I love the feel of wooden toys and in my experience they seem to hold up way better than their plastic counterparts.
At first I thought of adding these by age, but so many children are either further ahead or just don’t have interest in a certain area yet. I will share some of the toys that my kids love (all 3 of them!) and that I think they would love, based on personalities and interests.
When it comes to wooden toys, you know your child best.
Join us to explore our favorite Wooden Learning Toys for under 3 year olds.
For our youngest ones the first blocks set is simply gorgeous I love that it has sensory appeal to it. I also like the triangles for their good grip and interactive fun for babies just beginning to develop basic hand-eye coordination.
From around a year and a bit we have been loving our geometric stacker which is great for building early shape, color and size differentiation skills. Both my 1 year old and 3 year old love to play with this one. That being said I also eyed the cone sorting one for quite sometime.
My one year old would love these patience blocks and they would keep her occupied for ages. “Things that go” have always been a fascination for my 3 kids and I bet they would enjoy the spinning wheels gear toy as part of their color recognition, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills learning.
For more fine motor skills and pincer grasp the cute Bee Hive caught my eye. Paired with a book about bee’s I am sure it would be a wonderful activity / learning afternoon for you and your little one.
We picked up Melissa & Doug’s wooden blocks on wheels cart on last months city trip. The kids are enjoying it greatly and I love to watch what inspired stacking and building they do.
I was also pleased to discover a wooden shape sorting clock on our last trip. I just hope it is still there when next we go, I think it will make a fine tool for counting, sorting, color recognition, shape recognition, and hand-eye coordination. Not to mention a start on telling the time.
Puzzles are high on my purchase list this year. My younger 2 are loving the peg puzzle board ones. I have seen the Number Snail Puzzle which is just too cute, as well as the Animal Parade A to Z Puzzle and lets not forget my dinosaur obsessed child with the Dinosaur A to Z Puzzle.
For the older ones you have just got to love the Latches Board, great for fine motor skill and there are cute hide-and-seek pictures behind each door, although my 1 year old would definitely enjoy exploring it too! The Basic Skills Board is also in my shopping cart 😉
I have the simpler version of these Pattern Blocks and Boards, this one is on our wish list and is great for our current shapes learning. Another I would like to share is this little Square Base Pyramid, it is going to be a great source of interest and thinking to my boys.
Twisting and learning to manipulate items is also on the development list, Nuts and Bolts are perfect to develop this skill further. Sure beats the spice bottles my 3 year old is currently obsessed with opening! Then there is lacing things, I found this cute little Lacing Sheep, it is kind of like putting its wool back on?
The See & Spell is great for a little spelling practice, the manufacturer has this as 4+ years but some children love to use things like this from age 3.
There are also larger wooden learning toys that are like 5 toys into one. These are the ones I point the grandparents to when they ask what can they buy. 😉 They are My Busy Town, Mini Play Cube and an Alphabet Abacus.
And if you are a fan of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar book I highly recommend you check out our toddler and preschool wish list, there a few wooden toys in that list too.
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What wooden toys do your kids love?