Etsy Store Recommendations

Where does Summer often shop for her class?

I do a lot of shopping for my classroom on  I know I am getting truely handmade products, I can buy American made products from people who really care about the importance of children’s play. Some of my favorite shops on etsy are:

  • littlesaplingtoys- modern, organic and wooden toys for very young children
  • monkeysontheroof- they make fantastic tree blocks (which I think should be in every home and classroom)
  • asummerafternoon- wooden toys and wooden crayon holders
  • foreverandafters- some really great wooden play furniture
  • thepurpletangerine- has hand dyed playsilks (a must for any classroom and home)
  • mamamadethem - wonderful wooden play things. Great for story telling or group times.

Hint: copy and paste the store names into the search box in the right hand corner of the website.  What are your favorite Etsy stores?  Share them in the comments section!



Summer Langille, M.A, Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 Years

Summer has been working with children for almost 15 years. The oldest of four she’s always seen herself as a caregiver. She started off caring for children as a nanny for many years. She received her undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University and has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education specializing in birth to age eight from Long Beach State. She’s worked with infants all the way up to elementary aged children in center-based care, private school care, home-based care, back-up care and afterschool care. She was a lead teacher for an infant program and more recently a two year old/preschool program. She even had a brief stint as a brownie girl scout troop leader. She’s passionate about quality care for children and thinks the environment plays a large role in how a child learns effectively. She loves art, blocks, music, fairy gardens and picture books and wants all caregivers of children to know how important their job is to the children they care for. Summer is currently home with her baby, navigating this new role as Mama. She blogs about her family at