The 6 Best Sites for Beautiful Toys

Before motherhood, the luxury of getting in a car, driving to a store, finding a parking space, and spending as much time as I needed to find and purchase whatever I needed or desired was an enjoyable way to spend my time.

Now that idea is a nightmare, right? I already suit up for the two-kid sprint through the aisles of the grocery store once a week, but they are at least contained in a metal basket and maybe only ask for one or two recognizable items from the shelves. But try this in a toy store? That is madness.

I guess I could have settled for the plastic-light-up-noise machines that were gifted continuously by friends and family, but I took a different tack. I researched, networked, sniffed out, and cataloged my way to find toys I would love as much as my children did. And there are so many great online toy store option! Here is my current list of favorites, in order of how much I love them:The 6 Best Sites for Beautiful Toys

Etsy: Search ‘Montessori toys’, ‘Waldorf toys’, or ‘wooden toys’ for endless handmade, wooden, and inexpensive items.
Bella Luna Toys: Very Waldorf oriented. Behind this online store is a small store based out of Maine.
Nova Natural: Also very Waldorf, and lots of variety for different age groups.
Magic Cabin: Big catalog company with a strong internet presence and nice collection of toys.
The Wooden Wagon: All toys are made out of wood.
TAG Toys: Really high quality Montessori type toys. Definitely on the pricey side though.


BY KATHRYN GRANTHAM
lead_granthamKATHRYN HAS A PASSION FOR HEALTH AND AN ACTIVIST’S FERVOR FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, AND A TRACK RECORD OF SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP. IN 1999, AT THE AGE OF 22, KATHRYN FOUNDED BLUESTOCKINGS, AN INDEPENDENT SOCIAL JUSTICE-THEMED BOOKSTORE IN NEW YORK CITY. IN PARALLEL, SHE WAS DISCOVERING THE WORLD OF NATURAL HEALTH AND ITS CONNECTION WITH THE HEALTH OF OUR PLANET, AT THE INSTITUTE FOR INTEGRATIVE NUTRITION. SHE SOLD THE BOOKSTORE IN 2003, ATTENDED HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL (MBA ’05), AND LAUNCHED ROOTS REMEDIES, A LOCALLY-SOURCED HERBAL PRODUCTS COMPANY IN 2008. SHE LIVES IN CAMBRIDGE, MA WITH HER HUSBAND AND TWO YOUNG SONS. 
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