Our Story

Hello! We are Tara and Aidan, the faces behind Rata and Roo Toys. Aidan is in charge of all the making, and Tara is always on the lookout for beautiful, educational and fun products to share with you. 

 

 

We live in Melbourne, Australia, with our 5 kids. Our two daughters are in the early years of secondary schooling and our eldest son is in his final year of primary school. Our two little boys are at home full time with Tara. We love spending time together as a family, going on bush walks or to the beach. 
We have chosen the name Rata and Roo Toys to represent our kiwi roots and our new life in Australia (well not so new, we have been here for 8years!) Rata is a Native New Zealand tree and roo is short for Kangaroo.
 
We originally started Rata and Roo Toys (previously called Puggle and Kit) because we were finding it difficult to find natural loose parts or Australian made counting boards for our little boys. We love natural educational toys and resources so have slowly built our range to include not only items made by us but other beautiful handmade items from Australia and around the world. Because Tara has a love for children's toys and books, we have slowly expanded our range to include a variety of fun learning toys and resources as well as an ever growing range of gorgeous books.
All the items we share with you are things we love and use with our own little ones and are carefully curated by Tara. We keep in mind the quality of the products we add to the store and strive to source toys and books that can be used for many years and by many different ages and abilities.
Our aim is to offer a range of educational, imaginative and open ended playthings for you to enjoy learning and playing with for years to come.
Thank you so much for supporting our little family business!
Tara and Aidan xx