Being a preschool teacher, I’m always on the look out for sturdy, open-ended toys that will:
1) engage children in play;
2) help them to use their creativity;
3) imaginations; and
4) critical thinking.
With all of the above in mind, I have put together a list of many different websites where one can find quality toys, handmade toys and overall, toys that open up a child’s imagination.
- www.novanatural.com - this website has natural toys and crafts for babies up to kindergarten. They also carry Waldorf toys.
- www.threesisterstoys.com - This website carries toys for babies up to school age. They have been featured in many magazines and blogs for carrying great natural, wooden and classic toys. (Note: website seems to be down 4-26-2012)
- www.thenaturestore.com -this company carries some great science products for children, animal and dinosaur replicas, science puzzles, binoculars and much more.
- www.plantoys.com - this is a wonderful company whose toys I have recently seen in commercial stores as well. They are a green company and provide an array of wooden toys from vehicles to dollhouses.
- www.greentoys.com - This is a San Franciscan company focusing on making green, sustainable toys for young children.
- www.environments.com - this store sells mostly to large centers but in my opinion has the better quality toys and materials than the other larger child care catalogs.
Where do you find your quality toys? Share in the comments section!