THE BETTER STAFF RECOMMENDS #8: HOLZTIGER BARN
Is it a barn, or a Nativity manger?
The answer is: both. And it’s precisely this versatility that makes this play scene from Holztiger our staff pick this month, brought to you by none other than our jolly ol’ Smiles Ambassador, Jonathan.
Individually handcrafted in Germany from solid maple and beech hardwood, Holztiger’s Barn is synonymous with imaginative play that will last through the seasons and generations. Its neutral design allows it to be converted effortlessly from barn to nativity scene in the blink of an eye; and even comes with a detachable yellow manger star for that special touch during the holidays!
But more than just a platform for pretend play, Holztiger represents quality and craftsmanship that remains a critical facet in all aspects of play. Only water-based and non-toxic paints and lacquers are used to protect the wood from perspiration, saliva, and mechanical strain; with all surfaces and edges carefully rounded and sanded off to a smooth finish for safer, Better play.
This beautifully finished piece can also be complemented with an extensive range of Holztiger wooden figurines to enhance your pretend play experience; including a biblical series consisting Joseph, Mary, the 3 Wise Men, the Archangels, an ox, and a donkey – amongst many others.
If you’re looking for a classic Nativity Scene for the young ones this season, look no further. The chunky, easy-to-grasp make of these pieces makes it a child-friendly option to explore the Christmas miracle hands-on; providing a joyous, meaningful experience for you and your little ones this holidays.
"I think the minimalistic look of this play scene is good not only because it allows me to use it for different purposes, it also doesn’t stifle the imagination by presenting us with a prefixed notion to follow. I can make this a barn, a stable, even a dollhouse – all I need to do is switch on my creativity and find the right accessories to make the magic happen.
This month though, I’m transforming it into my home’s Nativity Scene. Its uncomplicated design actually works better for me. Personally, there is more timelessness in its simplicity, and it definitely brings out the true meaning of the Night better.”