I’ve already started shopping for Christmas and I know some of you have too. I thought I might make a few suggestions for presents made with natural materials to offset some of the plastic shock that often comes with Christmas. I’m not an Etsy affiliate, so these are just people I love and want other people to love too! This first week of handmade Christmas, here are seven makers who focus on toys and educational materials.
I first became acquainted with the idea of loose pieces from a Reggio facebook group. Loose parts, architect Simon Nicholson argued, let kids engage in open ended, experimental play. These parts can be used to build, be taken apart, carried around, and used to build something totally new and different. They are the ultimate open end toy.
Tree blocks are a wonderful addition to your child’s toys. They are made of natural materials, in natural shapes, making a change from (or addition to!) the standardized shapes and right angles of unit blocks.