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The Best Wooden Toys for Kids

By Alison Quill

The Best Wooden Toys for Kids: BrightMinds’ Top 5

We are big fans of wooden toys here at BrightMinds. There are so many great benefits to purchasing wooden toys for your children this holiday season. Wooden toys help develop a wide range of skills, from coordination to building and fine motor skills. The feel of a traditional toy made from wood is unparallel. Wooden toys are long-lasting and durable, making them safer than plastic alternatives, and they can be passed on through generations and from child to child. Not to mention, they are great for parents who want their kids to have an environmentally-friendly option that is educational too. We could all do with less screen time, and wooden toys offer your kids a chance to get their creative juices flowing. We could go on and on about how much we love wooden toys, but today we want to share with you the top five best wooden toys for all ages.

1. Geometric Stackers

Wooden toys like geometric stackers are great for building hand-eye coordination and developing fine motor skills. You can introduce a basic stacker toy as soon as your baby is sitting up, so they can practice squeezing, grasping, and other motions with their hands. Since the pieces come in a range of sizes and colours, geometric stackers also help your child improve cognitive abilities and memory. Older children will love practising their colours, numbers, and counting and more complicated shapes to manoeuvre and match.

A few of our favourite geometric stackers:

Stackable Rainbow wooden toy. BrightMinds

This stacking rainbow is great for small children since it has fewer pieces while the bright colours hold their attention.

Melissa and Doug shape stacker wooden toy. Bright minds

Children up to age five will enjoy the more complex shapes and sizes and can use this counting shape stacker from Melissa and Doug to learn numbers and practise counting.

2. Construction Activities

Wooden toys that are entertaining and give your kids a project to work on offer construction activities like hammering, using a wrench and building things. These types of toys encourage manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination, making them excellent for all ages. For older kids, think about getting a toy big enough for two, and then they will learn how to work together as a team. And construction toys are not just for boys — all children receive benefits from working with their hands in this way.

A few of our favourite construction toys:

Funghi Hammer toy. Bright minds

For younger children, start with this basic hammer set with adorable mushrooms.

Tidlo toy workbench. Bright minds

Older kids will enjoy more complicated toys like this Tidlo workbench. The workbench comes with forty-three accessories and tools including construction pieces, nuts and bolts, a saw, hammer, screwdriver and more.

3. Puzzles

Puzzles come in a variety of shapes and sizes from traditional jigsaws to wooden toys where children combine pieces to form works of art. Puzzles also encourage hand-eye coordination and build fine motor skills. You are probably seeing a pattern now of how beneficial wooden toys can be for children. Puzzles, in particular, help with matching skills and spatial awareness.

A few of our favourite puzzles:

wooden animal puzzle toy

This wooden puzzle is six in one! It helps your child develop dexterity, matching skills and concentration with six different adorable animal scenes.

melissa and doug pattern block puzzle board. bright minds

These artboards guide your child on how to make real-life shapes and works of art with colourful pieces in various shapes.

4. Cars and Trains

Children of all genders and ages love cars and trains  — they are a childhood classic! Although your children won’t be getting their driver’s license anytime soon, they will love building and driving their wooden cars and trains in the sets below.

A few of our favourite train and car sets:

Melissa and Doug wooden train set

Start your younger children off with a simple wooden track and bridge then you can add their favourite train pieces.

Le toy van wooden toy garage. brightminds

For something more involved, this car garage will keep your kids entertained for hours

5. Real-Life Events

For older children, we suggest more elaborate wooden toys that mimic everyday activities. Children can use such toys to act out scenes with their parents and friends to develop real-life skills. The sets below help your kids develop problem-solving skills and decision-making smarts.

melissa doug cooktop set. brightminds

Kids learn all about cooking with this adorable cooking set that has a stove and wooden toys in shapes of food and ingredients to make the perfect meal.

melissa doug smart grocery store with boy and girl playing

Help your children choose healthy food options and learn how to speak to others in public with this amazing grocery store set.

These are just a few of the best kinds of wooden toys for kids. We like to think wooden toys never go out of fashion — no matter the age of your children. So consider buying wooden toys this holiday season and help kids unleash their imaginations.

BrightMinds has a world-class range of educational toys, games, gifts & wooden toys that inspire and entertain your children. Our extraordinary customer service backs each purchase. Check out our selection of wooden toys for all ages today.

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