The first Schylling toy: a mechanical flying bird imported from France, similar to the one Harvard grad and Massachusetts resident Jack Schylling spotted in Harvard Square. He founded the Rowley-based company in 1975 and though a lot has changed in those decades — today, along with continuing to import toys, half of Schylling's shelves are stocked with originals designed in-house — one thing has stayed the same. Timeless, retro-inspired toys with a nostalgic feel have stayed Schylling's specialty, from Jack in the Boxes to porcelain tea sets to collectors' tin toys.
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A toy that you and your tot can both appreciate? You'll find plenty of those in this selection by the retro-inspired brand. For your little musicians, find a crop of instruments including accordions, guitars, and even a miniature piano. And fire trucks and speedsters will appeal to the little adventurers in your brood.
Lots of outdoor playtime means you should stock up on the colorful toys from Melissa & Doug! Gardening sets, hopscotch mats, and toy lawnmowers are perfect for the backyard, and beanbag tosses and racquet-and-ball sets keep kids busy while you're relaxing at the beach.