When picking a toy for your child, there are many familiar brands you can choose from. However, one brand you may not be familiar with, and you should, is HABA toys. This German manufacturer has been delivering quality toys for over 80 years, and it’s easy to see why. So in this post, we’re going to show you the history and features of HABA toys, and hopefully, you can be motivated to give them a try.
What is HABA?
When you first see the name HABA, you may think it stands for something. But what could it stand for? How About Boys’ Adventure? That makes no sense. Helping All Boys Ascend? That’s… off. No, HABA doesn’t stand for anything. This is the name it’s called in the US and other places, as its German name is hard to pronounce. The company is technically called Habermaaß, or Habermaaass. Let’s just called them Haber for short.
The company was founded in 1938 by Eugen Haber. And Anton Engel. The idea was to create a company for wooden goods. They wanted to create wooden toys, and for a while, they stayed in Germany. However, in 1980, they had a big break when they acquired an American company known as Skaneateles Handicrafters. This allowed them to produce their goods at a grander scale. Since then, they’ve grown as a company and have been operated by the exact same family. They employee over 1,400 in Germany alone. As for the US division, you can find it in Skaneateles, NY.
The company sees a world where children play and grow with their toys without feeling like they’re being forced to learn. They understand that while technology evolves, a child’s imagination will forever love toys and being able to play with objects they can touch and sense. Here are some other features.
While it’s not everything they manufacture, one big part of their branding is wooden toys. Wooden toys, for some, are a product of the past. Plastic toys, meanwhile, reign supreme. However, HABA believes that wooden toys still have an important part in the world of toys. To them, wooden toys can last longer and feel good on a child’s hands.
So what are their toys made of?
The wood toys for babies are made straight in Germany and use beech, maple, and other woods that are PEFC certified. PEFC stands for Programme (or Program) for the Endorsement of Forest Certification. If something is PEFC Certified, this means that it’s made from wood that’s reforested. In other words, trees that are grown by human hands.
They produce other wooden toys in China, and they don’t skimp out on the goods they use. They’re still high-quality and non-toxic. The non-toxic part applies to their paint, meaning you don’t have to worry about your baby eating the toys and then getting sick.
When it comes to their packaging, they try to make everything with less foam unneeded fillers in order to be more economic.
When picking toys for your child, it can be debatable as to what you should get them in the gender department. Should you get a boy a product meant for boys, or can they experiment with girls’ products? The same applies to girls.
That’s why many of the toys HABA has to offer are gender neutral. They are toys that boys can put themselves in, and girls can as well. In the end, HABA realizes that the imagination of the child is much more important than what gender the product is intended for, and you’ll soon realize that to be true as you see your child playing with toys.
Building blocks are important, well, building block of child development. For a while, HABA was known for its wooden blocks, and they are still known for that, albeit a little less. HABA’s blocks are high-quality and able to stack up to the competition. A child will have lots of fun making towers, knocking them down, and then repeating the process for a while. You yourself will have a good time watching the child build everything up and then knock them down.
Another popular toy by HABA is their vehicles. The vehicles are made from wood, yet glide across the floor like it’s nothing. The toy car has always been a staple of childhood fun. A child loves to pretend they’re older and can drive around in their own car. Plus, the entire house is their road map. Make your child have fun with cars today.
Another feature of HABA is their games. Let’s look at their most popular game for an example. The game Orchard is a wooden jigsaw-esque game where players must pick fruit and avoid a hungry raven. It’s a unique board game that even the adults will love, and we guarantee you’ll play it with your kids.
They have other games as well. Many of them use wooden pieces. It’s interesting to see how many fun board games you can find made out of wood. Others use paper or cardboard, and of course plastic. This one is all wood.
HABA makes a lot more, including dolls made from fabric and even little wooden furniture for children’s rooms. The HABA line does a lot more than what you may imagine. They’ve gone beyond wooden blocks and cars. They are a lifestyle for your child, and we guarantee you’ll enjoy them.
Overall, HABA is a unique company and we see their place in the world of toys. Perhaps even more so in the 21st century. In an age where everything is on a screen, it’s sometimes okay to introduce your child to a simpler time. Tablets become outdated and break. Video games become replaceable. However, a good wooden toy lasts a long time. If you want a toy for your children to play with, look into HABA toys. We guarantee that you’ll love them, and so will your child.
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