Toy Fair 2012 Highlights

Part II: Moulin Routy, Green Toys & Innovative Kids

Toy Fair coverage continues! Here is another group of my indie picks: some charming ride-on toys and some great "green" products.

I always enjoy seeing Moulin Roty products in the Magic Forest booth (their US distributor) and it is usually filled with soft toys and old fashioned games. This is the first time I recall seeing larger items like these three beautiful ride-on toys. (Ride-on Cow, above.) Contact Magic Forest if you have trouble locating these in a store.

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Rocking horse, Moulin Roty
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Car, Moulin Roty

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Mini cars, Green Toys

Green Toys still makes their products from recycled milk jugs and they keep adding to their line. Next up (coming in a few weeks) is a collection of mini cars including a police car, ambulance and taxi. The cars have no no metal axles which means there's nothing to rust in the backyard or tub.

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Build-a-Bouquet, Green Toys

Their Build-a-Bouquet set lets little would-be florists stack interchangeable daisies, lilies and petunias.

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Green salad set, Green Toys

Continuing their play food line, Green Toys has added a green salad set to the mix. Included is a bowl, plate, serving utensils, vegetables and printed paper to fold into salt, pepper, oil and vinegar containers.

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Green Start series, Innovative Kids

Another green-focused company to put on your radar is Innovative Kids. I wrote about their earth-friendly puzzles before and liked their new colorful packaging. The puzzles are part of the company's Green Start series which also includes books and games.

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Play, Draw, Create, Innovative Kids
Perhaps the most popular of the Green Start series is this magnetic dry erase board set with vehicle magnets (there is also a princess version), pen and activity book. I liked that it came in a portable box for easy transport to grandma's or a friend's house.

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Phonics Comics, Innovative Kids
Aside from green materials, another thrust of Innovative Toys is educational products. As the daughter of a reading teacher, I was drawn to these fun Phonics Comics for kids.

Still more Toy Fair favorites to come tomorrow!

(Images: Carrie McBride)

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As Apartment Therapy's Managing 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.