Halloween in 70’s Park Slope, Brooklyn. 35 Nostalgic Photos.

The Bionic Woman, Bambi, and Cinderella [masks on]
The Bionic Woman, Bambi, and Cinderella [masks off]

Taken between the years of 1974-1978 by photographer Larry Racioppo, these terrific vintage photos of kids trick or treating in South Park Slope, Brooklyn will bring back nostalgic memories of Halloween to Baby Boomers and Gen Xers. Read more

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UNICEF Unfairy Tales – Animated Stories About Children But Not For Children.

UNICEF unfairy tales

UNICEF has launched three animated shorts to help frame positive perceptions towards the tens of millions of children on the move globally as a result of war, conflict, climate change and poverty. Read more

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Stack and Scare by Invisible Creatures. From Product to Packaging, Blocks Don’t Get Much Cooler Than These.

Over a year in the making, Stack And Scare™ is a new series of 4 stackable wooden monster block sets designed by Invisible Creature and produced by the coolest toy blocks store ever, Uncle Goose. Read more

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Emoticons, Creepily Brought To Life, Warn Against The Dangers Of Online Sexual Predators.

emoji campaign

Paris ad agency Rosapark has turned the emoticon (or emoji) into creepily stylized humans in a new print ad campaign for the international non-profit devoted to fighting the sexual abuse of children, Innocence en Danger. Read more

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Three New Tree Bookshelves Named Tess, Sam and Louane by Christophe Boulin.

Tess, Louane and Sam are three new open tree bookshelves and storage for children’s rooms, libraries, playrooms or even offices. The Arbres Collection was designed by Christophe Boulin for MATHY BY BOLS, a Belgian company that makes adorable and functional furniture for children.

Consisting of three differently shaped and sized open tree bookshelves, the handmade MDF bookshelves are available in a variety of colors and offer a whimsical alternative to storage.

above: Sam shown with dresser (available separately)

For more information, visit Mathy By Bols

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Burton’s New 2014 Star Wars Snowboard Collection For The Young Shredder

Burton Star Wars Snowboarding Collection

Burton and Lucasfilm have teamed up once again. This time for a new series of 8 Chopper Star Wars Snowboards, a Darth Vader version of the Grom Snowboard Boot and a Star Wars Boy’s Anon. Boba Fett Helmet and Anon. Boba Fett goggles. Read more

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Mensch On a Bench Gives Elf On A Shelf Some Company.

mensch on a bench hero alt IIHIH

Originally I was going to title this post “Mensch On A Bench Gives The Elf On A Shelf Some Competition.” but given the relatively small amount of Jews and the growing number of mixed marriages, ‘company’ was a more appropriate term for the new holiday combination book and toy. Read more

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Beautifully Designed CHOMP Food Chain Puzzle Books by Mirim Seo and Kelly Holohan.

Chomp puzzle books are designed to teach kids about basic food chains. Crafted of wood and paper, each beautiful puzzle book introduces a different level of a food chain in its environment; Forest, Ocean, Arctic, Jungle, and Desert. All food chains include, producers, consumers, and decomposers and each plays a role in the chain. When completed, the puzzle shows the eating process.

Beautifully designed and packaged, the set of books was a design project by student Mirim Seo for Temple University’s Tyler School of Art  under the tutelage and with art direction by Professor Kelly Holohan.





At this time Chomp is not available for purchase, which is really disappointing, but hopefully the puzzle books will be paired with the right backer to bring this project to life. May I suggest Kickstarter?

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The San Francisco BatKid Story Should Move Your Money As Well as Your Heart.

If you haven’t yet heard the amazing story of the city of San Francisco pulling together to make the dream of 5 year old cancer-stricken Miles Scott come true, you simply must read about it here.  The Make-A-Wish Foundation transformed the “City By The Bay” into Gotham City, providing the 5 year old leukemia patient with a Batmobile, a nemesis and a damsel in distress. In addition to a specially printed newspaper front page and the cheering support of hundreds of locals, he even received a key to the city.

If the #SFBatKid story is warming your heart (and if it’s not, there’s something wrong with you), here’s your chance to do something about it. Donate to Make-A-Wish Foundation here so you can help make someone else’s dream come true.

You can view live updates here and follow him on twitter at @SFBatKid

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