Magic Cabin

Magic Cabin

Janel Laban
Apr 5, 2007

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Shortly after our son was born, we came across a Magic Cabin catalog and as we turned each page we became completely enchanted with every item inside. Simple and natural is often best when it comes to children�s toys and Magic Cabin is a retailer which takes this notion to heart.

Founded by stay-at-home mom Sara McDonald, Magic Cabin began in 1989 with a 12-page hand-drawn catalog which featured McDonald�s popular Waldorf-style dolls, and since then Magic Cabin has grown immensely.

Wooden toys, beeswax candle-making kits, dress up clothing and even furniture are to be found there.

Magic Cabin's wooden toys are beautiful artisanal works with great attention to detail. And, they can easily be passed down from sibling to sibling as they are made from hearty, natural materials rather than cheap plastics.

Having the word Magic in their name is no misnomer as nearly everything they offer has a soupcon of whimsy and enchantment.

Some pieces that stand out are their Tree Fort made from salvaged branches, their toddler walker with wooden blocks made from solid beechwood, and a colorful flowered clothes rack made from Baltic birch.

As stated on their Web site, "Our mission is to provide quality natural-fiber dolls that represent all the colors of humanity; toys with simple designs to encourage creative, imaginative play."

This is exactly what Magic Cabin accomplishes.


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