Grimm's Wooden Toys
POSTED BY BETH | 02.11.17
Well, Halloween has passed, so there's no denying (however much I might want to) that it's THAT time of year again. Ok, so it's been THAT time of year again since late August, when we all went shopping and BAM! the aisles were lined with mince pies and choccy boxes *le sigh*.
Toys. As a child the word can fill you with a quiverful joy that leaps in your heart. As a parent, it can leave you with a fearful, jelly-like feeling in the pit of your stomach.
As parents ourselves, we don't consider Grimm's Wooden Toys as toys. They're gifts - a gift to the eye in the bold colours; a gift in the hand, so tactile and soothing; and a gift to the imagination. They are shape, they are colour. Everything else comes from within, from the heart, from the head - dictated by mood, developmental stage and fleeting, whimsical yet profound dreams and desires. They are one thing one day, and something completely different the next. They are exactly what your child wants them to be or needs them to be at any time.
We often hear parents say 'Yes, they're very colourful, but what do they do?' The whole point is that they don't do anything. They are colour, they are shape. It's what your child does with them that is amazing.
And with that, they are everything, and do everything at once. Where you see some wooden blocks, a child will see a village, a castle, a farm, a landscape, or a tool to help with counting and colour recognition, encouraging learning and imagination.
In themselves, they are stunning, hand-crafted, heirloom-quality toys. Made from sustainable European wood, they are dyed with water-based non-toxic paints, and often look just as good as ornaments as children's toys. They have been a firm favourite in our house for many years, and continue to be to this day.
Much love and happy playing!