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Inspired by a fusion of the best schools of experimental education — Reggio, Waldorf, and Montessori — Laughing Crickets offers bright-colored wooden loose parts toys that encourage children’s imagination, color recognition, and fine-motor skills. An absolutely whimsical learning experience!
Virginia Toy maker Ed (a.k.a. Paw Paw) designed one idea for a truck toy, and spun it into an entire line of large wooden trucks suitable for both indoor and outdoor play.
From an experienced Montessori educator comes handmade educational materials — designed to encourage young children’s life skills learning through practical hands on activities.
Wonderful little 100% wood push cars, trucks, trains, and planes — that you can order as a “Build-It-Yourself” DIY Kit if you choose. Sand them, paint them, assemble them — and now it’s play time!
Best known for their kawaii plush toys — somehow Bright Life Toys also fell in love with hand kits — a Waldorf classic. Check out their wood & ribbon hand kites in amazingly flashy color schemes!
Colorful open-ended wooden toys that promote learning through play. Let your child build and tinker with his or her own little small world of rainbow peg people and their brightly-colored loose part friends!
With all natural woodworks in walnut, cherry, and maple — and earthy themes of birds, bugs, and plant life — Happy Place Nature is a mommy-owned business celebrating nature’s finest. I really admire their vision to bring kids closer to nature through play.
A mother an daughter team bringing pegs and toys to life. Paring organic wood with non-toxic wool felt materials — Honey Bee offers Waldorf and Montessori inspired toys and crafts for families to enjoy together.
Lovely minimal wooden toddler toys nursery decor in a modern earth tone color palette. Oh Little Wren makes practical educational toys for the little ones — and adds their own flavor of whimsical aesthetic design.
Adding tons of imagination to the classic game of tic-tac-toe — Wood-U-Play (a playful play on words) makes wooden tic tac toe boards with funky painted pegs pieces in all sorts of themes for holidays, occasions, and hobbies.