Perfect Pairing: Magnet Lovers

Posted by aMuse Toys on October 13, 2011 0 Comments

For kids, magnets are like magic. An unseen force repelling and attracting.  The wonder and amazement they produce in children (and adults) gives way to hours of engaging playtime.

Jishaku is one of our top selling games at aMuse.  It was discovered by aMuse Jr. Sales Associate Sebastian Towles at the NYIGF a few years ago. It combines strategy, dexterity and luck into one fun and portable game. To learn how to play check out our Game University series.


Crazy Aaron’s Magnetic Thinking Putty is an updated take on the putty that we all had when we were kids.  

 Crazy Aaron’s Magnetic Thinking Putty has unique and mind-blowing awesome magnetic properties.  When Super Magnetic Thinking Putty is stretched, molded, or shaped, the putty has no magnetic charge and behaves like any other Thinking Putty. However, in the presence of a magnetic field, its magnetic forces begin to align. Suddenly, a truly Super Magnetic Thinking Putty is created that attracts to one magnetic pole and repels from the other.

Each metal tin is hand packed with 1/5 lb of Thinking Putty and one neodymium magnet, much more than in a plastic egg.  You can get the putty in either Silver or Black. Made in USA!

Jishaku and Magnetic Thinking Putty have been top sellers for all age groups and make the perfect give for those with inquisitive minds and nimble fingers.


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Perfect Pairing: Kleynimals & Toy Sitter

Posted by aMuse Toys on October 04, 2011 1 Comment

Kleynimals and a Toy SitterThere’s nothing we love more than making fun and unique gift suggestions for the loved ones in your life. For the next few weeks we will focus on items that compliment one another to make a perfect toy pairing. This week focus on an American-made, baby-friendly gift combo: Kleynimals and a Toy Sitter.

Kleynimals Clean Key Animals

Kleynimals are safe and sanitary animal-shaped “keys” designed especially with babies in mind. They have all of the same great qualities as regular keys, but don’t provide the hazard regular keys pose to little ones.

Kleynimals Clean Key Animals
Their smooth, round edges are safe for teething and being near a baby’s sensitive face. The natural coolness of the metal also soothes painful gums. Food-grade stainless steel makes them 100% BPA & Phathalate-free and dishwasher safe. We also love the fact that they are responsibly made right here in Maryland.

TutimNYC Toy Sitter

Keep track of your Kleynimals with a Tutim NYC Toy Sitter. Just snap the fabric band around the metal link of your Kleynimals and attach the other end to a stroller, carrier or car seat. Each Toy Sitter is handmade in New Jersey by skilled seamstresses. All of the fabrics used are made in the USA and hand-selected by owners of the company. They are machine washable so you can keep them sanitary and looking good.

Both Kleynimals and Toy Sitters are incredibly unique products. Kleynimals are only available in a handful of stores around the country, and Toy Sitters are found only in upscale boutiques and high-end department stores. Their quality far surpasses the normal plastic baby keys and linking rings.

Next time you need a thoughtful, well-made baby present you know your great gift won't be a duplicate.

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Perfect Pairing: Kid Foodies

Posted by aMuse Toys on September 27, 2011 0 Comments

My Foodie ABC and a chef puppet

There’s nothing we love more than making fun and unique gift suggestions for the loved ones in your life. For the next few weeks we will focus on items that compliment one another to make a perfect toy pairing.

My Foodie ABC

Customers who shop aMuse obviously have good taste, and we know a lot of kid-foodies are among our clientele. For those gourmet-minded little ones we have the perfect toy pairing of Duopress BooksMy Foodie ABC Book & Placemats and a Chef Puppet by Melissa & Doug

My Foodie ABC

Everyone can learn something from Puck of Duopress's My Foodie ABC Book. Kids (and adults!) are introduced to exotic culinary concepts such as alfajores, bento boxes and chanterelles. Each word is paired up with a letter so it’s a fun alphabet adventure as well.

My Foodie ABC by Duopress

Each page is exquisitely illustrated by noted artist Violet Lemay. Her playful patterns and hand-drawn letters make it visually engaging for viewers of all ages. 

My Foodie Placemats

The My Foodie ABC Placemats are the perfect way to entertain a little foodie while at the dinner table. Each page features a different activity to color and learn.  

Melissa and Doug Chef Puppet

What could be more fun than having a chef puppet read to you? Puppets are a great way to add another fun element to books!

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Perfect Pairing: Ultra-Creative Kids

Posted by aMuse Toys on September 20, 2011 0 Comments


Being so close to one of the world’s most prestigious art and design schools definitely rubs off on us. Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is a huge institution in our fair city. There are even a few MICA alumni on the aMuse team!

For the ultra-creative kids in your life we have the perfect pairing of Ellen Lupton’s D.I.Y. Kids book and the Australian open-ended construction set MAKEDO.

Graphic Designer and author, Ellen Lupton

Ellen Lupton is a world-renowned graphic designer and a Baltimore local. She heads the graduate graphic design department at MICA and has written a ton of design books that are used as texts in art academies worldwide. She’s truly a Baltimore treasure. We’re fortunate enough to have her stop by the store to craft with us on occasion. It’s always a fun and artful experience.

Ellen Lupton design book is D.I.Y. Kids is her how-to manual for all things kid-made. From creating your own designer patterns to learning to hand bind your own books, there’s a project in it to inspire anyone.

Our favorite part of the book is the artist profiles. The beginning of each chapter includes a write-up on a different creative who makes a living through art. A toy designer, industrial designer and fashion designer are featured.

Ellen has personally signed all of our copies of her book to make it even more special.

D.I.Y. Kids goes perfectly with a set of MAKEDO. It’s an open-ended, reusable construction set for us with recycled materials. Kids collect items such a milk jugs, cereal boxes, toilet paper tubes and scrap paper and connect them in to brilliant works of art. Some kids have even created entire MAKEDO cities with this stuff!

These two items together will inspire hours of creative, sustainable play. 


Take a look at the video below to see how MAKEDO works. 

1 min crash course from MAKEDO on Vimeo.

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Perfect Pairings: Princess Lovers

Posted by aMuse Toys on September 13, 2011 0 Comments

Sleepy Princess and the Pea by HABA

There’s nothing we love more than making fun and unique gift suggestions for the loved ones in your life. For the next few weeks we will focus on items the compliment one another to make a perfect toy pairing. This week we’re focusing on our princess-loving customers.

Sleepy Princess by HABA

Sleepy Princess & the Pea by HABA is a beautiful stacking and motor skill refinement game. As with all of HABA’s games, you can alter the rules to make it simple or complex to meet the skill level of the players. The adorable game pieces are also great for creating narratives through solitary pretend play. 

Players take turns stacking mattresses on top of the pea until all pieces are balanced into a wobbling mattress tower. Each player rolls the die and has the princess hop around the disk to determine whether they may place a mattress or remove one. The rules can be changed to make it cooperative or competitive.

Melissa & Doug Princess Role Play Set

Every child loves to pretend play and costumes help their imaginations soar. Melissa & Doug’s line of high-quality role play costumes include a pink princess outfit that’s great for perfect for ages 3 - 6. It includes a scepter and jeweled tiara.

Princess lovers will love to play Sleepy Princess & the Pea while dressed up in full regalia!

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