The Hidden Treehouse
Welcome to The Hidden Treehouse, a kiwi owned and operated business in rural New Zealand.
As a fully registered early childhood teacher, it was never easy finding natural and unique resources for children. I wanted to handcraft and make available beautiful, open-ended toys and resources for children's play, and so The Hidden Treehouse was born. I take inspiration from reggio, montessori, and waldorf education, and the ideas I come up with in my spare time. My family (mostly my Mum) help out in the workshop and with administration while I’m working as a full time preschool teacher in rural NZ.
I endeavour to try and minimise (and where possible avoid) using or selling plastic items, preferring natural sustainable products. This extends to our packaging where we use cardboard and paper only (except the tape which holds it all together). I am very conscious about doing our bit to protect the environment for the future of our children and all creatures which share this planet with us.
I plan to continue expanding our range of handmade toys and resources for young children, alongside our global search for wonderful likeminded creators.
How did we get our name?
I wanted a name that was homely and provided a feeling of adventure and imaginative play, in the neck-of-the-woods known as the internet. If you have ever read the children's book 'The Magic Faraway Tree' by Enid Blyton you'll know what we mean. If not, it is a book where we follow three children on their wonderful adventures up the Faraway Tree. Together they explore the unique and wild lands to be found at the top of the tree – the Land of Spells, and the Land of Toys... the list goes on and on...