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What Wood You Do?

shake it!

Baby’s first laptop. Sweet pea’s MP3 lullaby mix. Newborn’s very own Facebook page (really?). Face it: Your kid is as tech dependent as you are.

Pull the plug and get back to basics with Little Sapling Toys.

In their family workshop, Kimber and Nick Christensen use sustainably harvested wood to handcraft playthings meant to stand the test of time.

Green goods include lightweight heirloom rattles and carved animal silhouettes (hedgehogs, squid) for teething and grasping — all perfectly scaled for tiny hands. Developmental classics like stackers, peg boards, and toolboxes feel fresh in pine.

As an added bonus, the ecoconscious couple plants a tree for each toy sold.

It’s only natural.


Available at Chloe’s Closet, 451a Cortland Avenue, between Wool and Andover Streets (415-642-3300 or chloescloset.com); Rare Device, 1845 Market Street, at Pearl Street (415-863-3969 or raredevice.net); Paxton Gate’s Curiosities for Kids, 766 Valencia Street, between 18th and 19th Streets (415-252-9990 or paxtongate.com); online at littlesaplingtoys.com.


This Week in San Francisco!
DIVERT
Muddy Cloud Puppets
What:
Miniature versions of the offbeat characters (Joop, Doot, Tada, Balob, and Beep) make their debut.
Why: They’re fit for fingers.
When: Digits have fidgets.
Where: Lola of North Beach, 1415 Grant Ave., b/t Union & Green Sts. (415-781-1817).

WATCH
Family Movie Night: Monsters, Inc.
What: A night of face painting and storytelling followed by free popcorn and a Pixar flick.
Why: Fright night just got fun.
When: Tues. Entertainment, 6 p.m.; movie, 7 p.m.
Where: Stonestown Galleria, Center Court, 3251 20th Ave. (415-564-8848).

BUY
Bob Diaper Bag
What:
The mother of utility sport strollers spawns a companion diaper bag, complete with stink-proof changing pad.
Why: You’re on a roll.
When: They can’t hold it.
Where: Lullaby Lane, 556 San Mateo Ave., b/t Angus & Sylvan Aves., San Bruno (650-588-7644).

LOCATIONS
Lola of North Beach
1415 Grant Ave
bt Union & Green Sts
San Francisco, CA 94133
415-781-1817
Rare Device
1845 Market St
bt Guerrero & Pearl Sts
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-863-3969
824 Valencia St
bt 19th & 20th Sts
San Francisco, CA 94110
415-824-1872
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