Children are masters at open-ended, imaginative play. They can turn ordinary everyday objects into spaceships, cars or castles. The simplest of toys become the inspiration for fantastical adventures and stories populated by amazing characters, proving that sometimes the simplest toys inspire the most creativity in our children.
Many of today's parents are starting to grasp the value of simple, well made toys. You'll find evidence of this on Etsy, which is populated by many talented artists and crafters specializing in toys designed to inspire imaginative play.
One such Etsy shop is Black Dog Woodshop, which specializes in handmade wooden toys. Sure, you may have noticed that mainstream toy shops and discounters like Target are beginning to stock their aisles with wooden toys, but you won't find anything approaching the creativity, warmth and quality of the toys sold in Black Dog Woodshop.
From tiny maple barns meant to house your little farmer's cows to play swords designed to help your pint-sized knight slay dragons, you'll find beautifully crafted wooden toys that will spark your little one's imagination. The quality of workmanship ensures that not only will each toy stand up to years of play, they will also become cherished family heirlooms.
"I try to create toys that inspire imaginative play," said shop owner Daniel. "I hope that my toys will be played with, saved and passed down."
Daniel puts love and care into each toy sold in his shop, all of which are made using
When creating new toy designs, Daniel works with imagination in mind. Inspiration sometimes comes in the form of custom orders, but he's most often inspired by his wife, who Daniel credits with coming up with ideas for a number of different toys such as the maple barn, and his children.