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Cork Toy Boats - Minimalist Toys | Manolo for the Home

Big Into Basics: Toy Boats

There’s nothing like having a baby, toddler, or child to make one long for extremely simple and basic. It seems like no matter how dedicated is to the notion of buying plain wooden toys hand carved by old men in the Netherlands out of sustainable, non-toxic wood using patterns hundreds of years old blah blah blah, for the infant or the child, cheap plastic crap with thousands of breakable parts keeps being vomited into one’s house.

Maybe that’s why I’m absolutely in love with these simple cork toy boats designed by the Swiss-French-Belgian designer trio BIG-GAME?

Toy boats for mama?

Two pieces, not much to lose

Supposedly the Portuguese company Materia released these in April, but I have not seen them for sale as of yet. Boooo. Do you have a favorite simple toy that you loved as a child and maybe even still love to this day?

3 Responses to “Big Into Basics: Toy Boats”

  1. molly June 16, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    Firstly – Thanks for your great blog!
    About simple, wooden toys – Ikea do a cheap train set called “llilabo” which tiny kids seem to like – and their mothers! I’m beginning to see a lot more wooden toys around, in the past 3 years or so.
    Wishing you and your family only good things – Molly

  2. The Jananator June 16, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    Very cute!

  3. Christa Terry June 16, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    Thanks, molly! I’ll have to check that out. I agree about there being more wood toys, and I love it! They’re so much nicer than plastic and they seem to last a lot longer when made well.