beautiful design and illustration and combines them with with a non-didactic way of teaching, through playing, making it both awesomely appealing for both parents and kids. What is normally pretty boring and kinda gross becomes a totally engrossing and fun way for kids to learn about how the body works. Looks super fun - can’t wait to test it out on L.
Have you seen these going around?
David LaFerriere illustrates his kids’ lunch bags. Everyday. And he’s been doing it for 5 years. How awesome is that. What a simple, creative way to connect with your kids. And if they’re having a bad day? It’s a nice quiet reminder that you got their back. We love it.
Here’s a sampling of some of our faves. Check out the rest of them on his flickr page - no two are the same!
We are hoping to do some major cleaning in preparation for Fall (we missed the last few Spring ones) which means an opportunity to consume more stuff, right? I know, so bad. But…I think if we donate and sell enough stuff, then we reserve the right to buy say, 1 or 2 posters for the boy’s room, wouldn’t you say? Like my mother before me (in a Game-of-Thrones voice, please), I get the re-decorating bug maybe once a year and I feel it coming on strong (cue dance-decorating music).
There are so many really great prints out there, I thought I’d keep it to one theme - short and sweet. Here are some nifty ones around animals for your little animal, in a range of styles. Do you see anything that suits your kid’s taste and personality?