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Paul & Paula loves long lasting high quality toys.

Toys that the whole family plays with and after years and years are still in use. We share our favourites as well as new finds from the toys world.







Wooden toy sets by permafrost

ARCHIPELAGO wooden toy set by permafrost
The ARCHIPELAGO set was designed for the 10th anniversary of the 100% Norway exhibition in 2013.

It was presented along with the SHIPPING and OFFSHORE sets and you can find fishing boats, a lighthouse, island houses, a helicopter and more.

The minimal birch pieces represent Norway in toy form!

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Hazel Village

hazel village
Hazel Village was born in 2010 by Jane Van Cleef.

One weekend, I decided to make a toy that I would have liked as a child – a cute and soft doll with a big wardrobe. I cut up some good fabric scraps in the front room of my apartment in Brooklyn, then sewed them into a tiny version of Annicke Mouse. I thought she was so cute, so I made some friends for her and started to imagine the animals’ forest world. I listed the dolls on Etsy, each with its own little outfit and back story. And I took them to local craft markets around Brooklyn.’

Today the animals are produced responsibly in India. Hand made from organic cotton they come in a cute outfit. You can then add more clothes {I love this sweet little box full of heirloom pieces}for some great role play hours and even buy matching outfits for your child.

Quality toys that can stay with your children as they grow up – first as soft, snuggly friends, then as companions for storytelling and dress-up play, and eventually as treasured keepsakes.

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Plus Plus review {with Toyella}

plus plus review

Before I will start with the ‘real stuff’ I want to introduce you to a new thing here on Paul & Paula. I teamed up with Toyella – my favourite online shop for toys – to review some of their cool toys.

Why? I know Toyella {and Carl the head behind it} for a long time now. {they launched in 2010, same year as Paul & Paula} I love their selection and passion for good toys. Finding special things. Many coming to the UK for the first time. And I like their values. Especially the ‘staying true to them’ part which is not easy these days. {but that’s another topic} Toyella focuses on traditional play and interaction, no electronic gadgets are sold.

You know I love small businesses and even more, I love to support them. Toyella is one of them. And for starters, over the next months, I will review one toy a month from their shop. Together with my kids of course! And by review you can be sure that I will write exactly what I and the kids think.

And we are starting with Plus-Plus® from Denmark.

Small plastic double crosses that you can connect. Nothing more than a bag of Plus Plus and a child’s imagination is needed to have hours of fun.

Imagine it like a fun, interactive building system where a child can be creative and strengthen motor skills with shape, colour and form. Simplistic in shape yet endless with possibility!

They come in two sizes – midi and mini. We got a MIDI basic box with 100 pieces for Josephine. And a MINI basic box with 1200 pieces for everyone else. On the pictures you get a good idea on the different sizes.
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unduetrestella DESIGN WEEK

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Tomorrow Milano design week {during 4 and 9 April 2017} will open its doors and unduetrestella DESIGN WEEK goes to MUBA – Museo dei Bambini Milano. The space dedicated to children and their creativity for 365 days a year.

Unduetrestella DESIGN WEEK focuses on the most important Italian event dedicated to design – Design Week and Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milano – showing a special week with creative projects aimed to the kids’ world.

Art, design and creativity are the key players of unduetrestella DESIGN WEEK format who, since 2009, deeply perseveres to create and show the most creatives solutions to live and grow with kids, cooperating with brands, companies, designers, artists and creative people – Italian and international – involved in children’s universe.
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The best costumes for kids

The best costumes for kids

Let’s talk costumes. I am sure that my kids are not the only ones that love to dress up. Pretending to be a princess or a magician….

Preparing shows, dancing, enjoying very fancy tea parties and and and…

So I did a little bit of research to select the best costumes for kids for you today.

A great mix of fairies, capes, romantic and brave.


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