Modern Rascals

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This blog post is sponsored and I have been compensated for my time and work put into this piece, the opinions are honest and true to my beliefs.  

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If you follow me on Instagram you have probably seen Modern Rascals mentioned in my posts, stories, highlights, and IGTV videos. My relationship with Jana and this amazing local business that she owns is on a customer basis, personal basis (we have commonality and passion about business and all things early development) and business. Jana trusted me only a few months ago to take over her Modern Rascals Instagram account and speak to her audience and customers all about my beliefs and expertise with open ended toys and loose parts in regards to early learning and development.

 

 

When I decided it was time to start growing Amadeo’s, Grimm’s ( https://modernrascals.ca/collections/grimms ) and Grapat ( https://modernrascals.ca/collections/grapat ) collection, I wanted to purchase from a Canadian Business, Run by a (bad ass) Woman with ecological and humanitarian ethics behind the brand. Jana- Modern Rascals, checked off all criteria and then some!

 

I asked Jana if she would be willing to share with us her “why”, one of the biggest reasons I rally and support this brand the way I do in this community is Jana herself. She is a kind and caring human being with high standards with the brands she carries from clothing to toys taking into account from the salaries and conditions the makers who creates these beautiful products are in, all the way to how these products will impact and add value for us, her consumers, in a positive way. I’ll never forget she had a question box in her Instagram stories, of ask me anything, while she was passing the time during a tattoo session and I asked, “What do you love most about the products you sell”, to which she responded, “That the workers are making a living wage and the bright rainbow colours make me happy”.

I Absolutely Love that! I’m more then happy to invest in quality toys for my child and support a Canadian business owner who genuinely cares about the impact her company is making on the world the way that Jana does!

Here is Jana’s “Why”

 

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When my firstborn was little, I cobbled together happy colourful clothes from a variety of big stores. As he got bigger the choices got more gendered and the colours and prints were limited. I wanted clothes to be open-ended (or at the very least not inherently limiting) and so off I went on many late-night google searches. I eventually found bright happy prints in Scandinavian brands like DUNS Sweden and Maxomorra.

Fast forward to a parental leave career change and that moment where I jumped off a cliff and launched Modern Rascals. For the first year we only sold clothes. As we got bigger (and my own kids got bigger) I started looking for the same open-ended and non-limiting choices in toys as well. And let’s face it the toys we carry are just as happy and bright as the clothes that we love 😀


Jana & the Modern Rascals team

Insta: @modernrascals

 

 

To this date Amadeo’s Wooden toy and open-ended toy collection includes these amazing brands purchased from modern rascals:

Grimms : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/grimms

Grapat : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/grapat

Folkmanis : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/folkmanis

Holztiger : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/holztiger

Papoose: https://modernrascals.ca/collections/papoose

Way To Play : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/waytoplay

Wobbel : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/wobbel

Erzi : https://modernrascals.ca/collections/erzi

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When I’m looking at what to purchase in regards to toys for Amadeo, I consider these three things…..

 

1.Safety : This touches on what quality of materials the toys was made out of. Where the toy was produced and what their safety standards and practices are in regards to production of the finale product. Age suitability, I’m a huge believer in more mature play and exposure to toys that may be suitable for older children however safety is always a top priority when thinking of the toys you’d like to offer to your child unsupervised.

2. Life Span : If I’m purchasing a toy especially,  at a higher price point, you best believe it will be open-ended and my child will be playing, exploring and discovering new ways to interact and create with the materials over many years. Spending $120.00 on a Grimms Rainbow that can be played with from birth to 12 years old ( at least) ends up costing you only $10.00 a year! The investment is essentially in the amount of years it will be enjoyed.

3.Will this help my child evolve: Children’s most important work in their early learning and development is accomplished through play.  Investing in open-ended toys will help support your child explore the world, through play.  With play that emphasizes the process or experience rather than the final product children will be able to build on who they are as a person and what interests and makes them happy. This to me is worth ever penny I invest in Amadeo’s Toy collection.

