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Hape: the world's largest producer of wooden toys

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Hape is a toy manufacturer from Germany, founded in 1986 by Peter Handstein.

It is the world's largest producer of wooden toys and uses only natural materials.

A sporty appearance, beautifully finished and a streamlined design; these are the characteristics of Hape's vehicles.

The brand even has a complete line of bamboo toys. Bamboo is the fastest growing woody plant. The bamboo that Hape uses comes from sustainably managed plantations.

Hape brand

Did you know that a sustainably managed bamboo plantation provides about 2 to 5 times as many cubic meters of dry material per year compared to plantations where types of wood such as teak or oak are grown?

By making strategic choices, including in energy use and packaging materials, Hape is able to minimize the impact on the environment and optimize efficiency.

They also ensure that the by-products produced always have as little impact as possible on the environment.

They use a water purification system that uses limited to no chemicals to return the purified water to circulation.

Because the Hape factory is only 3 km from one of the largest ports in the world, the Ningbo-Zhoushan port, there are also advantages in terms of transport and environmental friendliness.

All toy products meet or even exceed the safety and quality standards EN71 (European toy standard) and ASTM (American Society of Testing Materials).

The chemical materials that come in are immediately checked and tested by a certified external lab. In addition, product test reports are updated every year by an external certified lab.

FSC is an independent non-profit organization developed to promote responsible management of global forests. Hape supports this organization by offering FSC products.

The paint is also water-based and non-toxic, and an environmentally friendly eco adhesive is used for the glued parts, which contains no formaldehyde.

The packaging is printed with soy or water based inks.

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Best wooden marble tracks: Hape

Age: 6 +

What it is: A 176-piece wooden marble track, which comes with glow-in-the-dark stickers and both regular and glow-in-the-dark marbles.

Pieces include a cosmic dome, glowing loops, curved rails, bases, and a marble pool.

Can be built in in different runs, using the color coded blocks. Comes with an instruction booklet.

Why we like it: This marble run is both beautiful and cool to build, and you can connect them together using the ideas in the booklet or building for free with your imagination.

It was a huge hit with all of our kids testers who found the set exciting to build, and 'great' when played in the dark!

Always something to do for the holidays or rainy day?

Play Choice now has the ultimate activity book collection, with over 60 pages of fun coloring pages and educational puzzles.

Joost Nusselder, the founder of is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child he came into contact with everything related to games when his mother started the Tinnen Soldaat in Ede. Now he and his team create helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.