Wooden toys are beautiful as well as functional, inspire creative play and open exploration, and are simply a joy to have around. If you’re looking for wooden toys for toddlers, here are some of my favorite discoveries.
Wooden Marble Run
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This wooden marble run from The Wooden Wagon comes with 26 unfinished beechwood blocks and 5 colored wooden marbles in a storage tray.
Drop the marbles in and watch them slide and turn.
This award winning toy is simple, ageless, sturdy, and always fascinating for little ones to play with.
EverEarth uses renewable rubberwood and wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, water based paint that is safer for kids and the environment, and 70% of their packaging is recycled paperboard.
Besides all that, they make beautiful toys.
The Musical Triangle Flip brings 6 musical options to little musicians. One side has a xylophone and two spinning wheels with sounds. The other side has a drum, washboard, and a spring back clacker.
Dylan got this toy as a gift recently, and he loves it!
The sorting set lets you explore colors, shapes, sizes, matching, and sequencing, plus open ended possibilities. Dylan loves to build towers with the well-made, fun to handle blocks.
While I’ve only chosen one for this list, Melissa and Doug make a number of quality wooden toys for toddlers that are well-priced.
Etsy is another rich source for unique wooden toys for toddlers. You can find beautiful, creative toys while also supporting small businesses.
This rainbow stacker really captures my imagination. I really love the bright colors and the imprecise curve to each layer.
You can use this toy to learn about colors and size sequencing, as a prop for telling rainbow stories, lining up the pieces on their sides to be a colorful winding road for cars, and anything else you can dream up.
Little Sapling Toys in Cedar City, Utah, creates beautiful wooden toys for toddlers from maple hardwood. They plant a tree through Trees for the Future for every toy sold.
This wooden faces memory game is a delight to look at and hold in your hands. The 24 engraved tiles show 2 each of 12 different children’s faces. I like that the children are of different races.
The tiles come in a drawstring bag and include instructions for 5 different games. Of course there are plenty you could invent yourselves, as well!
Here is my favorite toy on this list!
The sorting bowls set is a Waldorf-based toy. It includes 6 bowls in beautiful, pastel colors and 3 little hearts in each matching color.
A set like this makes learning colors, sorting, counting, adding, and subtracting a peaceful, soothing activity.
This charming city skyline block set is perfect for imaginative play.
It includes 19 pieces – buildings, cars, trees, and monuments – made from eco-friendly rubberwood.
Plus, these blocks have a secret surprise! They glow in the dark! For extra fun, turn off the lights and enjoy the glowing windows of a city skyline at night.
Safari Jumble Puzzle
These adorable animals from Petit Collage are hand-cut from FSC-certified natural beech wood.
Each of the 9 whimsical animals is an individual joy – alligator, giraffe, elephant, hippopotamus, and more.
There are so many ways to play with them! They stack creatively, and they all fit together as a puzzle inside their wooden tray.
This domino set will amaze and delight you and your child! It’s made up of 100 water-painted wooden parts, starting with cute little bow-tied penguins.
The set includes obstacles for inventing a creative domino path – stairs, bridges, doors, and more.
The bright playful colors will please your little one, and the handled storage box will delight you for ease of clean up.
A play kitchen is a classic for pretend play, but the newfangled plastic variety leave something to be desired.
The Gourmet Chef Kitchen from Hape is made from Baltic Birch plywood with a child safe paint finish. The contemporary style kitchen includes an oven, stovetop, cabinet/fridge, hutch, sink, and rotating dials.
You can round out the kitchen experience with wooden play food, as well.