For more on open-ended play and toys visit : https://mylittlelamb.ca/2020/03/28/open-ended-play/

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When I go through the beautifully designed and incredibly user (  mom brain ) friendly website that is https://modernrascals.ca/ , all of the toys that Jana sources hit my top three credentials of what I look at when I purchase toys, resources and materials either for Amadeo, for my programs or parent and child classes.

What are my Top toy recommendations per age that Modern Rascals sells you ask ……

I created some graphics for when I took over Modern Rascals Instagram account and here they are, keep in mind almost all of these toys, because they open ended will be played with for many years to come not just exclusively for that month.

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eight months
Eight Months
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ten months
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11 months
Eleven Months 
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Twelve Months 
kinder and schoolage
Kinder & School Age 

I put my HUGE stamp of approval on all things Modern Rascals and recommend taking some time to visit their site ( https://modernrascals.ca/ ) to explore their beautiful clothing, reusable’s and extraordinary open ended toy collection!

Because Jana is so amazing she has offered the My Little Lamb community a 10% your entire first toy order with code : MYLITTLELAMB ( this is not affiliated)

Thank you Jana for all that you do in regards to your business!

 

 

442 Replies to “Modern Rascals”

  1. I love everything in the kindergarten section! My placement had that loose part puzzle and it was amazing to watch the children create different things with it.
    Thanks for sharing this amazing company!
    Hope you are all staying safe and healthy ❤

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    1. So many things on my wishlist to choose from! Narrowing it down to my most recent and most desired (at the moment lol) – The Large Stepped Pyramid! ❤

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  2. I would love love love the rainbow. It’s definitely on my wish list for my little one he would love it.

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  3. I would really like to get some wooden animals for my kids. I have a 13 month old and 4 year old I am trying to entertain these days while also trying to teach my 12 year old. I would also love to get them a wooble board to explore.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win your gift card giveaway!

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  4. I definitely have a wish list for wooden toys! They are so beautiful. The rainbow tunnel/stacker is my #1! My Mom friend has one and I think it looks super fun 😊.

    Love your blog!

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  5. I am absolutely love the wobble boards and ring set! I see a lot of young kiddos in my clinic with sensory integration issues or who just love to play and learn. The bright colors look so fun and will also help their little nervous systems grow and adapt

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  6. Next on my list for my daughter is the stacking houses, the track or the colour sorting bowls…but I truly want everything!

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  7. These are amazing! The entire grimms collections is amazing !! The rainbow stacker and large stepped pyramid Are high up on my needs list !!

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  8. Such amazing toys! Love both you and modern rascals!! I would love love love to add a block pyramid to our collection! And I cant get enough finger puppets!

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  9. We have our eye on the Element large pastel rainbow. My 9 month old would love it ! Thank you for offering such an amazing giveaway xox

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  10. What DON’T I want to get from Modern Rascals?!? A Way To Play set and cars to go with it, Holztiger animals, more Grimm’s building blocks, different sizes of rainbows (also some pastel options!)…so.many.things!

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  11. Love this!
    Also love Modern Rascals! I ordered a gift for a friends little one there just a few days ago because @mylittlelamblog is always mentioning the store! My experience was amazing! Website is super easy to use and the had they had the item packed up and with Canada Post the same day! I couldn’t believe it! #impressed
    I would love the large Grimm’s rainbow to add to my son’s toy collection! It’s been on my wish list forever!

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  12. Thank you so much for this post! We’ve ordered a couple of items to start our collection for our 8 month old. I would LOVE to add a Grimms large rainbow and the large pyramid stacked to her mandala pieces and pebbles! I’m so excited to see what she creates over the years!

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  13. Hoping to start my kids Grimms collections with a block pyramid or to offer my car obsessed toddler more open ended invitations to play with the Ways to play road. Thanks for this blog post with all the recommendations by age and the discount code 🙌🏼

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  14. My modern rascals wishlist includes the waytoplay tracks, a wobble board, the rainbow stackers, the sets of coloured blocks!
    Pretty much anything really lol

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  15. Absolutely love these grimms. The octagon medala puzzle is on my wish list. As is the rainbow blocks!

