Five of our favourite things at Mr Fox HQ this month.
As you might imagine, we spend an unusual amount of time seeking out brilliant toys, games, clothes, recipes and decor ideas for kids to share on Mr Fox. It isn’t really very healthy for our own bank balances, especially when our sons catch a glimpse over our shoulders…
Lydia & Kate
1. Oglee Poglee Little Crafty Boxes
Kate: The chances of me ever being the sort of mother who maintains a ‘craft cupboard’ are pretty much non-existent. So Oglee Poglee is a saviour: neat, self-contained little craft boxes arrive through the letter box, full of all the weird and wonderful glittery, shiny, crunchy stuff that small kids like gluing to other stuff. I particularly love the seasonal themed boxes that include a postcard to be coloured and ‘styled’ (in a manner of speaking) alongside the wider crafting kit. And they’ve just launched smaller Party Bag sized kits too, which are already on the list for my son’s 4th birthday.
Get yours at Oglee Poglee
2. Cactus Fever
Lydia: This spring Toast collaborated with my all time favourite shop, Botany. They did a pop-up stacked with succulents and I became obsessed. As I’m the least green-fingered person in the world, I’m delighted that I can’t seem to kill them, whatever I do. The boys wanted some for their bedroom but I was reluctant to put spiky plants in a room where playfighting and tumbling is the daily staple, so I scoured around and found these ribbed crochet numbers from US-based Cacto Cactus. I’ve bought a bunch of them – the boys feel like modern day cowboys and I get to indulge my obsession, with no watering required.
Get them from Cacto Cactus (ships worldwide).
3. London Theatre Kids Week
Kate: The clue is not in the name – it’s actually a whole month (1 -31 August) of kids under 16 going free to loads of brilliant shows across the West End. Participating shows include Aliens Love Underpants and Charlie and the Chocolate Family for younger ones and Michael Morpurgo’s I Believe in Unicorns and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time for older kids. And, if you’re that way inclined, you can even drag your kids to Phantom of the Opera… As my son has only recently graduated to ‘feature length’ episodes of Thomas, we’ll be sticking with the 55-minute Dinosaur Zoo and Gruffalo adaptations.
See more at Kids Week, including participating shows and full terms.
4. MinaLima Design: Peter Pan
Lydia: I love reading children’s classics with my sons and Peter Pan is one of the best. MinaLima design studio has just released a new edition (published by HarperCollins) filled with staggering illustrations, folded maps and removable elements. It is by far the most beautiful book we’ve bought and the kids are fascinated by it. With the 3-D film Pan set to release later this year, make sure your kids know the story but get this edition – they will keep it for life and hand it down to their children too.
Buy yours before Amazon sell out.
5. Asia Light
Kate: I ordered this book largely out of curiosity as to how Singapore-based British food writer Ghillie James made Asian food ‘healthier’ but quickly discovered that it also doubles as a brilliant resource for family-friendly Asian food. As a mother herself, she gives lots of suggestions for tweaking dishes for kids and the scaled-back approach to salt, sugar and deep-frying means you’d happily serve all of it to your kids. We already love the Chicken, Mango & Rice salad, the Rainbow Slaw and Korean Sticky Chicken. And we are only just getting started…
Buy at Amazon