Welcome to the world of Grimms Spiel und Holz design. A fantastic world of open-ended play and wooden rainbow toys to inspire and delight your children. These natural wooden toys are all handmade from sustainable hardwood in Europe. Dyed with child safe water-based stains that allow the natural grain and beauty of the wood to shine through these are beautiful heirloom toys that will be handed down for generations to come.
From the iconic Grimms Rainbow toy with its endless possibilities for imaginative play to beautiful grasping toys for little hands and magnetic puzzles to keep growing minds amused for hours, there is something for everyone in the Grimms range.
Brightly coloured building blocks will develop hand-eye coordination as your child discovers all the possibilities for creative play. Toddlers and older children alike will delight in the vibrant colours as they follow their imagination. Their rainbow tunnel might become a bridge for cars, a marble run, a stable for their animals or a hotel for the Grimms friends or dolls to stay in.
Grimm's wooden rainbow toys can be used to create amazing sculptures developing problem-solving skills and stacking ability of both adults and children alike. We also love their pull along toys and vehicles, great for pretend play, and their beautiful soft dolls. These are children's toys that embody their own educational philosophy of child-led learning through open-ended play. Whether stacking or threading, fitting together a puzzle or creating a fantasy world these are the toys that childhood should be made of.
Grimms toys are open-ended wooden toys which are handcrafted in Europe from sustainably sourced wood. Their bright rainbow colours and minimalist design will delight children and encourage learning through imaginative play and creativity.
Grimms is a family company who design, manufacture and sell high-quality wooden toddler toys, made from either Lyme wood or Alder wood. The full range of Waldorf toys are stained with non-toxic stains, allowing the natural grain to be seen ensuring each piece is unique and beautiful. Whether you choose a rainbow stacker or building blocks, wooden puzzles or wooden baby toys, this brand has something for everyone.
They are best known for the Grimms Rainbow which is an iconic wooden Waldorf toy, inspired by the educational philosophies of Rudolf Steiner and Waldorf Education, which advances creativity, 'slow play' and leaves room for imagination. There are no instructions, just play, learn, have fun, play more - children know what to do! They also work well as beautiful decorations for the home as they are stunningly visual.
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All of the toys are designed at Grimms HQ in Hochdorf Germany. The toys are crafted at various locations in Europe by trained woodworkers. Once the raw products are received, they are inspected and the finishing steps completed back in Germany. All wood is sourced from European sustainably managed forests. The woods used in the toys are Alder, Maple, Lime and Beech. Colours and oils used to treat the wood are free from harmful chemicals and non-toxic. There is the minimal amount of packaging on each product to reduce waste.
Everyone has heard of the famous rainbow Grimms toys but we have put together this short list of the Grimms toys we think you NEED!1. The 12 piece Grimms Rainbow - every house needs this
Well, now, that is a question we often get asked in our facebook group. NO!!! Yes, Grimms have become the must-have toy and the waiting list isï¿½ ridiculous for the Grimms rainbow, but it's not hype! There is a reason they have grown to become one of the most popular brands! Not just the fact they are high-quality wooden toys, but because there is so much thought put into the range. Each toy you pick in the Grimms range will naturally blend with all the others. Like all Waldorf inspired toys, they are made from natural materials. Based on the philosophy of Steiner, these toys believe in Play in Nature. Your child will learn to flow with nature. Made from renewable and sustainable sources, these toys allow a more open type of play. This open-ended play allows a child to create their own imaginative world, the natural toys stimulate their own imagination, and anything can be anything!
When a toy, such as Grimms is played with, it awakens all of a child's senses. Sensory experience is vital in early childhood, and these beautiful wooden toys natural allow it. They are very tactile but are a joy to see as well. Bright rainbow colours help develop your child's aesthetic appreciation. The inviting bold colours call to a child to play with them.
The whole concept of Waldorf education is that toys should be largely unformed, blank pieces to drive and stimulate children's thoughts and imaginations. This means they can often look simple, basic and not complex and this is a good thing!Simple means open-ended play. A child will determine what the toy represents, and each time your child plays with a Grimms toy, he can make it something new. It could be a bridge, a house, a cave, a fairy flower, a potato - literally anything. This allows a child's mind to develop, rather than giving them a toy and saying, this is wooden till, having a simple unformed toy allows the childï¿½s imagination to run wild, to be highly stimulated and come up with anything! They can mimic the actions and skills they have seen in their parents, like cooking, cleaning etc through their play.
We did a long detailed video on this which goes into this extensively but I have just summarised the main points here. The video is on our youtube channel if you want to watch it.
Itï¿½s not all about the rainbow! For a younger child, I often recommend not getting the 12 piece rainbow, instead of for a young child I would recommend the Grimms 6 piece rainbow. It's smaller, fits their hands better, is nice and chunky and will allow a child to begin to play with open-ended toys. Alongside this, we would add in the 12 rainbow friends and the wooden balls. These three would make the perfect starter set and are ideal gifts or presents for a young child.
From there, I would move onto the Grimms elements. The fire, water and earth in either large or small, whatever you prefer. The large 4 piece set is a fantastic large set which fit together in a beautiful puzzle like way and can also be considered. All of the elements can be used in so many ways. For example, the fire can be used as a fairy hotel, or use alongside some blocks and pretend a building is on fire. The water can be used with some lovely Ostheimer or Holztiger wooden sea animals to create a lovely sea scene. The earth can be a cave for your animals, a wooden peg person house or even a fence for some horses if you turn it on its side. These three extra elements really open up the boundaries and allow your child to play with so much more and have so much more stimulating play.
After that, well the world is literally your oyster! You can get some wooden blocks to create more building pieces. The Grimms semi circles or building boards are fantastic add-ons to the rainbow, turning them into a tower, a shelf, a balance toy! Or perhaps try something a little different, the Grimms magnetic puzzles are amazing for older children or even we have found them great for children on the spectrum to make amazing patterns with. One of my favourite Grimms toys is the Grimms large 1001 building nights set, gorgeously shaped building blocks which allow for so much creativity.
A great Grimms toy for helping with fine motor skills is the sorting helper. Either the large or the small set of 6 are ideal for colour matching, counting, sorting and even just keeping all the lovely Grimms toys tidy! Grimms also have sets of beads etc which can be used in combination with this, along with the friends and balls allowing children to collect items by type, theme or colour.