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  16. Loooove it all! How can one just choose one item to love! But the rainbow for sure!!! Xo

    @carleykameka

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  17. I love the wooden fire and the wood forest. Giving me all the summer cottage vibes. My Instagram is @lupiter

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  18. It’s so hard to pick just one!! My daughter LOVES rainbows right now so I think the rainbow stackers would be a dream for her and me!!

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  19. Hello,

    All these toys are great for many reasons as it teaches them many different things! So to pick one toy is a hard decision. Some of my classes at work have some of these toys already but my class does not. But to help me pick a favourite toy I will go with what the kids love because it’s one of my favourite and it’s the RAINBOW! I love how they need to put the colours in the correct spot to make the rainbow ! It’s great and they and I love it :)!

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  20. Wow!!! I love all of your recommendations, but if I had to choose one it would be a Grimm’s balls, stacking toys, blocks, a bigger rainbow (I have a mini one!) And some like gnomes as well…ok so I clearly couldn’t choose just one! I love buying Canadian so excited to have stumbled on your post!!!! Will save the giveaway post so I can get right back to these recommendations xoxo

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  21. I’ve been a lurking fan of Modern Rascals for some time now, and as my little is growing (7m) we definitely want to expand our toy repertoire! Hard to chose our favs.. alot on our wishlist but our current top 2 would be Grimm’s Pebbles and the Grimm’s rainbow!

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  22. All the things! I love all the grapat loose part and have been wanting to add some more to our collection. I also really want a wobble board for big body movement on days we’re stuck inside.

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  23. I would love to invest in some stacking pebbles! I feel those toys can be played with from early on since they can be easily held by their tiny hands and they will be able to play either these for so long! I also want to mention that I would like to play with them as well! Lol

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  24. We are loving anything that keeps our babe moving. A wobble board is definitely on our list for our almost 1 year old!

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  25. I loveeeeee the wobble boards! My active toddler would go crazy for one of them. I also love the pyramid sets!

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  26. So many amazing products to pick from at Modern Rascaks. I think I’d have to pick the large rainbow though!

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  27. I follow Jana on Instagram as well and what an awesome human being! The first purchase I’d make is the wooden animals!

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  28. Thank you for sharing your love for Modern Rascals!! I started following them when you’d mentioned them in your posts/stories and am IN LOVE with all of the Grimms and Grapat open ended loose parts!!

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  29. Sooo many beautiful items I’d love to add to our collection! I think the Grimm’s rainbow is top on our list though!

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  30. So many beautiful colours to make people smile!! Love this! I have a whole whack of Grimms everything on my wish list 😂 rainbow stacker, blocks, the elements stackers. Gosh they’re all so beautiful!

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  31. I appreciate Janas love and passion for supporting small and local/Canadian companies and the work these people put into their business. I love her seemingly free spirit (not knowing her personally) and her love of all things bright! In a time like now we all need to look on the bright side of things. I know people have commented on the cost of certain items but I like your take in that these are investment pieces and can last lifetimes and through many generations. I always love reading your stories and posts and look for inspiration to entertain and play with my toddler! Thank you

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  32. Love love love all the products at Modern Rascals! The longevity, the colours, the quality. While expensive, they are an amazing investment and I’m super excited to continue to grow my heirloom toy collection! I’ve got my eye on a Wobbel Board for my little guy!!

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  33. As a Kindergarten teacher, I know the value of open-ended toys and loose parts. Now as a new mom, I’m starting to build my own collection for my little one to use and explore for years to come. I love that Modern Rascals is a small business that we can support! There is literally nothing on their site that I wouldn’t love to have, but the Grimm’s stacking pebbles and the wooden nesting bowls are at the top of my “wish list” for sure!

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