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HABA® belongs to a group of companies, The HABA® Family.
Each of the family members can rely on the large pedagogical experience, technical knowledge and production facilities of the group, either in the field of equipping nurseries, in designing toys and games or in organizing special events.
Everything they do is aimed at children of 0 to 7 years of age.

Habermaass Company was founded in 1938 and the brand name HABA® is very much diversified. Habermaass constant goal is to develop products not only of remarkable design but also durable enough to provide pleasure for generations and is orientated towards the standards that make up a good toy. They produce a large range of products which includes more than 600 items, from various toys and games, to furniture for kindergarten children to teenagers.

They’ve been on the child‘s side from the beginning. Since 1938 working for children was already at the heart of their company philosophy. This hasn't changed. They have now been developing toys and furniture for children and kindergartens for more than 60 years. Playing is an elementary learning process for children: by touching, listening, seeing, combining, experiencing and comprehending, they playfully discover their social surroundings. But what is just as important is that children enjoy playing with their toys and blissfully unaware of how this fosters their development.

Playing - First of all playing should be fun, not only for a little while but over a long period of time as well. A good toy allows a lot of freedom for a child's fantasy and creativity. The children themselves are giving them the best ideas and suggestions, which they then transform with all of their experience.

Quality - A good toy is a child's companion for along time. Therefore they constantly pay heed to a careful production and an accurate workmanship of their toys.

Material - Maple and beech-wood are their mainly used materials. They are convinced that these pleasant natural materials, transformed in a design of plain colours and shape, are most suitable for toys, a useful combination of material and product being the basic requirements.

Safety - The safety of a toy is a self-evident demand. All of their products meet the requirements of the American Standards Consumer Safety Specification on Toy Safety ASTM F 963, as well as European Safety-Standards for toys.

In order to guarantee constant quality levels, all their business processes and procedures, from product design right through to shipment and delivery, have been structured and standardized in accordance with the quality manual. In 1996 they were awarded the QM certificate DIN EN ISO 9001 for the first time for this quality management system and they have successfully passed all quality audits since.

In addition, Habermaass is the first toy producer to have passed the audit for ecological friendliness. The company is deeply committed to actively pursuing further environment protection throughout every stage of production.

Internationally, HABA® represents the family in the field of toys & games and nursery furniture. Their international presence has allowed them to develop products for their customer’s abroad and support their trade partners in various countries. This has made HABA® a well-known and reliable international partner, dealing with customers all over the world.

Environmental protection is an integrated component of HABA® group policy. They use wood first and foremost for the manufacture of their products, as wood is naturally free of harmful substances. It is a sustainable raw material and thus ecologically harmless. Their careful workmanship makes sure no harmful substances are added. In the production of furniture and toys no tropical woods, but mainly indigenous woods are used, such as beech and maple. The material wood imposes a very high standard of quality in workmanship, combining craftsmen‘s traditions with modern technology. The same applies to all their products: attention to detail makes them something quite special! Right from the first idea up to the final product, their toys and furniture come from the town of Bad Rodach in Bavaria, Germany. Using wood and being inspired by children, they never run out of innovative ideas to convince customers with products of outstanding quality and original designs.

But it is not only in their use of materials, but also in their use of energy and the preservation of their natural surroundings, that thoughts on environmental protection play an important role for them. With this functional environmental management system the entire HABA® Family meets the requirements of the DIN EN ISO 14001 environmental standard. In addition, they were also certified to the EC Eco audit (EMAS) ordinance in August 1999.

We hope you have enjoyed your introduction to HABA® toys and games, and that you’ll enjoy browsing their list of wonderful children’s products. And remember, if you are looking for a HABA® product that you don’t see here, please contact us, and we’ll order it for you.

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The Käthe Kruse® Doll Studio is the oldest German doll company that is still existing and working in the traditional way. Käthe Kruse sensed the secret of her success when designing her first doll. It was Christmas 1905 and it was for her eldest daughter Mimerle. Käthe Kruse took potatoes, warm sand and a towel and made this huggable and lovable doll. She knew that “dolls had to be huggable and warm, that is the whole point of having a doll.”

Five years later Käthe Kruse dolls were an instant success at an exhibit in Berlin called “Home Made Toys” Her new career as a doll maker was launched. With the help of one painter and five sewers, her hand made doll production was in full swing. Her living room became workshop and shipping department all at once.

Today in Donauwoerth, one hundred years later, the same principles of craftsmanship still applies. The dolls are made with as much love and delicate detail as ever: hand painted faces, hand knotted real hair wigs, unique clothing designs, create warmth and naturally charming looks. These dolls are loved by millions of children and doll collectors worldwide.

