I am a carpenter of 10+ years, turned stay-at-home dad to a rad little girl named Fin. During the last three years of her life, I have used nap-time to explore what I can make for her out of wood, and in doing so I realized the enormous benefits of wood toys: more imagination, more flexible uses, awesome gross motor skills, and no plastic to boot.
This led me to perfect a waldorf/montessori inspired rocker board, which are handmade one-by-one on Vancouver Island, Canada, using sustainable wood and finished with a food-safe polish I make myself at home. Read on to see if this board could be a welcome addition to your home and imagination adventures!
This is our staple item for sale, sustainably handmade at home on Vancouver Island. Read our testimonials, the benefits, or how it works by scrolling onward!
Rocking off-kilter on a board triggers our sensory system in regards to balance, spacial awareness, and our bodies - our vestibular system and proprioception!
A safe way sensory process
Kids are bombarded with lights, colors, textures, noises and more. A simple wooden board has sensory appeal to all kids, but especially those with sensory input differences.
Wooden Toys for the Win!
Made from layers of certified sustainable Baltic Birch, pressed together with non-toxic water based glue, and finished with food-grade oils and Canadian beeswax.
A Launching Pad
It's so much more than a rocker board. It quickly becomes a car, a boat, a see-saw, a rocket, a slide, a bridge, a cradle, a fort, a road, and so much more.
A Welcome Addition
Easy on the Eyes
Unlike a lot of children's toys, these rockers are pleasing to look at and have around the home. Bonus: it can double as foot-stool, a floor seat, and even a yoga balance block!
We currently only offer our perfected rocker boards, but more coming soon.
Raincoast Pikler Triangle *Local P/U Only*
65.00 - 375.00
Yet another adventure into endless play possibilities. This folding pikler can be climbed up, down, and through; it can be a mountain, a pony, a tent, a fort, a house, and much more. Good from toddling ages and up - even babies who can't walk get will enjoy pulling to stand and lying underneath.
Due to size constraints we currently do not ship the Pikler; we will continue to search for feasible and affordable options. Local Pick-Up (Vancouver Island) only.
Our original westcoast rockerboard has endless play possibilities. This open-ended Waldorf-inspired toy can be a teeter-totter, a bridge, a slide, a rocker, a chair, a nest, a fort, a road, and so much more. Toys that are open to imagination foster curiosity, ideas, exploration, movement, and motor skills - all awesome concepts to nurture in a child.
They're handmade with 6-7 layers of quality Birch plywood and finished with a homemade taste-safe polish made from food-grade mineral oil and Canadian beeswax. Finley checks each one for quality :)
Baltic Birch Plywood, Non-Toxic Wood Glue, and a home-made polish from organic beeswax + food-safe oils, and some essential oils that complement the scent of birch!
How long do they take to make?
It depends how many orders I have at the time! Anywhere from 3 to 14 days. All boards are made one by one, by hand, by me and Finley. If you need a rush order for a special occasion, send me an email. Please note that holiday orders (December) require ordering in advance as I can only make so many boards a week.
I live in Victoria, BC - do I have to pay shipping?
Nope! Under shipping you'll see an option for a $0 local pick up. Then just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll arrange a pick up window.
What ages do you recommend?
All ages! Yes, even grown ups are enjoying the board as a footstool, seat, or assisting in exercises. My wife uses it as part of her stretching, yoga, and as a footstool! As far as children, the board is especially a hit with ages 1-6 years old, and up to tweens. With young children always watch for fingers and toes and be present during play.
Finley Aoife (Ee-fah, an irish name) is the boss here, a wild 4 year old little human with a lot of spark. She oversees the work, shop, and quality control. I, Peter, the "company" of Finley+Company, am her super cool dad.
Will you offer other products?
Yup! Finley and I are trialing and testing new products as we speak. All will be waldorf and montessori inspired wood creations that encouraging imagination, movement, and genuine play.
Why should I buy this vs mass produced Rockerboards?
If you want to support a micro-operation, purchase items made hyper-locally, and sustainable from top to bottom, consider us. We are a tiny company, I focus on each board one at at time, and they're often made to order.
What about cheaper boards made overseas?
That's great for them! You can find cheaper boards made in Latvia or the Ukraine, but shipping will be brutal. We offer a tree-to-living room approach: we know where it all comes from, their practices and sustainability, and we handle it carefully through every stage until it's in your hands.
HOW IT WORKS
Email me if you have any questions!
Enter a mailing address (yours, or if it's a gift, then that address) and pay online via this site. Ordering direct from me saves on costly Etsy fees - but my Etsy link is at the bottom of the page if you prefer that for any reason!
Consider Bulk Shipping
If you're not local, consider ordering with a friend or family or as a gift for someone, and it will kick in free shipping. Hurray! If you are local, pick up is free.
I make the board in my front yard, to order, with ChildBoss Finley checking each one for quality assurance. If it's not up to snuff, I start again.
(Bonus - boards that don't make the cut get donated!)
Pick up or Delivery
I prep and package it for shipping, and mail it off within 7-14 days. If you're local to Vancouver Island, you can pick up for free!
Whomever this board is for, that child will find dozens of ways to use it right out of the box. Additionally with a little TLC the boards can last through multiple children and have great re-sale value when you outgrow it!
Finley Aoife: Boss Girl
Fin is the boss around here. She oversees Peter's daily tasks and checks every board out herself to assure top quality finish and performance. She loves tacos, sloths, the ocean, super tall trees, banana muffins, bike rides, and the Magic School Bus. She dislikes pants, onions, and sleep.
ps - Aoife is pronounced "Ee-fah." It's irish! This is in honour of her cool mom's Irish name, Kate Siobhan.
The "company" in Finley & Company is her dad, Peter. Peter is in charge of supplies, drafting up plans, prepping materials, crafting the boards from start to finish, testing for safety, polishing and finishing the boards, shipping, and customer service. Additionally he is the team's accountant, secretary, and public relations manager.
Peter is a carpenter of more than 10 years, who left behind building fancy homes in order to stay home with Finley and build her stuff instead. He's married to Kate and together they've been married 10 years, traveled to nearly 40 countries, and made one cool kid.