This handmade wooden hare is a certified toy under EU regulations, but you could also use it as a collectible or decoration. Its delicate design sets it apart from mass produced flat cartoonish wooden animals.
Though designed to teach appreciation of art and beauty and open a child’s imagination, Hare is still quite realistic and true to the shape and color of its live brothers and sisters, hopping and boxing around in forests and parks.
In scale and style it matches the other animals from our growing woodland collection.
EDUCATIONAL AND PLAY VALUE
If your child is inspired by a good story, they will be fascinated by Hare, a celebrated character in the folklore of many cultures and numerous authored stories. Always threatened and hunted by both people and predators, it is a true survivor, full of optimism, zest for life, winning against all odds. Little children easily empathize with it and are inspired by its skills. Literature immensely enriches their play, providing them with a variety of open-ended play scenarios to enact and compels them to create their own plots, developing their imagination, thinking and speaking skills.
If your child is passionate to learn about nature, you could use Hare to start conversations about its life and further read not only about its behavior but also about its habitat and easily branch out to many other stimulating topics. Later on children will include the lessons learned in their play scenarios, reinforcing the knowledge they gained to build a solid body of background knowledge - one of the best foundations for future academic success.
We have created this toy hare to meet the variety of needs of parents and teachers who might wish to use a wooden animal figurine for different learning purposes which fit into different educational methods.
Hare is warm and tiny, and it easily fits into a child’s hand and pocket, so it might be taken wherever a child goes as a well-loved companion who keeps them engaged in long meaningful and joyful play away from screens.
CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE
Do not soak in water. Wash each toy separately with soapy water with some vinegar. Rinse as quickly as possible. Immediately dry with a towel. Let air dry.
For disinfection you can use rubbing alcohol. We recommend spiritus aethylicus for medical purposes.
Do not put on or near heaters. Do not keep under direct sunshine for too long. Moisture and heat can cause warping and cracking in wood, so wooden products should not be exposed to these for too long.
When toys feel too dry, they need to be oiled and / or waxed. We recommend linseed oil and beeswax waxes. Other oils and waxes could be used too: mineral oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil. Vegans can use carnauba wax instead of beeswax..
This little handmade toy was designed and produced in a small Bulgarian town by our team of two friends. We appreciate the opportunity to earn our living by doing something worthwhile that we love, and we would like to share our skills with other people and create jobs for them to prevent them from sinking into poverty or leaving for crowded places with more job opportunities. We use certified paint and oils and wood from sustainably managed forests. We use resources very sparingly. You could not only help keep a small town alive but also contribute to preserving the environment by buying eco friendly toys which can be passed on to generations ahead.
AGE AND SAFETY: CE certified as safe for children 3+