Elf Approved Handmade Toys

Ice Cream Man Shadow Puppet

Ice Cream Man Shadow Puppets by Isabelle’s Art

At this time of year Santa and his elves are hard at work making toys for all the good girls and boys, but they’re not the only ones. Artisans and craftspeople are also busy making handmade toys, many of which will delight kids even more than the mass manufactured options at your local toy store.  If you’re looking for a special present have a look at some of these stylish and Santa approved toys that will feel good to give for many reasons, including the fact that your purchase will help an independent craftsperson or business continue to do what they love.

Foodle's DIY Car KitFinished Foodle CarDIY car kit by Fidoodle

This DIY car kit has everything you need to create a sturdy cardboard car that can be decorated any way you please. They also sell a creature kit that lets you make a tiny cardboard friend. This is the perfect gift for a kid with an artistic streak, and you can feel good knowing it’s eco-friendly too.

Shusha Toys - Wooden Circus SetShusha Toys Wooden Circus Set via Handmade Charlotte

Building blocks are a staple in any toy box, but this circus set by Shusha toys is a unique take that is full of creative possibilities. I know a few grownups who would be happy to receive these as well.

Henry the FoxHenry the Fox by Walnut Animal Society

Henry the Fox is just one member of the Walnut Animal Society; a charming posse of handmade animals that are the brainchildren of Lauren Bradshaw. Every animal is made by hand in the United States and is created with quality materials.

Play With My Food's Very Hungry Caterpillar felt food setThe Very Hungry Caterpillar Felt Food Set by Play with my Food

Literary themed toys are some of my favourites, and this play food set by etsy seller Play with my Food is a spot on rendition of the bellyache inducing treats found in the children’s classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. You can use them to enhance storytime, or in the play kitchen.

Sensa Dough by My Little OtterSensa-Dough by My Little Otter

Don’t forget the stocking stuffers. Do you get nostalgic for the smell of play dough? Well here is some sculpting dough that smells even better. My Little Otter makes dough that is perfectly squishy in a range of scents, and this holiday-themed trio is perfect for tucking in a stocking (or for giving as gifts on their own.)

Made to PLay by Joel HenriqueMade to Play by Joel Henriques

Joel Henriques is a dad who truly appreciates play. His blog Made by Joel features some of the beautiful and imaginative handmade toys that he has made for his son, and now he wants to show you how to make magical toys of your own. The directions in his book Made to Play are simple enough that parent and child can do them together. A perfect book to pull out on the next snow day.

Happy Friday Everyone!

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