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Mar 15, 2013

by Imaginationkids

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hi there, I’m Erin and along with my husband, Nick, we are Imagination Kids. Our family of four just recently moved to 5 acres in Carthage, Indiana, where we create wooden toys, have lots of fun, and will hopefully have new flock of chickens soon!

I have always loved creating, making and working with my hands. Being a toymaker satisfies all of the above, with the added bonus of getting to play with my work and inspiring children to imagine and dream. Honestly, I can’t think of any better job description, and the fact that I get to do it all surrounded by my family is just icing on the cupcake.

Our goal is to craft toys that little ones are drawn to, love to play with, and are safe to enjoy. My designs are often born from my children’s interests, obsessions, and quirkiness. I trust that what sparks their imaginations will probably appeal to other kids, and even adults. Our toys are all made from natural untreated wood, non-toxic paints, and bits of creativity and whimsy.

My design process starts as a doodle in my notebook. From there, it gets revised and tweaked to make sure the finished toy is suitable for lots and lots of play. Once we settle on a final design, I create a pattern so that each toy will be roughly the same. Every toy is then hand traced onto a wooden board. I cut out each wooden toy shape with my trusty scrollsaw, Hilda. After cutting, Nick sands the rough-cut toys to a smooth finish.

Once the wooden figure is smooth, it is ready to be painted. Nick and I share painting duty. We spend many nights sitting side by side, painting everything from wooden honey badgers to helicopters. Our painting time is time for us to talk about our day, or plan out new and wonderful ideas. I feel so lucky that I get to work shoulder to shoulder with my best friend. Finally, we finish any sanding that is needed, and apply our wooden toy polish made from local beeswax, jojoba oil, and a touch of essential oil. And there you have it: a natural, safe, and creative plaything is ready to begin its life of fun.

I think having a handmade business that centers on helping children dream and imagine helps me to see the world from the eyes of a child. I appreciate the little things, the details that make something special. I notice the goofy smile on a whale teether and the really fun stripe pattern on a particular okapi’s leg.

For me, Etsy allows me to share my passion for natural toys with an audience all over the world. Our toys have traveled to South Korea, Israel, Australia and Brazil. The desire for children to play can be found the world over. Basically, I’m an 8-year-old girl who refused to grow all the way up. The best part is I get to make toys that would have thrilled my 8-year-old self.

Photo 2, 3, 13 & 14 by Emily Wood. All others by Imagination Kids.

