Mice Are Nice
These adorable mice in matchbox beds from Danish company Maileg come in several sizes: big brother/sister, little brother/sister and baby ($22 to $30). Create a whole world of play with a stroller, castle, suitcase and other accessories.
Available at Cub Shrub; 749 N. High St. (Short North), Columbus, 614-947-1193; 1257 Grandview Ave., Grandview Heights, 614-725-1900; cubshrub.com.
The “PBS Kids Do It Myself Cookbook” (suggested retail $26.99) features more than 40 illustrated recipes that children can prepare with little to no help. No sharp knives or heating are required. The set also includes measuring spoons and cups.
Available at some Barnes & Noble locations and at barnesandnoble.com.
Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty has gained a loyal following for its variety of colors and textures, and the fact that its products are made in the United States by individuals with special needs. Let kids create their own blends with a Mixed By Me Thinking Putty Kit ($20), available in glow-in-the-dark or holographic options.
Available at United Art & Education, 3622 Fishinger Blvd., Hilliard; 614-527-8508; unitednow.com.
Around the Block
Buildr Tape has gotten props from parents, and even tech site Gizmodo, for taking block play into another dimension. The flexible tape can go up walls, around balls and works with major brands including Lego. It comes in two widths as well as bracelets. Individual rolls start at $11 and multipacks are available.
Available at buildrtoys.com and amazon.com.
The brainchild of sisters Wendy Gross Almasanu of Bexley and Sondra Mansfield of New York, Chalk of the Town (suggested retail $28) lets kids design their own T-shirts using stencils and chalk markers. Create, erase, repeat.
Available locally at Art with Anna, Learning Express, lilylimes, Piccadilly Modern Play & Creative Café and Urban Emporium; chalk-of-the-town.com.