Natural and sustainable: Brothers Holger and Ingo Legler found the wholesale trading firm Legler. Their first products are promotional products made of wood.
Concentrating on what's important! Legler shifts focus to wooden toys with the goal of bringing a smile to children's faces. Around 10 employees are working for the company at this time.
Wooden toys go Europe! Customers can now buy wooden toys from Legler in many other European countries, too! It starts with England and France, followed by Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Poland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland, and Portugal.
Small foot is born! In 2002, Ingo Legler's daughter is born. Her footprint becomes the small foot brand logo and the symbol of our wooden toys.
We're growing!Additional buildings for employees and our growing warehouse capacities are obtained in Delmenhorst, Germany. This is because more and more employees are working on the continuing development of the small foot brand with lots of personal commitment and a love for natural products.
The sun is our inexhaustible energy source! The first company-owned photovoltaic energy panels go into operation. In the coming years, many more of the company's buildings will be equipped with solar panels, allowing small foot to reduce CO2 emissions and contribute to the protection of our environment.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar moves in! The most beloved caterpillar in the world from the popular children's book by Eric Carle now adorns exclusive learning and motor activity toys from small foot.
Spielgut! Our Little Bells Rattle receives the coveted Spielgut award. More awards will follow in the coming years, including for the popular Emergency Doctor Kit and the Snack Kit.
With the music and noise products from the "Sound" product line, the first product group with its mutually enhancing and uniformly designed toys moves in with Legler. A milestone!
Small foot products receive the FSC® certification! And they therefore take yet another step towards sustainability.
New packaging! Small foot packaging gets a new look. Lovingly designed and also informative, both younger and older customers are pleased. And the best part? The boxes are stable enough to be used for long-lasting storage. If they're not being used anymore, they can be recycled. That is sustainability in practise!
Small foot is a part of the ICTI program! And with that, the company gets involved with the adherence to ethical standards and sustainability standards in the toy industry.
We like to move it, move it! Motor activities and learning are a fundamental emphasis in the small foot assortment. With the new product groups "Move it!" and "Educate", popular motor activity and learning classics in popular, trendy designs move into the nursery, followed by "Jungle" (2018), "Space", and "Active" (2019).
The lighting of the future! Our company buildings are switched over to LED lights. That saves electricity and helps the environment!
Ernie, Bert and friends! Small foot becomes a licenced partner of the globally popular children's program SESAME STREET. The ergonomic motor activity toys, pull-along toys, puzzles, and stacking cubes made of wood impart educational content, offer unparalleled playtime fun for SESAME STREET fans, and playfully invites kids to discover, play, and learn.
It's our birthday! A lot has been accomplished since our founding days: With commitment, love for the natural product of wood, and our focus on quality and safety, we've become one of the largest manufacturers of wooden toys in Germany over the past 30 years. During that time, our team - comprised of 170 employees at this point - have always had an eye on the needs of children and parents!
Nominated for a Toy Award! The Lawn Mower Baby Walker is nominated for the 2019 ToyAward at the Spielwarenmesse toy fair in Nuremberg, and makes it among the top three amidst 800 submissions in the category "Baby & Infant 0-3 Years".
Yet another Toy Award! We added to the success of 2019 and were able to place in the list of nominees for the top three toys in the "Baby & Infant 0-3 Years" category again - this time with the Whale Baby Walker!
Nominated as "Top-10 Toy of 2020"! For the first time, a small foot product is now counted among the nominees for 2020: the Compact Nordic Workbench impressed the trend scouts with soft colours, clear shapes, and the simple Nordic design which appeals to both girls and boys equally.
In 2021, a total of three small foot toys made the nominations for "Top10 Spielzeug 2021" ("Top 10 Toys of 2021") and "Top10 Baby & Kind 2021" ("Top 10 Baby & Child Toys of 2021") awards from the German Bundesverband des Spielwaren-Einzelhandels (national association of toy retailers).
The Country Life Motor Activity Cube, the Training Bike-Trike 2-in-1 Turquoise Maxi and the Whale Baby Walker have been nominated for the "Top10 Baby & Child 2022" award by the German national toy industry association.
The Emergency Doctor's Backpack from small foot has won the ToyAward in the "Preschool" category, beating out numerous opponents in the competition for the much sought-after toy prize.
The Big Ocean Motor Activity Cube, the Pull-Along Dump Truck, the baby Swing "Seaside" and the Baby Stand-Up Toy "Seaside" have been nominated for the "Top10 Baby & Child 2023" award by the German national toy industry association.
The Rabbit Hutch with Enclosure and the Explorer's Backpack "Discover" have been nominated for the "Top10 Toys 2023" award by the German national toy industry association.
Wood - Simply better!
Wood is a wonderful material! Nature couldn't have made a better material for playing and learning. As a renewable resource, it spares our other, more limited resources. The wood for an increasing number of small foot toys comes from FSC 100%-certified plantations - a guarantee for sustainable forestry and the global preservation of forests.
Playtime Value + Durability = Sustainability
Sustainability comes not only from the material - the lifespan also plays a role! Small foot toys are not throw-away products; we use robust solid wood and layered bonded wood which can withstand extreme strain and use. We design our toys so that they offer long-lasting playtime that can be passed down to future generations - and that is practised sustainability! And the packaging? It's made of stable cardboard which can either be used for long storage or easily recycled as waste paper.
The highest level of safety in materials and manufacturing
Before being sold, products are tested multiple times by both internal and external knowledgeable experts and independent inspection institutions for conformity to strict international standards.
Especially easy to clean
Because of wood's special surface and its naturally antibacterial contents, wooden toys are naturally more hygienic than plastic toys - and they're particularly easy to clean and care for. To clean wooden toys, it's enough to gently scrub them with some lukewarm water and a dab of environmentally friendly dish soap so that they stay pretty and hygienic for a long time.
For 60 years, the independent "spiel gut" seal has been distinguishing toys which offer a special playtime value and fulfil the highest safety and quality criteria. In addition to age-appropriate play ideas, safety, design, functionality, lifespan, development support, and environmental friendliness are also judged - and not only by professionals, but also by the true experts: the children themselves. We're proud that so many small foot toys have received this award!
The Toy Award, which is presented annually at the world's largest toy fair in Nuremberg, is probably the highest award for toys worldwide. In 2019 and 2020, small foot toys have already made it into the top three toys in the "Baby & Infant" category from among more than 800 applicants! Then, in 2022, the time had come: the Emergency Doctor Backpack won the ToyAward in the "PreSchool" category. Another award for small foot in terms of originality, safety, product concept, workmanship & quality as well as play fun.
Extraordinary highlight products from the toy industry are distinguished and awarded by the organisation "Top10 Spielzeug" (Top10 Toys). The jury is comprised of toy experts who are actively involved in toy industry associations and toy store chains. For the second year in a row, a small foot product was among the nominees: the Compact Nordic Workbench impressed the trend scouts in 2020, and the impressive Urban Villa Dollhouse did the same in 2021.
Top10 Bébé & Enfant
The "TOP 10 Baby & Kind" is the retailer's campaign for baby & toddler articles in Germany. The highlights of the year are selected by the German Association of Toy Retailers (BVS) together with an independent jury of experts. Over the past several years, small foot products have been nominated for awards: for example, the Hare Motor Activity Cube in 2021, the Whale Baby Walker in 2022, and in 2023, the "Seaside" Baby Stand-Up Figure and the Wind-Up Dump Truck made the cut.