Wooden toys are classic for a reason: they’re made to last and built to inspire a child’s imagination. At Melissa & Doug, wood is in our roots! Our first hit product was the Fuzzy Farm wooden puzzle. We use wood whenever we can because it’s both natural and renewable. In fact, Melissa & Doug is the #1 preschool brand for wooden toys. That’s why it’s important to us to replace the wood we use through our global reforestation partnership with One Tree Planted. (Read more about our commitment to sustainability here.)
The 10 Best Wooden Toys for Kids (and Why They’re Great)
We believe in the power of well-crafted, durable, safe, imagination-inspiring toys. Check out some of our favorite wooden toys, from blocks and puzzles to kid-sized play sets to arts and crafts kits and everything in between.
Why it’s a great wooden toy gift for kids: Kids will love going to the grocery store with this sturdy, wooden, over-sized, free-standing play space where they can take turns being the grocer or the shopper.
Fun features: Pretend play reaches a whole new level with these realistic features: a beeping “scanner,” a hand-crank conveyor belt, a card-swiping machine, a keypad/calculator, and a cash drawer.
Skills: Social-emotional, language development
Why it’s a great wooden toy gift for kids: If we’re thinking of things that kids love, animals and puzzles generally top the list—so this chunky puzzle with wild animal pieces is sure to be a favorite.
Fun feature: The eight easy-grasp animal pieces also stand upright for when they want to leave the safari for other pretend play locales.
Skills: Problem solving, fine motor
How to wow: Combine it with some other chunky puzzles to a) make a mega puzzle party and b) mix and match the standing-upright pieces for some imaginative pretend play (personally, we’re loving the idea of dinosaurs and Disney characters like Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy hanging out with the safari animals).
Why it’s a great wooden toy gift for kids: Wooden blocks are standard for a reason—they’re classic toys that inspire kids to build towers, castles, and anything else they want.
Fun feature: This set of 60, natural finished, smooth-sanded hardwood blocks is packaged in a wooden crate for easy storage.
Skills: Gross motor, fine motor, and early math concepts (shapes and sorting)
How to wow: Have a different kind of block party when you gift these with this colorful, 100-piece set—kids will have a blast mixing them together to create natural and primary-colored structures.
Why it’s a great wooden toy gift for kids: This hands-on multi-activity table features gears to turn, a tube to roll, beads to slide, flaps to open, a wheel to spin, and easy-to-grasp pieces to flip, push, and pull! Sturdy wooden construction, paired with whimsical jungle-themed designs, make this a long-lasting and welcome addition to any playroom.
Fun feature: The bold colors and beautiful, original artwork will look great in any playroom or bedroom.
Skills: Gross and fine motor, sensory development
How to wow: No need to wrap it! Simply set it out to surprise your baby with new stimulation for their senses!
Why it’s a great wooden toy gift for kids: This wooden walker is a multisensory push toy that features three alligators who chomp as kids walk.
Fun feature: You and your little ones will love the bright colors and artwork: cattails on the handle supports, fish on the wheels, and spinning butterfly and ladybug beads.
Skills: Gross motor, fine motor, hand-eye coordination
How to wow: Choose another toy that also helps kids build motor skills to make one exciting present!
Why it’s a great wooden toy gift for kids: Load up the train with bright, colorful shapes and get learning off to a rolling start! The 15 easy-to-grasp wooden blocks slot onto rods on the flatcars, providing a great opportunity to practice fine motor skills. For even more play value: The blocks can also be used for stacking, building, and sorting.
Fun feature: The smooth-rolling train cars detach to shorten the train or let children play with the cars individually.
Skills: Fine motor, color & shape recognition
How to wow: Go big with a jumbo version that also doubles as great decor for a nursery or playroom.
Why it’s a great wooden toy gift for kids: Kids can serve up the best slice in town with this all-in-one pizza-making set! Start with felt sauce and cheese on the wooden crust, choose from wooden toppings (pepperoni, olives, mushrooms, and peppers), then “bake” in the pizza oven built into the storage and serving counter.
Fun feature: There’s a reusable menu card for taking orders, play money, and a delivery box to make the ordering experience even more realistic!
Skills: Counting, sorting, social-emotional development
How to wow: Add the Slice & Toss Salad Set to create a well-balanced meal.
Why it’s a great wooden toy gift for kids: This kit makes it fun and easy for bird-loving and crafty kids to build and decorate wooden birdhouses.
Fun feature: The kit includes wooden panels, screws, four pots of paint, and a brush so kids have everything they need to build, decorate, and hang their own birdhouses.
Skills: Creativity, fine motor
How to wow: Double down on the arts and crafts theme by bundling the birdhouse kit with any of these other craft kits.
Why it’s a great wooden toy gift for kids: Young MacDonalds will enjoy “down on the farm” fun with this fully assembled, wooden barn. The two-story bright red barn is stocked with seven realistic plastic farm animals, a wooden ladder and a folding corral.
Fun feature: Chunky handles lets kids take their bit of “country” wherever they go!
Skills: Language development, creative thinking
How to wow: Pair it with the Take Along Show Horse Stable.
Why it’s a great wooden toy gift for kids: Kids will love taking the wheel with this interactive, sturdy wooden dashboard that has a horn, signal, hazard, gas tank countdown timer, gas cap, and GPS.
Fun feature: It’s equipped with a phone and radio that plays clips of music from four stations!
Skills: Hand-eye coordination, creative thinking
How to wow: Bundle this with any of these car-themed gifts for the little car aficionado in your life!
These are just 10 of our top wooden toys. Check out more of our favorites here!
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