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What's the importance of open ended play and toys?
Children usually prefer play that stimulates their curiosity and allows them to become engrossed in their own imagination and creativity. Open-ended play begins in very early childhood when children use objects to learn about the world around them with no guidance or prescription by adults. It offers children the freedom to discover and create and gives the adult insight into children's thinking. Open ended means not having a fixed answer, unrestricted, and allowing for future adaptations. This type of play allows children to have no fear of doing it wrong, since there is no correct method or outcome. It's all about free play – the freedom to invent and discover, fostering talent in a relaxed way.
Open-ended play is becoming more popular in all child development settings because of the open-ended possibilities attached to it. Many education approaches such as the Steiner Waldorf system or Montessori advocates the need for real experiences in order to acquire life skills. Open-ended toys are the opposite of the battery-operated toys that require only that children push a button. Such toys do the playing while the child is reduced to the passive role of an audience.
The Association for Childhood Education International includes in its 2003 position statement on creative thought that “we need to do more than prepare children to become cogs in the machinery of commerce.” As parents and educators, there is a frequent desire to have children simply do as their told, without questioning commands. However, as adults, we value different skills in our colleagues. We want co-workers who are able to think on their feet, make complex decisions taking into account differing perspectives, and to be able to think and act on their own.
It is through children’s early childhood experiences, when the brain is rapidly developing, that we have the best opportunity to support the development of these critical life skills. From birth through age 5, children’s brains are literally forming the complex web of synapses that last throughout their lives, and greatly impact their social, emotional, physical and cognitive performance as adults. Open-ended play allows children to make choices, express their creativity and support their independence. Informed and aware parents are now increasingly intentional about providing children with toys that let them make choices about play, and support them in strengthening their cognitive, language and social skills in the process.
Can you tell us about your company briefly?
Bunny Hopkins designs and makes natural open-ended toys which expand the horizons of creativity and promote development of gross motor skills. We are a family-owned-and-operated startup business based in Atlanta, GA. All our products are Made in the USA and have been consistently 5 Star Rated publicly by customers.
What does Made in USA mean?
Bunny Hopkins toys are hand-manufactured in the USA. We do not use any non-USA materials or labor.
The wood, the finishing, the packaging? It is all Made in the USA. We support USA businesses and employees.
This means Bunny Hopkins pays a living wage, right here in the US. The people who work here are highly skilled and you would see that reflected in each wobble board made by us. Some have artisan families here who have been in woodworking for generations. Every wobble board is a piece of art and hand made with love and care.
When we say Made in the USA - we mean it in a hand-crafted and artisan kind of way.
If you are interested in seeing “Behind the scenes” pictures and videos of Bunny Hopkins workshop and production, just follow us on Instagram @bunnyhopkinstoys and check out our “Made in USA” Instagram story Highlight.
Where can I read more about your Wobble boards?
Read the Wobble Board FAQ and User Guide.
Are you eco-friendly?
This earth is our home, and it is our collective responsibility to take care of our home.
Renewable resources. Eco-friendly. All natural. For us, these are not buzzwords. It is who we are and how we do what we do. We are a green company and look for everyday opportunities in our manufacturing and operations to be greener.
At Bunny Hopkins, all our products are natural. So, we do not have any plastic footprint. We make our toys out of fast-growing American trees that grow in the Appalachian Mountains. These trees are a renewable resource.
Our packaging? We use recycled paper for most of it. Our brochures, presentations, business cards and letterhead are mostly all online with a no-paper footprint.
Doing right by the environment is embedded in our processes and products.
What is your company's goal?
As a young startup, we aspire to invent natural open-ended toys which will expand the horizons of children's creativity, imagination and develop gross motor skills.
Where are you based?
Our current Business HQ, Production, Operations & Fulfillment, is based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
What is the current turnaround time for orders?
3 - 5 business days.
What about the safety of your products?
Our products meet or exceed the CPSIA (Consumer Protection Safety Improvement Act), standards set by the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission and ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) requirements. To keep everyone honest, we third-party test all our products. You would have the peace of mind of buying a product which is certified to be non-toxic and made with sustainably sourced raw materials with highest quality parameters.
Where can I read reviews for your products?
Please check our Etsy Marketplace Reviews here for our product reviews where we had done our first launch. Since we have very recently launched our website, we expect reviews to be reflected here later.
Have you taken any steps for COVID-19?
As parents of an active toddler, we've taken measures to ensure safety of our employees, products, work place and local Atlanta communities. We have implemented social distancing measures in our workshop - with only one person working in a 20 ft zone at a time. More music to keep the mood upbeat but no team huddles unfortunately! All products are safety sanitized before shipment. However, we do recommend our customers to sanitize our products after receiving them and discard the packaging.
How can I get in touch?
Email us as email@example.com
You can also direct message us on Instagram bunnyhopkinstoys
We’re a very small startup team and will try to respond to you as soon as possible.
Do you accept wholesale orders?
Yes, we do. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your requirements.
Do you collab?
Yes, we love to collab! If you have a good collab idea, please email us as email@example.com.
Where can I buy your products?
Currently, you can buy our products at the following places -
Our website - https://bunnyhopkinstoys.com/
Etsy Market Place - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BunnyHopkinsToys
Your local toy store if they are carrying our brand. If not, send them our way and we will work with your local businesses to make them available for in-store shopping.
Do you resell?
We are a USA based Manufacturer. We partner with select Specialty Toy Retailers to sell our products in local community toy stores.
Do you accept crypto currencies?
We are excited to announce that we now accept 6 major and popular cryptocurrencies when you shop with us. This enables more flexibility for you to use additional payment methods as per your choice and convenience.
While placing an order and checking out on our website, you can choose Coinbase Commerce for a seamless transaction with the most popular and secure cryptocurrency online platform.
As a startup, we look for opportunities to continuously improve customer experience and this step would provide more payment options to our customers to do business with us.
Do you accept Paypal?
Yes. You will be able to choose Paypal as a payment method during checkout.
When are you planning to expand beyond USA?
Since our launch in March 2020, our US business and operations had kept us very busy, we are thankful and humbled by everyone's support. We have now expanded to Canada as on May 2021 and will plan future geographic expansions in 2022.
Do you have any presence on social media?
Yes, exclusively on Instagram only - bunnyhopkinstoys. Our evolving journey is best followed through Instagram where we post our customer pictures of existing products, new product prototypes and sale announcements.
Is shipping free?
Yes! We offer free shipping to the entire 48 contiguous United States states! For non-contiguous U.S. locations, the shipping costs depends on your location. We do not offer free shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, APO/FPO/DPO/P.O. box addresses. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to work out custom shipping options.
Who is your Shipping Service Provider?
UPS. Free Shipping is provided through UPS Ground Service.
Do you offer expedited shipping?
Yes, but it's not free. Please contact us at email@example.com to work out custom shipping options.
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What is your Refunds and Returns Policy?
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What are your Terms of Service?
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