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Flatout Frankie

Bloesem kids | Flatout Frankie cardboard fun for the kids

 A few months ago while I was looking around pinterest I chanced upon Flatout Frankie and their amazing eco-friendly cardboard creations. What a great idea! I love how it's such a good way to have fun with cardboard (remember getting overly excited when my parents bought huge appliances that came in big cardboard boxes) and let the children's imagine run wild. With children quickly becoming hooked on games on the computer and the ipad, flatout frankie is a brilliant way to disconnect but still have an awesome time. Whether it is customizing a cardboard dino head or playing with the little cook oven (that was my favorite as a child), I am sure your child will have hours of fun playing by themselves or with friends and siblings.

Bloesem kids | Flatout Frankie cardboard fun for the kids

.. Flatout Frankie

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PLAY Singapore Design Graduates

Bloesem Kids | Design Graduates NUS Singapore 2013

Let me tell you about the pool of very talented design students here in Singapore! Just recently I met Zara who now helps me with the Bloesem blogs for a couple of hours per day ... today her first post about prints and patterns is live on BLiving.

Zara recently graduated from NUS, Division of Industrial Design and she told me about PLAY.

Over a course of 11 weeks fellow students of Zara explored the act of play and meaningfully introduced play into a series of various contexts. Each project, not mere toys, is an investigation into designs that bring out refreshing play experiences. The students were led by Clement Zheng and Studio Juju.

Minimals in the image above is a family of animals reduced to their most identifiable characteristics captured in a 5 x 5 x 5 cm wooden cubes. Potato Play hopes to bring back our mischievousness of playing with food back in the days when we were children.

Bloesem Kids | Design Graduates NUS Singapore 2013

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Bloesem Kids | Design Graduates NUS Singapore 2013

Bloesem Kids | Design Graduates NUS Singapore 2013

Bloesem Kids | Design Graduates NUS Singapore 2013

Luma is a series of toy vehicles that shine and leaving glowing trails in the dark.

Doors:  Inspired by "A Door to Another World", DOORS is designed to evoke the imagery of various animal dwellings and how a wonderland may exists behind these dwellings.

Up in the air is about visual playfulness through stacking bold shapes and colors to create various seating and table heights.

Zig Zig is a children's tee shirt that magically transforms into imaginative landscapes.

Bloesem Kids | Design Graduates NUS Singapore 2013

Bloesem Kids | Design Graduates NUS Singapore 2013

 

Bloesem Kids | Design Graduates NUS Singapore 2013

Bloesem Kids | Design Graduates NUS Singapore 2013

 

Hidie Hut ... "Walking into a life-size story..." This is what HIDIE HUT wants children to experience.

Water drums is a drum set that floats on water.

Pop Up  is a life-sized pop-up book for children. By a simple flip, a flat space instantly transformed into a colourful landscape of geometric shapes and interesting forms.

Rock & Roll  explores play in the form of motion. It mimics movements that children are familiar with, creating an avenue of play for them.

None of the above products are ready for sale yet ... they are all prototypes. But would you be interested in working with one of the designers or offer them a hand in producing one of the above gorgeous designs please DO ! You can find the correct email addresses on the webpages by following the links i have given in this post.

Cheers and well done Singapore Talents!

.. PLAY

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My favorites from little citizens boutique

Bloesem Kids | toys at Little citizens boutique

{1. no rubber dugs but Scrubbles! 2. soft collage kit 3. red accordion 4. tin music box 5.  body magnet game 6. pop-up book}

Not surprise for me that little citizens boutique won the best online gift&toy retailer award from JuniorDesign just recently... the collection is carefully curated keeping the learning aspect for your child in mind ...so we are doing toys today ... toys toys and more toys ... it is ok to sometime spoil your kids ... they learn from playing and toys can help you interact with your kids in a fun way.

 

.. little citizens boutique

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Sarah & Bendrix

BloesemKids | Sarah & Bendrix

{1. woodland alphabet poster 2. golo wooden puzzle 3. wooden rabbit 4. handmade wooden building blocks 5. athlete on Bar 6. paper garland }

I just love things wood ... when Sarah & Bendrix decided to add these gorgeous wooden pieces to their collection I was delighted they did because they compliment the already beautiful prints in the best way possible.

Sarah & Bendrix is a small design studio based in Surrey, United Kingdom founded in 2009 by Veronika. If you are planning a wedding or anniversary I would make a stop here ... perfect framed posters but also letterpress is what this design studio offers!

 

.. Sarah & Bendrix



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Some favorite toys in our house

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Seeing your kids play and having fun is probably one of the nicest parts of being a parent. Their imagination, their way of 'embracing the moment' is something we grown ups re-learn by reading books about it ... they just do this naturally.

When we arrived in our Amsterdam apartment last summer I promised my boys to buy them a box of KAPLA, something I couldn't find here in Singapore. And I haven't regret it at all ... it is just an excellent toy. They learn something from it and they can use it in so many ways. I even brought it back home here with us to SG. Of course playmobil is and will always be a favorite in our house.

What are toys you really like and perhaps recommend for a Christmas or Sinterklaas present?

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ps. no this is not a sponsored post ... just something about my family that I like to share with you :)

All images by me, Irene Hoofs, founder Bloesem blogs.

 

.. KAPLA
.. playmobil

 

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Go Play at More & Co.

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It was the shirt above that caught my attention .. think it was somewhere on pinterest or instagram... anyhow I just had to know where it came from ... and how wonderful to discover that the lovely Maria Vetesse and two of her create friends are behind it.

Maria has opened a shop, The More & Co. in Portland, Maine. The unique thing about this shop is that it is in constant motion, taking shape every few months around a certain theme or set of ideas. These themes help them carefully curate each assortment of goods.

And we can enjoy them to form a distant via the online shop!

Moreandco_maine

 

.. The More & Co.



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