Wooden Educational Toys, Games, and Name Puzzles

Edmonton, Canada 796 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Wooden Educational Toys, Games, and Name Puzzles

Edmonton, Canada | 796 Sales

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Miriam Handfield

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Miriam Handfield

Announcement    Welcome to MDH Toys® on Etsy! All our solid wood toys are compliant with Government of Canada Toy Manufacturing Laws and Health Canada Toy Manufacturing Regulations. Please message us if you have any questions on our products. Thanks. Miriam


Last updated on Sep 15, 2019

Welcome to MDH Toys® on Etsy! All our solid wood toys are compliant with Government of Canada Toy Manufacturing Laws and Health Canada Toy Manufacturing Regulations. Please message us if you have any questions on our products. Thanks. Miriam


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Did you know you can come visit me in my art studio in Nisku, Alberta? I have some toys on hand for you to see, purchase and bring home with you same day.
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About MDHToysShop

Sales 796
On Etsy since 2013

Once Upon A Hot Summer's Day not so very long ago,

Once upon a hot summer's day, not so very long ago in 2010, there was a craft fair in Westlock, Alberta. Deep in the back corner of the craft fair sat an artisan selling her handcrafted jewelry and mixed media art canvases. She was having a great time talking to the few customers that came by now and then. But one particular customer caught her attention.

This particular customer was a little boy around 5 or 6 years old. His face looked so sad, his eyes downcast and his mouth about to quiver. He held his mom's hand while she went from table to table looking at wares.

The more tables she stopped by, the sadder he got. There were hair clips and headbands, tutus and jewelry and lots of things that little girls, especially his sister, would love. It was all too much for him and big, fat tears started rolling down his face.

"Mom," he whispered, "why isn't there ever anything for boys at these places?"

"Hush", his mom said very worried that someone would overhear her son complaining. "All these people make these things. I don't know why no one makes things for boys. But don't worry, we will stop at the store to get something for you." And they hurried along their way.

That night when the artisan got home, she sat down and did a little soul searching. She was a mother of 2 young boys and she too could never find anything to bring home to them. She took out her pencil and sketch pad and started brainstorming. She knew someone had to start making items for boys and she also knew that she was that someone.

Current day:

After 6 months of product development, market research and learning toy manufacturing laws, I decided to start creating imaginative play worlds and characters.

Armed with new designs, I recruited a team of independent woodworkers and wood turners including my own husband (who learned how to wood turn from watching you-tube videos) to help turn my designs from sketches into wooden toys. They send these pieces back to me, ready for me to paint. I love the personal touches I get to do while painting by brush with acrylic paint.

When my middle child was diagnosed with autism, I searched for tactile quality wooden educational toys to assist him with hands on learning. Because he had a lot of accidents with spilling milk or juice plus he still mouthed his toys, I needed something that was high quality yet safe to put in his mouth. There was nothing available in Canada except for big brand name toys with paper fronts or made in China products that were possibly toxic. The only option I had was to design and make items for his education.

The toys started to help him learn and I showed his occupational therapist, speech therapists and physiologist what I was creating for his learning. They made inquiries and placed order requests from other families with special needs children. This steered my toy making company in the direction of creating heirloom quality educational learning toys for toddler through grade 2.

In 2018 our home insurance company decided that we could no longer run our little operation from our garage and dining room table. In October 2018 we rented a one room office from the Sentinel Business Centre in Edmonton and contracted 2 other artisans to assist with painting up our wooden toys as demand for them has grown by 300% from the past year. My husband works out of 3rd party workshops, still doing the majority of the woodwork but we have also contracted out some of our woodwork out to keep up with the growing demand.

Our product line develops as my son hits higher grades and needs different items to assist with both hands on tactile learning as well as peer interaction in his fully integrated classroom. Products are also developed as requests from parents and teachers come in for more tactile learning toys that follow the Alberta school curriculum in the areas of language arts, math, social studies and science.

