Why We Love Grimm's Spiel und Holz

Grimm's Spiel und Holz has created a completely unique and fresh line of toys that exude originality, craftsmanship, and quality. Sustainably harvested European wood is handcrafted into fantastic creations that burst with amazing color from non-toxic water-based dyes.

January 23, 2015 by Customer Service

Labyrinth Balance Boards In Stock!

We are thrilled to welcome Challenge & Fun Labyrinth Balance Boards to our wooden toys product line. Made in the USA, this heirloom quality toy was designed to develop coordination, strength, balance, and concentration and withstand generations of rough and tumble play. 

December 08, 2014 by Customer Service

The Lowdown On Wooden Toys

Wooden Toys

Oompa loves wooden toys. And wooden toys love Oompa. We know. They’ve told us so. Seeing as we have a collection of hundreds of wooden toys, we thought it would be helpful to share some answers from five great customer questions we have recently received.

February 28, 2014 by Susan Klieman

Oompa's Top 10 Kitchen Play Toys

Looking for toys that will allow your little one to express their creativity and imagination all while learning important skills like vocabulary building, basic math, and social etiquette? Consider adding a play kitchen and play food to your toy assortment.

February 24, 2014 by Susan Klieman

Oompa's Top 10 Picks For Outdoor Play

Getting kids to put down their electronics and play outside is a no-brainer with Oompa's top picks for outdoor adventures! From trikes and balance bikes to ziplines and outdoor exploration toys, we've got you covered!

February 17, 2014 by Susan Klieman

Playing With Moulin Roty Shadow Puppets

Oompa is thrilled to add a new line of beautiful shadow puppets by Moulin Roty. Available in several styles including Castle, Dinosaur, Circus, and Paris themes, our Shadow Puppets make a thoughtful, unique, and simply charming gift — and they are affordable to boot!

December 15, 2013 by Susan Klieman

Spin Up Some Fun -- Bilibos Are Back In Stock!

The beauty of Bilibo lies in its simplicity. With no directions or batteries, this toy is fueled solely by imagination. Providing inspiration year-round both indoors and outdoors, a Bilibo can serve as a sled, spinning seat, bucket, doll cradle, water toy, and so much more!

December 09, 2013 by Susan Klieman

Green Through And Through!

One of our most eco-friendly brands at Oompa is Green Toys. Based in California, Green Toys makes their entire line out of recycled milk jugs. We love domestic manufacturing as it reduces energy costs associated with transportation and provides jobs for American workers. Even the packaging is uber eco-frinedly – each toy arrives in recycled corrugated boxes with no plastics, cellophane or twist-ties, and best of all the packaging is 100% recyclable. Each toy is PVC, phthalate, and BPA free and meets or exceeds US safety standards.

Check out this great video from the founders of Green Toys!

December 02, 2013 by Susan Klieman

10 Things You Might Not Know About Bamboo

  1. A sixty-foot tree takes 60 YEARS to replace. A sixty-foot bamboo takes 59 DAYS to replace.
  2. Bamboo is not a wood, it is a GRASS!
  3. When bamboo is cut, the roots remain intact and new shoots will quickly grow from these roots.
  4. Pesticides are not required to grow bamboo.
  5. Bamboo has been shown to have higher tensile strength than man alloys of STEEL.
  6. Bamboo has been shown to have higher compressive strength than many mixtures of CONCRETE.
  7. The very dense fibers in each bamboo plant allow for EXTREME FLEXIBILITY and prevent it from snapping when bent.
  8. Bamboo is a NUTRITIOUS food source for both humans and animals.
  9. Over one BILLION people in the world live in bamboo houses.
  10. A grove of bamboo releases 35% more oxygen than an equivalent grove of trees. Because of this, planting bamboo is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and help fight global warming!

Wowza! Not only is bamboo great for the earth, but its uses seem endless! Bamboo toys are a great choice for eco-friendly families. This fast-growing grass is as durable as it is safe for babies and toddlers. If you want to see beautiful bamboo wooden toys, don’t miss our collection by Hape Toys

November 25, 2013 by Susan Klieman

What Is Play Value?

Here at Oompa we use the term “play value” quite often and maybe it’s about time we parsed out all the attributes that we are looking for when we determine if a toy has great play value. While this term may have different meanings to different people, at Oompa, toys with high play value are toys that:

1) Has Multiple Uses

Toys with high play value can typically be used in many different ways. A simple toy allows for imagination to repeatedly create a new purpose for the toy. A great example of a toy with multiple uses  is a set of wooden blocks. Simple blocks can be used to create towers, cities, patterns — the possibilities are endless!

2) Involves Self-Directed Play

Allowing children to explore their own ideas about how to play with a toy can offer much more engaging playtime than having children follow specific instructions. Oompa has tons of toys that offer a lot of self-directed play... dollhouses  and play tents are among our favorites.

3) Can Grow With Your Child

We love toys that your little one can play with for years. A favorite stuffed animal is a perfect example of a toy that can truly grow with your child. Small toddlers will enjoy the comfort of a furry friend at night and as they grow they will incorporate their stuffed animal into everyday play.

4) Promotes Respectful Interaction

Toys that promote respectful interaction, that is to say toys that do not encourage violence or stereotyping while introducing the concepts of sharing and working together, can be surprisingly difficult to find. A great toy that promotes respectful interaction is a play kitchen. Both little boys and girls can learn a lot about respectful interactions and sharing through role-play with a play kitchen.

5) Can Be Used In Further Learning

Toys that encourage kids to develop skills used in further learning are sure have high play value. Toys that promote early learning about the alphabet, world geography, multiplication, etc. help children develop skills they will use for the rest of their lives. Oompa offers tons of educational toys and puzzles such as our Mother 5-Layer Body Puzzle that helps children understand what's happening to Mom when she's pregnant.

November 18, 2013 by Susan Klieman