Gorgeous Selecta Wooden Toys for Tiny People and Toddlers
If you’ve ever watched the Antiques Roadshow you’ll know Germany is the home of some of the best toys in the world and has been for centuries, from old-style Victorian tin toys to beautiful teddy bears. And Selecta, the German toy manufacturer, is carrying on the trend, creating top quality educational wooden toys for more than four decades. Germany also has strong and vocal ethical and green movements, dedicated to defending and protecting the natural world long before the rest of Europe started to catch on.
The wood used by Selecta comes from local maple, beech and pine trees and the company only uses FSC accredited timber from sustainable forests. Wood is intrinsically safe, chewable and suck-able, which makes it the perfect material for little children’s toys. The makers also insist on water-soluble, perfectly safe varnishes and paints, which they use sensitively to enhance the natural beauty of the wood.
It’s also great to know that Selecta bring their nation’s traditional German efficiency to bear on the testing and safety process too, with the highly respected testing lab TUV making sure every toy is safe, fun and supremely sturdy. If you want to pass toys down through the generations like they used to in the old days these toys last and last, beating plastic alternatives every time.
Agricolo mini farm set
The Agricolino farm set comes with tiny wooden trees, gates and animals plus the farmer himself. Perfect for little ones aged 36 months onwards, children can play with them as a set or thread them onto a 96cm reinforced cord, making it an excellent way to improve the dexterity of chubby little fingers as well as great fun.
Nico the pull-along dog
Children naturally respond to animals as equals and this charming little pull-along dog, christened Nico, is perfect for pulling along, a real best friend for children aged a year upwards. His soft blue felt ears, blue spotted body and sweet tail made from wooden beads combine with an unevenly-dowelled wheels, giving him a funny wobbly walk and he even has a bell around his neck. He’s 17cm x 12cm in size with a 76cm cord to pull him along. What a super Easter gift!
Cheeky Rascal pram chain
If your baby gets bored in his or her pram, the delightful Cheeky Rascal pram chain is a great way to keep them happy and occupied. It’s made from three gorgeous little creatures, a wooden lion, monkey and penguin, threaded onto strong, flexible 26cm cord. The animals jump and wriggle their funky little string legs as the pram moves, providing a constant source of amusement and fascination. Perfect for new born babies to one year olds, it’s a popular choice for small boys and girls alike.
Selecta’s ethical credentials
Selecta’s Forest Stewardship Council certificate guarantees their products come from properly-managed forests that meet the social, economic and ecological needs of current and future generations. The manufacturer has also created a unique internal eco-friendly policy which means the waste they produce is negligible – they even use leftover wood shavings to heat the factory.
The wooden parts are made from safe, clean, non-toxic hardwood maple, which never splinters. They use natural, water soluble glues and steer completely clear of Formaldehyde and chemical softeners. The wood stain used to colour the toys is also water soluble, the same as the colourings used in food so they’re perfectly safe. And the natural seal Selecta uses to treat the surface of their toys comes with a lovely smooth finish as well as protection the toys against the ravages of child saliva and sweat!
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