These classic toys aren’t just for the ‘gram. Often more durable and safer, wooden toys encourage creative play, promote sensory development, and give kids a tie to the natural world. Our child-tested list of the best wooden toys kids:Merchant
How many ways can your little one count with ten rows of ten beads? This brightly colored abacus is a great tactile toy for a toddler, an introduction to counting and grouping for a preschooler, and even a fun way for older kids to solve simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems.
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Wooden blocks may seem obvious, but these eco-friendly, naturally dyed (using cranberries, blueberries, wild indigo and beans) wooden blocks come in organic shapes that are perfect for building, balancing, stacking, and sorting.
Choose from an array of palettes like rainbow, blue, pink & green, and natural, or mix and match your favorite sets to create your own multicolor collection of handcrafted "stones."Photo: Julie Morton, Stepping Stones
Two moms? Single dad? Triplets? Young kids will love seeing their family reflected in their own unique wooden family set. These adorable peg dolls are built to last, with woodburned faces and a beeswax finish. Choose natural wood or colored (non-toxic acrylic) for a keepsake item that's plenty of fun to play with, too.Photo: Melissa and Doug
This pretty peg board with stackable shapes is ideal for supporting the development of your little one's fine motor skills, in addition to helping them practice sorting, shape identification, and counting.
This 5-sided wooden activity center from AlexBrands is designed for toddlers 12 months and older, but it can easily engage preschoolers and kids in early elementary with its turn and learn ABC, 123 and first word tiles, curvy wire bead trains, peek-a-boo doors, and spin-and-match animal characters. This toy grows with your little one for a worthwhile return on investment, providing smiles year after year.
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Word play is the most fun when it's tactile and sensory. To craft these beautiful, all-natural letter sets, small birch tree slices are kiln-dried and lightly sanded, then woodburned with a matching upper and lowercase letter on each side. Each set is handcrafted by a Keswick-based kindergarten teacher and toymaker.
Promote physical play with a durable balance board made from beech plywood. With a little creativity, watch as this Waldorf toy easily doubles as a slide, extra seat, step stool, seesaw, pirate boat, or rocket ship. Kids love it, but it's sturdy enough that even grownups can take a turn.
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Introduce your little one to colours and shapes or help an older toddler develop spatial awareness and fine motor skills with this stacking tower from Grimm's, the lauded Germany-based natural and sustainable wooden toy company.
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Little artists everywhere will love this set of coloured wooden tiles. Ten template boards let kids design their own bunnies, butterflies, flowers, and suns by mixing and matching 120 wooden tiles in six different shapes. Tired of the templates? Craft a one-of-a-kind, freestyle mosaic instead.
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