Babies & Kids | Toys

Woolnimals

Adorable handmade needlefelted wool animals. “I made one bluebird and was hooked. Nearly four years and several hundred creatures later, I am still fabulously in love with felting. I adore animals and it’s as much a surprise to me as anyone else to see the personality and soul of the creature emerge from a ball of wool. I constantly surprise and delight myself. ”

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Kid Licks

OK OK I finally found a nail polish that I can recommend. It’s “so natural it’s edible.” Really. Zero toxic fumes. And some ingredients are organic. This stuff smells like fruit. The polish goes on smoothly and has a beautiful finish. Vibrant color. I can’t find anything toxic about it. Takes longer to dry than toxic nail polish. And it washes right off with water. It’s really designed for little girls to play dress-up, and it wouldn’t stand up to a day of washing hands or dishes. But if you want to play dress-up for a special night out, or put it on your toe nails until your next shower, this would be great. I’m going to play with the sample they sent me.

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Kinderfeet

A wooden push “balance bike” to ease the transition to pedal-powered bicycle at a toddler’s comfort level. Designed by a Dutch father as a gift to his son, “Our balance bikes are made from sustainable birch wood, from a replenishable source. The airless tires are completely biodegradable. We use minimal packaging material made from recycled paper and water based-ink. The chalkboard finish paint is water-based and the lacquer is non-toxic.” Also push bikes made from bamboo wood.

 

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Plantoys

Toys for children from birth to age 4, based on child development. Made with sustainable materials and processes, including kiln-fried natural ribber wood from trees that no longer price latex (to keep the wood pure, no fertilizer is added to the soil three years prior to cutting down the trees), non-formaldehyde glue, organic color pigment, and water-based dyes.

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Uncle Goose

Adorable wooden blocks painted with animal faces and features. Also beautiful ABC blocks. These are truly works of art. I love these! “We handcraft every set in Grand Rapids, Michigan, using choice materials from around the Great Lakes. And yes, we are 100% made in the USA…non-toxic, child-safe inks on all our blocks.”

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Filana

“Awesome crayons” made with “lots of organic beeswax…Filana™ crayons are made with natural waxes and over 25% certified organic beeswax. We never use petroleum waxes or paraffin. All our ingredients are GMO free. Filana™ crayons contain a special blend of organic and natural petroleum-free waxes, FDA-approved organic and inorganic pigments, and kaolin clay. Filana™ crayons conform to ASTM D-4236 standard, which indicates Filana™ crayons are certified nontoxic and meet or exceed specific quality standards. Filana™ crayons are CPSIA compliant. They have been tested by an independent laboratory and are certified to be compliant with the the CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act). Each one of our crayons is hand-crafted in Langley, Washington. Our crayons are 100% made in the US.”

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Mountain Honey Clothiers

“We are committed to creating heirloom quality children’s clothing, toys, and accessories, that support imagination and your child’s own unique style. We don’t skip corners, follow the hotest trends, or print big flashy logos on our products. We create pieces that are timeless and fun, yet incredibly functional.We are all about bringing your family fashion choices that allow your little one to express their uniqueness and creativity, while making a positive impact on their world. Our clothing is more than just whimsical, well made, and unique, it is made by a small company, with a huge heart; a company with a conscience.” In an email, Diedre told me she is committed to using only natural fibers (with one tiny exception: recycled plastic in a wool blend). She tries to use as much certified organically grown cotton as possible, or organic linen. The dolls are stuffed with fluffy organic cotton fill. I choose fabrics that have a 100% cotton, linen, wool, or flax content, no synthetic fibers. I use cotton thread, and metal snaps that are produced in the US and are nickel-free. I purchase from companies that either produce their products organically, are sustainably run, or can be classified as a “small business”. 100% of my products are handmade in VT, USA by either myself or my assistant. The Mountain Honey line is based on the principles of sustainably produced, small-batch fashion.”

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Little Barefoot Princess

“Classic heirloom-quality soft toys re-imagined in choice materials: GOTS Certified Organic Cotton, Hemp, Peace Silk and “The Fiber of the Gods” ˜ fine Alpaca fleece.” Their teddy bear is made from alpaca fiber, GOTS Certified Organic Cotton and low impact fiber reactive dyes. Plus other stuffed animals—both real and imaginary—are made in the same manner. Blue whales, dolphins, unicorns, dragons, pegasus, rabbits, elephants…all handmade.

