Little Sapling Toys & Manzanita Kids have merged!

About Us

Wood is naturally antibacterial, it's true! 
Finished toys - Jojoba or safflower oil are great choices to brighten and restore your toy. For blemishes we recommend very fine sandpaper and then oil. We do not recommend water, it can raise the grain and will require further sanding. 
Unfinished and Modular toys - clean with fine sandpaper as needed.

We carefully select the best American hardwoods for our toys and buy from a local source. This beautiful wood is enhanced and protected by our own blend of beeswax and organic jojoba oil, which we apply and polish by hand.
The birch plywood we use for our modular toys is of the highest quality, has no added formaldehyde and it exceeds the strict requirements set by the European Union and the California Environmental Protection Agency (CLARB II). Our toys are safe, durable, beautiful and meant to be passed to the next generation.

Our family business was born out of the desire to offer natural, safe and challenging toys. Our hardwood is FSC certified, sustainability is central to our work.  We hope our toys foster a love of learning, curiosity and imaginative play for your little ones. 


Message from the founders

"Nick and I started Little Sapling Toys 11 years ago with a commitment to provide top quality, perfectly designed wooden toys to you. In that time and with your help, we've provided employment for 35 people, been featured in publications such as, and Mothering. It's been a dream come true!
As our family's goal shifted to full time travel, we contemplated what that would mean for Little Sapling Toys. From our first conversation about finding a new home for LST, we singled out Manzanita Kids as the ideal situation. We feel that they are the only handcrafted toy company that embodies our values in design and ethical responsibility. We are confident that Little Sapling Toys will continue to be made with care in the Manzanita family.

Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for trusting us to be a part of your life."