With Christmas right around the corner, I can't stop looking at toys, even though I have no additional toy shopping to do. Here are three of my current favorites. The first is a nice, two-sided wooden artist's easel by Melissa & Doug, available from FAO Schwartz and other retailers for around $50. One side holds a scroll of paper for coloring, painting, etc., and the other side is a chalk board. It comes with plastic containers to hold paint and clips to hold the paper in place. I have to add that I was lucky and found one of these with all the pieces in perfect condition for $5 at a yard sale. Woot.
The second item is going to be a birthday present for a special someone I know. It's the Parents Magazine Kitty Keyboard, available for around $30 (but on sale right now) at Target. It has several different instruments and beats, a microphone and a recording feature.
Number three is this awesome handmade Custom Card Table Playhouse by Miss Pretty Pretty. It won a Handmade Kids award on Etsy a while back, and I've been stalking it ever since. It comes in several different colors and is customized with your childs's name and address. It also has lots of cute little extras, like felt apples you can pick from the tree, and letters you can take out of the mailbox.