A few months ago, here in a cute shop in my little town, I discovered the beautiful, natural wooden blocks set by Polish company Wooden Story. These blocks, like all of the wooden toys by Wooden Story, are hand made in the Beskidy Mountains of Poland from environmentally sourced wood. Beeswax and botanical oils give the toys a soft, polished finish — just holding them in your hands, you can feel the love and attention they received whilst being made.
I ended up buying Marlow a blocks set for Christmas, and have since picked up a few of the other wooden stacking toys as gifts for other kids as well as for our own home. I am impressed with everything I’ve seen in their collection of toys — our basket of wooden blocks has become one of the most played with item in our house! Marlow must make at least ten different ‘unicorn castles’ a day, each one more detailed than the next. And if she’s not guarding the blocks closely enough, the boys have been known to steal the basket into their room to build their own towers.
After a bit of research, I’ve learned that Wooden Story is a family-owned company started by ‘Grandpa Borowy’ back in 1969. They set out to create wooden toys for kids to connect children to nature, to encourage happiness and play, and to honour the natural environment where they live. What a wonderful company to support!