When it comes to protecting wooden toys, few finishes are as durable and reliable as linseed oil and tung oil. These penetrating “drying” oils polymerize, leaving a durable but matte finish that changes the color of the wood. Tung oil produces the darkest color change, followed by flaxseed, hemp, and walnut. To ensure your wooden toys last for years to come, it's important to keep them out of direct sunlight for long periods of time.
If you're looking for a non-toxic paint option for your children's toys, ECOS paints are a great choice. They don't contain volatile organic compounds and are certified safe for use on toys and around people who are sensitive to chemical vapors and paint odors. Real Milk Paint is another non-toxic option that is perfect for crafting with kids.
Pure Tung Oilis also FDA approved for contact with food, making it suitable for all types of products, from toys and blocks to kitchen cutting boards.
For those who want to take their toy-making to the next level, Sarah's Silks is a family business that specializes in sustainable Waldorf-inspired toys.