Have you ever heard of Latvia as a top producer of great quality children’s items? No? Then it’s high time to correct that as the small Baltic country has a lot of innovative companies creating awesome stuff for kids. From unique toys to beautiful clothes, here’s a selection of some of my favourite companies. Most of them deliver internationally.
GIGI building blocks
The number one toy at our house are currently the cardboard blocks from GIGI Bloks. Made from recyclable, light yet sturdy cardboard these giant blocks are as perfect for a kid’s imagination as they are for developing their motor skills. The blocks can be bought in two sizes and allow to build everything from forts and play stores to fantastic animals and cardboard forests. Some of the sets come with stencils and pens to decorate the amazing constructions. I was excited to discover GIGI Bloks on the German Amazon with free delivery through Prime and swiftly ordered us an extra set.
Find out more: http://www.gigibloks.com/
Eco wood toys
Almost half of Latvia is covered in forests and wood products top the export list. Thus it’s not surprising that the Latvians are great at making wooden toys. In the last decade several small, family companies have emerged making high quality ecological wooden toys. They are affordable, beautiful, durable, and the colours are always perfectly safe to chew on. The range of products includes everything from building blocks and cars to puzzles and intellectual games. I’m always excited to find these Latvian toys abroad, for example in the German eco-toy online store Echtkind.
Tiny Bunny Kids clothes
Behind this beautiful new label for kids is a team of just three people. The clothes are great quality, made from natural fabrics, and the designs stand out among the children’s clothes offered by big chain stores. Recently Tiny Bunny also added a limited collection of clothes for moms. Gorgeous!
Find out more: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TinyBunnyKids
Wood balance bikes
There’s no need for a bicycle with stabilisers if you start your toddler on a balance bike. And two Latvian companies – Brum Brum and Dip Dap – offer excellent bikes perfect for learning. The Dip Dap is lightweight and strong, and perfect for developing balance and coordination. The original design of the Brum Brum bike not only looks great but also makes it adjustable to suit ages 2 to 6.
Mīlu Mammu crocheted toys
This company, translated as “love mommy” sells lovely crocheted toys. A true gem are their crocheted fruit and veggies – colourful apples, carrots with removable tops, bananas that can be peeled, and sandwiches and muffins cute enough to eat. I’m also in love with the adorable little owls.
Find out more: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LoveMommyToys
IGLU soft blocks
The innovative IGLU produces superb soft blocks for every purpose and every age – there’s ones for helping a baby to learn crawling, and ones for building to help older kids practice their motor skills. Blocks that function as a rocking horse, and blocks that function as intelligence games. There’s even ball pits of all sizes and play sets to make a home gym.
Find out more: http://iglu.lv
Shammies short films
The Shammies and their friend Mr. Cat came to life in 2010 in animation films by the Atom Art studio. Since then the four friends – Sockie, Mitten, Pillow, and Hanky – have been featured in several short films, web episodes, books, and music CDs. Made specially for pre-school kids, the Shammies are absolutely charming and are just as fun to watch (and read) for adults. Shammies films have participated in over 70 festivals around the world, winning a few awards along the way. Check them out in the video below!
Find out more: http://www.theshammies.com/