5 of the Best Wooden Toys for Toddlers
I decided to collate a small list of some of A's favourite christmas/birthday gifts and realised, they're all fabulously made of wood! So, here's a collection of some of the best wooden toys to keep those pesky toddlers entertained (and they're pretty great to look at too).
TOY CAMERA [pictured above] For a few months previous to Christmas, Archie had been starting to roleplay and had become quite interested in my camera when I was taking pictures. He'd always rush over for the opportunity to hold it himself and would often pretend he was taking his own pictures, so for his birthday I knew a toy camera of his own would be a great idea. This gorgeous wooden camera was bought from Behind the Trees, an independent business who make them by hand, and has been such a source of fun for A. It's super cute seeing him running around holding it up yelling at us to 'say cheese' as he takes his own 'snaps'.
BOIKIDO XYLOPHONE Musical instruments are always a great gift for toddlers as most of them will love figuring out how they work and making music of their own. A has his own recorder, which he loves blowing on (though we don't love it so much) and a little drum, so when his Nanny bought him this beautiful wooden xylophone for Christmas, I knew he'd love it. It's made by a French company called BoiKido, and is beautifully made, perfectly-sized for little hands and I love the added touch of the holes to keep the sticks (including the little eyes); I was sure they'd disappear within days but we still have them now thanks to those little eye slots.
IKEA DUTVIG KITCHEN I researched the perfect kitchen for toddlers for a long time, as I knew we wanted to buy A one for Christmas. He's always copying Mr J in the kitchen and is intrigued by all of the bits and bobs he uses (you can tell I'm not the cook of the house). I knew I wanted to avoid anything too garish and plastic as it would be permanently residing in our living room and I wanted something that would withstand the battering of a toddler for a good few years, so we finally decided on the Ikea Dutvig kitchen . I'd seen some amazing hacks and we decided to purchase some fab stickers from Limmaland and create a marble surface using some sticky back plastic to spice it up a bit.
HAPE COFFEE MACHINE A had been playing with Mr J's coffee machine whenever he was with us in the kitchen; he'd lift the tiny porcelain mugs, pretend to fill them with coffee and stir in the milk, and proceed to 'drink' out of them, even offering us the occasional sip. I knew he'd love his own coffee maker to go with his kitchen so we decided to buy him this fab wooden one made by Hape. They're an eco-friendly brand that create gorgeous products that are made to last. A isn't exactly gentle with his own and it's still going strong!
LE TOY VAN HARVEST VEGETABLES Finally, to complete A's kitchen experience, we bought him this crate of vegetables by Le Toy Van, and we were pleasantly surprised at how well made they are. Mr J commented that he'd never seen play food that looked so awesome, and A absolutely loves playing with it and still stores his veg away in the small crate provided when he's finished 'cooking' us all tea!
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