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Grasp + Gather is inspired by the childhood memories of founder Emma Poppenborg. As a little girl, growing up on a farm, days were spent outdoors, exploring the natural world, building dens and getting lost in endless adventures.
When she became a mum to her son Leo she wanted him to grow up knowing the same freedom, connection with nature, and the simple joy of imaginative play.
The idea for Grasp + Gather was born when Emma was on maternity leave. Four-month-old Leo was only content when being held and the demands of a clingy baby meant Emma was struggling to find a way to be the parent she wanted to be. It was Emma’s mum who introduced her to the concept of treasure baskets, as a way of encouraging a little independence.
Gathering a collection of beautiful, natural objects, or treasures, the basket offered a gentle and fun sensory experience for little Leo to explore, while also allowing Emma a precious moment, with a hot cup of tea.
As Emma quietly sat and observed her baby begin to discover a little of the world, she realised this was a way to bring nature home to play.
This is the inspiration for the Grasp + Gather collection; a range of beautiful, simple and safe toys, made from natural, sustainable materials, designed to encourage creative development and little imaginations.
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