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The Puzzled One

Colorful and unique “Handcrafted Wooden Puzzles and Toys that are safe, fun for all ages and created just for you. Our wooden puzzles and toys are heirloom quality, designed to become treasures that will last from generation to generation. Every wooden puzzle or toy has been skillfully handcrafted from the highest quality wood and hand painted using non-toxic water based paints, stains, and finishes (unless otherwise noted). I offer many different options at no addition cost and will add any custom detail or personalization to your puzzle for a few dollars more. All wooden puzzles and toys have been inspected for safety and durability.” In addition to toys, they also make one-of-a-kind “unity puzzles” for weddings, and “guest book” puzzles where each guest writes on a puzzle piece that the couple then puts together with each other.

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Manzanita Kids

Handmade wooden toys in the natural colors of the various woods they are made from. “We carefully select the best American hardwoods for our toys and buy from a local source. This beautiful wood is enhanced and protected by our own blend of beeswax and organic jojoba oil, which we apply and polish by hand. The birch plywood we use for our modular toys is of the highest quality, it exceeds the strict requirements set by the European Union and the California Environmental Protection Agency (CLARB II). Our toys are safe, durable, beautiful and meant to be passed to the next generation.”

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Back to Blocks

Many different sizes and styles of wooden block sets so you can find the perfect wood blocks for your family’s needs. All wooden building blocks for kids are made from natural hardwoods, like maple and poplar, and are handcrafted in the USA. No paints, stains, coatings or finishes of any kind, only natural wood. Convenient storage buckets make it easy for kids to clean up.

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Camden Rose

Natural toys and home goods for environmentally conscious families. “We believe it is possible to raise healthy children without the harmful toxins and electronic influences that challenge today’s families.” and so this couple began to design and make their own toys, inspired by the natural toys made in Europe. “Camden Rose natural toys are made from wood, wool, silk, and cotton. Children love these materials because they have a warm, honest quality that appeals to the senses. Unlike plastic, they do not impart a false impression of weight, mass, or touch. Imbued with the life force of trees, plants, and living creatures such as honeybees, our toys are lovely to touch and behold.” No plastics.

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Manny + Simon

Delightful wooden toys with bold shapes and bright colors. “We have set meticulous manufacturing and assembly standards, including the use of chemical-free wood, nontoxic paints, and safety-conscious ergonomic shapes while maintaining our high quality. Sustainably harvested maple…our paint zero VOC, volatile organic compounds, zero carcinogens.”

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Countryside Gifts

Handmade wooden toys, banks, crayon holders, models, desk accessories and more, with traditional and creative designs. Some can be personalized.”All of our products are lovingly hand-crafted in our wood shop using the finest grade woods and materials. Our products are beautifully finished using only nontoxic finishes. The majority of our products are made from woods harvested using Sustainable Forestry Practices and feature Environmentally Friendly, Organic and Natural Finishes. All our products are 100% Handmade in the USA.

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D AND ME

Handcrafted wood toys. Mostly cars and trucks and trains, but if you have an idea for a toy that you’d like, they are happy to make it for you. “All of our handcrafted wood toys provide hours of imaginative play for toddlers and children of all ages. The toys may be ordered with or without (natural) a child safe oiled finish.”

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Cake in the Morn

Cake in the Morn specializes in natural, eco friendly Montessori and Waldorf toys. Each toy is made to order. It is hand cut, hand painted, and hand sewn by Heidi. Each design you see is created by Heidi and unique to Cake in the Morn. You won’t find toys like ours anywhere else! We use eco-friendly felt, all American hardwood, and an AP-certified non-toxic paint wash on all of our wood products. All of our toys are sealed with our very own homemade local beeswax seal.”

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Bannor Toys

Charming wooden toys, with no toxic anything, handcrafted completely in the USA. “Our wood is natural, we do not stain it. We use Maple, Cherry, and Walnut woods and their natural colors. Our finish is an organic beeswax and flaxseed oil mixture that is all natural and nontoxic so it is the perfect finish for baby’s mouth. The oil brings out the color and the beeswax provides durability. Our glue and paint are organic as well made from a company in the United States. They are 100% safe, lead free, no VOC’s, and non-toxic. Our teethers are left “naked”, there is no finish on them.”

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The Woodshaper Shop of Maine

“Where wood is shaped into treasured creations for the home and garden.” Their “refined rustic furniture” for the garden is durable and affordable, made of “native white cedar and are true Maine Made quality.” Their classic wooden toys give a creative alternative to video games. “Made of pine and finished with a beeswax and citrus sealer, Woodshaper Shop toys are safe and durable.”

