GRIMM’S SMALL OCTAGON 32 TRIANGLES
Grimm’s Small Octagon 32 Triangles
Grimm’s Spiel & Holz Octagon 32 triangles is more than just a puzzle.
Children can creatively use the pieces to form new shapes, designs and creations. Imaginations will be put to work when little ones discover this high quality learning tool.
Dimensions: 18 cm x 4 cm deep
Recommended for age 4 and above
Why we love Grimm’s !
- Grimm’s Spiel & Holz have been making unique and distinctive natural wooden toys since 1978.
- Grimm’s natural toys are well renowned in Europe and used extensively in kindergartens and by speech and occupational therapists.
- Specially developed to promote sensory perception, Spiel & Holz toys are known for their wonderful textures and exceptional colour finishes.
- Inspired by the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, Spiel & Holz toys leave room for independent and open-ended play, allowing for the child’s own imaginative and creative life to be developed.
- Grimm’s natural wooden toys are created with the very best of care using European woods – alder, lime, maple and cherry.
- Spiel & Holz toys have no sharp edges or corners as all the toys are individually sanded by hand. Each toy is hand-finished with special non-toxic and water-based dyes providing distinctive colours and shades, and then treated with pure vegetable oil.
- Grimm’s have a strong environmental policy – using green electricity sources, and minimal packaging.
- Grimm’s toys are highly recommended as the basis for all good play – building and discovering spatial relationships through creativity and sensory experiences.
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