Kinderfeets Kinderboard

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This multi use balance board toy piece was originally used in Waldorf early childhood classrooms. It was created to help children develop a sense of balance, stimulate their vestibular system and gain a deep sense of awareness of their body and body parts.

Our German beechwood Kinderboard is Dutch designed and it’s excellent for stimulating child development, both physical and mental and offers open ended play opportunities for toddlers, children, teens and even adults as it can hold up to 220 kg! The Kinderboard has water based lacquer and can be used both indoors and out, perfect for rainy and sunny days at home or in a school environment.

Watch the child’s imagination take over once their Kinderboard arrives. It becomes a seesaw, a balance board, a slide, a step stool, a boat, a resting place, a doll bed, a puppet stage, a tunnel and many more opportunities for them to explore. The possibilities are endless and truly up to them!

Kinderboards look deceptively simple. Developed for use in Waldorf early childhood classrooms they're a simple but rather clever concept for developing a child's balance, stimulating their vestibular system and helping them gain a deeper awareness of their body and body parts. However, as is often the case with many of the world's most enduring toys things are never quite what they seem.

A Kinderboard's hidden cost and complexity begins with the raw material used in its manufacture. Each board is made using beech plywood, a heavier and denser timber than other cheaper options. This ensures it’s both strong and durable and thus will endure plenty of energetic play. The timber used is also FSC certified. This means it’s often more expensive than untraceable non sustainably harvested alternatives.

Before a board can be shaped its plywood must first be manufactured. This process involves kiln drying the raw timber until its moisture content falls below 2%. Thin timber veneer sheets are then cut from each log. These are carefully layered and glued by hand to form a plywood panel. Rectangular shapes cut from each panel then begin the journey that results in a finished Kinderboard.

Creating their elegant shape is the first step. Super heated steam is used to soften the raw plank at a temperature of more than 130°C. The plank is then carefully bent using a custom built shaping form. The form holds the plank under tension until the softened wood cools and hardens into its final curve. It takes almost an hour to bend and set each board. This process involves expensive industrial steam presses that make only one board at a time. This obviously limits the number of boards you can make in a day. Furthermore, not all planks survive the shaping process and must be discarded.

Raw planks that make it through the shaping process are then sanded and shaped by hand to ensure a smooth and elegant finish. This includes the addition of each board’s deceptively simple corner curves. Adding these finishing touches is a surprisingly time consuming task.

The completed Kinderboard is then stained and lacquered. This involves up to four coats per board. Each coat is applied by hand and then hand sanded before the next is applied. Kinderfeets uses ecologically friendly stains and lacquers. These are more expensive than solvent-based alternatives.

A final quality review identifies and removes any boards which have developed significant cosmetic blemishes before packing and export. There are then additional costs associated with testing it to Australian standards, EU standards and US standards and importing this relatively bulky toy and distributing it nationwide.

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Jordan M
Great product

This board is such amazing quality and my 1 year old has so much fun with it! Great service and quick delivery, would absolutely recommend purchasing through winkalotts

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Pukeko50
Kinderboard

Fantastic service, communication was excellent , very quick delivery. Highly recommend. Would buy from this company again.

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Mandy Davies
Kinderboard - A gift that will be enjoyed by our 1 year old granddaughter for many years to come .

Because our family are spread around the world it was a great opportunity for us all to combine our finances and purchase something together that will be loved for years to come and shared - we are so excited to see Kiara explore the many uses using her imagination and determination .

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Alevtina Lavrentieva
Kinderfeet awesome board

Love this board, lots of fun. So cosy to put sheep skin on for a little one to lie down...lots of use

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Monika Byrne

Endless hours of fun for my 6 year old and 1 year old. Awesome product!

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Very happy with the accuracy with the reading shown at the level of 10g. Easy to weigh baby with the base. Our eldest daughter loves it too. It is the best decision we made.

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