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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