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Organic Grace

Just about everything you might need for your baby, chosen to be safe by a real mother for her baby. Crib and mattresses, bedding, glass bottles, cloth diapers, baby blankets and clothes, herbal products, dolls, teethers, toys, pactifiers, pillows, and more–all made from nontoxic, natural, and organic materials. Even organic cotton baby carriers!

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Hazelnut Kids

“Natural toys for girls and boys.” This site has LOTS of toys to choose from that range from art supplies to wooden toys, and everything in between: blocks, dolls and dollhouses, games, musical instruments, puzzles, stuffed animals, and more. They have a good list of chemicals that are not in their products, including their health effects, and give each product an icon for “toxin-free,” “sustainable production,” “organic,” “made in the USA,” “recycled,” and “social responsibility,” (and maybe more…these are the ones I found) which show why they chose the product and helps you find the attributes you are looking for at a glance. Many of the toys also have stories about who made them. See their article “Why Choose Natural, Wooden and Organic Toys?”

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Down to Earth Toys

“Top quality toys made in the USA…We know that American made toys are constructed with safe materials and built by fair labor practices.” They carefully select baby and toddler toys made from organic, biodegradable, recyclable or recycled materials. “All of the toys found here meet or exceed the established North American and European safety standards. All finishes are child-safe and non-toxic. We are thrilled each time we find a new organic toy to offer. We also carry a selection of Fair Trade toys (provided by companies in other countries who adhere to very strict safety and fair labor guidelines).” Their navigation helps you easily find the toys that are “natural and organic” and “wooden.” Lots to explore and choose from!

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Bella Luna Toys

Listen to my interview with Bella Luna Toys Owner Sarah Baldwin.

“Unique natural toys and products for children and families that are safe, healthy and encourage imaginative play. You will find no battery-operated or plastic toys here, the kind that will be played with for a short time before ending up in a landfill. Our quality toys are not disposable. They are built to last; the kind of toys that can be passed on or handed down to future generations. Most of our toys are made in the USA, Germany or Canada. The ones made overseas are certified to be ethically and sustainably made. Our toys have been tested to meet the strictest safety standards.”

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Peapods Natural Toys & Baby Care

“Our store is an alternative toy and baby supply store. We offer a huge selection of great products. We offer baby slings, cloth diapers and wraps, wooden toys, puzzles, silk toys, toys made from recycled plastic, dress up wear, stuffed animals, finger puppets, dolls, dollhouses, toy trains, and a lot more really really neat stuff. Nearly everything is made of natural woods and fibers–no batteries or vinyl toys.”

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Oompa – Naturally Brilliant Toys

Literally hundreds of wooden and organic toys from around the world. “With a keen eye for MODERN design, superior craftsmanship, fine materials, and high play value, we continuously search the world for the best toys for your child. We seek out manufacturers that make sincere efforts to respect the planet and that provide safe, nurturing environments for their employees.” Search by age, brand, category, and country.

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Rosie Hippo

“Beautifully handcrafted wooden toys, toys made from organic fabrics, toys from individuals, companies, villages and cooperatives around the world, and books and games that stimulate creativity and independent thought. We offer toys that will evoke a sense of fun, curiosity and wonder for that special little one in your life. And all of our toys are produced under conditions that are fair to workers and kind to our environment. We choose products that help you savor those special moments…the walks with that little hand grasping yours, that special book you read together at bedtime, the game you play as a family, the arts and crafts you create side-by-side… We hope that Rosie Hippo is able to help by offering special toys that will become best friends, cherished memories, and lead to many happy hours spent together as they are passed through the generations.”

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ChildTrek

“An award-winning toy store that specializes in non-toxic, higher-quality, better made, educational toys without the commercial hype. Most are made of sustainable natural materials and recycled plastics. All are certified child-safe and non-toxic.” They also feature toys made under fair-trade practices to promote world prosperity

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The Wooden Wagon

A good selection of wooden toys and figurines, games and puzzles, dolls, and imaginative playthings. I love what they say about why they sell wooden toys and will not sell plastic. “Wooden toys have a wonderful power to awaken the child’s imagination. They may not beep or speak or flash lights, but watch them in use, and you will see a child’s imagination flourishing. With these toys, life is given by the child, not by a battery or computer chip. The simplicity of their design frees rather than restricts the imagination. Aesthetically wood is the perfect material for toymaking. Just as each piece of wood has its individual grain, so each wooden toy has its individual character. The child’s senses are awoken to the natural world and stimulated by the variations in grain, texture, and smell of different woods. And wood has its own temperature, making it pleasurable to the touch. Finally, there are environmental reasons to choose a wooden toy: Wood is a renewable resource, whereas petroleum-based products are not. Our manufacturers use local woods where possible, frequently from the annual fell from European forests, and promote regrowth. The by-products of production can be recycled. Vegetable dyes and natural varnishes ensure that the toys are not only non-toxic, but natural as well. And a wooden toy can be easily repaired if necessary, or as a last resort recycled.” Also natural teddy bears and stuffed animals.

