I received compensation and product samples in exchange for this review. All opinions remain my own!
There’s a wooden rattle at my Mom’s house. It’s 32 years old: my Nana brought it back for me from England. When it’s 60 years old, my grand-kids will be playing with it. If we manage not to lose it, and I live well into my nineties like my Nana, then maybe I’ll see my great-grand-kids gnawing on our century-old rattle.
In a world where toys can be purchased for a dollar, and no one bats an eye when they break (“Hey, it only cost a buck!”), it’s easy to forget what it feels like to hold a solid, handcrafted plaything in your hands and know exactly where it came from, and imagine where it might end up. In the case of our new toys from Treeclub Kids, I know they were made in Ontario from local non-splintering hardwoods, and finished with organic oils and beeswax. I know that when they’ve been outgrown, I’ll keep them safely tucked away for future young visitors and hopefully one day, my grandchildren.
Little Miss Cub received one of Treeclub Kids’ Push-and-Pull toys: a bunny! They also make a turtle, a moose, a fox and a bear. The logo is neatly branded directly into one wooden wheel, so no paint will ever chip away or fade.
Cub received a Treeclub Kids Tool Set, which includes a hammer, a wrench, a screwdriver, a saw and a ruler (to scale!). The Tool Set is a brand new item, and should be available for purchase at the end of July. Both toys come in a drawstring cotton bag: no clamshell packaging, no superfluous labels or twist ties. If you’re giving one of these toys as a gift, you don’t even need to wrap it.Cub is really into pretend play, so the tools are perfect for him. He also has a set of plush tools, but those have been left by the wayside. The hammer has heft! The saw doesn’t bend clumsily when he’s cutting into a tree! He can measure how many units long things are, like on Team UmiZoomi!
Of course, his sister wants to play with his tools too. She’s allowed only if he is really distracted (by TV, likely). They are perfect for her to practice grabbing and handing to me, and she can put them in her mouth. All Treeclub Kids toys are lead free, formaldehyde free, and contain no polyurethane finishes, BPA or phthalates.
Her Push-and-Pull Rabbit has a loop where I can eventually attach a string when she’s walking. For now, she just likes to push it along the ground. Since he lives for double standards, Cub also likes to play with the rabbit, adding it to his menagerie of race cars and emergency vehicles.
Considering that my kids can keep themselves amused with a couple sticks and some rocks, I am a very big fan of simple toys. I am constantly trying to subtly sneak the battery-operated toys away when no one’s watching, both because they tend to wake up and scare the crap out of me when no one is around, and because Cub only remembers he wants to play with them when we have no charged batteries around.
Treeclub Kids was started by a new mom in search of natural toys for her children. Having launched just this summer, Treeclub Kids is definitely the new kid on the block. But I have a feeling that, like their toys, they are here to stay!
Do you have any toys that have been in your family for generations?
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