Tag Archives: Wooden Toys

The Most Popular Educational and Learning Toys As Of This Moment

If I were pressed to defend the educational value of video games, I probably couldn’t do much other than say they can teach reading, math, problem solving, community interaction, cause and effect, and hand-eye coordination skills, so really I’d have an uphill battle talking about their benefits (wink). However, there are a handful of very […]

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Wooden Toys Stimulate Local Economies

Wooden toys have always been a favorite of mine.  There is something about the solid, lasting, made-of-the-earth quality of wood that satisfies a need I have as a toy-searching parent. NPR’s All Things Considered recently had a report about a lumber company in Maine that has been refitted to work as a manufacturing plant for […]

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Melissa & Doug Toys: My Top 5 List

Quality products from Melissa & Doug have my appreciation and that of others, even in a less-than-booming economy.  The educational toys are fun and designed to last, the puppets are wonderful, and the imaginary play items keep my daughter occupied for hours. Melissa and Doug have hundreds of toys, but most of their toys can […]

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Wood Toys by Spiel & Holz

Spiel & Holz, established in Germany in 1978, is one of the finest makers of wood toys in the world. Their toys have won awards for their designs and aesthetic appeal, and kids love the open-ended creative play that they offer. Toys by Spiel & Holz are inspired by Waldorf education, a philosophy that children […]

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HABA Toys Remember the Old Ways

Last week’s International Toy Fair has put us in a toy-reviewing mood. Today’s favorite are HABA Toys, which makes high quality traditional toys for infants, toddlers and the under five set. What impresses me about HABA is that their wooden toys are made in Germany – it doesn’t get more traditional than that. The wood […]

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Are traditional toys still worthwhile?

What are the best kinds of toys – electronic or traditional?  Last time we discussed toy experts who argue that electronic toys are the most effective for learning. The other strong-minded camp of toy experts are the toy traditionalists.  These experts argue that the best toys are the ones that stimulate a child’s creativity and […]

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Blocks are great for educational development

Let’s talk more about how building blocks can hasten your child’s development. Alphabet blocks, in addition to being fun to chew on, also aid in intellectual development. Toddlers and twosies will naturally begin to sort their blocks based on the characters.  This piques their interest in letters, numbers, and colors, providing easy and ample opportunities […]

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The best toys: building blocks

When parents and babysitters want to know what are the best toys in the world,  the discussion should start with building blocks.  There are no more basic toys than blocks.  These wooden and plastic cubes, rectangles and triangles may seem boring to adults.  However,  to children they are, quite literally, the basic building blocks to […]

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