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Handcrafted Kids Toy Stores in Joburg

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We all know that plastic is an environmental bio hazard. Rather than buy your kids another plastic toy, check out these top toy stores in the city that make or sell handcrafted wooden toys, crocheted plushies and educational games. Not only will the kiddies be delighted with their new special toy, but you will be contributing to their futures.  handcrafted


Hamleys have been in the business of making the best quality toys for over 150 years! Their traditional board game sets are family must-haves, whether you are masters at chess, backgammon or good old snakes and ladders. These wooden board games can be treasured for years, as you watch the kiddies grow and learn. More of a puzzler than a chess master? This toy wonderland also has a variety of challenging puzzles to keep you and the kids busy. Featuring everything from the Tower of London, to Captain America and Peppa Pig, these brain tickling games are a must for young minds. Besides, who can resist the smell of a new puzzle? We can feel the itch to get sorting corners from middle pieces in our fingers already!

Hours of family fun awaits you, so get down to Hamleys as soon as possible. Click here for more information.

Polly Potter's

Polly Potter's Toy Store believe in doing things the good old way - from the way they run their business to the toys they sell, it's all very vintage-inspired. However, this doesn't mean that their toys are any less impressive. We adore their colourful block sets for toddlers. Teaching the little ones their numbers, letters and animal sounds has never been easier. Kids can also create their own worlds with wooden train sets, city building blocks and cooking utensils.

Polly Potter's are known for their educational toys. Featuring Crocodile Creek puzzles, Melissa and Doug games and arts & craft sets, this is your one stop artisan toy store.

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Truly Toys

Truly Toys supply leading educational toy brands to educators and parents. But, these toys are by no means boring. Fantasy play and make believe toys are a huge part of this brand's catalogue. Your little darling can play house with their very own wooden stove, sink and washing machine! Or, send them off to the 'shops' with a cute cash register and fruit scale.

Do you have a musician in the making living under your roof? Get them jamming along to their own beats with Truly Toys' range of percussion instruments. Rope in the whole family to make up a band - dad on drums, mom on maracas and kids having the most fun ever.

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Clever Little Monkey

Clever Little Monkey is South Africa's leading online retailer for kids decor, accessories and toys. They take all the hassle out of shopping for the kids by scouring malls and boutiques for all the best products just for you. Their toy range caters to babies, toddlers and kids over the age of seven. Featuring arts and crafts, learning and play categories on their website, Clever Little Monkey helps you all the way to handcrafted heaven.

Kids can play pretend while learning and growing with Clever Little Monkey's wooden and plushy toys. Let them have a ball outside in the fresh air scooting around on a Toby Balance Bike! This quirky bike is made from birch plywood with water-based varnish and high density foam and leather. And, it even has a cute cup holder, so your little speedster can take their sippy cup along for the ride.

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Toby Balance Bike

African Creative

African Creative source authentic, handcrafted original artworks, beaded designs and shweshwe designs from across the African continent. Their children's toy collection is one-of-a-kind. Featuring crocheted dolls and animal plush toys, The Big Five in beaded wire and awesome printed t-shirts. African Creative also proudly supports SANCCOB, a leading marine rescue programme. Get your kids a super cute SANCCOB stuffed African penguin from African Creative in support of their mission.

Let African Creative brighten up your baby's room with their range of prints. A caricature Hippo, Giraffe, Bunny, Blue Crane or Meerkat is sure to liven up your nursery with some African flair.

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Bella Poppelina

Bella Poppelina takes handcrafted to the next level. Each item is made to order and handmade with love by owner, Annabell. This crafty lady taught herself to sew, crochet and quilt as a child. Inspired by the Cape's fynbos, vintage curious and her garden, Annabell creates unique children's toys and accessories.

Bella Poppelina's line of heirloom dolls and toys are truly special. Crocheted woodland characters, ballerinas and teddy bears make up most of this line. We love their Little Fox - Woodland Friends. Made with 100% natural and organic cotton, these cute creatures take 1 - 2 weeks to make. However, they are well worth the wait, so order yours now.

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Greenbusters pride themselves on being the 'toy store with a difference'. Since 1998, they have imported only the finest quality toys from around the world. Bringing you the best learning and development games, Greenbusters is the ideal place to shop for handcrafted kids toys.

Check out Greenbusters' supply of Haba toys for babies and toddlers. Handcrafted wooden blocks, cars and rattles promote fine motor skills and early development. For older kids, there is the Melissa and Doug range - paper dolls, puzzles and crafty stamp sets will have them creating and learning for hours on end.

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