A to Z by Takao Nakagawa

A to Z by Takao Nakagawa

A stands for.. A bear with a dart board.
B stands for.. Big panda with a belly.
C stands for.. Crooked grey crocodile.
and D stands for.. Delicious gigantic watermelon slice on the beach.

Not sure what I’m talking about? Check out this adorable alphabet crafted by Takao Nakagawa, and you’ll know what I mean! Loving the colours of the paintings, the wooden shapes and all the fine little details! I picked out a few of my favourites below. ^^

"D" by Takao Nakagawa

"I" by Takao Nakagawa

"M" by Takao Nakagawa

"O" by Takao Nakagawa

"S" by Takao Nakagawa

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!

Blocks of Colour

Blocks of Colour

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Houses, trains, bunnies and spaceships…there is no limit to what you can create with these Wooden Wonderland blocks from Hay Shop. Endless shapes and oh so many sizes to play with, the only concern is that you run out of blocks to keep up with your little one’s vivid imagination.

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Designed by Lee Storm, each set comes with 16 building blocks made from Anise wood. There are two colour ways available – Green and Rose – and we kinda in love with them both.

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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