If you have any questions about any of my products or if you need something made specifically for your child’s education, please message me.


Shop members

  • Miriam Handfield

    Owner, Toy Designer, Professional Artist

    I love to create and won't let being in a wheelchair stop me from doing what I love. Glad I was born an artist, not a soccer player. I am most creative on during the full moon, love thunderstorms & if I wasn’t an artist I would want to be a trucker.

  • Shane Handfield

    Independently Contracted Wooden Parts Supplier

    Where would I be without my beloved husband , Shane, to help? He has been amazingly instrumental from doing most of the woodwork to taking care of the kids when I need to sand & paint your orders. My business would not be the same without his help.

  • Shawn McLaughlin

    Independent CNC Woodwork Supplier

    Independent woodworker and wooden parts supplier based in Alberta Beach. Shawn specializes in CNC milling, laser engraving and 3D printing. He takes my original design drawings and turns them into wooden pieces for me to sand, finish and paint up.

  • Maggie Murray

    Contributing Illustrator

    Edmonton based illustrator Maggie Murray supplies some children’s artwork for me to wood burn on to wooden toys. Maggie’s illustrations are used by me with licensing permissions from her.

Production partners

  • Shawn M.

    Alberta Beach, AB

    Shawn is based in Alberta Beach, Alberta and specializes in CNC milling, laser engraving on wood and 3D printing. He takes my drawings/handwriting and turns them into engraved tracing boards and shape puzzles. I receive them from him ready to sand and paint, then compile into solid wood toy sets.

Shop policies

Last updated on September 12, 2019
Welcome to MDH Toys! All of our wooden toys are made in Edmonton, Alberta with the assistance of independent woodworkers and artists. We follow strict toy manufacturing guidelines as per Canadian toy manufacturing laws. All our toys are compliant with Government of Canada Toy Manufacturing Laws and Health Canada Toy Manufacturing Regulations.

MDH Toys is a registered trademark of M.D. Handfield Designs Inc.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
I accept returns so long as you contact me within 3 days from delivery and it is shipped back to me within 15 days. Please read all conditions of my return policy.

The following fees applies for all returns:
Returns that have been authorized by us: 50% restocking fee

Return to sender returns are not authorized by us. If we get a package marked as return to sender, there will be no refund on the return.

In the rare event that you want to return an item, we accept returns under these conditions:
- retail gift box or retail gift bag product packaging is unopened and undamaged
- you have contacted us in writing via Etsy convo within 3 days of receiving the item to obtain a return number.
- personalized items are non refundable/non returnable
- custom items are non returnable/non refundable.
- downloadable items are non returnable/non refundable.

Please note:-
- customer is responsible for all shipping costs to and from manufacturer (including tracking and insurance for items that don't fit in lettermail)
- Eligible items must be shipped back to us with tracking. Because most of our items are too big to fit in regular mail, the post office themselves won’t let you ship it back to us without tracking.

Refunds will be processed once we have received product and verified that the retail packaging has been unopened. We have the right to refuse a refund if the product has been opened or if pieces are missing. It needs to be in sellable condition complete with unopened retail packaging. The reason why we cannot accept returns of products with open retail packaging is because the Canadian Consumer Product Safety Council and Canadian toy manufacturing regulations require all toys sold as "new" to be packaged and unused. Once a package is opened, it can no longer be classified as new and unused. We are a manufacturer and do not sell used toys, even if those used toys are our own brand.

***IMPORTANT*** Some customers may see an “expected delivery date” or “estimated delivery date” on your receipt instead of an “estimated SHIPPING date”. Please know that this was NOT placed there by me. This is an ETSY experiment and it causes a lot of confusion for customers. Please note that I have ZERO control over the arbitrary dates Etsy has placed on some receipts, but they are wildly inaccurate and don’t align with the carrier’s stated transit estimates. The MOST accurate way to estimate your delivery date is to use the tracking number provided.
This shop accepts all major credit cards, PAYPAL payments and ETSY gift cards

We are required to collect GST on all orders received.

