Whole Wide World Toys offers kids adventures in world cultures, preparing them for life in our big, beautiful world.
Our toys immerse kids in fascinating global cultures, inspiring curiosity and positivity about the world and its people.
Ready world, here I come!
About the Founder, Laura Barta
Laura Barta’s insatiable curiosity about world cultures began on a high school trip to Paris. Spying a fruit tart in the window of a patisserie at the foot of Montmartre was all it took.
Laura grew up in Iowa and spent 10 years overseas as a young adult and new mom, where she discovered a passion for cultivating human understanding. She worked in consumer research including in-home interviews across many cultures, had her kids in Cairo and Mumbai and traveled as much as possible. When she moved back to the U.S., she wanted her kids and others to have that experience of being fascinated by another culture.
She founded Whole Wide World Toys, Inc. with product concepts for a series of country playsets. Her first book, My China Travel Journal, was published in 2011. World Village Playset – China was first manufactured in 2015.
The National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval
Tillywig Brain Child Gold Award
Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Socially Responsible
Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Toys of the Year
Parents’ Choice Silver Honor
Creative Child TOY OF THE YEAR Award, Kids Playsets
Creative Child PREFERRED CHOICE Award, Kids Playsets
The Washington Post
Visions Profile of Laura Barta
Travel Daily Media Our Favorite Travel Play Toys for Kids
Women in Toys Rising Star Award Nomination
Things That Make People Go Aww
Story Monsters Ink, p.49
Marci in Mommyland
Trekaroo Holiday Gift Guide For Families Who Travel
8 Brilliant Businesses Created by Moms Who Feel Your Pain
Addicted To Savings Gift Guide
Women and Their Pretties Gift Guide
The Ellen Show
Central Penn Business Journal
BeTerrific Interview at Toy Fair
Cool Mom Picks
All Over the Map
Creative Child Magazine Holiday Gift Guide 2015
Kid World Citizen
Kelly Raudenbush, My Overthinking
Maryianne Szymanski, Toy Tips Fox32 Chicago
Vera Sweeney, Lady and the Blog
Jen Rabulan-Bertram, Next Kid Thing
Laura Barta Profile in Lebanon Daily News by Lee Dussinger/WITF Public Radio & Television/Central Penn Business Journal
Whole Wide World Toys Launches First In A Series Of World Village Playsets
World Village Playests Leads “Social Good” Toy Trend With 10 Best Award
World Village Playsets Helps Low-Income Children Explore the World
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World Village Playsets + Imagination = Almost-Like-Being-There World Exploration