Somehow, the holiday season of 2020 is here. This year has been like no other, and this winter will no doubt look different than past years.
This year, especially, you want to give your kids some holiday magic. Experience gifts have been popular the last few years, but they are hard to justify giving this year. There are still so many closures, and possibly more to come. It’s time for new toys.
You need something fun, of course. And with so much time being spent at home, you also need something educational and engaging. But without adding to the noise and clutter of the playroom. Ditch the plastic and batteries this year and explore wooden toys.
No matter if you are buying for an infant, preschooler, or elementary-aged kiddo, there are beautiful, sustainable, and, best of all, entertaining wooden toys to choose from. Toys that will last and grow with your child. Toys made by innovative, eco-friendly brands. It’s time to take care of all the littles on your holiday shopping list, while also taking care of the environment. Check out our list below for the five wooden toy brands that you can feel good gifting this year.
5 Sustainable Wooden Toy Brands You and Your Kids Will Love This Holiday
If your little one loves things that go, Indigo Jamm’s wooden toys are a perfect choice. Buses, racecars, fire engines, and even UFOs are all beautifully made and designed especially for small hands. Colorful wooden vehicles and peg people will keep your busy toddler’s imagination flowing. They also have a great selection of push and ride toys.
Indigo Jamm focuses on sustainability, and that extends to their eco-friendly packaging. Bonus: they have made giving an Indigo Jamm wooden toy vehicle as a gift super easy. You don’t even need wrapping paper! Just remove the outer sleeve and you are left with an attractive gift box complete with a gift tag. No extra paper waste here. How cool is that?
If your little one loves building, take it to the next level with Kontu’s STEM Blocks. These magnetic wooden blocks are the perfect educational wooden toy. Kontu will keep your preschool or elementary-aged child engaged while they explore a variety of math and science principles. STEM Blocks introduce magnetism, counting, engineering, arithmetic, weight, and counterbalance. If you have found yourself schooling at home this year, this is a great way to step away from the workbooks and have your child learn through play.
If your space is tight, the STEM Block sets are the perfect size to be stored in a tote bag. Just hang them on a hook for easy accessibility. But if you have the space, this natural wooden toy is beautiful to display. The blocks are sustainably made from the wood of rubber trees, keeping your conscience clear. Your STEM shelf can be beautiful and plastic-free with Kontu.
If you are looking for a long-lasting, high-quality wooden toy for your baby or toddler, MURO has you covered. MURO creates modular busy boards and activity cubes. With MURO’s interchangeable features, your child will never have a chance to get bored. Attach rattles, bead mazes, or a xylophone for your infant. Then, as they grow, you can add latches, letters, or a Duplo board.
You can attach the MURO classic board to a wall, making it a great space-saving option. Add a handle and encourage your aspiring walker to stand and play. If you have multiple kids at different stages, the activity cube is the way to go. There will be plenty of room for each child to explore their favorite activities. Either way, this beautiful and sustainable wooden toy will be a favorite for years to come.
If you are buying your child a play kitchen this holiday, PlanToys has all of the kitchen accessories you will need. With tea sets, waffle sets, pots and pans, utensils, tableware, and a wide variety of pretend food, your child will be completely set up for imaginative play. Kids love playing “restaurant” or pretending to cook just like mom and dad. These fun sets will keep your child engaged in pretend play for years to come.
Since the 1980s, PlanToys has focused on sustainability. They use both eco-friendly materials and innovative green production processes to create their toys. By encouraging sustainability, PlanToys hopes to promote a child’s connection to the natural world. If you are looking for safe and sustainable wooden toys, this is a great brand to explore. On their website you can search by both age and developmental milestone, making it easy to find the perfect toy for your child.
Train sets are a classic wooden toy option, and Brio is the classic wooden train brand. Creating a little wooden world is great for imaginative play. Young children can push their trains around a track for hours, loading and unloading cars with the help of a crane. Older children can stay engaged by creating elaborate track designs, perfect for building creative problem-solving skills. With varying levels and systems, a wooden train track can be a marvel of childhood engineering.
Brio is committed to environmental responsibility. Since 2014, all of Brio’s wooden toys have been made from FSC certified wood. This guarantees that all of the wood used by Brio comes from responsibly managed, sustainable forests. Your little engineer will be thrilled with his new wooden train set. You’ll be thrilled with the durability and minimal environmental impact. Total win.
Gift Sustainably This Holiday with Wooden Toys
No matter the age or stage of the children on your list, there is a wooden toy they will love. From vehicles to instruments, and trains to magnetic blocks, you can gift eco-friendly fun to your family this year. This may have been the craziest year on record, but it can still end with joyful play. Check out the brands above and stress less knowing that you are making a positive impact this holiday season. Happy Holidays!