If payment does not clear within 48 hours of payment submission, we reserve the right to cancel the order.
Items will be shipped to the address you provide to Etsy. Shipping usually takes up to 7 days in Canada. If you would like your items sooner, you can upgrade to courier shipping. In order to avoid shipping costs, we also offer arrangements to pick up from our art studio in Edmonton, Alberta.

Shipping Confirmation and Tracking Your Order
I will send you a shipping confirmation email when your order ships or is ready to be picked up. Your order will ship once it has been completed and when your payment has cleared.

Canadian Shipping:
• Shipping within Canada typically takes approx. 3-8 business days via Canada Post

USA Orders:
• Shipping through to USA usually takes 10-15 business days via Canada Post. During peak seasons, it may take longer due to customs.

International Orders
• At this time we are not accepting orders for shipping destinations outside of Canada and USA.

***Please note: Ship by dates are guaranteed. We do not guarantee arrival dates. We can not issue a refund for orders, that do not arrive "on time", due to postal delays. Thank you for your understanding.****


Damaged Goods

In the rare event that something does get damaged during shipping, We will fully replace damaged merchandise and ship the replacement to you as soon as possible. Please message us with proof of damage. When we get reimbursed from Canada Post for shipping damage, we will reimburse you. It may take up to 30 days for a claim to go through Canada Post.

Missing Goods

In the rare event that a package goes missing, the post office needs to be contacted for the last package location co-ordinates. In the event of a package missing after being marked delivered, a police report will need to be filed. Please message us with a copy of the police report. Refunds and exchanges will be issued on a case to case basis.

Please contact us if you have any questions/concerns about your order. We are here to help you.
Additional policies and FAQs
-Toy safety is very important to us. We are compliant with toy manufacturing laws in Canada

Coupon Codes and Discounts:
- One coupon code per order. Coupon Codes cannot be stacked. Add-on coupon codes must be used for items they are meant for as per listing instructions.

Price/Picture/Description Changes
- All prices, pictures and descriptions and availability of items on this site are subject to change without prior notice.

- When you place your order with us, you agree to the price and terms indicated on our website on the day of your order purchase. Price differences related to future or past prices in our store are not refundable.

- by placing an order with us, you understand and agree that you have read the listing, taken note of all materials used and finished sizes of items, understand what comes with the item listing you purchased, agree to the terms and conditions of refunds/exchanges and have read the product age recommendations and any warnings associated with the product.

Custom Orders
-All of our products are made to order. We offer the options to customize the toys we currently have by choosing colour options or theme options. We do not custom make products not already found in our lineup of toys.

Ethics and Copyrights
We are a company that complies with copyright laws pertaining to licensed characters, logos and trademarks. As per law, no exact copyrighted characters can be made for commercial purposes. We reserve the right to refuse requests for custom items based on copyrighted materials.

In addition to this, we hold our own copyrights for our original wooden toys. We ask that other artists and shops respect this. We would rather not have to take legal action to protect our works, but will if the need arises.

- We accept no responsibility for user initiated damage and/or loss of parts incurred during operation or use of product.

- We reserve the right to refuse any sale at any time.

- We reserve the right to change our policies at any time.

Liability Limitations

Applicable Law
The laws of the Province of Alberta will govern these Terms of Use without giving effect to any principles of conflict of law.
This Privacy Policy describes how and when I collect, use, and share information when you purchase an item from me, contact me, or otherwise use my services through or its related sites and services.

This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that I do not own or control, including Etsy or any third party services you access through Etsy.

Information I Collect

To fulfil your order, you must provide me with certain information (which you authorized Etsy to provide to me), such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information, and the details of the product that you’re ordering. You may also choose to provide me with additional personal information (for a custom order of a name puzzle, for example), if you contact me directly.

