Unique and quirky little ‘Tree People’... each have their own style and character. Just like nature intended. Our diverse Tree People family represents the beautiful variety of skin tones in our community. The Tree People are designed to reflect how beautifully different we all are and now our new friends represent the many beautiful and diverse skin tones in our world.
As a toy designer, I am in a unique but powerful position where I can create more inclusive toys that celebrate multiculturalism.
We know that children learn through play, and by representing children of colour in toys they can learn more about their culture and lives. This hopefully will lead to acceptance and tolerance. It’s the first step towards a different future.
Created from hardwood branches, each one is hand carved, dyed with non toxic eco dyes then two little eyes are lovingly burned into place.
Ranging in size from 5cm to 9cm each family of 4 will include a range of characters, widths and heights and 4 varying skin tones ranging from light to dark.
Each piece is individually handcrafted from natural camphor therefore the unique wood grains and size may vary slightly between items. We believe that this adds to the character and shows that each piece is made, by hand, just for you! Please note that as each set is unique, and your family of Tree People will vary from those pictured.
Parental supervision is required at all times. Please check your items before use and discard if they show any signs of damage. Not suitable for children under the age of 36 months or those who still put things in their mouths.
All our products are designed and made with children’s safety in mind and made to meet AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS AS/NZS 8124.
Please read all product descriptions and care instructions carefully to ensure you are purchasing and using each item for its intended purpose so as to not damage the product or more importantly, put your child’s safety at risk. We have done our best to make these terms clear in each description and cannot be held responsible should an item be misused or the information provided be ignored.
All products are intended and designed for children above the age of 36 months Some products may pose a choking hazard and it is not recommended that children who still put objects in their mouth have access to our toys unless fully supervised.
Parental supervision is required at all times. Please check your items before use and discard if they show any signs of damage.
All products that are coloured have been done so using non toxic food grade dyes, and some products are finished with a natural beeswax and coconut oil, or natural Tung Oil.
We have had independent safety and non toxic testing completed for our products to ensure that your little ones will be safe whilst having fun.
Care and Cleaning
Keep it natural
You want to use a gentle cleanser on wooden toys. Anything from a simple vinegar and water solution (1 part vinegar to 10 parts water), a mild, environmentally friendly dish soap, and some warm water, or your favorite non-toxic multi-purpose cleaner, diluted with water, will work well. You don’t want to use bleach or harsh chemicals as it can dry-out the wood.
Be careful when cleaning any dyed toys as some excess dye may come off onto the cloth. It will not affect the toy but toys that are dyed are not designed to be submerged in water.
You never want to soak wooden toys, as wood is very porous. The shape of the toy can change and warp with too much moisture and if the toy doesn’t dry completely, more germs and bacterial will want to hang out. If the wood swells, it can cause the wood to crack or damage any dye or finish on the surface of the toy. Using a wet washcloth to clean will keep the wood from getting too drenched.
Easy as 1, 2, 3
Cleaning wood toys can happen in three easy steps. Spray the toys with a gently cleaner of choice, gently wipe down with a sponge or washcloth and a bit of warm water, then allow the toys to air dry. Putting them in the sun will help kill even more germs and speed up the drying process.
Vinegar does the trick again! Create a more concentrated mixture of vinegar and water. You can use a 1:1 ratio for stains. Spray the stain and scrub it with a sponge. Putting it in the sun to dry will also help “bleach” out the stain. If it’s a really tough stain, you can use a little sand-paper to buff it out. This is not recommended for dyed timber products. You will need to re-coat your wooden products with a natural oil protective rub after cleaning with vinegar.
Replenish the moisture
Every once and a while you will want to moisturise wooden toys, just as you would your cutting boards, butcher blocks, or wooden utensils. We use a beeswax balm made from natural beeswax and coconut oil and its a great non-toxic option. You only need a washcloth or rag for easy application.