To grow, children need the right tools to push outside of their comfort zones and pave their own path of imaginative, fearless adventure.
Kinderfeets design a range of high quality, wooden toys to meet this need and to support all children in their early cognitive and physical development. From balance bikes to educational building blocks, every product is sustainably made to inspire young minds to bravely and independently explore our wonderful world.
Kinderfeets was founded by Dutch designer Oscar V. Mulder in 2012 after a labour of love project for his two-year-old son, Sebastiaan, proved to be a level up in balance bike design. A Netherlands native, Oscar – who resides with his family in San Francisco, California – grew up in a culture where biking is a way of life.
When raising his young son, naturally, he was determined to cultivate in him that same love of adventure as soon as he could. But as he looked to the market of children’s balance bikes (also known as running bikes or training bikes), Oscar was let down by what he found, and so he began his quest to fill the gap.
Today, Oscar uses his 20 years of international brand design experience to manage Kinderfeets – a thriving, sustainable business, manufacturing active learning toys that support children in their pursuit of independence, holistic development, and confidence.
Inspired by traditional Dutch bikes, Kinderfeets is a play on words for the Dutch word “kinderfiets”, which translates to “child’s bike.” And as the name suggests, children use their feet to drive their movement on our 2-in-1 Tiny Tot Trikes/Balance Bikes, by running along the ground.
Likewise, our Kinderboards (inspired by Waldorf classrooms) invite lots of active fun, stimulating endless possibilities for imaginative play and exercise for the whole family.
The Pikler collection is also made with the driving ethos to inspire children to take on new challenges and gain confidence as they conquer new heights and master new skills within a safe and supported environment.
The first thing founder and designer Oscar Mulder discovered about the early market offerings of balance bikes was that there were none to suit toddler-aged children. This posed an exciting design challenge for Oscar, who set about finding innovative solutions that would make a world of difference for little riders.
Now, Kinderfeets' award-winning Tiny Tots bike range caters to children as young as one years old with a low step-through frame, allowing for lower height settings for the seat and an easier on-and-off experience for the rider. See our Comparision Guide for an easy walk through of the two different sized bikes, made to accommodate different age ranges.
The Tiny Tot and Tiny Tot Plus bikes both offer two-for-one value, with the ability to start as a three-wheeled trike before transforming into a two-wheeled balance bike when the young rider is ready (all parts included). Oscar also ensured easy maintenance for parents with EVA airless tyres (which are biodegradeable), and comfortability was considered all the way through to the padded handlebars and seat.Looking after our children and our world
Each sustainably made Kinderfeets product is purposefully designed to ensure maximum child safety, high durability, and low environmental impact. Crafted with non-timber bamboo, birch wood, and/or FSC-certified German beechwood, Kinderfeets use the kind of wood you can feel good about!
The benefits of these eco-friendly materials are many. Bamboo, in particular, is extremely adaptable and resilient, grows incredibly fast, and has the ability to self-regenerate! In comparison to other hardwoods, it’s much more flexible (even though it has dense fibres) and it is also pest resistant. While timber takes 30–50 years to mature, bamboo takes between 3–5 years and requires no pesticides or chemicals to encourage the maturation process, making it both toxin-free and more cost effective.
Further environmentally friendly practices like using non-toxic, water-based paints and lacquers, minimal packaging, and recycled paper for product information not only help to illustrate our sustainable business approach but also set children up for a lifetime of planet-friendly living.
And we are proud to partner with Trees for the Future – a non-profit organisation that, with the support of businesses like us, plants trees to combat deforestation. Part of our annual profits is put towards the work they do in ensuring our planet remains a green, healthy, and beautiful place for future generations.
It is the desire of every parent to support their child to grow in confidence and master developmental milestones in a fun, easy, and safe way. Kinderfeets has this mission at its core – check out our Collections to find the perfect active learning toy to inspire and entertain your little one.
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