On a recent Instagram post we were asked a really interesting question. Why don't we make brightly coloured toys? Our design ethos is based on the Waldorf/Steiner ideology which predicates that the toys we give our children, should enrich and support their neurological development. Our toys support imaginative play since they are more open ended in the way they are designed. Open ended materials enable children to play freely. They are objects that have no rules to follow. It is especially important that we nourish and bring balance to our children's sense of touch, by providing the most natural toys. So many toys are loud and made of plastic, and are not as safe as wood. Children often mouth and sometimes ingest residue or parts of what they are playing with, so care should be taken with this, no matter how safe the materials are reported to be. Plastic materials have their place in our world, but when it comes to children’s playthings we should be very conscious and careful.
Waldorf Education also carries behind it an environmental consciousness that translates into the materials we choose to work with.