1 Wooden Ostheimer figures and sets
These traditional wooden toys originate from Steiner Waldorf’s ideas that freedom for creative play encourages a childs development. Most wooden toys are laser cut, but these are hand traced onto wood, and then hand sawn and sanded to give the soft edges, by people in Europe paid a fair wage for their skills, working in clean and safe environments. They come in whole range of gorgeous animals, farmyard, african, exotic, woodland – as well as knights and dragons, trees, buildings, workers and family people figures, we love them in our house!
Priced from £6 each figure, available here
2 Eco Print from Studio Noodle
I recently blogged about the lovely Studio Noodle . Lisa produces gorgeous prints on recycled pulp card using non toxic vegetable inks and finished with a water based eco sealant. Lyra and Marnie have the adorable ‘Ila’ print in their room and we have got two (‘Tiara’ and ‘Reishi’) as christmas gifts for my niece and nephew. Huge range to choose from to suit any room, I love that all the animals characters have names, adorable!
Priced from £7, available here
3 Wooden skittle set
A beautiful wooden skittle set, handmade in the UK with reclaimed wood, by a community that provides meaningful work for adults with special needs.
£54.99, advised for age 3 yrs + Available here
4 Magic beans
These are super cool. Magic beans with a message on them – plant the seed into water beads or soil, and less than two weeks later, they grow into a plant with a clearly visible message! Lovely idea to teach kids about planting, taking responsibility and maybe a little bit of patience (!)
£3. Available here
5 Stacking fish game
A tricky stacking game, good for eye to hand co-ordination! Handmade in the uk with reclaimed wood.
£23.95 , advised for ages 3 yrs + Available here
6 Fairtrade tote bag to colour in
These fair-trade unbleached cotton tote bags are available in various designs, perfect for little hands to colour in – they can then be easily fixed with a piece of paper and cool iron.
£5, Advised for ages 3 yrs + Available here
7 Organic, fair trade teepee
These gorgeous organic cotton teepees are made to fair trade standards in India. They come in four lovely designs.
£100, all four teepees available here
8 Fair trade doll
Unisex dolls, available in six different characters – each one having been created by Sri Lankan school childrens vivid imaginations! These gorgeous quirky dolls are made from cotton in India, with 50% of proceeds going back into the local community.
£25, available here
9 Fair trade wooden pull along dog
Made by a fair trade organization in India using sustainably sourced wood. They take inspiration from old traditional toy designs and work with local laquer workers to improve their livelihoods.
£24.95 available here
10 Fair trade wool sheep
Fairly traded – it takes one full day for a skilled artisan in Kyrgyzstan to make a single toy ball, each toy is unique and signed by the artisan who made it with £1 donation from each sale that goes to a reputable charity in Kyrgyzstan to help disadvantaged children. Also available in the cat version
£19.95 Available here