Here at The Risky Kids, we’ve always tried to make good choices when it comes to our kids’ gear and playthings. Not only do we want well-made things that encourage open-ended play, creativity, or movement, but we want to buy them from the right people.
Magic Beans, a Boston-based toy and baby gear store, fits the bill for us. I met Sheri Gurock, who owns Magic Beans with husband Eli, at BlogHer in 2009. I loved the idea of parents, who really are the experts in knowing what works and what kids love, helping parents like me find the best in toys and gear out there. And while we can’t shop locally (which we always love to do), we can certainly feel good about supporting a family-owned small business.
If you’re like us and can’t get to Magic Beans in person, don’t fret. Their online shopping experience is top-notch. I love their Top 10s lists, as well as their gift guides, which help you narrow choices down by age, gender, price, theme, and more.
Just to give you an idea of how great their selection is, take a look at these Risky Kid-approved toys:
Check out the Wobble Deck! Balance boards are perfect for Risky Kids trying to improve their balance, coordination and reflexes – you know, for all the tree-climbing, slacklining and skateboarding they love to do.
We’re big fans of balance bikes. Thanks to ours, Eli was riding a two-wheeler at 3. What I especially love about the KaZAM balance bike is that it unlike the wooden balance bikes you see, this one looks like a big kid bike. That made a difference to our little guy, who wanted nothing more than to ride bikes with the big kids.
The Stomp Rocket is our go-to gift birthday gift for boys and girls alike. It’s super easy for kids of all ages to do, and they’re stoked to see just how high they can get the rockets to soar. Hours of fun, I promise.
July is always an exciting month at Magic Beans. It’s their birthday month (Happy 8th Birthday!), which means they’re celebrating big. 31 days big, in fact. Each day in July, Magic Beans is giving away one of their fabulous products. We’re talking big, like Maclaren strollers, Stokke Tripp Trapps, and the one I’m keeping my fingers crossed for – a Playmobil Future Planet collection.
Visit the Magic Beans 31 Days of Giveaways! page every day during July to find out what item they’re giving away. In addition, they’re also offering exclusive deals and sales to go along with some of the giveaways.
I hope you win – let me know if you do!