Adventerra Games is a Swiss company located in Canton Ticino, specialising in environmentally themed educational games for children. Born of a desire to inspire families to respect nature and safeguard our planet, the Adventerra games develop a child’s self-awareness about the effects her or his behaviour has on our shared environment.
Arts & Crafts – Heutink
Heutink International’s Arts & Crafts materials encourage children to freely develop their creative skills, which helps develop their motor skills, social and emotional intelligence, spatial orientation, concentration, communication and problem solving skills. All the products offered are of the highest quality and are safe and sustainable.
Made in rural Kentucky, USA, from soybean wax, Crayon Rocks are designed by a schoolteacher to teach the correct pencil grip. They are a unique colouring toy for young children. Vibrantly coloured, they create beautifully textured child artwork similar to oil pastels. Crayon Rocks are non-toxic and conform to ASTM D-4236, ASTM F-963, EN71-3 and CPSIA.
The Swedish brand Debresk offers high-quality, natural wooden toys smoothly shaped from pine and birch entirely made by hand. Debresk’s philosophy is to provide Waldorf toys made from living materials to promote the child’s relationship with the living world, and to cultivate an appreciation of beauty and the importance of caring for the things around us. Debresk toys are to be enjoyed for generations.
Droomdeurtjes (“Dream Doors”) is a Dutch brand, founded by Margreet & Sonja. The dream door invites children to create their own safe place and let their imagination run free. An Elf or Dragon friend is always there to share the child’s wishes or experiences, and to encourage the child to do something brave. They also comfort the child, helping them see that even difficult situations can work out.
The Dutch brand Educo represents a colourful world of playful learning, new ideas and challenging educational games. Learning instinctively through play, children gain valuable experiences that encourage them to grow and develop. Educo’s active, hands-on educational products are mainly made of wood, very durable, encourage play-based learning and inspire growth and success in children aged 1-6 years.
The Latvian brand Flockmen creates natural unfinished wooden toys shaped like men, entirely made by hand from locally sourced Baltic wood. The versatile toy is designed for creative play, discovery, learning, developing skills and concepts like sorting, matching, ordering, logic, spatial relations, recognition, organisation, planning and balance. Flockmen toys encourage the child’s imagination to run free.
Glückskäfer is a traditional German brand of pedagogically valuable toys that support childhood development. Their toys are designed in collaboration with pedagogues, parents, doctors and midwives. Glückskäfer has produced high quality toys for more than 60 years. Most of their products are colourful handmade wooden toys meant to last for many generations.
The first company to produce Montessori materials over 100 years ago in collaboration with Maria Montessori, Gonzagarredi still produces AMI certified Montessori materials. They also offer a large range of high-quality furniture and tailor made solutions for the prepared Montessori environment, schools, childcare centres and libraries. All of their products are consistent with Maria Montessori’s guidelines.
The Spanish family-run brand Grapat offers handmade wooden toys without instructions. Open-ended toys favour free and autonomous play. Inspired by the Waldorf pedagogy, the Grapat philosophy of natural simplicity is based on providing children with a few basic items and allowing them to create their own games and imaginary worlds with material that encourages, invites and stimulates creation.
Supporting the transition from informal to formal acting, the Dutch brand Jegro caters to the market with mathematics and language learning materials specifically for children aged 6-12 years. Jegro was founded in 1913. To this day, their educational materials are still are mainly made by hand at the Noord Nederlandse Stempel- en Leermiddelenfabriek in the Netherlands.
Le Toy Van
Founded in 1995, Le Toy Van is an English family-run brand that believes childhood should be enjoyed to the full. Their high quality traditional wooden toys with contemporary styling encourage early learning through imaginative role play. Le Toy Van’s toys are ethically made from sustainable tactile materials such as rubber wood and are finished with water-based paint.
Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company
The Netherlands-based Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company publishes and distributes books and previously unpublished writings by Dr. Maria Montessori in various languages. Their products are a key element to AMI guides trainings and uphold, propagate and further Maria Montessori’s principles and practices for the full development of the human being.
German brand Nanchen have been making handmade high-quality traditional Waldorf dolls in their small workshop in Martinhagen, Germany since 1983. Each of the Nanchen dolls has its own character with an individually hand-painted face. Only materials from controlled organic cultivation and controlled organic farming are used such as 100% organic pure new wool to stuff the dolls by hand.
Natural Earth Paint
Natural Earth Paint was founded in 2011 by Leah Fanning, a professional artist, mom and environmentalist. Leah is committed to a truly eco-friendly business model; her company was awarded a Gold certification from Green America. Natural Earth paint is environmentally friendly, safe, easily washed from hands and clothing, quick drying and completely natural.
The Dutch brand Nienhuis Montessori is the world’s leading Montessori brand, continuing Maria Montessori’s legacy. Nienhuis Montessori manufactures the widest and most innovative range of Montessori materials, furniture and curriculum support. AMI certified, their high quality educational products provide children with the tools they need to become independent and critical thinkers.
USA based, Sarah’s Silks specialises in Waldorf-inspired, natural and sustainable toys such as playsilks, cotton play cloths, capes, fairy dresses and streamers perfect for open-ended play. The vibrantly coloured playsilks, cotton play cloths and capes are made with non-toxic, eco-friendly dyes and natural fibres ranging from 100% real silk to 100% cotton and are EU and USA safety tested for children from 3 years.
Family-run brand SINA Spielzeug creates high-quality hand-made wooden toys in their private workshop in Germany. SINA’s range includes didactic wooden toys and wooden playing items for therapeutic use. They are licenced to produce Froebel Gaben (gifts) according to the original blueprints from the 1800s. SINA is a member of the Pestalozzi-Fröbel-Verband and supports the Froebel pedagogy.
Used in Waldorf Schools all over the world, the German brand Stockmar produces high quality art materials such as modelling beeswax, crayons and paints. Using beeswax, the Stockmar art materials are non-toxic and produced to the highest pedagogical, artistic, social and environmental standards. The Stockmar colour range is based on Goethe’s colour circle and is consistent across all products for harmony between colours.
Toy for Life
Toys for Life is a Dutch brand that offers a range of affordable educational products to be applied in the area of education at home. The range of colourful learning sets has been developed in close cooperation with the team behind the Heutink brand Educo. The high quality Toys for Life products support play-based learning in the areas of mathematics, language and motor development.
Dutch brand Waytoplay creates easy to connect and clean road parts and components which can be used on almost any surface, inside or outside. Waytoplay encourages imaginative play and creating circuits and road maps for favourite toys and vehicles. The Waytoplay road parts are made in Germany from 100% child safe and durable locally sourced PVC which is BPA, cadmium, PAH and Phthalates free.