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Seasons Natural Toys

"I have designed and made magical playthings that could enter a child's world and gently enhance and inspire an exploration of self, family, and nature, free of outside worries or walls. My playthings are inspired by the belief that children need to have a connection with nature and freedom to imagine, and the opportunities to do so. Almost all my little designs are made by a group of stay at home moms and weekend workers." This philosophy positively glows through these charming playthings, which are original and exclusive to this website. In addition to figurines and "whatever we find magical", they sell play environments based in nature– treehouses fairy and wizard houses, caves for trolls… "Enchantment, Inspiration and Imagination are Free!"

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Planet Happy Toys

A wondrous selection of toys chosen to "connect people and plant through play." created by a mother dedicated to fair trade and organic and sustainable materials. Toys, books and crafts by global artisans celebrate education, global awareness, and non-violence. For every purchase, a tree is planted.

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Ostheimer Toys

"Beautiful, quality wooden figures…dedication to the gentle, open ended, natural and creative play encouraged by Waldorf schools." These toys are long-time favorites and can be found on most websites that sell natural playthings. This is the website of the manufacturer, who will ship direct. They have "a vast selection of animals, birds, trees, people and even snails and turtles. Every figure is created by hand and with the utmost care. They use natural paints to create the soft colours on each hand painted figure and are careful about what paints they use to ensure safe and truly natural wooden toys. The paints used are non-toxic and water-based, and they are applied in thin layers in order to allow the natural appearance of the wood to remain visible…Every figure is submerged in a bath of walnut oil, to protect and intensify the colours."

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OrganicWearUSA

Soft and cuddley animals and "zmooz dolls" made from 100% natural-color organic cotton. My favorite is the Amazing Organic Sheep Music Box. Made with 100% organic cotton and filled with pure wool, this adorable, washable, sheep plays soft music that soothes baby to sleep. The German manufacturer is certified by international organic organizations and controls the manufacturing process from the weaving and dyeing to production by home mothers.

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Nova Natural Toys and Crafts

Aimed to families and teachers, this website carries “a wide variety of natural products, which are conducive to creative and wholesome living. We offer finely crafted toys that inspire imaginative play, beautifully illustrated children’s books, a wide range of parenting and craft books, non-competitive games which successfully combine action and challenge with co-operation and compassion and natural craft and art supplies to create your own works of beauty…Each toy should be age-appropriate in form and in function. Toys should further the child’s inner development allowing children to express moods and feelings freely and have an ‘open-ended’ quality…A simple toy allows the child’s imagination, full play.” All the toys are made from natural materials. Toys include teddy bears and stuffed animals, wooden toys and games, toys for learning skills, science and discovery, arts and crafts, and much more. Everything a child could need for inspirational and educational play—all made from natural materials.

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Magic Cabin

"We believe in good-old-fashioned make believe and in children's innate need to interact with simple, natural toys and crafts…we conscientiously select products that are beautiful and enchanting, sturdy and safe, and best of all, FUN." Choose from toys, games, puzzles, dolls, silks, and household items.

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Hearthsong

One of the original natural toy catalogs, founded in 1983 by a mother on the premise that "kids need to be kids". Many items are made from natural materials. Selections include crafts and games in addition to toys–many teaching skills, nature awareness, and development of imagination.

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EcoToyTown

Wooden toys for ages 19 months and up. Made from cultivated replenishable para rubberwoods that have ceased to yield latex and natural rubber. "Traditionally, para rubberwood that no longer yeilds latex is burned for charcoal, but now, it is being used to make optimum use of it while helping to maintain an ecological balance at the same time

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Chinaberry

This is one of those magical, creative websites that exemplifies the best in what it means to experience childhood. They primarily carry books that encourage environmental and multicultural awareness, expanded abilities, and cooperation. They also have many playthings including many wooden toys, magical things like fairy mobiles, toys and games that teach skills, and much more. You could spend hours exploring this wonder-full site."We are committed to making this world a kinder, gentler place, both with the products we offer and in the way we do business."

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