Grimms - Open-Ended Wooden Toys & Rainbow Stackers
Guided by the principles of Waldorf education and educational approaches such as Montessori!
Grimms Makes Wooden Toys For Open-Ended Play Time
If you look around at our selection of Grimms wood toys, likely the first thing you will notice is the variety of colors! It is hard to not consider the irony of the most popular wood toy that Grimms makes being a rainbow. There are several different wood rainbows that Grimms makes, and they are always a favorite.
At first glance, the wood toys seem almost too simple: a stack of wood shaped like a rainbow, semi-circles, or bowls. However, if you understand the power of the child’s creative mind, you will see a toy with innumerable possibilities. Stacking pebbles, boards, arches, and blocks can quickly turn into building a fortress to defend against the ancient trolls, or creating a vast city with rivers and animals and homes. The imagination is truly the only limitation when it comes to what you can do with the beautiful wooden toys that come from Grimms.
Grimms toys are made of natural wood, and because it is a natural material they will always have various markings that show up on their products; making each one unique. Grimm’s toys are always unique - none are ever exactly the same. The unique marks on every toy are made by nature. 💚 All wood grain has changing structures and colors, which are visible on Grims toys and serve as proof of their natural origins. These unique variations are proof of quality, not defects. Discover the markings that make your Grimm's toy simply unique at Lil’ Tulips.
Regarding the Grimms Rainbow Stacker - the Most Popular Wooden Toy
A common question we get about the Grimms Rainbow Stacker is, “Why can the rainbow only be stacked together in one direction?” “The Rainbow Stacker doesn’t fit!”
The organically designed Rainbow is hand-sawn from one single piece of wood, which is done freehand and requires a lot of experience. Cutting the pieces of wood into the rainbow shape leads to an asymmetrical construction, which ultimately creates a more pleasant, natural appeal in comparison to using stale, precise, symmetric stencils (where’s the creativity and beauty in that?!) As such, your individual rainbow arcs may need to be rotated to obtain a perfect fit. This is exactly what makes Grimms toys so special and unique.
The Grimms Wooden Toys Story of Open-Ended Play - Waldorf and Montessori Style
Grimms are a family-owned and sustainably managed wooden toy manufacturer at the foot of the Swabian Alb. They produce natural, high-quality, and safe wooden toys made to officially certified standards. In product development, they are guided by the principles of Waldorf education and other educational approaches, such as Montessori.
Children’s toys are not just about keeping kids busy. Above all else, it is important that they have toys that are appropriate to their age and development. Stimulation of a child’s imagination helps develop the creative potential that will be available to them for their entire life. Beautiful, artistically crafted, quality toys made of natural materials also portray a sense of beauty and an understanding of quality. This is absolutely vital, especially in our “disposable society.”
Grimms handles the resources of nature responsibly. Natural toys carry as many traces of intense play as possible to tell the stories of a playful childhood. Playing together as a family creates closeness (something almost lost in our society of social media and digital life) and helps us slow down – especially for adults/parents! Grimms truly wants to see as many families as possible experience the healing power of playing and discovering together. Ultimately, Grimms seeks to support and encourage children to discover their own creativity – leaving room for independent decisions.