When I was a young girl, many of my toys were made out of wood and metal. There was some plastic (of course) but a large portion of the toys were made out of wood and metal. To this day I still appreciate the classic look and feel of these toys.
I still have several of the toys that I played with as a child. They have stood the test of time. In fact, my own children played with the same toys that I played with. They are still in such great shape that I hope my future grandchildren will be able to play with them some day (and God willing I am still around to see that happen).
I don’t think when a parent purchases a toy for a child that they don’t give much thought to how long it will last. They probably figure that is it lasts until next Christmas, then it’s served it’s use. Not me. To this day I still like to gift children in my life (nieces, nephews, friend’s children) toys that are well made and built to stand the test of time. I’m not suggesting that every toy should be an heirloom to be passed down from generation to generation, but it is nice if a child’s favorite toy could last for many years to come.
The European toy brand, goki, is now available in the United States. They make artesian wooden toys from sustainable, European forestry. The name “goki” is short for Gollnest and Kiesel.
In 1981, Gerhard Gollnest and Fritz-Rüdiger Kiesel founded what is now the largest toy company in northern Germany. Four decades later American families no longer need a pocket full of euros or a passport to relish the incredible selection of artisan wooden toys from sustainable, European forestry.
“We endeavor to manufacture as many products as possible in a recyclable way,” explains Marcel Martel, Goki America Inc. President. “We have set ourselves the ambitious and unique goal of banning the four plastics PVC, PU, ABS and PS from all our toys and replacing them with environmentally friendly alternatives. Our brands goki and HOLZTIGER are synonymous with qualitative growth in every respect: We have planted 400,000 trees to date. We cannot know who will use them one day, but we hope they will do so in our spirit.”
Now this award-winning and leading toy company from Germany is now available in the United States! Goki America is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Also new for American consumers is a US product line which includes a new tractor, farm puzzles and mare.
Here are some great toy options available from goki (available in the United States).
goki – Cogwheel game • $11.99 • Ages 3+
Being a cog in the wheel is a good thing when tots attempt to put together this puzzling (but easy) colorful wooden cogwheel. Toymaker goki tells us only when the big blue wheel is cranked does it become clear whether the plan has worked – are all the wheels turning?
goki – Farm IV, lift out puzzle • $10.49 • Ages 1+
We’re not sure if this is Old McDonald’s farm but we see a scarecrow and a rooster and a pig. Chubby little fingers will handle things just fine with these extra-large knobs. The lift-out puzzle is perfect for first time puzzlers.
goki – Vehicles with horn • $7.99 each • Ages 1+
What’s better than one wooden car to zoom-zoom-zoom on the floor? How about three colorful cars with wheels that go round and round. Press the colorful top button in green or red or yellow and wait for it … beep beep! Hear the horn?
goki – Pagoda marble game • $29.79 • Ages 3+
Talk about posh – a game of marbles never looked so stylish. Start at the top and watch the marble gracefully fall down, down, down. Toymaker goki made sure the click and clack of the marble tumbling made a pleasant sound to little ears.
goki baby – Soother chain • $9.99
How sweet is this? These chains can be clipped to baby’s clothes, so the pacifier doesn’t get lost and keeps little ones, well, pacified! Safety tested.
Toymaker goki knows touch rings are indispensable for a baby’s hands and development. They trigger the grip reflex and promote hand coordination. The touch and feel of the smooth wooden balls transmit sensations which help baby discover all new things.
goki nature – Dump Truck • $97.59 • Ages 3+
This gorgeous two-tone wooden truck will appeal to big boys (hello Dad!) and as well as toddlers. Make pretend to be on a construction site and fill up then dump the contents on the bedroom floor.
goki evolution – Building bricks, Four seasons • $94.50 • Ages 2+
Summer, winter, spring or fall, kids love to play with building bricks. They are indispensable for the development of elementary skills. This pretty set comes in a wooden box full of 25 pieces. How do you color winter?
goki evolution – Rainbow building blocks • $75.00 • Ages 2+
What can a toddler do with eleven pieces of the rainbow? Stock ‘em, swirl them, spread them in a row? There’s no right or wrong way to explore and play with a rainbow. Next teach them about ROY G. BIV to remember red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.
HOLZTIGER – Lion • $17.89 • Ages 3+
For many years now, the HOLZTIGER figures have stood for play value and very high quality “Made in Europe”. They are individually handcrafted out of maple and beech wood and are beautiful to see and handle.
HOLZTIGER – Tyrannosaurus Rex • $16.79 • Ages 3+
Kids are fascinated with dinos and surprisingly can say their names, even when five syllables long! This green t-rex might look scary, but kids will just smile when they unwrap this wooden cutie.
I received a goki product to review. I received their rain stick.
goki – Rain stick • $21.99 • Ages 1+
Pick up this 13.5-inch wonder and tilt it a little to the left, then a little to the right. Little ones will hear the
gentle pattern of rain — but will never get wet.
I have always found rain sticks interesting. It’s almost mesmerizing to watch the tiny beads fall down the tube. Once they reach the bottom, you can flip it over and send the beads back down the tube again.
The rain stick is very colorful. It’s a great size too, perfect for little hands.
Children could also roll it on the floor, but it doesn’t have the same rain-like sound to it.
I can see a little one having a great time with this toy. Since it takes up very little room, this is a handy “on the go” toy to toss in a diaper bag or purse. This would be great for traveling as well.
The inside pieces remind me of flowers too, which is very pretty.
The goki tradition of creating high-quality, sustainable and eco-friendly products remains its highest priority to a new American audience. Discover for yourself at goki-toys.com. You can also check the brand out on social media. Their links are found on the top right of their website.
*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.