Have you guys seen the sweet wooden animal toys exploding across Instagram lately? I am absolutely obsessed with them. They make me wish I could create things out of wood, because I want a wooden toy version of every animal on this planet. I’ve spoken before about why you should choose wooden and natural toys for your children, but there’s a lot of other reasons why we love them, too. So with the help of The Wood Pecker shop from Romania, I’m going to share all about why we love organic wooden toys (especially our wooden animals).
First of all, we love wooden toys because they’re adorable, and aesthetically pleasing. This is not something that most parents might consider important, but for me, if my kids are gonna have toys all over the house the less bright (and let’s be honest, ugly) they are, the better! I know I can’t be alone in wishing all products plastered with cartoon, television, and movie characters would burn in a massive fire – haha. These sweet animals (and our various other wooden toys) can be scattered all over our house and it’s okay with me. Well, until I step on one!
We also love wooden toys because they last forever. Well made wooden toys that are taken care of will last for years of play, through siblings, and possibly to your children’s own children. They are timeless heirlooms that won’t go out of style.
Possibly my favourite thing about wooden toys is that they encourage imaginative play with my daughter. She creates stories and sound effects for her play, or painstakingly organizes her animals into a “friendship circle”, as she says. Sometimes they have races or go on trips together. It’s really sweet, and I get such pleasure from overhearing her play. I find that toys that make sounds or have characters already decided for them limit how imaginative she can be, so I’m always delighted when she picks up her wooden toys for play time.
We’ve taken steps toward minimizing what is in our home, and toys is one of the things we’re focusing on most. Over the years B has accumulated so many toys and most of them sit and collect dust. I’m happy to have the start of a beautiful wooden animal collection thanks to The Wood Pecker shop, and I can’t wait to continue adding to her collection over the years. My next goal is sea creatures, some of our favourite animals are from the sea!
The Wood Pecker factory is owned and operated by a young couple from Romania, with no kids of their own yet, except from their beloved westie dog Blacky. They’ve been creating wooden toys for years, but are relatively new to Etsy, and have hopes of bringing their toys into homes across the world.
Nothing makes them happier than seeing that their toys are loved by little ones, so be sure to check out their shop if you’re in the market for beginning a wooden animal collection of your own!