It’s that time again (where has September gone?). Here are our five 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
Kate: I’m a huge fan of outsourcing but a personal shopping service for my son was not exactly high up my priority list. That was until I discovered new London based start-up ShortStitch. Founded by a husband and wife team, the company puts together boxes of super stylish seasonal clothes for kids aged 4-10, personalised to your preferred style and what the kids need for that season. The surprising bit? The whole service (from the phone consultation and curating the box to delivery and collection) is absolutely free and you only pay for the items you keep. The rest is collected by courier at your convenience. Founder Darina has a brilliant eye for kids style and sources the clothes from a wide range of lesser known UK and European brands. My son’s box combined high quality basics with a few more daring choices that I would never had found myself. The service is slick, friendly and a great option for busy, style conscious parents.
Find out more at ShortStitch.
2. Fjällräven Mini Kanken Backpack
Lydia: When it comes to durable and well made, I trust a Swedish outdoor brand over almost anything, and my current design crush is Fjällräven. Standard school-kid staple in Sweden, the message is ‘straight backs are happy backs’: for that and their cool design, they are now something of an icon at the school gates. I may actually buy one for myself.
Get one at Smallable.
3. OMY Pocket Games & Colouring
Kate: We’re big fans of the whole OMY range of colouring products (the cityscapes are particularly cool) but this metre long roll is a genius handbag sized distraction weapon to keep on hand. It’s long enough to be rolled out for siblings to colour and play at the same time or can be torn off in segments. A great thing to take for a long pub lunch if you fancy a break from the disapproving glares that seem to accompany kids playing on a tablet at the table.
Get one at Anthropologie
4. The Honor Society Merit Badges
Lydia: I love the idea of encouraging my kids to share my values and there’s nothing better than rewarding and reminding them with old school merit badges. Iron them on to their bag or favourite jacket, or pin them on a banner: from kindness to honesty, strength and courage, you can use the badges to celebrate their achievements – big or small. New US company The Honor Society have hit the nail on the head with these.
Get some from Perfectly Smitten (they ship to the UK/Europe).
5. TinyBop Explorers Library Apps Series
Kate: Hands down one of the best series of educational apps going. Tinybop’s Explorers Library is aimed at children 4+ and combines beautiful illustrations and slick animation with seriously well researched information for kids on a range of scientific topics from the human body to simple physics and the natural world. It is almost impossible to do these brilliantly designed and engineered apps justice in words – they need to be seen to be believed. A benchmark for educational apps to aspire to.