Discovery Totes by Helicopter Studios

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Open-ended play is important for kids and we love toys that encourage it. Shannon of Helicopter Studios makes what she calls "Discovery Totes," portable, cloth mats with various motifs (a campground, an urban skyline, cottages on the beach, a stream through a forest) to spark children's imaginations.

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Each approximately 17" diameter Discovery Tote ($60-68) is handmade and folds up for easy storage or moving. Find them at Helicopter Studios.

If you're inspired to make something similar, check out our previous post on Holly's Dinosaur Mat tutorial.

(Via Indie Fixx)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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