Melamine is a great idea for kids. Virtually indestructible, the material is lightweight and can be made in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Japanese minimalist designer Naoto Fukasawa (head of his own firm, the amazing +/-0 in Tokyo) has created his own take on a set of children's dinner ware.
True to Fukasawa's pared-down design ethos, there's nothing filly about these dishes. At the same time, it's not cold or sterile; the dishes all have pleasingly curved edges and the utensils look easy to grab. The set includes a tray, plate, soup plate, glass and utensils. Available in orange or light blue, it's formal enough to join in the table at an adult dinner party, but colorful enough to look like a kid's setting. Unica Home sells the set for $63.