3 September 2017

Wooden Toys for Toddlers

I love wooden toys. If Willow needs a new toy (or I just want to treat her, which is most often the case), and I can find a wooden alternative to the usual plastic culprits, I'll pick wood every time. I find generally, wooden toys last longer than plastic toys - and for whatever reason, Willow seems to prefer playing with wooden toys too, they captivate her for longer. For us, wooden toys are the best toys for toddlers and today I wanted to share three of Willow's favourite wooden toys, which also happen to be aiding her development, skills and language.

A review of the Dodo & Bilby Wooden Learn English Alphabet
A review of the Dodo & Bilby Wooden Circus Animal Puzzle Game

A review of the Dodo & Bilby Wooden Circus Animal Puzzle Game

A review of the Dodo & Bilby Wooden Memo Sea Dweller

A review of the Dodo & Bilby Wooden Memo Sea Dweller

A review of the Dodo & Bilby Wooden Learn English Alphabet

A review of the Dodo & Bilby Wooden Learn English Alphabet

All three are from a brand new online brand, Dodo & Bilby, who specialise in toys which help develop and refine cognitive, social and motor skills. Their range is largely wooden toys, alongside some soft toys and rattles too. They have ranges for different ages, including newborns right up to school age.

I love the colours used for the Wooden Circus Animal Puzzle Game (£9.99); gorgeous pastels and a couple of bright splashes of colour, super pretty. The aim of the animal puzzle game is to place the wooden pieces, in the right places. So she has to match the right animal to the right geometric shape; a great game for little ones to help with their motor skills and spatial awareness, it's also a fun one for us to practice colours and animals with.

The Wooden Memo Sea Dweller (£9.99) is another super bright and colourful one and although it's a bit advanced for Willow's 19 months, she's doing really well with it. A slim wooden board that has been designed to look like the sea, it comes with 28 wooden pieces, featuring 7 different sea creatures. The aim of this one is to improve memory; moving the wooden pieces around and getting your little one to put them back in the right spaces, and when she is older, I also plan to use this one for other memory games; like turning all the wooden pieces over and getting her to match them one by one using her memory. Again, this one also doubles up as a fab way to practice colours and sea creatures!

One we all enjoy using is the Wooden Learn English Alphabet (£14.99) as Willow is alphabet and number obsessed at the moment. I mentioned in Willow's 18 month update that she's really great with numbers and letters at the moment, knowing her full alphabet and numbers from 1 to 10, so this is ideal. It features the full alphabet on wooden blocks; one side has the letter, whilst the other side turns over to have an animal or object associated with that letter. The bottom row also has some numbers, which have the corresponding number of dots on the back. Great one for littles expanding their vocabulary and all in a fun way, too!

If you're looking for some wooden toys I really recommend checking out Dido & Bilby. The range is fab, great for all ages and really purse-friendly too, considering wooden toys usually cost so much more. I've already popped a few more on the Christmas wish list - you can check out the full range at www.dodo-and-bilby.co.uk.

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  1. I love wooden toys and I'm always on the look out for them for Eleanor. I picked up a wooden alphabet abacus the other day from a charity shop. I love the look of the animal puzzle game. It would make a lovely birthday/Christmas present.

    Debbie x Hello Deborah

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    1. It would! Budget-friendly and not a huge toy that'll take up all the space! xo

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  2. These are cute! I've literally just gone and ordered some for my niece for Christmas. Thanks for the recommendation as I'd never heard of them.

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    1. Ah, you're welcome Sam! I hope your niece will love them xo

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  3. Those toys are beautiful. We always used to invest in wooden toys for the children - and have so many in the loft to pass on to future generations. They are always made to last x

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    1. They're great for passing on as they last so well and hardly ever break! xo

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  4. I love wooden toys and they seem to last forever. Had some for years which I've passed onto the toddler now her big brother doesn't play with them. Love these ones, off to check out their website.

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    1. Let me know if you spot any new favourites on the site! xo

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  5. I'd take wooden over plastic any day! I love that sea dweller (L's birthday is coming up so I'll check it out - thank you) :) ox

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    1. Ah, let me know if you get it and Happy Birthday celebrations to L in advance :) xo

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  6. Oh we love wooden toys too! You can't beat proper old school, well built toys and they just last for so much longer! These all look great!

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    1. They really do, I find plastic toys can often break very easily xo

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  7. You can't beat wooden toys! They're the best and they last for ages too. These ones look so, so fab! xx

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    1. Definitely agree, well lasting and timeless! xo

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  8. They are beautiful! We really need to get Violet more wooden toys as they are a lot more durable and nicer looking. She does love bright colours and lights though - my little geek, haha! :)

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    1. Ah babies are so drawn to lights aren't they? Willow used to be mesmerised by changing lights when she was a baby xo

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  9. These toys all look so lovely! Tyler doesn't have too many toys just yet but im thinking for Christmas I will get him some wooden ones!

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  10. I love wooden toys! We are not actually very big on toys in this house at all, I think Harrison only has about 6/7 as I'm taking advantage of the toy-free time we have left before he needs everything and anything he sees on the television! Wooden over plastic anyday though!

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    1. Ah we have far too many, I need to do a clear out really! xo

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