Thursdays are always good days in our house because it means we're only one day away from the weekend! We have friends coming into town from out of state tonight so Olivia and I have plans to make our favorite vanilla bean scones this afternoon for brunch tomorrow when they visit!
This month is all about Creating a Dream Home & Nursery and today I'm thrilled to be featuring The Wooden Wagon, a beautiful shop for all types of handcrafted toys, including our all-time favorite Ostheimer figures. Gathering the finest wooden toys from all around Europe -- and Germany specifically -- The Wooden Wagon offers a wide selection of block sets, wooden games, puzzles, toys for pretend and more. They have an incredible selection of Ostheimer toys and therefore are an excellent place to shop for them within the US because of their vast inventory. The Wooden Wagon is all about the simple, the natural, the safe and most of all the fun toys.
"Founded by a Stay-at-Home Dad in 2003, The Wooden Wagon continues to be a family business. We seek out the highest quality natural toys, such as we would want our own children to have–predominantly from Europe and the USA. We pay attention to the play value, safety, workmanship, materials used and timelessness of each of our items. Simply put: we offer nothing that we would not want in our own home."
"Most of our manufacturers are family-owned as well, and all of them share our values. They use only the best materials, whether it is FSC wood, or organic cotton, wool or fabric, or non-toxic stains, paints and finishes. They oversee every step of production, and their toys are for the most part made in small batches. A great many of our toys are handmade, whether cut, turned on a lathe or carefully sewn and detailed by hand. Our manufacturers’ work environments are of the highest quality, safe and environmentally conscious."
"But just as important to our selection is the play value of each toy. We love open-ended toys that spark the imagination and lead children to find their own individual ways to play and tell a story. We have chosen toys that can be interpreted by the child in many ways, and that will be re-invented over many years as the child grows. We like toys that work in conjunction with other toys and thereby extend the play value even further."
Throughout my interaction with The Wooden Wagon, I continued to be impressed by their customer service, efficient communication, quick shipping and of course, the products themselves we received. I have shared our love of Ostheimer wooden toys many times over the past 6 months and because Ostheimer is based out of Germany, I am often asked where they can be purchased within the United States. The Wooden Wagon is the perfect spot to find any and all of the figures you may be looking for and they are nicely categorized here for super simple shopping.
Another favorite feature I'm loving is that on their website they have a page dedicated to buying Toys By Age. Wooden toys make the most timeless and lovely gifts, whether at a baby shower, birthday party and more. I love when shops have this feature because it makes finding exactly what you're looking for extra easy! And what Mom doesn't love that?! A few items that really caught my eye in addition to the Ostheimer figures are this beautiful flower stacking toy, this natural block set in a bag, this toy workbench, this adorable wooden tea set and last but not least, this dancing alligator pull toy. No matter your style or child's age, there is sure to be something perfect.
Ultimately, The Wooden Wagon believes that less is more -- simple toys (without noise, flashing lights or batteries) -- inspire children. They love wood for that very reason...the simple, natural beauty of wood fosters a quieter, slower type of play, which is so important in this busy, fast-paced modern world. This is the type of play that allows a child the peace to develop imagination, creativity and originality.
Because we love The Wooden Wagon and all their toys so much, I've teamed up with them to give away a $100 SHOP CREDIT to one of you to pick out your favorites! Head over to my instagram @blessednestblog for more details on how to enter. The giveaway runs today through Wednesday April 13. And for an extra entry, leave a comment below with your favorite item or Ostheimer figure from their shop! Happy almost-Friday!