Gear Guide: Smiling Tree Toys

When we first discovered we were expecting we’d stay up late at night laying out our parental expectations with one another. We’d discuss what we’d feed our tot, how we’d dress him, what schools we’d eventually send him to, and of course what toys he’s play with. At the top of our list was natural, organic, wooden toys that would stimulate his mind without overstimulating our living environment. As he’s grown we’ve been surprised at how difficult it is to find quality wooden toys, both locally and online. Even harder is finding quality wooden toys that don’t come stamped “made in [insert country I can't pronounce]“. I prefer to buy my tots toys from people who are producing quality handmade products from sustainable resources that are individually inspected,  packaged with attention to detail, and delivered without passing 5 ports of call.

Thanks to Justin and Kathleen at Smiling Tree Toys my tot recently got his paws on such a fabulous toy, and without a doubt it was LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT!

Both mommy and baby were delighted by the trendy, yet earth friendly packaging. While I couldn’t wait to take photos of the cute (and handy) storage bag, my tot couldn’t wait to tear into it.

How cute and practical is this handy tote?

It didn’t take him long to realize what he had been given (you know, because he’s a genius). So we immediately began setting up and playing with our new wooden penguin shaped bowling game.

 Heavy as the peices are, they are still a bit too thin to stand on plush carpet, so we took our game to the coffee table. It seemed like a smart idea until I noticed the ball started leaving ding’s in the tables finish. So…

…to the foyer we went. He played for 45 minutes with this set, and again for 20 minutes later in the evening. And we all know what that means. WINNER!

We LOVED the penguin bowling set, but fell in love with Smiling Tree Toys even more. Not only do they use sustainable resources, make the toys BY HAND in their OWN WORKSHOP, but a portion of each sale is donated to various Peace Corp projects.

Now, I don’t know about you, but could you possibly buy your tots toys from a better company?

You can find Smiling Tree Toys on Etsy

on their blog,

and on Facebook (hello coupons!)

Like what you see? Click here to ENTER THIS WEEKS GIVEAWAY where you can win you’re own Smiling Tree Toys WOODEN PENGUIN BOWLING SET!

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  1 comment for “Gear Guide: Smiling Tree Toys

  1. Hannah
    May 15, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    This is great! I would love to give my baby wooden toys! So healthy and cute!

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