One type of toys every child will like are….Wooden Toys. See the toys we were sent, made by Hape
Wooden Toys are a classic toy, that never grows old. When I see wooden toys, I instantly think of one of my favourite childhood films -The Santa Claus. I love the thought of the Elves making all the toys by hand. Wooden Toys are great as they are sturdy, safe and great for little hands.
We were sent the Jungle Journey Train which is available in Debenhams. I knew Rowan would love this, as he is into his cars and trains. The bright colours and lovely illustrations drawn him straight to this toy. Rowan loved the fact he could put the animals on the train himself. Another reason why wooden toys are great, easy for children to use their mechanical skills. The magnets are an added bonus for pulling your train along. I know for a fact he would love the rest of the range and especially the train tracks.
The Jungle Journey Train is a great little gift if you are buying for a child. This set is for children 18mths plus. I like the fact the animals can be removed if you just want a plain train. Quite often you can’t remove them which leads to meltdowns. But this has kept Rowan quiet for a while. His favourite thing to do with this toy, is rolling them down his garage ramp, or pulling them linked along the floor.
The other toy we received was Maple Blocks -available from John Lewis. At time of posting this review, these are currently on special offer. These colourful blocks have kept Rowan super quiet. He is a very clever little boy for his age (gets this from me) as well as being adorable (again from mummy), and he will sit for ages patiently stacking his blocks. Josie wouldn’t have sat for as long as he will, she would have whinged and got you to do it for her, hasn’t changed much either from this. Rowan will sit happily playing by himself. Don’t get me wrong, I sound like he is an absolute angel. Indeed he is not! He will now and then throw toys at his sisters head, have a tantrum as his carefully constructed steps from increased size of toys, to help him try and climb out of the window failed him etc. But 7/10 he will sit and play all alone happily.
The Maple Bricks are suitable from 12 months old, Rowan is going to be 2 in a couple of months (currently sobbing) and he is absolutely loving these blocks. Again these will last him a while for playing, which makes them excellent value for money. Unlike some other blocks I have seen. These are great for the size of his hands, excellent for building a tower to knock over with your Jungle Train. The set contains 50 blocks, perfect for a masterpiece.
I love watching him play with his bricks especially as you can see his little mind ticking over, being creative and improving his motor skills. Rowan was pleased as punch when we made a little bridge for his Jungle Train to go through. The Maple Blocks are excellent as also come in a handy storage bag, again another trait of Rowan’s is being OCD at tidying. His future partner will thank me for this when he gets married.
Do your children like Wooden Toys?