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7 Types of​ Amazing Toys Made from Wood

Two things we love in our household are books and wooden items. I have always enjoyed wooden furniture, and love the way they age. When it comes time to picking out toys, we greatly prefer wooden ones over others, as they are often simplistic, sturdy yet flexible.

I was under the impression that the only wooden toy out there is blocks, but one year after baby I realized the type of toys made out of wood is far beyond blocks. So here is a list of all the wonderful types of toys you can get that are made out of wood!

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Classic Blocks

We love our educational blocks where each side of the block has an educational component, our family favourite is the Uncle Goose Chinese Character Blocks. Even me and my husband sometimes find words we do not recognize as the set contain a good variety of characters from the most basic to some you don’t see in everyday life. The company also produce blocks for many other languages and is a must-have in any bilingual household.

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Puzzle

A classic puzzle can be enjoyed by babies and toddlers alike, especially one that is well built and designed to be used in different ways. One of our favourite puzzles is the Tenderleaf Garden Patch Puzzle, as the pieces can be played on their own, stacked to make a tower, or used like a traditional puzzle. A similar toy available in the US is the Wooden Tetris Puzzle Toy by Mypre.

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Stacking Toy

What’s more fun than stacking wooden toys high like a tower. What if the stacking elements themselves are not block shaped? We came across a Grimm’s rainbow set at our local School during a drop in session and Emilia instantly fell in love with them. They are versatile in the way that they can be stacked in so many different ways, creating completely different structures, but they also can be put away nicely by stacking them in a compact way. They also look gorgeous just as a display on the shelf.

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Pretend Play

Pretend play toys are wonderful as it allows kids to unleash their imagination and practice skills they don’t usually get to practice in their daily environment. We especially like the cutting set toys, while I have no problem letting Emilia play with real fruit and vegetables, cutting them is a different story. These pretend play sets allow her to grasp the concept of cutting and get to know more food types, some we don’t always stock at home.

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Instrument

We enjoy music a lot, and so do Emilia, but in our tiny home we, unfortunately, do not have space for large musical items. So instead we ended up with a wooden tambourine which we can use as a drum, or hold in our hand when we dance together. We love the versatility and how small it is so that we can put it away easily.

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Shape Sorter

Shape sorter is generally made of wood and can be a great challenge for younger babies. Although the shape sorting can become dull once the toddler is older, so generally I try to find ones that are multipurpose if I am gifting a set to others. The Melissa & Dough sorting dump truck is something I gifted to a friend recently, and it is both well built and a lot of fun. The little boy enjoyed cars and trucks so we thought it would be a perfect fit for him, and should last a long time.

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Pull Toy

Ever since Emilia started walking she loved to always have something in her hand. I’ve observed a lot of older toddler to enjoy pulling something along as well in our local family drop in classes. A pull toy can really help a learning toddler to master their balance, and is just a lot of fun for those that are experienced walkers. We have a small Hape pull elephant, as well as the longer one that you can push and pull. The push and pull toy is a greater challenge to Emilia’s overall balance and coordination.

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