Handwork, simplicity of design, integrity, and an aversion to gimmicks and fads has always been and will always be the foundation on which the Käthe Kruse® Doll Company was built. (“Handwork, I have never left this principle and I never will. The hand follows the heart. Only the hand can create what the hand returns to the heart.” Käthe Kruse 1905). This Käthe Kruse® philosophy embraces hugging, touching, feeling, listening, splashing, delighting, laughing loving. Children’s needs are their focus.

Each doll and item of doll clothing is made by hand and takes from 16 to 36 hours to make. During that time, it will pass through the hands of 8 to 10 craftspeople and artists. Four checks for quality control are made on every doll before it is shipped. Each crafts person is carefully trained to perform his or her job. It can take up to four years to just learn how to paint a doll’s face.

Because of the care that goes into making each doll, very few are made each year. Each and every doll, piece of doll clothing and (as far as possible) accessory is made by hand. Many of the doll clothes have embroidery, crochet or knitting: all carefully done by hand, not duplicated by machines. Each of the reindeer-hair-stuffed bodies is hand stuffed by one worker. This is the only way to achieve perfect symmetry of the limbs.

The human hair of the wigs is individually hand knotted into the wig cap. Käthe Kruse® is the only doll company that does so today. Hand knotting gives a more natural look as well as locking in the hair so that it can withstand brushing and restyling (for these dolls are still made with children in mind.) Today, this technique is used only for motion picture television stars and Käthe Kruse® dolls!!

Each doll’s face (and where necessary the hair) is painted by hand. This is why each doll is an individual with its own charm and expression.

The clothing is always a natural fiber. Cool, crisp cotton; rough, course lines; fine, soft silks. The fabrics are meant to be handled and enjoyed. The clothing may be hand washed in lukewarm water with mild soap.

Käthe Kruse® dolls are made to be loved by anyone who loves dolls, both children and adults alike. Many of the dolls are stuffed with reindeer hair. Reindeer hair is used to help keep the bodies in the original shape, after being loved for many generations.

Käthe Kruse® is pleased to introduce to you a very special treasury of inspired dolls to celebrate their 100-year history. From classic and traditional to playful and modern, they are sure that one of them will be a perfect doll for you or for that very special child in your life. Käthe Kruse® is dedicated to make children’s eyes shine.


Waldorf Dolls

In 1999 the German Waldorf School Fellowship granted the Käthe Kruse® Puppen GmbH the necessary license to manufacture their version of Waldorf dolls using the highly protected Waldorf name. Today, only Käthe Kruse® is allowed the market the original Waldorf dolls. Käthe Kruse® Waldorf dolls are one of the company’s most loved and sought after products. They are the sole and exclusive supplier of Waldorf dolls and soft toys to Waldorf Schools in Europe and the United States.

The Käthe Kruse® Waldorf dolls are carefully handcrafted and are made of natural materials, such as wool, cotton stockinet, and quartz sand. They are designed with simplicity in mind to encourage your child to develop his or her imagination. The warmth of the wool, cotton or reindeer hair tempt children to place them in their arms, to pamper, to love, to cuddle, to hold the doll, and therefore to develop and stimulate a child’s fantasy and imagination.

The simple faces allow the child to give it a “soul”. In addition, if you share the special qualities, and the amount of time and care that went into making this doll, you are encouraging your child to treat his or her doll with respect and kindness, which are important interpersonal skills.

Be careful you may fall in love with them yourself and have a hard time giving the doll away!! If you're unfamiliar with this style of doll, they may seem unusual at first, but once you have one, you'll never go back to common plastic.

This is one more reason to give a special Käthe Kruse® gift to someone that you love.

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Well-made wooden toys are naturally beautiful to the touch. The Selecta® design team has years of hard-won experience in producing toys that are unique in their form, their pictures, as well as their function. A natural beauty can be found in well-made wooden toys. The Selecta® design team has years of hard-won experience in producing toys that are unique in their form, their pictures, as well as their function.

Wood comes to life in the hands of the Selecta® experts. The wood structures convey sensory experiences while enhancing child development. A refined finish to the wood surfaces enhances the value of the best wooden toys. Since wood is a completely natural material, you don't have to worry if your child puts it into his or her mouth. Safe, water-soluble varnishes are used to emphasize the unique natural beauty of the wood Selecta® chooses for each wooden toy. A special heat transfer printing process gives the pictures their particularly endearing look. An additional beeswax finish is then applied to all surfaces. This gives the sealed surface of Selecta® toys a soft and smooth - almost velvety - touch. Furthermore the warm wood tones are made even lovelier through the beeswax.

