Combine play with fine motor skill development with this sweet wooden lion lacing toy. The traditional craft of woodcarving plays an important role for many artisan communities in north-central India. Artisans use hand tools to skillfully carve blocks of sustainably harvested wood into imaginative treasures. This toy was handmade in India under fair trade conditions.
Want to pair this with a book? Try Bedtime for Sweet Creatures by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon (2020).
Materials: Wood, finished with natural wax and nontoxic paint
Size: 7 x 6 x 1/2 inches
Founded in 2006 with the goal of designing collections that appeal to Westerners while honoring the culture, craft, and capacity of Indian artisans, Matr Boomie is a fair trade organization striving to break the cycle of poverty in India. It works with more than 1,000 artisans in 40 partner communities throughout India, providing fair wages, opportunities for commerce, and safe working environments, as well as sponsoring community workshops, trainings, healthcare check-ups, and more.