Math Rules - The Elementary Project

The Elementary Project is on a mission to raise funds for schools across the country – and adding some fun style to your child’s closet while we’re at it!

The first collection features playful hand-drawn shirt designs that encourage kids to show off what they love – stand proud, mathletes! 50% of profits will go towards funding education programs through DonorsChoose.org, an incredible organization that provides direct impact in public schools, with a focus on giving all students the same opportunities.

Reading Inspires - The Elementary Project

Along with our friends at mimoYmima, a design studio in Brooklyn, we set off to create a collection of shirts inspired by young kids’ curiosity and love of learning. Science, Reading, Math and Art are featured with whimsical illustrations that invite a second look.

The idea for The Elementary Project stemmed from a sketch created by my 7-year-old son Nico, who is equally obsessed with all things science and art and has acted as a sort of associate creative director during the design process. Check out the hand-drawn sketches that became the final designs:

Elementary Project Sketches

Art Imagines - The Elementary Project

Science Rocks - The Elementary Project

The designs are screen printed in Brooklyn, using water based inks, on super soft 100% cotton tees. They’re available in sizes 6, 8 and 10 – exclusively on Brooklyn Makers. So, what’s your pick? Science Rocks, Art Imagines, Math Rules or Reading Inspires?

The Elementary project tees are not available online anymore. If you’re interested in purchasing one, please contact us.

Bye bye, stereotypes. Hello, play time with Mio Múcaro.

Here is something that apparently should be incredibly shocking: my younger son loves dolls. In the current landscape of cookie-cutter, glitter vs. trucks kids brands, this is a tough proposition. It wasn’t easy to find a boy-doll he could carry around and play with. I wish I had come across Mio Múcaro sooner.

Superhero Dolls for boys

Superhero Dolls for Boys

Mio Múcaro doesn’t only create super cool dolls for boys. Their girl dolls also have a clean, retro-inspired design with styles and colors that are a far cry from the all-purple, overly-frilly dolls out there. Here’s another shocker (hold on to your seats!): girls like superheroes too.

Heroine Doll | Brooklyn Makers

Heroine Dolls | Brooklyn Makers

Designer Erika Nazario started creating her handmade dolls for her young son in late 2013. She made some more for friends and relatives, and the requests kept on coming. The official launch of the business followed in the summer of 2014. Erika sketches each design by hand, inspired by her childhood in Puerto Rico and her son Milo. The dolls are hand-sewn, featuring eco-friendly and non-allergenic materials.

We were thrilled work with Mio Mucaro and showcase their dolls on the Brooklyn Makers Shop – including Ms. Pretty Ballerina and the cutest pirate we’ve ever seen:

Ballerina doll by Mio Mucaro

Pirate dolls for boys

Check out Mio Múcaro dolls for boys and girls.

In an ideal world, you would have the time to plan and execute a Pinterest-worthy party for your little one. If you’re like me, you barely have the time to send invitations on the late side, order cake and get pizza delivered. Farfelu Paper comes to the rescue with a line of printable party kits and custom invitations that busy parents will love – not as much as the birthday boy or girl, of course.

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Farfelu Paper is a side project of our friend Annica Lydenberg of Dirty Bandits. With the same focus on typography as her grown-up line, Annica’s designs for Farfelu Paper are miles away from your usual pink / blue, superheroes vs. princesses that are the norm in the kids birthday party scene. The Party Kits come with tons of cute details for your child’s day:

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From banners to cupcake wrappers or party hats, the kits have you covered for $25. You can print as many pieces as you want – and no more than you need. For $15 more, you can get a custom set with your child’s name and age on banners, signs and thank you cards. Almost as if you had done it yourself with your magical design skills and piles of free time!

Another great option is the Custom Invitation and Thank You Cards Kit.

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For just $20, you get a printable invitation customized with your kiddo’s name and age, party details and rsvp info – as well as a lovely printable thank you card with his/her name.

Check out the Farfelu Paper collection of printable party goods and stationery. We are partial to the monsters design… what’s your favorite?

Just as we’re ready to hang the Gone Fishin’ sign, we want to share with you a very exciting addition to the shop: exclusive new styles from Bugsella to get your kiddos ready for back to school in style.

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Bugsella creates eco-friendly accessories for kids on the go. Their art rolls are a great way to keep supplies neat and handy. Use them folded during the crayon years, and extended when your child moves on to markers and pencils. Bonus eco-points: the interior felt is made from recycled plastic bottles.

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multicolor dots art roll by bugsella on brooklyn makers

multicolor chevron art roll by bugsella on brooklyn makers

Ready to ditch the plastic once and for all? Stock up on Bugsella’s versatile snack sacks – they’re roomy enough to hold a sandwich, or whatever dry snack you want to pack for Junior. The exclusive styles that Bugsella made for us are just as perfect in your kiddo’s backpack or your purse, so don’t be shy, get one for yourself! They’re $10.50 each, or two for $20.

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bye bye plastic! multicolor chevron snack bag by bugsella

bye bye plastic! multicolor dots snack bag by bugsella on brooklyn makers

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Shop Bugsella’s eco-friendly accessories here.

Parents seem to be busier every day, right? I don’t know if it’s the kids having a social schedule that rivals Justin Timberlake’s, or you know, that ridiculous list of todo’s that we all have. Double Bravo Designs has a line of gorgeous, easy and guilt-free ‘time capsule’ stationery you’re going to love – no matter how busy your days are. Let’s start with the heirloom-worthy set of Baby’s ‘Firsts’ Milestones Letterpress Cards.

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Another fantastic keepsake – The Year You Were Born cards get updated every year with cool little bits of info that you fill in. Each 5’x7′ card is letterpressed by hand and makes such a cool and thoughtful gift for new Brooklyn babies – doesn’t get much better than that for $8.

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The Year You Were Born

For young writers, these easy fill-in thank you cards are a cool way to show grandma their gratitude for her latest gift, or to thank friends after a birthday party.

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Park Slope resident Barbara Buenz launched Double Bravo Designs in 2007, prompted by the birth of her first child to pursue her passion for design and all things stationery. After years of successful design and art directing experience at large companies like HBO or Giorgio Armani, Barbara took the plunge into entrepreneurship and her business has been growing ever since. We are thrilled to have Double Bravo Designs join the Brooklyn Makers family!

Hop over to Double Bravo Designs‘s line of stationery.

You may be familiar with Hiho Batik’s cool line of t-shirts. If you’re in Brooklyn, you can get creative and make your very own batik tee at their beautiful studio/shop! It’s a really great activity for kids and adults alike.

A few weeks ago, I was brainstorming to come up with a creative activity to do with my son on his 6th birthday that we would both enjoy. Not the playground, absolutely not Bounce-U, no Spiderman-anything. A make-your-own session Hiho Batik was just perfect. He was so excited when I told him he’d be creating his own t-shirt, he spent days making sketches in anticipation. The Hiho Batik staff was incredibly kind and patient, and we had a blast going through the different stages of creating a batik tee.

step 1: drawing your design with a sharpie

step 2: to the light table!

step 3: transfer your design to a tee using hot wax

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step 4: color in!

A week after our fun making session, we picked up our shirts. Nico was psyched with his tee. His design is based on a symbol from his most recent movie obsession, Space Buddies. He is so proud to wear his very own one-of-a-kind t-shirt!

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Call Hiho Batik at 718.622.4446 to schedule your making session. They’re located in Park Slope at 184 5th Avenue