In The Play Lab: Monroe Workshop Toys

Matt got started making toys through his furniture company Monroe Workshop. He had all of these small wood scraps left over which he turned into toys for his children. Today his creations sit in playrooms of kids all around the world! Monroe Toys are made out of hardwoods commonly found in his furniture such as maple, walnut, oak because these materials are much more durable than softwoods. It makes sense — if a piece of wood can hold your adult weight when made into a chair, that same wood can withstand the unforgiving hands of small children right?

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Interview with BRAVE Moms — Ashley + Elyse

What I love about the internet is that people who inspire you are only one email away. So naturally when I came across Bravery Magazine on Kickstarter, a quarterly print publication for children that features strong female role models which was fully funded in three days and then doubled their original fundraising goal, I instantly got in touch with the brilliant women behind it. I wanted to learn more about how they're pushing the world forward through their work and parenting approaches! Here's what we discussed:

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In The Play Lab: Inorog The Label

I find the Mousey to be a truly empowering toy for a child because it allows them to give life, character and personality to a toy in a real and permanent way. Yes crafts are great but paper is fleeting, with proper care a plush pal lasts for ages. Giving children an opportunity to take what is in their heads and transform it into a tangible reality is priceless.

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Guest Post: Screen-time — A Happy Medium

I love my children dearly, but I am also a working mother and a woman who needs space, occasional quiet and fifteen minutes for folding laundry or responding to an email. Although we limit screen time in our home, we haven’t gotten rid of it altogether. Because over the years we’ve learned that no amount of toys, coloring books or snacks will entertain your child on a four hour flight or road trip.

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In The Play Lab: Slumberkins

This summer I’ve been hard at work curating the launch collection for A Few Good Toys. One thing I’ve been a huge stickler about is finding toys that are crucial for child development. I’m not interested in beautiful toys that act as static nursery decor — I want to equip you and your child with beautiful toys that act as useful tools for healthy growth for years to come. 

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Guest Post: Motherhood — Finding The Value In Toys

One of the biggest challenges we face as parents is the accumulation of toys. Why? Because some toys are cute. Some play a lot of music or have pretty lights. Maybe some remind us of our childhood. Or, maybe your kids just beg for them once they see them at the store. But are these toys serving a purpose & adding value to our child’s daily life? Do we need so many toys?

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Interview with Dad of The Century — Hugh Weber

I've continued to follow Hugh over the years and can confidently say that this man is one of the most inspiring individuals in my life. His commitment to bringing people together, including his kids, to make the world a better place is incredible. I recently connected with Hugh to discuss his insights on parenting progressive kids. I hope your as blown away by his musings as I am!

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Guest Post: This (Untold) American Life

My husband and I moved to a bigger city to start a better future for our little family. At the time we were basically kids raising a baby on our own. We didn’t have the privileges afforded to others and had to sacrifice so much for our family. Starting out with nothing was the hardest thing, but in the back of my mind I was always thinking about how can I be the best mother

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In The Play Lab: Ouistitine Puppets

The founder of Ouistitine and I spoke at great lengths about the importance of long-lasting toys, Camille’s drive to embed sustainability into every step of the toy making process and how we can increase access to quality toys for children across all socio-economic backgrounds. 

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More Imagination Please!

We need imagination in the future more than anything. It is the secret ingredient to unlocking a better world — one that is more connected and conscientious, with equality and sustainability at its core. Playing pretend has a tangible effect on real life.

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How A Few Good Toys Got Its Start

Somewhere along the way I realized that by trying to solve lots of different problems, my personal impact was being spread thin. By trying to solve everything, I was actually solving nothing.

So I asked myself a tough question: “What would be the ONE major way I could contribute to a better world?” Enter A Few Good Toys.  

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