Play is very important for children and their brain development, it allows them to use their creativity as they build their imagination, dexterity, and cognitive, physical, and emotional strength. From an early age, children learn to engage and interact in the world around them through play. We strongly believe in open-ended play materials as they do not have a pre-determined use.  These materials allow children to make choices, express their creativity, and support their independence. As parents we need to provide them with products that inspire them, assist in their development, and are chemical-free (since we know they will at some point end up in their mouth). Another important factor in our selection process for play items is the material they are made of. A large majority of the products we stock are made of natural materials. We do have some products that are not natural, and this is because these products are fantastic tools for development and worth having in the collection.