Wooden toy gift ideas from @Hapetoys 

By | November 2, 2017

Being a mum and someone who has worked with young children, I absolutely love the wide range of educational toys that are available, toys that teach children new skills without them necessarily realising it.

I also have a love for wooden toys, the whole retro type feel, as well as the knowledge that the toy has been crafted to last and doesn’t need batteries (hurrah!).

Hape Toys sent over a range for us to take a lot at and, yes with the “C” word approaching, here’s what we thought, in age order:

Retro Play Walkers (from 10 months):

Aren’t these amazing? Perfect for that retro feel and available as a VW Beetle or VW camper van.

They are super-de-dooper easy to put together and not only is the handle adjustable but, when your child is starting those first hesitant pull-ups, there’s also a speed reducer.

The attention to detail is fab and, as you’ll see, there’s plenty of room to transport favourite toys around:

Prices start at £37.85 from Amazon.

Suitable from age 12 months is this rather fab Shake and Match sorter, I love the educational possibilities with this, from colours to shapes and a bit of stacking too.  

The base has elasticated handles so can be carried around, or looked through and the shapes have little beads in the middle so make a very satisfying rattle when shaken!

Both the base and (all bar two of the) shapes could be used as eye pieces (spot the cat!).

Excellent for developing hand-eye co-ordination and so many play opportunies aren’t there? Prices for this start from £12 from Amazon.

Wooden puzzles:

We’re massive fans of wooden puzzles here and this “Five Buses” one (suitable from 24 months) has so many possibilities for play and learning:

Firstly there’s the stacking element, from small to largest, you can incorporate finding the pieces by colour or size, looking at the passengers (both humans and animals) and make up a journey for them all.  
Great for encouraging social skills and hand-eye co-ordination.

I really like how easy the pieces are to get out, see the hole at the back in the picture.

And, from age 3 years, a really cool cat puzzle:

As per the buses one, there’s an easy to play hole at the reverse and, as with the previous puzzle, easy storage in the plastic holder (hurrah, no pieces to step on!).

The pieces are great, slightly trickier to match the shapes as it’s from 3 years but so many play opportunities, look out for the sleeping cats, the jumping cat and the happy cats, plenty of scope for “which cat is red, how many cats are asleep?” etc.

You can find these puzzles in the Hape section at Debenhams or via Amazon.

What do you think? Where do you stand on the wooden v electric toys?

We were sent these items by Hape for review, our thoughts and words are our own.

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Kelly-Anne | Mimi Rose and Me on 3rd November 2017 at 12:54 pm.

I prefer wooden toys over plastic ones. They are sturdy and last ages. Got some great picks.
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Sarah - Arthurwears on 3rd November 2017 at 4:01 pm.

I love retro toys too / even better when they are not just made of plastic! X
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EssexKate on 3rd November 2017 at 5:30 pm.

Oh I love these, such a brilliant selection. I love wooden toys, I really think they encourage a better quality of play than many electronic toys.
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mummyemblog on 3rd November 2017 at 6:54 pm.

Chloe would love the walker for her dolls x
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Jeannette on 3rd November 2017 at 8:24 pm.

They are ace, I think there are different colours, love the retro vibe x


Rachel on 3rd November 2017 at 7:45 pm.

Some great toys here, I dont think you can go wrong with a wooden toy or puzzle – timeless and exciting! Just in time for Christmas!
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Miriam on 3rd November 2017 at 8:19 pm.

Oh some fab things here to look at more! Thank you
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Ray on 4th November 2017 at 10:20 am.

There’s some magical about wooden toys isn’t there? The retro walkers are gorgeous!
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Emily and Indiana on 4th November 2017 at 5:29 pm.

I’m a huge fan of wooden toys, there’s something extra special about them! These look lovely, I think my eldest would love those puzzles especially x
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Deb on 4th November 2017 at 9:00 pm.

Oh I love wooden toys. These all look fab x
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fazeelah on 5th November 2017 at 11:25 am.

my daughter enjoys playing with wooden toys and i personally prefer them over plastic
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mandy on 5th November 2017 at 9:29 pm.

I always fine their wooden toys always great quality and they sell back out well second hand.
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Tanita on 6th November 2017 at 4:06 pm.

I adore wooden toys I think they last so much longer and provide a great alternative to some flimsy plastic toys. Xx
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