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Peter Handstein was only four years old when he learned a valuable lesson from his great aunt Marie. It only took building a sandcastle and seeing it in ruins to realise that things can easily break down. But she made him see that to have the desire to create and build again is something no one can ever destroy.

Peter's childhood experiences, along with the guidance of Marie, shaped his beliefs regarding the power of play. This ultimately led to the founding of Hape when he became an adult.

“Love, Play, Learn”

Hape is a combination of Peter's initials pronounced as "hah-pay," which sounds like "happy" - a reflection of their ideals of creating happiness and well being for children around the globe. They've embraced the "Love, Play, Learn" slogan, believing every child should have an opportunity to enjoy a happy childhood by inspiring them to explore through play.

A Global Toy Brand

Hape Toys is one of the leading global toy brands - designing, producing, and distributing high quality wooden baby toys for more than 30 years. Their great assortment of toys are designed to enhance every child's experience with play and overall learning. They're durable and long lasting, so they can be handed down from one child to the next, rather than thrown away. They're also made from sustainably sourced wood and other materials without the harmful chemicals found in many mainstream toys. 

They have numerous awards and, most importantly, safety and eco certifications to prove these recognitions. You’ll be happy to learn that the manufacturing processes and packaging of Hape's educational wooden toys are likewise sustainable. Like all the brands we stock, we've done our research, so rest assured this is one of the best choices you can make for your child and your family.

What Makes Hape Toys Products Eco Friendly and Sustainable?

Hape Toys' production process minimises environmental impact and maximises efficiency. They use key processes like water purification systems that ensure no chemicals are released into the water. 

Hape's sustainable toys exceed EN71 and ASTM safety standards. They also have various ISO and other manufacturing certifications like:

  • ISO 9001 (Quality Management System)
  • ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System)
  • ISO 45001 (Occupational Health & Safety Management)

Hape eco toys is ICTI Ethical Toy Program Certified, which means their eco friendly toys are safe and meet the different standards that protect the rights and well being of their workers.

Charitable Activities and Collaborations

Hape Toys has shared over 1.3 million euros (approximately 1.9 million AUD) with various global causes. They've donated towards the relief of health related issues like providing anti epidemic supplies to vulnerable children and funding for health professionals who battle epidemics.

Quality education is also important to Hape. And they've proven this by building three academies and co running one school where better educational programs are accessible to children.

Sustainable Packaging

Hape eco baby toys are packed in simple, recyclable packaging to minimise environmental impact. They also print using soy based ink.

Hape Wooden Toys Sustainable Materials

Peter wants his eco toy company to lead in protecting the environment, so future generations will inherit a beautiful world. Environmental preservation is important to him, and using FSC (Forest Steward Council) certified materials across their products is a great step towards that. To be FSC certified means the independent organisation has verified that the wood they use on their toys come from a sustainably managed forest.

Their wooden toys for babies traditionally consisted of wood like maple and beechwood. But they now use many other renewable materials for new generation Hape toys. They now include bamboo, Green PE (a bioplastic made from sustainable sugar cane), Fasal (synthesised from wood powder), softwood synthesised from the bark of corkwood, and natural rubber - all renewable, safe, and eco friendly.

Some toy materials can be toxic and can contain harmful chemicals like BPA, phthalates, formaldehyde, lead, and other heavy metals. But Hape toys are free from these, as they only use water based non toxic paints and lacquers. You can rest easy knowing that Hello Charlie only stocks products that are eco friendly. We do extensive research to ensure that the materials are safe for children of any age.

Shop the Most Popular Hape Wooden Toys Range

There are lots to be learned through play with Hape's range of eco toys - from musical instruments to puzzles and games!

For a baby's first musical toy, there's Hape's Penguin Musical Wobbler - a fun toy that makes musical sounds when moved. And for any little chef in training, the Hape Toys Kitchen Set is the perfect gift. It includes all the essentials your child will need to create delicious meals.

Hape's Crane Lift is a fun and interactive toy that's perfect for toddlers who love to play with moving pieces and building equipment. With colourful pieces that are easy to handle, Hape's Creative Peg Puzzle is also a great way to encourage kids to use their imagination and think outside the box.

Watch your toddler stack the Hape Dynamo Dominoes in the correct order, then tip them over to start a chain reaction - a great way to teach cause and effect!

Hape Penguin Musical Wobbler

Movement is crucial when it comes to keeping your baby engaged and entertained. And a great way to do this is by including moving toys into their daily routine. There are plenty of toys to choose from, but one of our favourites is Hape's Penguin Musical Wobbler.

This cute penguin toy has a sturdy wooden wobble base that helps keep it upright, so that your baby can bat at the toy penguin without it rolling away. Pushing the toy launches it into action and plays a pleasant sound when it wobbles, which is lovely to watch. This makes it an ideal choice for your child's first musical toy. Hape's musical wobbler has no sharp or small parts that can harm your baby, so it's safe and gentle to play with.

Hape Toddler Kitchen Set

The Hape kitchen set has everything your baby needs to cook up a storm, including a wooden cooktop with two pretend hot plates, a pot and lid, a saucepan, a spatula, and a spoon.

It’s an exciting addition to your baby's play area and is great for encouraging imaginative play. They can pretend to be in control of the wooden play kitchen as they whip up their own imaginary creations. The knobs on the stove also make nice clicking sounds when turned, just like in a real kitchen. All the toy items also pack easily into the cooker, so it's easy to store when playtime is over.

This wooden kitchen toy is the perfect gift for any budding chef in your life and is sure to provide hours of fun for your little one.

Hape Crane Lift

There’s something special about a crane. They’re big and powerful, and can move things too heavy for us. That’s why we love Hape’s construction toy. With working pulleys and gears, little builders can put their imagination into play as they lift and move pieces around.

This ten piece construction set toy is perfect for little ones fascinated by how things work. Watch as they explore the different mechanisms of the crane and have endless fun creating new structures. With its easy to use design, the Hape Crane Lift is a great way to encourage toddlers to be creative while developing their fine motor and problem solving skills and hand eye co-ordination.

With its solid wood structure, the crane is durable and will stand up to hours of fun.

Hape Dynamo Dominoes

Hape dominoes may seem like simple blocks, but they can provide hours of open ended fun and learning. Little ones can use their imaginations and problem solving skills to form their own games and rules. There’s no right or wrong way to play with these wooden dominoes, which makes them great for creative learning.

Toddlers will love watching this fun dominoes toy topple over when they knock them down, which teaches them about cause and effect. They can also develop fine motor skills as they learn to pick and place the small pieces that require coordination and control.

The wooden set comes with 100 colourful dominoes and activity blocks that can create different designs. So whether you're young or old, big or small, dominoes are a great way to spend time with family and friends.

Hape Creative Peg Puzzle

For a fun and challenging way to help your toddler learn their colours and shapes, we have Hape's Creative Peg Puzzle! Your toddler will love exploring all the different ways the pieces can fit together.

This Hape peg puzzle comes with four wooden jigsaw puzzle bases that you can join together, each with a differently shaped post. To start, twist the 12 coloured shapes onto their corresponding poles. Little ones will have lots of fun twisting and turning the pieces until they find the right fit. Once they've completed the puzzle, they can separate the bases and start all over again!

Toddlers will have enjoy learning colours and matching shapes while they develop their fine motor skills. This wooden puzzle is also a great way to help develop problem solving skills while having fun.

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The Hello Charlie online shop is one of the official Hape Toys Australia stockists, with Australia wide delivery and same day despatch when you order before 10 am.

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