Simple and classic. Nova Natural Toys and Crafts is a nearly 20 year old Vermont-based company that believes in simple. "open-ended" toys which encourage self-expression and free children to follow their imaginations. They also believe in using natural materials that are safe for children and the environment and the majority of their products are made of wood.
Nova Natural is a web-based store (though you're invited to call ahead and plan a visit) and they carry a wide variety of toys and crafts - art supplies, books, musical instruments, puzzles, blocks...see some of our favorites below. Simple pull toys like this elephant ($45) make great companions for new walkers.
This shepherd will watch over your baby and his flock as he hangs above the crib. ($25)
A large selection of wooden animals could last through several family generations.
Dollhouse furniture is also simple and classic.
These wooden eggs ($1.40 each) are our favorite from their selection of play food and kitchen accessories. In fact, they're pretty enough to display on your own table.
Nova Natural sells toys you can feel good about. They'll never go out of style and are built to last.