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Guidecraft’s Kitchen Helper Stool was built by folks with a long tradition of quality.

History & Today

Founded 50 years ago in 1966 by Fred Fein in a small woodshop in New York state, Guidecraft was built upon the foundation of smart, beautifully crafted wooden toys for children. The first toys Mr. Fein made were the aptly named, Wedgies™, for their wide bases and narrow tops, and were designed to be used with unit blocks to encourage a child’s social and emotional development.

Today, Guidecraft is one of the leading brands in children’s toys and wooden furniture for the early childhood education and consumer markets with a focus on system-based STEM toys. Guidecraft designs toys, furniture, such as the Kitchen Helper, gross motor, social emotional products and brands that combined, create the basis for a unique and robust set of offerings in the US and international early childhood education and consumer markets. Guidecraft is proud to continue in Mr. Fein’s tradition of creating smart, progressive toys and quality furniture.



We pride ourselves on 50 years of manufacturing quality products that put children and safety first. To fulfill that mission, we design and test our products to meet or exceed international safety standards including ASTM, EN71, Health Canada and AUS/NZ to provide our customers with a safe, durable, and lasting Kitchen Helper stools and products that will bring years of meaningful and rewarding use and enjoyment.

Environmental Certification

Environmental certification of materials is key to the development of responsible supply chain practices. To that end we comply with California Air Resources Board or CARB standards and use FSC certified solid wood and wood-based materials such as MDF and plywood. Guidecraft’s Kitchen Helper stools, in particular,  are made of solid wood and plywood. For further information on our environmental and compliance programs, please contact us at