Step away from the plastic and keep things traditional by choosing to invest in a collection of wooden toys. More tactile than artificial materials, stronger than a lot of plastics and durable to last and last for years, wooden toys are a savvy choice for parents and carers to make. We've found 12 excellent options for suitable for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.
Ages 12 months and up
Perfect for little ones aged one and up, Pepe Pull Along is a childhood classic. Made of wood, with a non-toxic finish and robust rubber wheels, Pepe works as a push along toy for non-walkers, then a pull along one when they have found their feet.
Ages 2 and up
Melissa & Doug do a wonderful line in wooden toys. This classic stacker is comprised of 25 colorful wooden pieces of rings, octagons, and rectangles that can be matched and stacked on three rods. It's great for hand-eye coordination and learning colors.
Ages 3 and up
All children love a choo-choo train! This lovely set gives you three wooden engines and a variety of wooden carriages that attach with magnets. This comes complete with a little wooden shelving unit for storage, so makes a great gift.
Ages 2 and up
With no sharp edges and non-toxic paint, younger children can enjoy the tactile feel and bright colors of this six puzzle set. When they're a little older, they can enjoy the challenge of putting the puzzle pieces in the correct positions, so good for critical thinking and coordination.
Newborns and up
This is a rattle, a teether, a geometry toy, and a clutch toy to encourage motor skills. Suitable for the tiniest of tots, the elastic linking the beads and dowels "squishes" down to fascinate little learners, but always pops back up for more fun.
Our overall staff pick, the Pepe Pull Along Walk-A-Long Wooden Puppy, is such a great value wooden toy. Under supervision, babies can enjoy holding and exploring the doggy shape and turning the wheels, non-walkers can push the puppy around on the floor, then Pepe can be used as a pull along toy when they are walking.