Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Wooden Wagon

I wrote about The Wooden Wagon when I first started this blog. The Wooden Wagon is one of my favorite online shops. They have a selection of the most unique imported toys I have ever seen. One wonderful line they carry is so beautiful and lovingly handcrafted in Switzerland.
Atelier Fischer is a family business in Switzerland. They offer employment to mentally and physically handicapped so that they can learn a trade and live a happy and productive life. The wooden toys created by Atelier Fischer are difficult to find in the US, but of course The Wooden Wagon has a wonderful selection in stock. We got the Fairy Tale Picture Cube Puzzle which has a different scene painted on each side from Snow White and Seven Dwarfs to Little Red Riding Hood. It comes in a wonderful wooden box, and is a great tool for hand-eye coordination and for storytelling. The puzzle is handcrafted from Maple plywood.

The other Atelier Fischer item we got was the Farm Life Wooden Picture Book which is charming images of Farm Life printed on each page. It is made from polished birch plywood. Because this book is so unique, we make up the story together as we read it.

I love that I can give my child the toys I cherished from travels in Europe...and that I figured I would never be able to get again. The Wooden Wagon also has a large selection of items for adults too, including the Christmas Candelabra and Wendt and Kuehn hand painted figurines. Their selection of Folk Art is really impressive. I secretly want every single Wendt and Kuehn figure for myself! Happy shopping! With choices like these from baby to adult, you can make your holiday shopping that much easier.

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