Traditional wooden toys are making a big comeback and for good reason. As well as being just plain beautiful (we mean they look so much nicer in any room in the house than a pile of brightly coloured playthings), they are long lasting (meaning they get played with for longer and often still look great after many years – making than the ideal hand-me-down, almost heirloom pieces) and are more environmentally friendly than plastic (and, thats always a good thing!).
Most importantly though they encourage imaginative plays take a look at our pick of the best for Christmas and beyond…
Let their imagination run wild with this chic Scandi-style tool bench that will look great in any room of the house.
Tool Bench £214.95 ScandiBorn
A rocking horse is a statement piece for any playroom and this stylish one will certainly look beautiful as well as giving your children plenty of fun for many years to come.
Pegasus Rocking Horse £100 Toydrop
We haven’t seen a lovelier toy shop than this one. Painted in a subtle shade of heritage green, it also comes with toy food and provisions included. Watch out Daylesford – you’ve got competition!
Wooden Shop Set, £257, Flexa at Cottage Toys
The most beautifully carved set of fruit that you will want to keep forever. Definitely a good way of encouraging five-a-day love!
Raduga Grez wooden fruit and vegetables from £48.00, Happy Little Folks
These hand made, leather trimmed cameras are absolutely gorgeous and come in an array of subtle Farrow & Ball-esque colours that will keep kids and interiors snobs more than happy.
Wooden Camera, £45.00, Fanny and Alexander
Watch your mini chef go to town in this beautiful neutral kitchen. Complete with spoons, pots and pans you are sure to be served some beautiful creations – and how perfectly does this go with your own kitchen/dining decor?
Kitchen £124.95 Cuckooland
Let your little one join you on the weekly shop in style. This mini trolley has room for all the essentials and will double up as toy storage when it’s not cruising the aisles.
Kids Concept Shopping Cart, £55.95, Scandiborn
This gorgeous painted wooden market stall style shop and cafe counter with curtain front offers two play opportunities in one – so not only saves on space – it delivers twice as much fun for imaginative children. And, parents you will have fun filling up the shelves with wooden treats and goodies – and even tidying them away at the end of the day!
Cafe/Shop £119.95 Le Toy Van
Enjoy high tea for two with this gorgeous boldly coloured wooden tea set and tray.
Tea set £30.95 Djeco
Featuring passengers and their dog, this delightfully made camper van is waiting for your children to take them all on an adventure.
Camper Van £38 Bobby Rabbit
This super tactile and eye pleasing house of wooden bricks and shapes will be played with for years and handed down through generations. Just don’t lose any of the pieces!
Kukkia Tsumiki House building Blocks, , £75, Mini Deco
While this baby grand piano is a thing of beauty we can’t guarantee the ‘music’ they make on it will be as beautiful! But, they need to start somewhere and no better way to practise than on this chic instrument.
Piano £170 Hape
The chicest of homes for dolls, this lightweight mobile house comes unfinished and is just waiting to be decorated by budding interior designers.
Holdie House £55 Ollie Ella at The Little Natural Co.
Fun for all the family – enjoy the great outdoors with a traditional game of rounders that also comes in a stunning retro designed box.
Rounders set £29.95 Dotcomgiftshop
Perfect for playing shops this stylish little till will keep them entertained for hours as well as improving their number skills.
Till £27 Great Little Trading Company