Well-made wooden toys are completely safe to play with and will last a long time. The making of their products involves 32 years of experience entwined with tradition. Specialists ideally use this knowledge to achieve quality results. Selecta’s® high quality standards go beyond the American Standard safety requirements. In developing their own quality standards and adding more control stops, Selecta® has made sure that only safe toys reach the hands of children. A continuous international exchange of experiences guarantees that research of new ideas and possibilities flows into production, making toys even safer and a greater pleasure to play with. Well-made wooden toys are both beautiful and educational.

Advice from highly qualified education professionals plays a major part in Selecta's product development, including product tests within families and kindergartens. Before a new Selecta® toy reaches final production, suggestions voiced by these professionals have been taken into account. Selecta® started producing wooden toys and games for kindergartens over 30 years ago. All the know-how and techniques experienced throughout this time have gone into the development of each toy and game Selecta® produces today. They communicate with people all over the world to integrate their ideas and experience into their products.

Selecta® leaves no stone unturned to stimulate your children's senses.

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Mercurius offers a complete, thoroughly tested range of products for the Waldorf schools and kindergartens under the motto:

Nurturing the 12 senses
• Products for the practicing of the 7 arts

An environment rich in sensory experiences is extremely important for healthy development of children. If such conditions don't exist as a result, for example, of excessive TV-viewing or exclusive use of electronic toys, it can hinder certain abilities or even cause deficits in overall development.
At the initiative of Stockmar and in cooperation with Mercurius NL they have created an international, quality-orientated service-partnership entitled, “Art Makes Sense.”

Their common goal is:
• to provide quality worldwide materials for art lessons at Waldorf schools

Through their working agreements with the companies Stockmar and Choroi, for example, they are committed to continually improving and developing their product quality.

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Almost 80 years of innovation in the art industry brought the Stockmar® company, to develop specialized products to meet the unique needs of small children and adolescents. A continuously growing number of schools have recognized this, which is why art instruction is becoming an increasingly important educational tool.

Stockmar's® high-level quality standards for raw materials, processing, environmental compatibility, handling, efficiency and colour quality exemplifies our goal of promoting the nurturing of the senses and thereby contributing to the healthy growth of young people. Because of their harmonious colours they are beautiful to look at, they smell good and are pleasant to handle. Creative activity trains abilities that are necessary to become resourceful, inventive, imaginative, ingenious and productive individuals. Stockmar® products bring the joy of colour and shape to life.

Art Makes Sense® is a cooperative alliance between Stockmar® and Mercurius NL to create an international, quality-orientated service-partnership.

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It was because of NAPOLEON that Johann Froescheis was able to register his business as pencil manufacturer at the magistracy of Nuremberg, Germany in the year 1806. To differentiate his quality-products from those of lower standard, Johann Froescheis the 2nd registered the brand LYRA® in the year 1868. This trademark, which is still in use and to our knowledge the oldest trademark of our industry, worldwide. To make room for modern production and logistics yet again relocation was necessary in 1987 when a completely new factory and office building became the new home of LYRA®.

Ergonomically shaped pencils, following the principle of the rounded triangular are very user-friendly and support the writing hand.
This helps the beginners and also left-handed people.
The principle of the rounded triangular has meanwhile found its realization in many LYRA® products.
Quality however, relates not only to the product as such, it covers all aspects of a company's activities and decisions.

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Since 1925, the Dutch family De Ruiter produced leather satchels under the brand name: ' Ruitertassen '. Through time, due to quality and professional devotion, they expended with Ruitertassen a worldwide reputation. Meanwhile, these activities have been taken over by a Belgian investor which founded in November 2003 a new partnership for this purpose: 'BVBA New Europartners'.

In January 2006, LSP Belgium, for many years producer of bags and leather goods, added the complete production and logistics of Ruitertassen to his organization and operates from his warehouse in Belgium to do the worldwide distribution.

Besides the classic Ruitertassen, new products are developed and are divided in several series according to their style and function. It's our intention to adapt these series periodical with new quality products that will follow the more than 75 years old Ruitertassen reputation of quality and originality.

Today, Ruitertassen are sold in Benelux, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Japan, The United Arab Emirates and the Unites States of America. Continuously we are searching for local agents and distributor’s which take care of the sales and product distribution.

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Quality Hand-Crafted Wooden Toys

The Debresk Wooden Toys where created in the eighties by Joris Dekkers, Konrad Breidenstein and Anders Skånberg in the work shop at Skäve near Järna in Sweden.

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Signifies the Unification of Singing, Dancing and Playing

Located in Langenthal, Switzerland Choroi Instruments have stimulated a new style of playing for over thirty years. Since it's beginnings is the 1960's, composers musicians and teachers who had been looking for new ways to stimulate individual musical activity and to deepen the awareness of the sense of hearing have found what they were looking for in Choroi Instruments..

