When I watch my daughter Anya play, it’s always the simplest of toys that encourage her to use her imagination and create little make-believe situations. She talks to the toys or she talks on their behalf and together they have tea parties, they have sleepovers, they adopt imaginary pets… the list is endless. The other day I found that she had stuck a plaster on the edge of our coffee table and was pretending that it was a diving board. She had managed to make a game out of a humble plaster! So I’m all for simple toys that don’t do much but instead allow the child to imagine what they will and these beautiful animals and cars are a perfect example. No batteries, noise or shiny buttons here, just a piece of smooth wood in the shape of an animal or car and the rest is up to the child.
These gorgeous toys are made to order by a London based design house. They have their workshop in Brick Lane and all the toys are made at the back of their shop. It reminds me of how things used to be done when our parents were kids and sometimes I wish we could go back to more of those ways. But before I get all nostalgic, I’ll stop myself there and go back to admiring these beauties made by Unto this last.