At first Hape Toys caught our eye with their simple style and focus on imaginative, educational playtime. When we learned more about the company, we certainly liked what we saw and wanted to share with you some of the cool things we found! So as Maria from the Sound Of Music would say, let’s start from the very beginning…
Founded in 1986 by Peter Handstein along with his sister Sabine and close friend, Renate Gies, Hape Kindergarten Supply was dedicated to providing German educators with educational play things for their little ones. The company quickly grew and in 1987, Peter moved the company to Ningbo, China.
Once in China, Peter built his own innovative factory where he could embrace ecological, technological, and efficiency practices. Intrigued by the beautiful bamboo plants surrounding Peter’s new home, Hape began to experiment with this highly renewable resource. Soon after, Hape Toys became the first company to offer a full line of bamboo toys in 2005.
Today, Hape Toys creates safe and innovative products while working with local communities in Ningbo, China to build schools and educate the population about social and ecological responsibility. From humble beginnings, Hape Toys is now one of the largest producers of toys made from sustainable materials in the world!
We love simple toys that allow kids to engage in open-ended, intuitive play. Hape offers great baby toys, dollhouses, early learning toys, kitchen play toys, musical insturments, push & pull toys, and puzzles! You can check out Hape’s kitchen line in the video below and all our great Hape products at oompa.com/hape!