I make beautiful things from natural materials namely wood and wool. I started making toys for my children when they were toddlers, when other people saw them they insisted I make some for them too, and it all grew from there. I sell at craft fairs and etsy. I'm happy to take on commissions, please contact me to discuss further.
Why I make these toys for children:
They are non-toxic and safe even if a 2 year old chews and sucks them (as they do!) They encourage imaginative play They are kinder on the environment than toys made from plastic They are beautiful They nourish the senses They encourage meaningful play
I make wooden rainbows of various sizes, the rainbow above is a large 12 piece stacking rainbow, painted with watercolours and finished with organic linseed oil. Other items I make include characters such as dragons, knights, characters (woman, man, boy, girl) and lots of animals. I make sets of wooden animals to support story time. These props are thoroughly enjoyed by children of all ages, during story time and also during free play. I also make blanks, so that you can finish off items and add your own personal touch. It is deeply rewarding to create toys for your children and I highly recommend it.
I have recently started making blanks, simple cut out left plain for parents to finish at home. I make one off pieces, collections of people (woodland, farm, jungle etc.) and also story sets. The blanks are sanded and shaped but require further sanding to make completely smooth, painting and sealing with oil. Full instructions are provided.
I've studied child development for the past 7 years and I have come to understand that what children touch, see and interact with, they become. This is what made me decide to clear our home of toys made from unnatural materials and instead have toys that will nourish, comfort and delight my children on every level. So many modern toys can only really do one thing and once the initial newness is gone, children often lose interest. I make toys that inspire the imagination and can be used in countless ways.
Many of the 'toys' my children play with each day are not even really toys in the traditional sense. Many of the toys are items from nature such as pine cones, shells, silk cloths and little blocks made from tree branches. I would never have imagined this 8 years ago, however today, I couldn't imagine having a house full flashing noisy plastic toys. Since having simple, open-ended toys at home I have seen the quality of play completely change. My children fully engage in play for long stretches at a time and their imaginations are alive and vibrant. It amazes me the things they do and create with such basic toys. It was important to me to provide simple, natural open-ended toys so my children could lose themselves in imaginative play. Free play is so important to the healthy development of a child, the toys I make support this.
"Play is the royal road to childhood happiness and adult brilliance"Joseph Chiltern Pearce