Author Archives: MrP

The Dollhouse Book

You know that we’re mad about dollhouses! Our Apple House and Pear House are getting lots of love, I couldn’t be happier with the initial feedback. Thank you so much! Here’s another one from Rock & Pebble that I’m super excited to show you.

Is it a book? Is it a house? Well it’s kinda both. As lovers of books, the creative process and doll houses, we had to combine all three into one. So voila The Dollhouse Book – a drawing book that turns into a dollhouse of your dreams!

The Dollhouse Book / Rock & Pebble

The Dollhouse Book / Rock & Pebble

It has 30 pages of die cut premium paper with a beautifully screen printed cardboard cover. Simply draw, paint, collage and decorate each page. Hold any spread open with the elastic cords on the cover and stand the book up. You now have your very own dollhouse like no other with 15 changeable rooms. A veritable mansion, it’s a magic dollhouse!

The Dollhouse Book

We had so much fun with our first book. Firstly just scribbling with crayons and we think the room looks great! : )

The Dollhouse Book

Decorating with washi tape and confetti – a must! Painting with brushes, stamping wallpaper patterns, collaging with papers or fabric. Make a glitter filled room for magic fairies to live in… With 15 rooms, there’s room enough for your wildest experiments.

The Dollhouse Book

I love the magical feeling of turning each page of a book to discover a new adventure. The open book creates a play space for children’s own story making.

The Dollhouse Book

You can also connect multiple books. This is great for friends and siblings to create their own houses, connecting them up to create a large house with different rooms. Then inviting each other to your special room!

The Dollhouse Book

So, dream up your own dollhouse, fill up the book with many exciting new rooms and every page becomes a new adventure. It’s an open playground of imagination. And  a 15 room mansion! : ) Oh and it folds away nicely to store.

They are available from Rock & Pebble and also coming to some of our awesome stockists.

The Dollhouse Book

We hope you like it and a happy Easter! : ) We’ll be back with fun projects on the site.

 

 

Bunny Love!

Bunny Love!

Bunnies are starting to peek out of their burrows. With Easter coming up, we’re sharing some of our bunny loves. The huggable bunnies, bunnies for the wall, bunnies to wear. Enjoy some of our favorite bunnies!

Bunny Love

 

1. 32 ways to dress a bunny by Wee Gallery
2. Bunny Land by Chloe Fleury
3. Rabbit Nature by Oy Oy
4. Bunny Brooch by Sketch Inc
5. Friend by Sleepy Fawn on Etsy
6. Bouncing Rabbit by HAM
7. Little Ozzie by Le Train Fantome
8. Bunny Tanktop by Oeuf NY
9. Linen Bunny by Mini Boheme

Drums West by Jim Henson

Drums West by Jim Henson

Wonderful paper cut animation! Hope you enjoy this stop-go experiment by Jim Henson as much as we did! You can see him working at the end of the video. It is one of several shorts he made in his mid-twenties, inspired by the music of jazz great Chico Hamilton. This one is synced to ”Drums West”. It makes you want to go grab all the color papers in the house and cut & collage. Imagine if Matisse made a paper cut animation!
We also recently watched Being Elmo (a treat – Elmo love!) and enjoyed spotting Jim Henson in it.

Check out the Jim Henson Company Youtube channel – it’s a treasure trove if you’re a fan!

New on Mr P: More Fruit Please!

New on Mr P: More Fruit Please!

After our pompom fruit feast, we’re enjoying another serving in paper form. There are 10 different templates on our site. What’s your favorite fruit?

Play Fruit Templates

Sounds of Play

Sounds of Play

Here are a couple of very special toys I’ve come across where sound is the core element of play.

Sounds of Play / Xyloba Musical Marble Run

Firstly, Xyloba! It’s a musical marble run!  You have modular marble run parts and ramps with xylophone pieces to construct any combination you want. As the marble runs, it hits the xylophone plates on every corner to create the tone. The length of the ramps also defines the intervals to create rhythm so you can play/compose a complete song. You can also experiment with wooden, glass or metal marbles for different sounds. Just marble-lous! They are handmade in the workshop of the Weizenkorn Foundation in Basel by people with mental and psychological disabilities. The workmanship looks seriously fantastic – an effort and quality so rare these days. It’s an ultimate toy I would’ve liked to have as a child instead of my piano!

See more on Xyloba US or the Swiss site.

Naef is another Swiss company that make toys of jaw dropping quality. There are many great classic Naef toys (need another post!) but today it’s about this Gloggomobile. I’ve seen many amazing barrel organs but however fascinating they are, most of them are not to be messed around with! With this kids version, you can move around the pegs to compose your own music box tune. I can’t think of a more enchanting gift for children with musical sensibilities. As for the price tag, it is something to be saved for a very special occasion but Naef toys are quite special. On our we-can-dream list!

Sounds of Play / Naef Gloggomobile