So where are the real toys, the ones that aren't hooked up to a computer, the ones that spark authentic play, the ones that reflect the imaginations of children and toymakers around the world?

They're here, at Crossroads Trade. A glance around our shop, or a tour of our web page, shows that while we have many sophisticated offerings, we have lots of good toys for children and adults alike.

You'll find hand-knit finger puppets from Peru; larger yak and yeti puppets from Tibet, contemporary life-size puppets from  Bolivia, and traditional wood-and-cloth puppets from India.

Dolls of all sizes, some for collectors, but many -- from Guatemala, Bolivia, India, Tibet -- that will stand up to serious play. Old-fashioned hand-carved moving wooden bears from  Russia. Recycled-plastic dolls from Burkina Faso. Hackey sacks from Guatemala.

Not everything suitable for children is confined to the children's department. Our music section is filled with kid-friendly instruments (Not everyone knows what to do with our ocarinas, but third graders taking recorder do!) Our sturdy wooden and felt nativities allow them to be used as St. Francis first intended, as an interactive teaching tool. Our decal tattoos in Native American design and our henna kits allow kids to have the thrill of body art. And they're temporary. As is, sometimes to our regret, childhood.


Crossroads Trade wants your feedback and ideas. Your purchase will make a substantial difference in the life of an artisan. Please contact phone at 617-975-2001 or by email if you would like to see more examples, have any questions, or would like more information.

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