Dutch Masters Playmobil
Playmobil can be found in the toyboxes (and on the floor) of nearly every children’s room. These little figurines spark creativity and let imaginations run wild — even when depicting the everyday scenes of supermarkets, airports and now, thanks to a partnership with the Rijksmuseum, the Dutch Masters. Two exclusive sets have been released: Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, which comes with two figurines depicting central figures of the famous painting, and Vermeer’s The Milkmaid, complete with a table filled with baked goods.
Playmobil ‘The Milkmaid’ and ‘The Nightwatch’, €5.95 each, I amsterdam Store
Artis de Partis sock puppet
Everyone needs a friend, but there’s no better comfort than a soft, cuddly sock puppet that just listens – just like Artis de Partis. Now the much beloved mascot of the famous Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo, the original Artis de Partis was discovered in the Lost and Found but never claimed. So the zoo adopted the little guy afterwards to give him a permanent home. Since then, the zoo has created thousands of identical friends for children around the world to cuddle, cherish and show off.
Artis de Partis puppet, €19.95, I amsterdam Store
Let the kids play ball whenever and wherever with the Foooty, a foldable, flexible ball made for impromptu games. Dreamt up by the Amsterdam-based concept agency Apollo 11, Foooties are sold in packs of numerous small plastic parts that easily interlock to create a football – or rugby ball, frisbee, juggling balls and more. The possibilities with a Foooty are only as limited as a kid’s imagination.
Foooty, €12.95, I amsterdam Store
Studio Roof toys
Studio Roof, a Dutch maker of cardboard playthings and décor, proves that fun doesn’t always mean the latest gadget. With their line of cardboard build-it-yourself toys, kids can create their own stories. The Wild Animals set comprises pop-out and put-together lions, monkeys, whales, birds and more, while the People of the World collection teaches kids about other cultures and countries. The shop also makes plenty of home décor in its distinctive style, including a set of enchanting bird-themed mobiles.
Studio Roof cardboard toys, €6.95–24.95, I amsterdam Store
Kids can put together their own little row of colourful canal houses with the Cre8 Canals Puzzle, featuring plexiglass canal houses in all colours of the rainbow and a sturdy birch plywood base. The puzzles are laser-cut in-house by the Amsterdam-based shop and social venture Cre8, which helps underprivileged youth in Amsterdam learn, work and grow.
Cre8 puzzle, €18, I amsterdam Store
Find these gifts at the I amsterdam Store at Central Station.