Where can you find children’s games and gifts online that are designed and made by individuals, and in particular, families? Etsy, of course. But it’s like the Wild West. Our favorite place in town is Peapods. They are so helpful, too!

I’ve recently encountered a few inspirational places to peruse:

1) Illustrated fabric, books, and dolls.

Sarah Jane. Just found her. Totally in love! She has an Etsy shop and also designs fabrics, paperdolls, writes books, you name it.

2) ¬†Children’s activities.

Allison McDonald’s No Time for Flashcards. Love love love. Still checking it out, but the creativity here is infinite. SuperBoy is big enough that he wants to dabble in arts & crafts, whilst also continuing to find everything edible. Great ideas here for what your kiddos can do! (Today we’re doing Yogurt Finger Painting.)

3) Knits and threads.

Luv in the Mommyhood. A fabulous craftsy artsy mama who brings together her friends & new e-friends for patterns, stitching, and tutorials on how-to-make-that-cute-thing. Very excited to check out her tutorials. I could use them!

Mamma4Earth. Love the Waldorf inspired knit toys. Love love! Who doesn’t want a knit lion to chew on? Not Superboy. As in, yes, he wants one.

4) Real toys.

American folk art toys? Yes, please! I came across Arks and Animals and love their craftsmanship and imagination. Check out their horse Roley Poley! Affordable and totally cute.

These are just a few I’ve encountered lately. Anyone have other sources for homegrown homemade games, gifts, and toys?

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7 Responses to Children’s Games & Gifts & Toys: Homegrown

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  3. Erin says:

    I love the “No Time for Flashcards” website! Thanks for sharing that! Sometimes I am at a loss on fun and new activities for Ada Lou!

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