Grimm’s Spiel & Holz Design from the Swabian Alp is one of the most outstanding German wooden toy manufacturers. As a family-owned company they develop, manufacture and sell wooden toys since 1978. Grimm’s intend is to design toys, whose simple and reduced design together with beautiful colouring, and inviting surface feel are well suited for all ages - products that are played with over and over again.
Committed to the pedagogical guidelines of Montessori and Waldorf pedagogy, Grimm’s offer open-ended toys made of sustainable sourced wood for both children and adults. Their natural toys are not only well renowned in Europe and used extensively in many kindergartens and by speech and occupational therapists, it improves fine motor skills and mathematical reasoning.
What is special about Grimm’s products is the optimal balance of innovative and minimal design which serves to inspire creativity rather than to limit it. As children grow, their needs change, and they find different ways to play with open-ended toys. This means that such toys will grow with children, accompanying them throughout childhood.
The variations in combining Grimm’s wooden toys are endless, opening up a wide field of counter balance to the digital and media world we live in. A healthy childhood must include real experiences made and built by hand and heart together with others – and in close contact with nature!
Seals and Certifications
The "Spiel Gut" seal is one of the most prestigious certifications for children's toys in Germany. Founded in 1954 in Ulm, the association tests and assesses submitted toys regularly. The working committee, which is supported by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, consists of about 40 experts from the fields of education, psychology, sociology, medicine, design, technology, environmental protection and other professional groups. The toys are tested in families and by children and rigorously tested by the members of the Working Committee. The "Spiel Gut" seal is the only pedagogically oriented design award. The benefit for parents, grandparents and other people who buy toys for children is the well-founded and proven consumer advice that reflects the experience of years of peer review and collaboration with professionals and parents. All products are tried and tested in practice. The manufacturer must indicate used materials which are subject to random checks.
Among the many rigorous criteria under which the toy is tested include age and stage of development of the child according to the manufacturer's age specifications, the educational stimulation of imagination and imagination, the possibility of deepening everyday environmental experiences, the versatility of play opportunities, material and workmanship, design, shape and color, the comprehensibility of construction and mechanics for children, the durability and durability of the toy with a focus on sustainability as well as safety and environmental compatibility.
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