Our Philosophy and Vision
There's a story behind Le Ballon Rouge (or The Red Balloon in
English). My parents tell me a story from one of my
first Christmasses. Money was tight, but I was their only
child at the time and they managed to put enough aside to buy, among
other things, a lovely blue pedal car. This was to be the main
attraction and they were very proud of themselves. On Christmas
morning, the time of the Great Revealing arrived. The living room door
was opened to reveal a vast array of Christmas bounty. They tell me
that I at once dashed for the far corner of the room. "He's spotted it"
they thought. "Wow!" I exclaimed, "a red balloon!". And so the story
goes, that I spent most of Christmas day playing with the red balloon.
I'm sure I found the pedal car eventually.
For us at Le Ballon Rouge, the red balloon symbolises toys
with fundamental intrinsic play value and appeal. Wholesome natural
fun. Toys that sell themselves on their own merits, because they're fun
and interesting for children to play with and not because they've been
convinced by multi-million pound mass media campaigns that this is what
they have to have. So, we like to sell toys that your children will
enjoy because they're fun to play with and for no other reason. We hope
you like our selection
We are a small family-run business. We started selling
wholesome, traditional toys in 2005 as a husband and wife team and
we've been doing it ever since. We pride ourselves in our dedication to
our customers and we strive to provide you with the highest level of
service. We are parents ourselves and we know the importance
toys can have, especially if you need something for a particular
ocassion or by a particular time. We take service personally around
About Our Toys
Our toys have been carefully selected for
their quality and their educational, developmental and play value.
Brands such as Pintoy, Plan Toys and Eichhorn have long traditions in
toy making. They know what works and manufacture their toys to the
highest quality standards. We like toys that sell themselves on their
own merits rather than depending on massive advertising and media
What About Ethics?
Ethics are very important to us. Having young
children ourselves, we share the disgust of exploitation that many
unscrupulous manufacturers engage in. We guarantee that the
labourers employed in manufacturing our wooden toys are fairly paid and