Child-Friendly Toys and Clothes

Detail from Young Girl with Doll
by Berthe Morisot, 1884

It can sometimes be difficult to find toys and clothing items that for kids that are made in truly child-appropriate styles. These companies are great resources for old-fashioned playthings and fun apparel that capture the essence of childhood:

Magic Cabin

Magic Cabin sells toys, dolls, games, and art supplies that promote imaginative play. Many of their products are made of natural materials, including their beautiful Waldorf-style dolls. Some of their items can be a bit pricey, but they offer plenty of affordable playthings as well.

Hearth Song

Hearth Song is a sister company of Magic Cabin that also sells toys, games, and art supplies. Their style is a little more modern than Magic Cabin's, but the range of products offered is similar.

American Girl

American Girl creates dolls and doll clothing that are fun and appropriately childlike. Their line of historical character dolls (expanded and relaunched as "Be Forever" in autumn 2014) also teaches children about the past and encourage reading through accompanying book series. The dolls are quite expensive, but the doll clothing, mini dolls, and books are reasonably priced.

The Land of Nod

The "Toys and Gifts" section of children's design company The Land of Nod contains all kinds of unique and artisinal toys and activities, plus a wonderful collection of artistic children's books.

Out of Print Clothing

Out of Print Clothing's line of tee shirts for kids features cover illustrations from classic picture books. Some of their tote bags and zipper pouches also feature children's book illustrations, making them great for kids' school supplies.