This toy set includes 12 Nins® in 12 colours, 1 beech wood bowl, 2 wooden cubes and a circular 4 piece month platform.
Each coloured Nin or peg doll figure represents a month of the year according to Waldorf teachings. By their form and presentation they indicate a circular order that brings us closer to the passage of time. A circle that has no beginning or end, an infinite circle that rebuilds itself, and is reminiscent of gatherings around a bonfire to chat, explain stories, talk about life and the world. The colours of the Nins also help to inspire the season, with blues for winter, greens for spring, yellow and orange for summer, and reds and brown for autumn.
Where conventional calendars are linear and difficult to understand, the manipulative nature of this calendar allows children to play and touch time. In the center are included two cubes formatted to allow children to make all the possible combinations for every day of each month. Also included is a central bowl. This is to be filled with small treasures, natural elements that are significant for the specific time of year or month.
This is a terrific teaching tool as well to learn the months of the year and to introduce the principles of seasonal rhythm into everyday life. The pure essence of this game requires nothing more than to create without stereotype, to explore and enjoy the extraordinary things that are around us. Remember that materials are the excuse, because children's play is the essence of existence and the highest expression of life.
Recommended age 36 months+
Opting for open-ended play and autonomous play, Grapat does not provide instructions. Their only premise is to let children play, slowly, without time limits.
Their toys are crafted by hand and encourage, invite and stimulate the creation of invented little worlds. They follow traditional processes, in the old way, with thick soft raw materials, natural dyes which let the wood veins be seen and vibrant coloured waxes and oils that slightly shine. Painted by hand, homemade and surrounded by nature and many children nearby that inspire the makers daily.
The wood used comes from sustainable forests. Grapat uses beech and birch. Wood is the source that inspires. It is robust, soft and hard, it is warm, it sounds good and it smells good.
The dyes are based on water and non-toxic that comply with the European safety regulations of the Toy EN / 71-3: 2014 + A1: 2014 / 2013. Working with dyes and not with acrylic paints allows Grapat to continue having contact with the wood. The dye does not jump from the wood when it falls to the ground or when time passes because it penetrates deep inside the piece. Sometimes it can happen that by an excess of pigments some pieces lose some colour when coming in contact with saliva, no problem, they are absolutely safe and non-toxic.
Each piece that passes through Grapat’s hands is unique. Each one is painted by hand. And since from Grapat defends the value of nature, imperfections are accepted. It is beautiful and makes the material even more valuable. The cloth bags that are included in some of the products come from big companies that discard material when they have a small defect. As Grapat produces the bags by hand they can take advantage of them by removing those defects and giving them a second life. The fabrics vary and do not match with the photos of the products.
Care Instructions: If you clean Grapat wood products only use a damp cloth. Do not submerge in water and do not use disinfectant or hot water.