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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Kinderboard - A gift that will be enjoyed by our 1 year old granddaughter for many years to come .
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Kinderfeet awesome board
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Kids love it

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Awesome seat

Purchased for my 6 year old who had outgrown her Safe n sound seat height wise and she is on the lowest setting in this one. As a try I put my almost 13 year old in it and he fits also so this will last until she no longer requires a seat. I love that it has latch connectors so the seat won't become a missile if I happen to have an accident without her in the car. Daughter says its super comfy. Quick delivery from Winkalotts too, reached rural Christchurch in a few days

Love this booster!

Bought for average height 8yo boy. First time using booster rather than 5 point harness. Great he can do up himself. Looks like will last for at least a couple of years height wise.

Trybike

My 2 year old LOVES this!! So easy for her to ride and light weight if we need to pick it up to cross the road etc. goes over bumps/stones well because of the bigger tyres. Awesome bike!

Love this seat

Purchased to take away on holiday and its been great. We have now used it to replace our big high chair. My only feedback would be that the crotch strap is a little short as I had read on previous reviews. But it does the trick for my 13 month old.

I strongly recommend it. My baby loves it and, and easy to clean.