I don't know if any of you share this fear, but there's one thing (besides the pain of childbirth) that scares me about having kids: an apartment full of obnoxious plastic toys. Perhaps my fear is heightened by the fact that New York apartments are inevitably small, so stashing toys in some separate playroom is not an option. I see myself tripping over some Fisher-Price deluxe whatnot while trying to pass a glass of wine to a friend who's stopped by for a visit in our living room turned gymboree playhouse.
That's why I love Kid O. Their toys are classic matching games, blocks, books, and puzzles designed with a modern twist. And their line uses sustainable wood. Plus, they've pulled in the amazing Julia Rothman, who designed all the illustrations on their products. Love! The entire Kid O line is fantastic — here's a peek at my favorites.
+ (above) Animal Homes and Things that Go wooden books — adorable!
+ memory match games: wooden boards and double-sided cards with cute illustrations
+ kids use their imagination in this game which combines theater, storytelling, and depth perception.
+ and colorful wooden cubes for any creative block building
Hooray for a toy company that got it right. It's nice to know not all toys are flashing, buzzing plastic bobs that sound moo every minute. You can check out these toys and more on the Kid O site.