I was tickled to find a few wooden toys for secondhand gifts--only because I've looked at the Waldorf education sites and noted how much more expensive the natural, less decorated toys are. My son still loves his teeny tiny German city set.
Which begs the question, oh mothers more experienced than I: Are the wooden toys worth the higher price? Is there truly something more valuable, developmentally, about playing with natural materials over plastic? Do wooden toys have higher quality or longevity? Do you ever worry that the labels aren't true and that paints might be lead-based, after all?