After months of planning and hard work, we are so proud to say that we are now starting to make Peepul using our own bespoke peg doll shapes. The beautifully chunky and tactile new Peepul are made using sustainably sourced sycamore which is grown, cut and turned in Britain. The timber yard where we source the wood and the turner who produces the shapes are both within an hour of Peepul HQ in Wiltshire and Oxfordshire.
We're so delighted to be reducing our carbon footprint significantly and using such high quality figures, which are unique to Peepul - you won't see these anywhere else.
These beautiful new peg dolls have been rigorously tested by an independent lab to ensure they meet European safety requirements (EN71) and passed with flying colours. They proudly bear the CE mark to show they are safe for children. We recommend that they are suitable from the age of 12 months - not for safety reasons but because lots of teething and mouthing by young babies could ruin the paintwork.
The change will mean very small price increases to most products - but we have minimised these as much as possible simply to cover the additional cost of producing the new peg dolls. When you see them, we hope you agree that this small price change is well worth it.
We are phasing the new Peepul in gradually in order to manage the transition in our stock and supply chain, and today we switched our Astronaut, Farmer, Mermaid and Pirate Peepul over to the new shapes - they are available to order in the shop now!
Introducing two new individual Peepul added to the shop today - Mountaineer Peepul and Polar Explorer Peepul! These were designed especially to go with the beautiful Black's Toys play scenes and Eric and Albert's Crafts animals you see in these pictures.
Each one is hand painted on FSC certified beech wood with beautifully tactile clay-based paints and a sealer containing a mix of plant oils and waxes for a robust yet natural finish.
Where will your play take you today?
Those of you who follow us on Instagram and Facebook will have seen some sneaky previews of some new products in the past few days. We're so excited about our Peepul Calendar Cubes and Weather Cube we just couldn't wait to share them with you!
We have had the blocks cut especially for us by a local family timber business and they are made using sycamore grown in Britain. Sycamore is a wonderfully tactile and beautiful hardwood, making it perfect for children's toys. The cubes are hand finished right here in our back garden and then painted with the same natural clay paints we use for our peg dolls. Finally, they are finished with natural oils and waxes, giving a lovely matt finish that protects the wood and the paintwork.
These cubes are just about as eco-friendly as they can possibly be - without compromising on durability, playability and general gorgeousness!
We will be releasing the first small batches of these cubes as soon as we have them CE certified. The CE mark, which has already been given to all of our peg dolls, guarantees toys are totally safe for children to play with. Under European regulation EN71, all toys must comply with strict standards covering flammability, size and shape, safety of materials, small parts, chemical compounds and much more. Any business selling toys or items with play value must ensure their products comply with these requirements - from large multinational companies right down to small craft sellers. Selling a toy without this testing and without the CE mark is quite simply illegal - always look out for it on your children's toys and if you can't see it, ask the seller.
We can't wait to get these lovely new products on sale - more news very soon!
OK - there are a few months to go yet until Christmas, but we're already anticipating a busy time. With supplying our stockists, creating special festive products and making lots of your lovely custom orders, we will be busy little elves! That's why we've launched our first Christmas product today.
You can now pre-order our nine-piece Peepul Nativity set from our online shop. This set won't be available from anywhere else and will be made in strictly limited quantities. We are taking pre-orders now until all the slots are full, then we will make the sets to order ready for dispatch in November, in plenty of time for the start of the festive season.
And to make it slightly less painful to think about Christmas in August, if you order before the end of this month, you can get £5 off the price - making it £40 instead of £45.
Pre-order yours today - Peepul Nativity set.
We're delighted to say you can now buy Peepul from three fantastic retailers, alongside lots of other lovely sustainable and ethical brands.
A select range of Peepul is now available to buy from Eco-tots, Little Acorns to Mighty Oaks and Yes Bébé.
It was a carefully considered decision to start working with retailers, but one we're really excited about. We hope it means our little Peepul will reach new audiences, who will be able to take advantage of speedy delivery, low-cost postage and any retailer discounts. Look out for exclusive designs just for retailers too!
You can still buy the full range of Peepul peg dolls directly from us - and we're still taking custom orders too. So you have even more ways to buy Peepul than ever before!
A very exciting new addition to our online shop today... Introducing Mermaid Peepul!
These have been a long time in the planning so it's lovely to finally be able to share them and make them available. You can choose to buy the Mermaid or the Merman at £10 each, or buy both together for £18.
Here they are with toys by Grimm's and Black's Toys, along with some of our favourite shells and stones picked up on visits to the beach.
This week I had a very exciting delivery - exciting for a peg-doll-painting geek, anyway. A set of superfine and eye-wateringly expensive miniature paint brushes, all the way from Buffalo, NY. I've been waiting a while for them so I couldn't wait to put them to good use - and this custom order was absolutely perfect for them.
The request was for a set of four peg dolls featuring the flags of four different countries - Serbia, Montenegro, the UK and the US. None of the flags are particularly simple in their design so I was nervous about how good a Job I'd be able to do. But I'm pretty happy with them. Especially the stripes on the US flag - all painted freehand. The brushes are amazing!
You can buy Flag Peepul with any national flag of your choice from our online shop now!
After lots of feedback from our lovely followers on Instagram and Facebook, we've started adding more individual 'job' based Peepul to the shop. And we've started with some traditional shopkeepers, which are lovely for small world play and role play. Our little boy, George, keeps picking them up and saying 'He's going to make bread. He's going to make apples. And she's going to make bacon!'
You can buy individual Baker, Greengrocer and Butcher Peepul from the shop now, on their own or as part of a money-saving bundle of two, three or four different Peepul from our range of individual characters.
If you've got bright ideas for new products you'd like to see, visit our contact page or find us on Facebook or Instagram.