I love wooden toys, especially wooden toys of high quality that can be passed down from generation to generation. Here is a list of a few of my favorite wooden toys.
Pastel Toys are heirloom quality wooden toys handmade by disabled adults at their own self-sustaining community, a kibbutz, in Israel. It is quite a special community which manages to make the life of these disabled adults rich and meaningful by giving them work they can manage, somewhere to live and support from a community of people with similar situations as their own. So Pastel Toys are not only beautiful fresh colored wooden toys, but also a product of a community well worth supporting. Many of Pastel Toys products can be found at Giggle. (Enter “Pastel Toys” in the search field.)
Pintoy construction toys look beautiful with their natural and painted wood. There is everything needed to create a great big construction site in this series; a crane, a digger, a dumper truck, loaders, trailers, a set of construction equipments consisting of pneumatic drills, compactor and Compressor, wheelbarrow, pick and shovel, 2 traffic cones and 2 barriers. There is also a set of workers consisting of three workers and a Forman.
A nice wooden heirloom rattle, that will last a lifetime and can be inherited by the baby’s own kids, and grandkids, in the future, is priceless. The walnut wood rattle from Nico & Zoe and the handmade heirloom hardwood rattle from A Toy Garden, are both simple, beautiful rattles made by natural wood, with round shapes and smooth surfaces. These are great ideas for baby gifts if you’d like the gift to stay in the kid’s family for generations.
Ostheimer keeps the feel and look of wood in their toys, by only applying transparent paints and not totally rounding the figures edges. The surfaces of the toys are still smooth and soft to handle. Ostheimer wants kids to use and develop their imaginative abilities when playing with their toys, and this is why the silhouettes of all the figures are simple, and the details are very few. In this way they create a perfect environment for the kids to play in, without giving all the details, so the kids mind will work on creating their own little world for the figures! Ostheimers figures can be found at Myriad Natural Toys & Crafts. The Nativity story figures could make perfect gifts for the advent calendar, resulting in a beautiful Nativity scenery Chritmas eve.
The well-known company Sevi has long traditions in making quality toys. Amongst their selection in wooden toys they have series of musical instruments. The instruments are colorful and full of cute details.
Eco-friendly Wooden Puzzle Toys
The smooth, round edged wooden puzzle toys from Craftbury Kids are so elegant end cute, and will look fantastic on the shelf if the nursery or kids room. The natural wood is beautiful, but if you desire some colors, you could paint the different pieces in different colors of tox-free paint yourself! These puzzle toys are available in Pig, Tortoise, Rabbit, Lion, Cow with calf, Ocean with boat and fishes and Farmhouse with animals and a field with trees.
Plan Toys in general are great toys. I love the look of Plan Toys, and the attention the company gives to detail in their toys. They simply make beautiful designed children’s toys with a very modern touch. Oompa Toys has a great selection of Plan Toys.