About Imelda McCain
Imagine a toy store where the toys all have a voice and like to share their stories of where they come from and who made them. Imelda McCain, the woman behind Playing Mantis, selects the toys for her store on the basis that their stories are pleasant to hear. She chooses items that are produced in an eco-friendly manner by small businesses all over the world. Hence, you can find carved wooden tree puzzles made by a school teacher in Hungary to help support his family, dolls hand-made by women in Argentina, or musical instruments from Sweden. Products here are picked with a steadfast idealism, centered on the nurturing of children's imagination and their sense for natural materials. Imelda McCain's son Lucas inspired this philosophy and her conviction that toys don't need to flash, buzz, or beep to entertain kids, let alone help them to grow. We couldn't help but inquire, and it turns out nothing in this store has batteries. It seems everything at Playing Mantis is powered by imagination.
Entries by Imelda McCain
“Mom, let’s go for a walk by the stream”. Thrilled by my son’s request who is now 15. I packed some apples and warm soup, He packed some dog treats and toys for Datu who is also now a teen Autumn has ripened
Today I realized how I just stepped into another season of motherhood . My son who is now 15 ask me to help him with his tie as he gets ready to play violin for school orchestra.
Do you come home to kiss the hand of an elder? or take a hand of a lover? walk the beach visit the streets familiar to your feet?
“Now that we are past New York Fashion Week, let’s talk about a real trend-setter with values deeply rooted in the earth, well-being, and humanity. Before it was popular, Imelda McCain (seen above) opened her all-handmade toy store, Playing Mantis, in Tribecca in with the goal of providing families and children with toys she felt […]
Store Hours & Location
32 North Moore
New York, NY 10013
Mon – Sat: 11AM – 7PM
Sun: 10AM – 6PM