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The Cute Potato team survived a long road trip from Maine to Ohio with the help of some travel-friendly art kits and a great children’s album, plus a few stops for ice cream. We don’t have video in our Subaru, so MP and DP are dependent on books, music, and games to keep the kids occupied in the car.

Before the trip, MP shopped Island Treasure Toys in Yarmouth to find a few, small gifts to reward the kids for good behavior. MP left with two, super cute art folios from a company called The Piggy Story. These fabric kits have a handle for easy carrying, 12 crayons, and a note pad. CP#1 and CP #2 loved their portable art folios (so much so, MP and DP enjoyed a peaceful lunch by Lake Erie while the kids drew pictures at the table). (more…)

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After reading Gail Gibbons’ Knights in Shining Armor about 30 times, CP# 2 is suddenly smitten with these brave warriors from the Middle Ages. So you can imagine MP’s delight when she found this wooden sword and shield set from Bella Luna Toys in in South Thomaston.

Photo courtesy of Bella Luna Toys

If you’re not familiar with Bella Luna, this lovely online shop offers toys designed for imaginative play. You can also find many fun items made right here in Maine. MP especially likes this handy, felt crayon holder from Belfast’s Mosey Handmade and this heirloom-quality Maine Dory Rocking Boat.

Owner Sarah Baldwin, who is also an experienced Waldorf school teacher, selects all of Bella Luna’s toys with a discerning eye. In an interview with Portland-based blogger and author Amanda Blake Soule last December, Sarah says, “I’ve steadily been adding new products–choosing only items that I believe have quality and real play value for children.”

Mom Potato admires Sarah’s passion for finding toys that last. And she knows a valiant young knight who will appreciate Sarah’s efforts, too.

Bella Luna Toys
139 Buttermilk Lane
South Thomaston
975.6260

http://www.bellalunatoys.com

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