We all know that our houses will never look the same way they used to, now that we have kids. Toys are going to be scattered everywhere we look, and there’s no way to avoid that. But what we can avoid, is buying toys that are not only displeasing to the eye but also break easily because of the plastic they are made of. Wooden toys are simply the way to go as a parent!
If you’re a Montessori parent, then you’re likely very familiar with wooden toys. Wooden toys may seem old school, but in fact, they are more durable and better for the environment than plastic toys. Wooden toys are also known to help kids concentrate more. According to Hello Minimalist Family, “introducing natural, quiet toys with room for interpretation and creativity, kids naturally feel more at ease and in control of their playtime.”
But where do you begin when looking for the right wooden toys for your kids? Here are 20 educational and fun wooden toys your kids are going to love!
Our Favorite Wooden Toys for Kids
Getting your kid started with wooden toys as babies is so important, and Finn + Emma make it so easy to do! Their Play Gym is made of 100% birch wood and includes wooden teething toys. These teething toys are removable, so even when you’re on the go, your little one will be entertained in a natural and stimulating way. Plus, the birch wood is so beautiful that it will match any decor in your household! A win-win for babies and parents.
While you may want to keep the kids out of the kitchen while you’re cooking dinner, they will have to learn eventually! The Melissa & Doug Cutting Fruit set will help improve your child’s fine motor skills and get them ready to cut food in real life. With these wooden toys, you won’t have to worry about your child sticking BPA in their mouth, and instead they can get a real feel for food. There are so many fruits in this set that will come in handy as you introduce the fruits to your child in real life.
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When you’re looking for educational wooden toys for your kids, you’ll want to evaluate every aspect of their education. It’s never too early to learn to spell, and with the Melissa & Doug See & Spell your kids will be thrilled to seek out every letter to match their picture. This high-quality puzzle will help develop your kids’ vocabulary, spelling, and fine motor skills in a fun and unique way!
While you’re working on spelling, you’ll want to grab this Personalized Name Puzzle for your little one! Nothing will excite them more than having a wooden puzzle made just for them! Your kids will be spelling their name in no time. This Personalized Name Puzzle has the option to engrave a message on the back, so it makes the perfect gift for any kid in your life.
Can you say “dream dollhouse?” That’s what every kid sees when they lay their eyes on the KidKraft So Stylish Mansion Wooden Dollhouse. When it comes to finding wooden toys that your kids can grow with, this dollhouse is truly one of a kind! With three levels and ten rooms, your kids will have an abundance of possibilities for imaginative play. This dollhouse has a 360-degree open concept for your kids to easily move around without having to disasemble rooms. This wooden dollhouse will last your family for generations, and you won’t have to worry about plastic doors ripping off.
Blocks are known to be one of the most classic and sweet early developmental toys. Why not have your blocks look stunning, instead of brightly colored, as your kids throw them around the room. The Etched Wooden Blocks feature the alphabet with etched and white painted images to go with each letter. They are created with non-toxic paint, so you won’t have to worry if you catch your little one chewing on the letter A. These Etched Wooden Blocks are so aethetically pleasing and are something your kids will want to hold on to as a keepsake for their own children.
Building blocks don’t have to be in a block form, instead they could be in the form a beautiful rainbow arch. Grimm’s 12-Piece Wooden Stacking Rainbow Tunnel is one of those wooden toys that go way beyond simple stacking. Each arch in the rainbow can be used for building tunnels, circles to hop through or creating different homes for their imaginary friends. Wooden toys are meant to stimulate your child’s imagination, and what is more magical than a rainbow?
Ah, we absolutely love kitchen play for our kids! From learning to prepare pretend meals to washing dishes, a toy kitchen is an absolute must for every child. Milton and Goose Essential Play Kitchen is hands down the best quality play kitchen you’ll find. The design is modern and classic, with neutral colors that won’t distract your little one during imaginative play. Watch your kids place things under the sink cabinet and mimic you turning the burners while cooking spaghetti on the stove top. This is one of the wooden toys that will help prepare your child for a bright (and tasty) future!
Wooden toys can also help get your kids’ energy out, while working on their hand eye coordination. The Waldorf Original Wooden Balance Board is a toy that does all that, and gives your child a sense of body awareness. Your kids will love taking turns surfing around the house, or even laying inside to curl up for a nap. You can keep this balance board inside, or take it wherever you travel as it does have a water-based lacquer for outdoor play.
