Janod, Kid O, Seedling & App Crayon

Toy Fair 2012 Highlights: Part III

Janod has been making toys for 40 years and are well established in their home country, France. They are making a big push into the US this year with their line of attractive wooden toys focused on open-ended play. Here are some of my favorites from the Janod booth as well as other notables from Kid O, Seedling and another newcomer, AppCrayon:

Pictured above is one of Janod's play kitchen (the Chic Maxi). It's a bit more refined looking than most available play kitchens and I think kids will enjoy that the hanging utensils are magnetic. It comes with a pot, pan and oven mitt.

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Toy Grill, Janod

What I especially liked about this little play grill was that it was on wheels so it can do double duty as a walking toy or be wheeled out to the yard for proper summertime grilling.

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Rocking horse, Janod

The Janod rep told me they have a patent on this rocking horse and she pointed out the added safety of the horse's legs having a wide stance. The sides are removable for older children.

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Vespa, Janod

Your kids can live out their Roman Holiday fantasies on this adorable wood bike.

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Airplanes, Kid O

Kid O's white and primary colored tip trucks were a hit and they've added airplanes and tug boats. All have rubber wheels for smoother movement. On the right you can see their Free Play Magnatab. Kid O started with alphabet and number versions and are now making it free form.

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Kid O is the US distributor for Seedling (NZ) who specializes in art and craft kits like Design Your Own Wood Shield, Make Your Own Snowglobe and this inflatable Color the Earth.

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AppCrayon, Dano Kids

The Toy Industry Associaton's "trend experts" declared toys that work with smart devices and apps one of the year's top trends. The AppCrayon isn't exactly a toy, but a tool for children to use in conjunction with apps on tablets and touch phones. It's a stylus designed to help kids learn the proper way to hold a pen to optimize writing. AppCrayon has been so popular with schools that they're on backorder for a few months.

(Images: Carrie McBride)

MORE TOY FAIR 2012 ON APARTMENT THERAPY:
A Toy Snob Visits the Toy Fair (And Awards Fake Prizes)
Toy Fair Highlights: Part I
Toy Fair Highlights: Part II

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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.