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Wooden Toy Rainbow Stacker Imagination Kids- Waldorf
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Small rainbow stacker Eco-friendly wooden toy
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Iceberg Stacking toy Natural Wooden Toy Imagination Kids
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Wooden Horse Toy Waldorf wood natural animal figure
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Nativity animals Wooden waldorf camel sheep donkey toy Heirloom
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Snowflake wand  wooden frozen winter waldorf toy
Snowflake wand wooden frozen winter waldorf toy
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Wood Toy Deer Family set/ Mini Waldorf heirloom
Wood Toy Deer Family set/ Mini Waldorf heirloom
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$30.00 USD
Custom listing for Hannah
Custom listing for Hannah
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Custom Listing for Jenny
Custom Listing for Jenny
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Wooden Cloud Stacker Waldorf Toy Natural Heirloom Puzzle
Wooden Cloud Stacker Waldorf Toy Natural Heirloom Puzzle
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Wooden Inchworm Push Toy Waldorf natural
Wooden Inchworm Push Toy Waldorf natural
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$15.00 USD
Golden Star Wand Wooden Fairy Metallic Gold
Golden Star Wand Wooden Fairy Metallic Gold
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Sunrise Stacker Waldorf Wooden Toy- sun hills
Sunrise Stacker Waldorf Wooden Toy- sun hills
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Wooden Wave Stacking Puzzle Waldorf toy
Wooden Wave Stacking Puzzle Waldorf toy
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Wooden Sunflower Stacker Puzzle Mustard yellow gold amber
Wooden Sunflower Stacker Puzzle Mustard yellow gold amber
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$15.00 USD
Large Sun Stacker  Waldorf Wooden Toy- Earth Day
Large Sun Stacker Waldorf Wooden Toy- Earth Day
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Wood Toy Large Wooden Mountain Range Stacker Toy Waldorf- Nature Table
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$25.00 USD
Wooden toy Hedgehog Push Toy Waldorf- Eco-friendly
Wooden toy Hedgehog Push Toy Waldorf- Eco-friendly
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Wooden Great Blue Heron Toy- Eco friendly Waldorf
Wooden Great Blue Heron Toy- Eco friendly Waldorf
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Wood toy Hippopotamus Push Toy Waldorf Hippo Purple
Wood toy Hippopotamus Push Toy Waldorf Hippo Purple
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Wooden Vegetable Play food Waldorf Eco Children Kitchen
Wooden Vegetable Play food Waldorf Eco Children Kitchen
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Wooden Honey Badger Toy Eco-friendly Gift- Waldorf- Geek Nerd Oddity
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Two Wooden Trees Nature Table- Eco-friendly- Waldorf Toy
Two Wooden Trees Nature Table- Eco-friendly- Waldorf Toy
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$22.00 USD
Wooden Toy helicopter Blue Waldorf heirloom
Wooden Toy helicopter Blue Waldorf heirloom
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$8.00 USD
Wooden Star Teether Natural Waldorf Teething Toy
Wooden Star Teether Natural Waldorf Teething Toy
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$12.00 USD
Wooden Moutain Stacker  Waldorf toy nature table
Wooden Moutain Stacker Waldorf toy nature table
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$14.00 USD
Wooden Squirrel Toy Waldorf  Autumn Nature Table- Forest animal
Wooden Squirrel Toy Waldorf Autumn Nature Table- Forest animal
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$13.00 USD
Wooden Toy  Helicopter- Green- Waldorf- Imagination Kids
Wooden Toy Helicopter- Green- Waldorf- Imagination Kids
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Wooden Fawn figure Waldorf Wood Deer Toy
Wooden Fawn figure Waldorf Wood Deer Toy
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$7.00 USD
Wooden Easter Bunny Toy  Easter Rabbit gift- eco friendly natural kids
Wooden Easter Bunny Toy Easter Rabbit gift- eco friendly natural kids
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Wooden Wand Star Fairy Princess Eco-friendly toy Imagination Kids
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$8.00 USD
Wooden Okapi Toy Waldorf natural
Wooden Okapi Toy Waldorf natural
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$15.00 USD
Wooden Chicken Toy Waldorf  Farm Hens- Natural red buff Heritage breed
Wooden Chicken Toy Waldorf Farm Hens- Natural red buff Heritage breed
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$22.00 USD
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Beetle Style Car Waldorf rolling toy
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Wooden Sunshine  Waldorf Puzzle
Wooden Sunshine Waldorf Puzzle
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$15.00 USD
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Wooden Toy Waldorf Ladybug Push Toy
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Wooden Whale Push Toy Waldorf- Eco-friendly Toddler Rolling
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$15.00 USD
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Wooden Helicopter Toy Waldorf Push Toy Eco Friendly
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Wood toy Squirrel Push Toy- Waldorf- Eco-friendly
Wood toy Squirrel Push Toy- Waldorf- Eco-friendly
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$15.00 USD
Wooden Prairie Dog  Natural Waldorf Toy
Wooden Prairie Dog Natural Waldorf Toy
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$12.00 USD
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Alligator Push Toy Wooden Eco Friendly Waldorf Crocodile
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Custom listing for Jennifer
Custom listing for Jennifer
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Wooden Bug Trio Waldorf Toy Natural snail ladybug inchworm
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$15.00 USD
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Wooden Stegosaurus toy Wood Waldorf Dinosaur
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Deer family Set- Wooden reindeer toy figures- Natural waldorf
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Wooden Reindeer Toy Christmas Deer gift eco friendly natural kids
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Wooden Dinosaur Teether Natural Waldorf Teething Toy
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Wooden Farm Animals Waldorf Eco Friendly Toy Set Heirloom
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Wooden Toy Set Helicopter Car Airplane Natural Waldof Push Heirloom Toy
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Red Wooden Helicopter Waldorf Toy
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