Let your kids take their coloring out of the confining pages of a book and spread out — way out — with Pirasta’s Really Big Coloring Pages. These illustrated posters measure 5 feet by 3 feet, so everyone can join in. Hang your posters on the wall with painter’s tape and get to work. Poster choices include What A Colorful World, Let’s Color America, The Big Apple, Food Fight, Funny Farm, and Spaced Out. $32. pirastanyc.com.
Get yourself (or someone you love) something cool and feel good about it when purchasing a fashionable accessory at beyondBeanie. The social clothing company contracts with Bolivian artisans who craft the goods, and every purchase benefits them and their children. Every beanie purchase results in five meals; every bag, one set of school supplies; every poncho, one school uniform, and so on. The company also offers colorful bracelets, scarves, headbands, and much more. beyondbeanie.org.
If there’s one thing parents like it’s fitting a lot into a little, which is exactly the point of the Transit30 Duffel from Matador. This ultralight, pack-away duffle bag holds a whopping 30 liters’ worth of stuff when you need it and fits in the palm of your hand when you don’t. Made of waterproof Cordura, it’s perfect to throw into the diaper bag, a purse, or the glove compartment to have on hand when you need it (because at some point, you will). $49.99.matadorup.com.
Kids can enjoy no-tech fun in a whole new way with craft kits from Geek & Co. The Monster Sewing Workshop Kit gives kids everything they need to make their own cute creation — and learn the basics of hand sewing at the same time. The Felting Bakeshop Kit shows kids how to create via the art of felting (by pushing a needle in and out of the wool repeatedly, the wool is tangled and compressed into firm shapes). The kit includes felting needles, wool, and instructions on how to make a felted doughnut, cookie, and ice cream. $24.95. labratgifts.com.
Boots are a necessity in winter, but they’re usually pretty bulky. Stride Rite has solved that problem with the cool-named Snoot. The half-sneaker/half-boot footwear offers the flexibility and lightweight features of a sneaker, plus the insulated, water-resistant protection of a boot. Even better, it’s machine washable and collapses to fit in a bag. The Snoot is available in Baby/Toddler (4-8 M, W) and Preschool (8.5-11 M, W) sizes and comes in solid colors or fun character themes, such as Frozen, Star Wars, Spiderman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and My Little Pony. $50 (baby/toddler)/$55 (preschool). striderite.com.