It seems that when it comes to children’s toy, this Christmas may well see the return of the classic wooden designs that children of previous generations enjoyed. Parents, fed up with the flimsy nature of cheap plastic, or the amount of batteries required for even the simplest motorised toy or game, are turning back to the beautifully designed pieces they remember playing with in their infancy and are getting ready to introduce their children to toys that help develop real adventurous and imaginative play.
How we used to play
I love the traditional nature of wooden toys, the fact that children have been playing with this sort of toy for so many years, and that the designs go from strength to strength. These toys are built to last, they do not have parts that fall off, and they can be knocked over, dropped and really played with and enjoyed and still remain in one piece. I think this is part of the attraction for parents, whilst children will just love the bright coloured paints, cool designs and the fact that these are toys that can be added to – i.e you can create a complete kitchen, or add furniture to a beautiful dolls house for literally hours of imaginative play fun.
This year George has a fabulous large range of wooden toys that are suitable for both girls and boys. Ranging in price from just £6, the range includes a dolls house, tool kits, an enormous rocket and a range of trolleys, including toy trolleys, shopping trolleys and prams. My little boy Joe has now gone past the age of wooden toys (sob!), all he in interested in is football, football and more football. But luckily I have my beautiful niece to spoil and so I have chosen some of the lovely wooden pieces from George for her Christmas gift.
The Wooden Cherry shop and cafe is perfect for a little girl who loves to visit a tea room. Renee already has a tea set and lots of extra cups and saucers, but George has lots of great wooden pieces that can be added to this set to make it a tea room. We added a gorgeous wooden cake stand, complete with lots of delicious looking wooden cakes, and a wooden cash register too – so that this could also be used as a shop too.
Will you be giving any wooden toys as gifts this Christmas?