Choroi Instruments stimulate a new style of playing. The flutes encourage a flowing and natural fingering, the bowed instruments a “breathing” bowing technique, the harps and lyres a “fluid pacing”, and the percussion instruments a sensitive touch.

Through this quality of movement the outward instrumental tone can arise from the player’s inner gesture. It is as if the hidden soul of the wood, the metal, or the rawhide drum skin is made to sound. Through elements of their design, and the natural materials used in their construction, the instruments allow players to experience matter and space in a new musical way.

Choroi means moving, singing, playing and listening together—music as an immediate expression of life through elementary means, but also through professional-level instruments.

Choroi instruments are equally suitable for young and old, for beginner and expert, for amateur and professional.

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Give your children the gift of learning to work with their hands!

Established in 1971, Harrisville Designs is a small, family owned and operated business, known by fiber artists throughout the world for its fine yarns and floor looms. It is that expertise and knowledge that has gone into the design and creation of their children's products, which were developed in response to a growing demand from parents and educators who wanted children to experience the joy and developmental benefits of working with their hands. They make beautiful Weaving, Knitting, Rug Hooking, Needlepoint, Crocheting, and Felting Kits using their own 100% natural yarns and fleece.

Woolen yarn has been spun in the water-powered, brick mill town of Harrisville since 1794. This small village is nestled in the Monadnock Highlands of southwestern New Hampshire and is the only industrial community of the early 19th Century that still survives in America in its original form. In 1977, the Department of Interior designated Harrisville a National Historic Landmark.

The last surviving woolen mill in Harrisville closed in 1970 when the fashion world turned, temporarily, to synthetic double-knit fabrics. Harrisville Designs was established in 1971 with a goal of preserving the textile heritage and economic vitality that had sustained the village for almost two hundred years. Beginning with a line of high quality woolen handweaving yarns, they soon branched out into handweaving looms and equipment. In the late 1980' they developed the first of their Friendly Loom Products to introduce children to the joys of working with their hands.

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Desert Productions® music by philip elcano

About the Artist

Born in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, the son of a professional singer, Philip Elcano was raised with an appreciation of both musical and visual arts. Piano lessons began early and led to a highlighted musical career throughout his schooling. As a child, he played string bass with the Nevada Symphony Orchestra, and by high school, Philip was performing with numerous jazz ensembles and studio bands.

Philip graduated Cum Laude from the UCLA School of Music, where he took special interest in ethno-musicology, which gave him a background in music from various cultures. This exposure to composers and musicians from around the world has had a striking impact on his compositions.

As a classically trained composer-pianist, Philip has an award winning background in musical soundtracks for television including, "That Was Happy Life", which won recognition as Best Documentary Short in the American Indian Film Festival, 1993.

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Steve and Darlene were married over 33 years ago. They have four sons which were all born at home.

From the very beginning the boys were exposed to lots of music, as their dad was a professional musician and their mother sang with him. There was always a piano in the house for the children to plunk around on, and they did lots of plunking! The boys were sung to from birth and read to every day. They all became very good readers and listeners.

Steve and Darlene chose not to have a TV in the house from the beginning, which left lots of time for the children to make their own entertainment and fun. They spent much of their time in make-believe play and outdoor adventures. Each child learned to the beat of his own drum.

The family began homeschooling in 1978, long before it was popular! The kids enjoyed the challenge of singing in harmony, and when the songs they were learning turned out sounding good, they were more than willing to record them on tape. They wanted to hear what it sounded like!

During that time, the family also recorded two tapes having a breastfeeding theme for families with babies. Babies were very much enjoyed in the Lester household, and the songs on the tapes clearly reflect the family’s enthusiasm for little ones. Darlene is a La Leche League leader (a breastfeeding consultant and advocate) and these tapes came out of her own nursing experiences and family dynamics. The tapes have sold steadily through LLL for the past 14 years.

The Lester family tapes caught a precious period of the family’s history when all the boys still had high voices and were willing and eager to perform. Sometimes their parents could scarcely keep them away from those microphones! As the boys matured, they became more reserved. But, to this day they all play music and sing together on a regular basis. Now in their 20s, they still love music.

The Lester Family has recorded 4 educational cassettes that can teach your family, or class, how to sing in 2, 3, and 4 part harmony.
The way they work is that each song is sung with the soprano, alto, tenor and bass separately and then again with all parts sung together. Each child decides which part he/she wants to learn then listens and memorizes that part.

It is all done by ear without written notation. (Children generally find learning by ear to be very easy.) Once the parts are memorized, the family or class can practice singing the song in harmony without the help of the tape.

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