It is important to boost children’s imagination, especially during their formative years. WUMBA creates something that is completely different. 5 animals, the magic of magnets, multiple blocks, loads of different and fun combinations and, most importantly, safety – it can’t get better than this!
What do a crocodile, an elephant, a giraffe, a lion and a zebra have in common? They are all WUMBA – the world’s one and only collection of unique magnetic wooden toys. 5 animals, each with 3 blocks and multiple fun combinations.
This is WUMBA Elephant.
Our Elephant stands, eats grass, pours water on its back, runs, runs fast, and sometimes even flies and it is purple.
This is the kind WUMBA Crocodile.
Multiple action poses, 2 emotions and a special gliding feature.
Here is the gliding feature.
This is WUMBA Zebra.
It drinks, it runs, it looks forward and backward, it bows and even has 9 stripes and a blue tail.
This is obviously WUMBA Lion.
This Lion likes performing real circus stunts, doing yoga. It is beautiful and cute.
It also has a unique nodding feature.
This is WUMBA Giraffe.
It enjoys doing Pilates and often stares at the stars.
Consisting of 3 wooden blocks, each animal can be assembled in multiple ways. But there’s more! Although each animal has a different shape, they all have the same radius and smart magnet polarity, making the blocks interchangeable. With this feature, there is virtually no limit to the number of mix and match combinations.
In short, kids can build as many wooden toy animals as they want! The fun never ends!
These toys are for small kids (2 yrs. +). The idea is a 3D version of popular early mix-and-match books. We took Montessori and Waldorf guidelines and brought them to life through wood and magnets. With our idea of the magnetic construction toys, kids can re-create the forms offered or come up with new forms. Specially developed shapes, prints, colors, and magnets allow children to build and create in ways they can't with standard building blocks!
Not only is it fun to see what kids come up with, but parents can also rest assured that these magnetic wooden toys with their smooth edges are completely safe. Made of natural solid beech wood from Carpathians, WUMBA uses lead-free magnets and water-based paints. It is also impossible to see, touch or extract the magnets, so there is no danger of a child swallowing them.
We have chosen beech wood as a perfect solution for our toys. It is oak-strong; therefore, each block is long-lasting. Also, beech wood has antiseptic properties. It is easy to work with and leaves fewer hooks and chips, so children can’t get hurt. An extra bonus of using beech wood is that it has a beautiful texture: the annual layers are well distinguished, so it looks amazing after polishing.
Beech trees regrow fast and we use only FSC certified wood meaning our toys are sustainable.
The blocks are painted with water-based lacquers. It is 100% eco-friendly, as it’s based on acrylate, which dissolves in water and contains no toxic paint chemicals (lead-free). This covering allows the wood to adapt to the humidity of the environment, which increases the product’s lifespan. Blocks covered with such lacquers don’t lose their color after being exposed to sunlight for a long time. Our blocks contain no flammable substances and are therefore fireproof.
Furthermore, it doesn’t totally overlay the wooden texture. So the result looks colorful but still natural.
To connect the blocks, we use strong Neodymium magnets. They have the longest lifespan, losing only 1% of their strength in 100 years. The magnets are small, light-weight and lead-free. We use 7x7mm cylindrical magnets with an axial magnetic field. Our magnets have a bonding force of 1.5 kg.
Most importantly, they are implanted and securely sealed inside the wood.
We take safety very seriously, and we use independent consumer labs to make sure that everything is safe and certified before we ship it out to you. The final product will be CE-marked and compliant with the European Standard for Toys covered by EN-71 and REACH, as well as the equivalent US standards covered by ASTM F963 and CPSIA.
As such, we provide you with a lifetime guarantee for our products, and we will replace any broken block free of charge including shipping. You will, however, have to send us the photo of the broken block to make sure it wasn’t misused.
We are confident in our quality and can guarantee you everlasting, enjoyable play with WUMBA.
What began as a project that involved simple yet boring geometric shapes and external magnets 2 years ago has now evolved into this awesome and playful set of animal-shaped magnetic wooden toys for toddlers. WUMBA is the easiest way for parents to see their kids building unique magnetic art.
The WUMBA trio of Kirill Lewin, Olga Kotyck, and Sergei Kleimenov are dedicated toy people.
We love kids and we love their toys, that is why we believe in creating interesting, playful and safe products that boost creativity and imagination.
- Implanting the magnets into the wooden body;
- Cutting and shaping the blocks;
- Polishing and fine-tuning the blocks;
- Coloring the blocks;
- Printing the decals on the blocks.
Every block requires 30 minutes of labor and machinery work. After that, quality testing is performed until we are confident in the safety of each block.
We have the facilities and the knowledge of how it should be done.
If you prefer natural toys with high innovative play value and if you love this project as much as we do, please support us and let’s make WUMBA happen together!
Risks and challenges
Creating a toy is always a challenge – you must make it safe, you should make it playful and you'd better make it nice and attractive. We know WUMBA is safe because we carefully studied the requirements to ensure that we are fully compliant. The rest you can see for yourself – there is no risk here. We have our own manufacturing facilities and we selected the wood supplier carefully, so we expect no risks here.
However, it is our first campaign on Kickstarter and, while we don't have the experience in delivering pledges, we have knowledge and experience in cross-border shipments and overseas deliveries. Therefore, we believe that everything will be successfully managed and handled professionally.
While absolutely nothing is 100% foolproof in this world and even pigs can fly (with the proper gear, of course) we feel pretty confident that you will have your WUMBAs in your hands in September.
However, we will keep you posted on every update and you can contact us at any time here and at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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