Once in kindergarten, I was carving a wooden horse while the children were playing. As it usually happened, some children were watching me, and some took the wood scraps and used them to cook soup in their pots. 5-year-old Maciek came and asked what I was doing.
Indeed, at that stage you could not yet see what was it that I was carving, I had just started and I had a piece of wood in my hands.
"I'm carving a horse," I replied, sinking the knife into the wood. Another large wood scrap fell to the floor and a moment later it became a carrot or a parsley in a boiling pot.
“But where is the horse?” inquired Maciek. I was a bit surprised by this question and I said what in fact was true:
“Here, in this wooden block, but you have to carve off the spare wood that covers it.” It took Maciek a while to understand what I had just said to him, but when he did understand, his eyes became twice as big, he excitedly grabbed another piece of wood and with great enthusiasm in his voice he exclaimed: “So here, in this block, there may be a tiger?!?!?!?!”
I have always liked to carve in wood, and Maciek's enthusiasm for discovering a hidden shape in a piece of wood has remained in me until today, even though Maciek has probably graduated from high school by now.
At the very beginning I made toys in a little workshop next to our house for my four children and for the children form the kindergarten. The kindergarten grew over time and along with it the workshop, which covered the needs of the kindergarten. Today thanks to this we are sure that the toys we give to children are safe.
Kindergarten children return the favour by trying out the toys, showing or telling us what it is that they like or need, and what is able to survive the test of time and go through all the children's experiments. Every day they show us that the simplest toys work best. Why...???
How is it that we are filled with fantasies when we are children? How is it that there is no limit to our creativity and imagination, until we become adults, and it becomes much harder for us to avoid our routine ways of thinking? Perhaps the toys that we are surrounded with in our childhood also influence our thinking? What happens when a child gets a toy which is fully complete and detailed? The child is usually delighted at first, the toy has a powerful effect on the child, but only at the beginning. Soon the form of the toy fails to engage the vivid and creative fantasy of a small child and starts to get uncomfortable, like a sweater which is a size too small, and it often happens that the toy is quickly cast into some corner. There is a huge need for creative play in children, a play that transforms, builds, changes and creates, and children realise that need both outside in their surroundings, as well as inside their imagination. The child makes the best use of his or her creative fantasy when a wood scrap becomes a carrot or a celery, and when a simple wooden block becomes a phone or a car. The creative fantasy will most probably have a greater impact on the quality of the child’s future adult life than the amount of money he or she will have.
Our toys are created to enrich your children’s creative fantasy and to turn their childhood into a royal garden full of possibilities to play, to which they will return to throughout their adult life, the same way one returns to one’s family home.