Water & Lightning | Nature-Inspired Handmade Wooden Toy



About Us

Water & Lightning Toy Company makes simple and modern toys that inspire kids to explore, love and care for nature. Our nature-inspired wooden toys encourage play that is delightfully unstructured and open-ended. The toys of Water & Lightning bring the awesome beauty of nature into the home.

In early 2015, Water and Lightning was launched by a teacher and a graphic designer with their two young boys in Queens, NY. Our hope is to design toys that stretch the range of a child’s imagination and harness a love of the natural world. Our pebbles, sticks and stones are our simple and humble invitation to play.

Our Mission

Make toys that help kids to discover, love and care for nature. 


Our Goal

Our toys represent just two simple ideas. The first is about  creating a connection between child and nature through organic shapes and materials. The second is an invitation. It is our hope that our toys serve as a reminds of the beautiful world that we live in and that we should encourage our children to come outside and play. 

We want kids to have more play dates with nature.


Our Story

We are a teeny tiny, mom and pop toy company. We are a husband and wife team with two wonderful boys, now living in North Carolina. We started in a small garage a few years ago and now, we are still in the same garage but it has expanded to our basement. Progress! 

Brian Barenio

Erna Barenio


Noah, aka "Water"
Kid, Toy Tester

Lukas, aka "Lightning"
Pre-teen, Toy Tester


Our Values

Make it Simple
We believe in the simplicity in play and in form.

Zero Instructions
We believe that children play best with no rules because it leads to endless possibilities.

Do Good
We plant more trees than we use and provide a livelihood to the local woodworkers.

Be Safe
We use earth-friendly materials from sustainable wood to child safe paints and finishes.