Why I Need Your Information and How I Use It

I rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:

-as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfil your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;
-when you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for my mailing list;
-if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and
-as necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as 1) providing and improving my services. I use your information to provide the services you requested and in my legitimate interest to improve my services; and 2) Compliance with the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use. I use your information as necessary to comply with my obligations under the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

Information about my customers is important to my business. I share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:

-Etsy. I share information with Etsy as necessary to provide you my services and comply with my obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.
-Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.
-Business transfers. If I sell or merge my business, I may disclose your information as part of that transaction, only to the extent permitted by law.
-Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.

Data Retention

I retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in my Privacy Policy. However, I may also be required to retain this information to comply with my legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce my agreements. I generally keep your data for the following time period: 7 years.

Transfers of Personal Information Outside the EU

I may store and process your information through third-party hosting services in Canada, the US and other jurisdictions. As a result, I may transfer your personal information to a jurisdiction with different data protection and government surveillance laws than your jurisdiction. If I am deemed to transfer information about you outside of the EU, I rely on Privacy Shield as the legal basis for the transfer, as Google Cloud is Privacy Shield certified.

Your Rights

If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:

-Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.
-Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request.
-Object. You can object to (i) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
-Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.

How to Contact Me

For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Miriam Handfield, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at mdhdesigns [!at]

More information

Last updated on Aug 11, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Making Your Order Special


A little child is opening a special gift from you. He tears open the bright, beautiful wrapping paper to find an exquisitely crafted wooden toy in his favorite colours and it even has his name on it! Oh my, his excitement cannot be contained! It is his favourite gift ever! And you are now his favourite person in the whole world!

That is what we aim for when we personalize and customize our wooden toys for you.

Whether it be a hand painted name on a solid wood toy, choosing special colours that your little one loves or even customizing a toy set around a theme that your little one is currently mesmerized with, we offer you the ability to personalize lots of toys in our lineup.

Toys come gift wrapped in craft paper

Do you love Disney, Marvel, or hockey and want something made to resemble the characters you love? Please do not ask us as we will turn your request down.


An artist is working night and day, pouring their heart and soul out creating a special character. This character is alive in their minds. They talk to it and listen to it. They become friends with the special character. And then it gets kidnapped.

Why would we want to do that to a fellow artist and their special character?

We are a company that complies with copyright laws pertaining to licensed characters, logos and trademarks. As per law, no copyrighted/trademarked characters can be made for commercial purposes without licensing agreements.

In the war against plagiarism, we take a strong stance. Strong enough to legally protect our own toy designs/characters & strong enough to say no to stealing other people's characters.

Price/Picture/Description Changes

- All prices, pictures and descriptions and availability of items on this site are subject to change without prior notice.

- When you place your order with me, you agree to the price and terms indicated on my website on the day of your order purchase. Price differences related to future or past prices in my store are not refundable.

- by placing an order with me, you understand and agree that you have read the listing, taken note of all materials used and finished sizes of items, understand what comes with the item listing you purchased and have read the age recommendations and any warnings associated with the product. By placing an order with me, you agree that you have read and understood our shop policies and that you agree to them.

What is the process if the post office loses my package

Once your package leaves our hands and is placed in the hands of the post office, they have taken over responsibility to deliver your package safely. That is why we ALWAYS send your package tracked and with insurance.

If your package is missing, the first step is for you to contact your post office and find out the GPS location on the last place it was tracked. If the Post Office proves delivery with the co-ordinates, then the next step is to contact your local authorities and file a police report for the theft. Message us the police report and we will file an insurance claim. Once claim has been approved we can replace or refund.

Shipping Outside Of Canada & USA

Unfortunately at this point of time we cannot ship outside of Canada and USA.

Wholesale availability

Yes, we do wholesale some of our items. Message me for details. Wholesale only available to Canadian based shops.