About Ostheimer

For more than 8 decades, Ostheimer has crafted wooden toys with tender care. The company's desire is to provide children with a pleasant, attractive paradigm of the world, its inhabitants, and creatures, to aid them in developing healthy attitudes towards their environment.

As a leading toy producer, Ostheimer prioritizes the creation of products that aid in the growth of young ones, empowering them to take on life's obstacles with the abilities they acquire from imaginative play. Their tailor-made toys are equipped to make that achievable.

Ostheimer Today

70 full-time employees work at the company, of which 5 are integrative roles for people with disabilities, an example of the firm's commitment to diversity and inclusion, which was recognized in 1998 by the government of Baden-Württemberg. Additionally, there are approximately 100 employees who work remotely.

Ostheimer has been creating wooden toys for over 70 years, with the intention of providing children with a tangible version of the world to explore with all five senses, encouraging imaginative play and aiding healthy development. Every piece in the collection is lovingly crafted with a lovable and beautiful image of the world and its inhabitants in mind.

Made for children's hands. Each figure is unique. Unique.

Experience the remarkable quality embedded in every piece crafted by hand from design to completion, crafted with care by multiple hands. This fundamental concept has been integral to the company since its inception and remains a standard of excellence in their productions of top-tier toys.

Ostheimer evaluates all materials based on their high-quality and environmental sustainability. Sources are carefully chosen and come from managed local forestry. Each piece is then treated with responsible dyes and natural oils to protect the wood's natural integrity and to make it tangible for the child.

Trees are a symbol of life in human environments, offering innumerable benefits. From being delighted to witness their beauty to providing natural shade, breathable air, and nourishing fruit, trees are integral to our everyday lives, providing materials for housing and furniture, as well as natural warmth during the winter. Wooden toys are a special gift from trees, being treated gently to retain their distinctive characteristics and strength, and can offer children an opportunity to explore the wonders of nature through all of their senses.

Living material wood

Their respect for wood is embodied in their approach to this living, natural material, from sourcing from nearby forests to taking economical measures when using it and using leftovers to heat their facility. Kids can actually sense the life in the wood through their toys; the careful use of glazes and oils on their surfaces make them even more tactile.
Crafted by human hands, this range of children's toys epitomizes quality, crafted with a special human touch. Through a collaborative effort between those with and without disabilities, their toy company establishes a solid social foundation while infusing their products with a genuine charm. Analysis of the attitudes of their workers is always reflected in the finished product.

When Margarete Ostheimer made A Pride of Lions a foundation in 2001, she envisioned the profits going towards supporting forward-thinking social initiatives and projects. This altruistic mindset is at the core of Ostheimer's mission—to provide essential tools for children's healthy development.

When they speak of quality, we take into account characteristics such as material, workmanship, safety, harmlessness, durability, among others. These can be assessed and evaluated through tangible senses, which is what Ostheimer does, when bringing quality to its products..

However, they believe that quality includes more than just external components, and that our surroundings have an influence on us both visible and intangible. This is especially pertinent for young children, as everything they come into contact with and partake in has a profound effect on their growth. As toy manufacturers, they understand their responsibility to research and raise awareness of a product's characteristics and how it relates to child development. They are invested in enhancing our understanding of quality in this domain.