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Teaching your kids about the weather is fun when they have their very own Weather Station! Wooden toys should be something that they play with every day, and this Weather Station ensures that they will look to this toy throughout each day. With this toy, your kids will be able to monitor the weather in an depth way! From the temperature to how windy it is, your kids will be channeling their inner meterologist and concentrating on the world around them.
Ditch the plastic play gyms and invest in something that will help your child climb and explore! The Lily & River Birch Wood Climber is a high-quality climber that your little one can start on as young as six months old! There are so many ways for your kids to explore this climber. Whether they choose to start with the ladder and slide or the reciversable rockwall, your kids will have so much fun learning to climb and crawl all over. If you’re stumped at finding wooden toys to help your kids play during a rainy day, then the Lily & River Birch Wood Climber is perfect for you!
Let’s face it, sometimes our kids get into things that we really don’t want them to touch. Instead of instilling fear into them, find wooden toys that can help eduate them before the time comes that they can use the real thing. The Plan Toys Wooden Toy Shaving Kit is such an adorable way to include your kids in your morning routine. With a comb, knife, trimmer, razor and more, they can carry their own bag into the bathroom to feel like an adult in the morning. Who knows? Maybe this will even inspre them to give you a very nice pretend haircut.
Music time is essential in every kid’s life. But a lot of plastic musical instruments can be a bit annoying to us parents. Instead of buying an electronic toy, stick with the classic wooden instruments! Stoie’s International Wooden Music Set is the perfect set up for any music time. Your kids will have a blast jamming out to the tambourine or shaking their arms with the hand bells. The classic look of these wooden toys will ensure that your kids aren’t overwhelmed by the colors and sounds, and they can truly focus on the music itself.
One our favorite parts of wooden toys, is that they can be used for sensory play. The Wooden Scoops and Tongs for Transfer Work are perfect for any sensory buckets you have planned for your little one. They’ll learn how to scoop items out and transfer items into different bowls, all while improving their fine motor skills. These Wooden Scoops and Tongs for Transfer Work are key for any and all toddler activies you have planned.
Who doesn’t love bowling? While we may not be able to take our kids to a bowling alley these days, you can bring the joy of bowling into your own home! Your kids will love hearing these wooden toys clang together as they make their very own first strike! This Kids Bowling Set is customizable with any color you can imagine, and you can even have your kid’s name etched onto their first bowling ball.
Practical wooden toys are some of the best! While you don’t want to hand you two-year-old a real knife, having them help you in the kitchen is not only great for their motor skills, but will also help you finish dinner. This Wooden Kids Knife for Cooking and Safe Cutting is made of natural beech wood and has rounded corners with no sharp cutting edges. While this knife is in no way sharp, you would be surpised at how well it cuts! Easy to use and easy to clean makes this a no brainer for kids who always want to help you cook each meal.
Maybe your kids aren’t looking to help you in the kitchen, but they love to help you at the store. The Wooden Shop & Café is perfect for any kid that loves to grocery shop or pretend to have their very own business. Imaginative play is made easy with this wooden toy, and your kids will love acting out each character that comes to mind. The Wooden Shop & Café is made from sustainable rubber wood trees, making this wooden toy even better for the environment!
Ditch the electric guitar your parents bought for your kids, and instead give them the taste of a real instrument. The Little Dutch Guitar can be tuned like a real guitar, so your ears will be ringing with a pleasant sound when your kids are beginning to strum. This is perfect for any beginning muscician in your life, as you can teach them the basics of a guitar at an incredible price. Before you know it, your kids will be rocking out performing different concerts for you in the comfort of your own home.
Wooden toys on the go are some of the best! Your little ones are going to love pulling around their shapes with the Wooden Alligator Shape Sorter & Pull Toy. This toy has five different shapes to sort. After your kids sort their shapes, they can take their alligator on a ride through the entire house. The wheels on this toy glide so smoothly, you won’t have to worry about the alligator dropping the shapes on its adventure with your toddler.
“Say cheese!” How many times have you said this to your kids? We want to document every moment of our children’s lives, but they want to be involved in the process too! Giving your child their very own Mini Wooden Camera will give them the ability to focus on the details around them long enough to “take their picture.” It will also give your kids a reason to stop asking to take photos on your phone, as they will have their own wooden toy to capture each moment.
Wooden toys are educational, fun, and more importantly, durable. Instead of having to replace your kid’s favorite plastic toy each season, invest in wooden toys that will last them for generations. One day, you may see your grandkids playing with the wooden dollhouse your kids once played with, and it will make your heart soar.
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