Five Wooden Toys to Grow With Your Baby
Five Wooden Toys That Will Grow With Your Baby
It’s no secret that wooden toys are timeless and have so much to offer your child and their development. While they may not have the buttons, lights, sounds and other ‘flashy’ features that come with plastic toys – they are definitely not boring!
Here are just some of their benefits:
Wooden toys are much more durable than their plastic counterparts. This means, when you buy a wooden toy for your child, their siblings will be able to use them down the track and you know you are going to get your money’s worth from them.
Wooden toys offer a tactile experience. They can touch them, hold them in their hands. Explore different shapes and different weights. Smell the wood and what it reminds them of, bringing them closer to nature. And, of course, it will likely end up in little one’s mouths as well for the full sensory experience.
Wooden toys encourage open-ended play, which means they can be engaged with in many different ways. Blocks can be used to build tall towers, create castle moats, put together villages, build pirate ships. Kids are only bound by their imaginations, so the possibilities are endless.
Plastic toys often do everything for kids. They talk to them, they light up for them, they respond to touch… with wooden toys kids are encouraged to use their imagination, which is a powerful tool. They CHOOSE how to play with the toy, and each time this can be a different experience for them.
This really is the toy that keeps on giving. If it’s open-ended play you are after, then this is your answer. The Grimms Rainbow can be used in so many different ways, it really is up to the imagination of the child. They can be tunnels for cars. They can be stacked to build tall towers. They can be turned upside down and used as beds for your favourite Riff Raff cuddly. In fact, if you jump on Instagram you can follow the hashtag #grimmschallenge and find something new to do each and every day.
They come in several colours, rainbow, pastel, sunset as well as a few different sizes.
Purchase at Hip Kids or The Modern Playroom
As mentioned above, there is so much you can do with wooden blocks, every home should have a set of them. This Happy Architect Town offer endless imaginative play. They can be used to build your very own small world at home. There’s a fire station, supermarket, post office, police station, school and more much. Kids can build a whole town, or just a small one. They can move the pieces around your home and use their imagination each and every day.
Coming in brightly, painted, natural or even a chalk board style so you can write and draw on - there is one to suit every family.
Purchase here at Freckled Frog
3. Wobbel Board
Have you heard of the Wobbel Board? If not, you’re missing out. This one is as much fun for the adults as it is for the kids. Once again, it’s great for encouraging open-ended play, as the possibilities are just endless. Kids can also practise their balance and coordination, standing inside the board and wobbling it from side to side. It can turn into a bridge for climbing, a tunnel for cars, a ramp, a slide, an extra seat, a step stool, a see saw, a ship. It supports physical awareness and balance and will be used for years.
Buy here at Lucus Loves Cars or The Creative Toyshop
4. Marble Tree
I know, I know, many parents hate the idea of musical toys in their home, but trust me, you are going to love this one. The sound it makes as the marble clinks its way down the wooden tree is delightful and you will never tired of it. Little fingers get to practise their fine motor skills, while learning how music is madde and how they can make different sounds by using more marbles, popping them down faster and more. Plus, they can also practise their colours and it looks gorgeous! A great addition to the playroom at home.
There are some cheaper versions around now but looking at the reviews for the sake of your ears I would try and find the original (Magic Tree).
You can buy them here at Oskars Wooden Ark or Entropy
5. Cooking or Kitchen Set
Pretend play is always a winner, as kids just love to mimic what they see you do! This gorgeous baking set lets them step into their own kitchen and get creating. Turn their play area into a café and let them serve you (for a change!), host their own cooking show, open up a supermarket, play happy families, and so on. One toy, so many different ways to get creative.
Wooden Wonderland has pretty much got your wooden kitchen covered! Vegetables, tea parties, pizza - you name it they have it in wood to be served to you time and time (and time!) again.
It’s so great to be able to encourage a child’s imagination and engage them in play. As parents we want to be able to pick a toy out for them that will last the distance and get plenty of use out of. It’s not about the quantity of toys, but their quality. After a long day of creative play, your little one will be ready to snuggle up in bed with their Riff Raff friend as their mind processes a big day of learning.
I was skeptical at first. Thought they were cute but over priced. Heard a few friends recommending them so I was convinced and I do not regret! I'm waiting for the fox one to come back in stock to order a second. I take it EVERYWHERE I take my now 10 week old. The lullaby I swear helps me sleep too 😅 helps my son drown out the noise of his siblings when he goes down for a nap which is perfect
I was a little sceptical when I bought this but it actually has helped my newborn sleep very well! I am very happy and will have to buy more!
This has been amazing! I wasn’t too sure if we needed one as our little man was a pretty good sleeper but I thought it might help come the sleep regression if he had a comforter. He was only 8 weeks. We slept with the toy like recommended and started to introduce it to him as he drifted off to sleep with the white noise. My hope is that it will become a connection for him so it will help his self settle when he hears it. We have been doing this for three weeks now and it’s been amazing! It’s helped him settle if he’s slightly awake at night we can turn it on and he’s right back to sleep. In the car seat and we use the music in the pram to set up a calm environment for him. I would recommend one to anyone on the fence about if they need it. Plus when we show him his Raffie he gets a huge smile on his face. It must be love!
So soft our bub isn’t here yet but it made my partner fall asleep ! And that has to say something
Very good product trying it with our little one who struggled with naps and sleep. Just wondering i know the sound stays on for 20-40 mins. Do you people leave other white noise in the background for when it finishes or not?
I bought Raffy the fawn for my granddaughter to be. It is very cute, very soft and I’m sure she will love it.
We love Raffy so much. I wish we had bought him earlier 💕
Omg this has been the biggest help for Bub to sleep
I ordered the deer one for my bub, and got it personalised with his name, “George David”. The white noise has been a saviour in our house, helping soothe him to sleep when things are a bit loud or dogs barking outside. The lullaby is magical… even puts me to sleep 😂🙌🏼 Highly recommend!
We purchased 2 of the clover bunny riff raffs and Not only is it absolutely adorable but my newborn loves the noise it makes. After being recommended by a friend I thought I would take a stab at it and I’m glad I did. My 2 year old used to love white noise during the ‘witching hour’ and my newborn is definitely the same. An absolute life saver during the colicky months and I know will be her favourite toy. Just glad it’s not that big either which will make carrying around everywhere a lot easier than the huge soft toy my older daughter chose. The one downside is that it doesn’t come in any other colour as this one is going to show dirt very quickly which is why I purchased two. But still love it. Thank you
4 years with Bandit and Bandi. (We have 2)
My daughter doesn’t go anywhere without at least one of them.
Would definitely be buying again if another bub joins the family.
Best toy I have ever brought my daughter loves her riff raff definitely a god sent
We have been able to easily transfer our son from our arms into his pram/cot with the assistance of his Riff Raff. Love that it’s super soft, cuddly, and portable. Don’t know where we would be without it to be honest. Very glad we made this purchase.
I have been using this with my newborn, he’s nearly 6 weeks and we have used it since 2 weeks. He falls to sleep as soon as we put the lullaby on at night and he settles as soon as we use the white noise for his naps in the day. We love it and I have now bought one as a gift for my friend as well!
Our bub absolutely loves her Riff Raff friend. The only thing that can get her settled in 2 mins or less!
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