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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One Month 
two months
Two Months 
three months
Three Months 
four months
Four Months 
five months
Five Months
six months
Six Months 
seven months
Seven Months 
eight months
Eight Months
nine months
Nine Months 
ten months
Ten Months 
11 months
Eleven Months 
12 months
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 have my old wooden animals from over 30 years ago from Ostheimer and would love to add to the collection for my daughter!

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    1. NO WAY! That’s the coolest thing EVER! I want to start adding oatheimer animals too they all work so well together and compliment eachother! Since ordering the two holztiger mystery boxes Amadeo has grown an adorable attachment to them ❤️

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  2. My little one is about to celebrate her first birthday and the way she plays is definitely changing! Would love to get a set of the wooden rings and coins!

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  3. Just great info and an awesome company! I wish I could have everything! But I’m really wanting some mixed forest blocks along with some wooden forest animals to add to our collection 😍

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  4. My little isn’t quite walking yet so the pebbles and wooden rainbow are on my list at the moment but down the road (or for my littles first birthday coming up soo soon!) I want a wobble board! I think she will LOVE it! ❤️

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  5. My current wishlist is all of the rainbows hahaha. ALLLLL 😂😂😂😂
    Also I love the mandala pieces and the rainbow wooden houses so very much

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  6. Such amazing products!! Would love a Grimms Rainbow 🌈 for my 20 month old and see how his little imagination would run wild! 💕

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  7. I would love to get the large rainbow or semicircles for my little guy. It’s almost his first birthday and I think they would be so great for stacking together! (I just bought grimms stacking cups, car with person and grapat rings, coins and nins from modern rascals for his birthday! Can’t wait for them to arrive 😍)!

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  8. When you showed the Lola set in your stories a little while ago, I knew that it would be my next thing to purchase from Modern Rascals! It’s just so whimsical!!

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  9. We have had our eye on the way to play flexible roads for so long! Also any of the Grimm toys would be amazing to have!

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  10. We would LOVE the rainbow piece to add in our playroom! I Loveee how bright and colourful everything is 🥰 🌈

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  11. Love the holztiger animals we have a nice collection already and our 2 year old and 9 year old actively play with them. To be honest all of our open ended toys are played with by both boys in different ways separately and together.

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  12. Love this post, the graphics for each age group are super helpful!

    We would love a Grimms large rainbow or stepped pyramid for our wee ones! Building is very big in our house:)

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  13. These products are amazing and I am happy to have found a canadian retailer! On my wish list: pastel rainbow, the little friends in cups, large stepped pyramid and the some 🥰

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  14. My sister just adopted a 2 yr old our old foster care and is waiting to adopt her younger brother as well in July who is 6 months old so I’d love to shower her w your beautiful toys even though we cant have a proper baby shower for her right now. ( she has suffered w infertility and we’ve been looking forward to throwing her a shower/her being a mum for years now! She was born to be a mom) your flexible roadway toys are amazing! But all of your pieces are truly special and really beautiful. Hope we can surprise her with some light during these crazy times. Missing my new niece!

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  15. I’d love to be able to get the Grimms pyramid set! We also have the Russian dolls and blue pebbles on our wish list!

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  16. I love the Grimms Rainbow! I can see years of play with my 7 month old and it would match her rainbow coloured room!

    Melina_holistica on ig 😁

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  17. OMG I love open ended play. I can’t wait to pick up the mushrooms basket set and of course, a rainbow set for our play space.

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  18. This would be so amazing. I’m a kindergarten teacher and a mom to a 3 year old and we’re all about play based learning! Any of these items would be amazing to start to inquiry!

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  19. How have I never known about this!!
    Can I say that my wish list is everything!?
    Bu mostly a rainbow. I bought a cheep imitation for my daughter for Christmas and I regret it daily
    And also a wobble board
    And also a marble run 😁

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  20. This blog 👌🏼 So many beautiful colours!! Even my adult imagination is running wild 🐎
    Would love to see my daughter’s brain at work with a Wobbel board!! Such a masterpiece that would actually add a touch a class to our living room ⭐️

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