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Founded by Peter Handstein in Germany, in 1986, Hape toys are designed first and foremost for children. As the world’s largest producer of wooden toys, Hape is clearly dependent on the use of natural materials. A full line of bamboo toys takes advantage of the special properties of this highly renewable material. Plastic parts are durable enough to last for generations encouraging toys to be passed down rather than tossed out. Each product is developed to enhance a child’s developmental skills. Neither language, nor culture, nor gender blocks the intuitive play patterns. What children see as fun, parents and educators recognize as age-appropriate learning basics; social, sensory, physical, and emotional skills. Using natural materials, water-based paints, and strict quality and safety standards, every Hape toy is an investment kids will love and parents can trust.