Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Peapods Favorite #10: The Rainbow Lawnmower Push Toy by Papa Don's - Made in Oregon

Peapods Favorites is our continuing series about our all-time favorite toys. Keep and an eye on Facebook  and Pinterest for more favorites through the holiday season!


Papa Don's tumbling rainbow lawnmower push toy has been a favorite of ours for over a decade. Push toys are a perfect one year old birthday present. And, if you've ever seen (or heard!) the blinking and beeping electronic versions sold nowadays in mass market stores, you'll know why we like Papa Don's so much.  It's simple, colorful fun that won't overstimulate a toddler or drive the adults out of the house. Made in Oregon from solid hardwoods, it's truly an heirloom toy that's likely to last for more than just one generation. 

Papa Don's began in 1973 and is one of several of our toymakers who have grown their business at the famous Eugene, Oregon Saturday Market. Papa Don's daughter Diana and her husband Garth are now second generation toymakers, carrying on her father's business after her his death in 2009. We think it's wonderful that a multi-generational family business lives on through these wonderful toys and we're proud to have been a small part of that story over the past dozen years or so.

Papa Don's Toys also makes a floor tumbler, which is basically the caged beads part of the rainbow lawnmower, a colorful stacking rings toy, and a bead threading toy.
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