A Japanese wood artist carves out fun with delightfully minimal cars, airplanes, and trains that have bobbling passengers. We know an heirloom when we see one.
Available at baum-kuchen.net, $58-$98.
When plastic soldiers go AWOL, replace them with these sporty little skateboarders. The only war to break out will be over who gets to play with them first.
Available at toyboarders.com, $5.
Wham! Bam! Pow! Bounce back from a boo-boo like a superhero when you cover the cut with one of these padded stickies.
Available at perpetualkid.com, $4.
It’s always play time with a colorful cloth watch. Each screen-printed, handmade cutie has a snap closure so kiddo can show off some wrist candy.
Available at cachette.com, $22.
These pastry cutters shaped like wee warriors give new meaning to the phrase “tough cookies.”
Available at landofnod.com, $13.
Have a powwow in the play room. With a crown of colorful feathers, this topper will spark the imagination of your Little Big Chief.
Available at coxandcox.co.uk, $16.
Perfect for hiding treasures, this cardboard castle is made from pieces that fit together easily. Color, draw, and paint until your mini pillager’s heart is content.
Available at modernlola.com, $25.
Consider this territory marked with a street-inspired reversible post. Messages include “No Grown-Ups Allowed.” You’ve been warned, Mom.
Available at amazon.com, $20.
Your little hot rod feels like he’s riding a motorcycle with this simple bike attachment that looks and sounds like an exhaust pipe (it makes a cool, grinding whir when he pedals).
Available at schylling.com, $23.
Everything computes about this canvas carrier filled with twelve triangle crayons and twelve colored markers. Being organized has never been so adorable.
Available at pkolino.com, $25.
Build a case for cleanliness with hand soaps in the shape of everyone’s favorite blocks. With a crisp ginger smell and tons of colors, they make washing fun.
Available at luxurylanesoap.com, $6.50.
Suck up hours of amusement with a touch of a button. The critter inhales insect friends, which you can examine in a detachable plastic chamber before setting them free, unharmed.
Available at unclemiltonstore.com, $25.
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood when your budding urban planner tinkers with Grow Studio’s play houses. The kit includes four homes that can be assembled and broken down on the go.
Available at lillehusetshop.com, $45.
Get out your crayons, matey. This 40-piece brainteaser is also an art project that can be drawn upon any way your young Jack Sparrow likes.
Available at shak-shuka.com, $11.
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