Holztiger wooden animals and figure are hand-crafted in Europe from maple and beech-woods which contribute to their appealing, pleasant surface. All surfaces and edges are sanded to a very smooth finish, then hand-painted with nontoxic, water-based paints that allows the natural wood grain to show through. They are then sealed with a nontoxic water lacquer making each figure resistant to perspiration, saliva and mechanical strain. Holztiger wooden animals are quality toys intended for quality play through generations. The recommended starting age is three years and up.