We make exceptions in our natural/handmade toy rule for German toys. As a rule, German toys are better in every way. They are made of safer, higher-quality materials, and they universally more educational or simply more likely to be 'thinking' toys. While some German toys are plastic, they also have a huge variety and natural wooden toys because of the tremendous influence of Waldorf education (which, of course, is German).
5. Kathe Kruse