Bobbie's Buzz: Bath goo? Mismatched shoes? Cool stuff for kids

March 9, 2012 at 9:42 AM ET

Little red wagons and dolls never go out of style, but kids these days have access to some other cool stuff too. TODAY style editor and's Bobbie Thomas shares a few new favorites:

Commission a custom BFF

If you're looking for one toy you won't find in stores, try "softie-making", a rapidly-growing craft trend where talented artists take your budding artist's original sketch and turn it into a whimsical, personalized plush pal. From five-legged monsters to pretty princesses, studios like can bring any dream to life in just a few weeks. Since all work is custom, you can look for an artist near you or visit for a list ($75 and up; or $100 and up;

Let them 'Chooze' shoes

Chooze Shoes are a simple idea backed by a strong message: embrace difference! In each pair of Chooze, the left and right shoe are slightly different, so kids can get creative, mix and match and learn to appreciate variety. Shiloh Jolie-Pitt counts amongst the brand's fans, and best of all, they invests their profits in microfinance loans to help lift women and their families out of poverty ($22-$59;

Get gooey

There's something about being covered in colorful goo that appeals to almost all kids, so if you're looking for a safe and easy-to-clean-up way for your kids to unleash their inner mess monsters, look no further than H2Goo. A simple powder that magically turns the tub into a fun-filled pit of squishiness, H2Goo is non-toxic, available in an assortment of colors, won't clog pipes and won't stain — it even helps soften skin! I think I speak for everyone when I say, "where's the adult version?" ($14.99;

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