I’m a huge fan of wooden toys and over the past three years have slowly built up a little collection of them in our playroom. Wooden toys make such lovely gifts for birthdays as well, so I always make sure I’ve got a little stock of them ready for when my two get sent a party invite. However finding wooden toys that don’t cost a small fortune can be tricky, so I’ve put together a list of my five favourite inexpensive wooden toys for tots.
Melissa and Doug – Band in a Box (£17.99 – from Argos)
In our house there is always music playing and are always singing or dancing along. I really try to encourage the boys to explore musical instruments and have made a point of filling our playroom with them. The thing is, musical instruments (even toddler ones) can be a bit on the pricey side, so if you are wanting to get something musical but want to keep the purse strings tight this is absolutely perfect! The band in a box toy has seven different instruments for your little one to explore and create music with!
Suitable from 3 years+
Hape – Monkey Pop Up Track (£15.00 – from Debenhams)
This set comes with a piece of track that has a ‘pop up station’ attached to it, two stoppers and a banana on wheels. As the banana runs along the track past the monkeys, the monkeys pop up! Both of the boys adore playing with this and it is a quirky take on the traditional wooden train set. The set is so bright and colourful, it kept our little monkey occupied for ages. He found it hilarious when the monkeys popped up as the train went past. He does like to figure out how things work, so spent ages playing with the switches that activate the ‘pop up’ motion on the toy. It isn’t just for younger children though, our three year old had a great time playing with it as well. This would make such a lovely gift for a cheeky little tot on their birthday.
Suitable from 18 months +
Note: I was sent the Hape Pop Up Monkey Track in return for an honest review
Lelin – Doctors set (£14.99 from Amazon)
The boys love playing doctors surgery, we line up the stuffed animals from the toy box and I then send them to the ‘doctor’ one by one. The boys sit separately and pretend they are doctors nursing the stuffed animals back to health. I think is such a great little set and perfect for developing imaginations.
Suitable for 3 years+
Orange Tree Toys – First Safari Truck (£10. 99)
I love Orange Tree toys because their designs are simple, bright and perfectly sized for younger toddlers. Regular readers of my blog will know I’m a huge advocate for children learning about the natural world and the creatures we share the planet with. This is a perfect toy to open up conversations about conservation and being mindful about our planet and the creatures we share it with.
Suitable for 12 months +
Jo Jo Maman Bebe – Wooden Red Bus Push Along (£8)
This is perfect for a new baby gift because it looks beautiful as an ornament in a nursery, but it is also perfect for first and second birthdays because it helps develop motor skills. Toys like this are great for introducing younger children to sounds, we often push toys like this along the floor while saying things like ‘broom, broom’ to replicate the sound of a car. Bright toys like this are also great for teaching little ones about colours as well. What make this push along so great though is the price. It’s really cheap, which is perfect for people who don’t want to spend a lot on a gift, but want something that looks lovely.
Suitable for 12 months +
*Note: This is a collaborative post