Kinderfeets Kinderboard (Bamboo)
A fun multi purpose wooden toy. Originally used in Waldorf early childhood classrooms. It was created to help children develop a sense of balance, stimulate their vestibular system, and gain a deep sense of awareness of their body and body parts.
Due to the bulky nature of this toy, this is available for pick up in store option only.
We Do Not Ship this item
Manufacturers Recommended Age: 18 Months +
Max Weight: 220 Kg
100% bamboo, no veneers
This is the bamboo version, some of the images show the white wash kinderfeets kinderboard, these are included to inspire you to use the board in different ways. Please refer to the image of the kinderboard on its own for the best colour representation.
Watch your child’s imagination take over once their Kinderboard arrives. It becomes a seesaw, a balance board, a slide, a step stool, a boat, a resting place, a doll bed, a puppet stage, a tunnel and many more opportunities for them to explore. The possibilities are endless—and truly up to them!
The making of a Kinderboard
Kinderboards look deceptively simple. Developed for use in Waldorf early childhood classrooms they're a simple but rather clever concept for developing a child's balance, stimulating their vestibular system and helping them gain a deeper awareness of their body and body parts. However, as is often the case with many of the world's most enduring toys things are never quite what they seem.
The Kinderfeets Kinderboard may appear deceptively simple, but the hidden complexity of its manufacturing process is a big part of what makes the product so unique and cherished.
Each board is crafted using Bamboo plywood - an extremely durable and strong material that is naturally strong enough to withstand a lifetime of energetic play. Although bamboo is more expensive to manufacture than less-sustainable alternatives, the material’s ability to be sustainably manufactured by Kinderfeets for flexibility, weather-resistance, durability and child safety makes it the most intentionally-developed and ecologically-friendly board on the market.
Creating their elegant shape is the first step. Super-heated steam is used to soften the raw plank at a temperature of more than 130°C. The plank is then carefully bent using a custom built shaping form. The form holds the plank under tension until the softened wood cools and hardens into its final curve. It almost an hour to bend and set each board. This process involves expensive industrial steam presses that make only one board at a time. This obviously limits the number of boards you can make in a day. Furthermore, not all planks survive the shaping process and must be discarded.
Raw planks that made through the shaping process are then sanded and shaped by hand to ensure a smooth and elegant finish. This includes the addition of each board’s deceptively simple corner curves. Adding these finishing touches is a surprisingly time-consuming task.
The completed Kinderboard is then stained and lacquered. This involves up to four coats per board. Each coat is applied by hand and then hand sanded before the next is applied. Kinderfeets uses ecologically friendly stains and lacquers. These are more expensive than solvent-based alternatives.