1. Best Overall Wooden Toy for 2016
The Quadrilla wooden marble run is one of the most stable marble run toys currently on the market. Building marble runs will engage both kids and adults alike, making them the perfect wooden toy for family fun.
Children will love having the ability to construct hundreds of different unique marble run designs and then watch their marbles run through the maze. The Quadrilla Vertigo consists of over 130 different pieces that can be used in endless combinations!
2. Best Wooden Train Set
This was a tough choice, since there are so many good choices. Brio, Melissa & Doug and KidKraft all make delightful wooden train sets, but in the end we decided to go with Thomas & Friends train table and set since it was the one our own children loved the most.
If you are going to invest in a wooden railway set, we also suggest you consider getting a train table as well. These tables help organize and store the sets nicely and allow a convenient play area as well. Often you can get the best deal by purchasing a train table plus train set together, and Amazon generally has the best prices online.
3. Best Wooden Doll House
We chose the all-season wooden doll house by Hape for both its durability and affordability. The dollhouse comes with four rooms already furnished and children can easily arrange and rearrange the furnishings and stairs. The doll house also is quit easy to assemble, with clearly illustrated instructions. Construction is from Baltic Birch, Maple and Rubberwood from FSC managed forests. Recommended for ages 3 to 8.
4. Best Wooden Rocking Horse
There are many lovely wooden rocking horses on the market, and when it came to choosing our favorite for 2016 we decided on this lovely Stork Craft Rocking Horse because of its combination of affordable pricing (under $50), solid oak construction and excellent product reviews at Amazon.com. It also comes in a variety of stains and colors, and is beautifully crafted.
5. Best Outdoor Wooden Toy
Your child will be riding a bike in no time with the Diggin Active Skuut Wooden Balance Bike. This bike has no pedals or training wheels. Instead, children kick off the ground as if running, thus pushing or “skuuting” themselves and the bike forward.
These bikes are perfect for learning balance, steering, coordination, and independence. Once having mastered balance on the Skuut bike, the transition to a traditional two-wheel bike is easy. The bike’s body is crafted of 100% Birchwood, and is coated with a non-toxic lacquer. Very easy to assemble and adjust, and recommended for ages 2-5 years old.
6. Best Wooden Baby Toy
The Natural Skwish fascinates babies with its twisted web of rods, strings and beads. Babies will squeeze and stretch the natural Skwish and watch in amazement as it slowly pops back up into its original shape. Skwish offers hours of entertaining visual stimulation and also helps develop motor skills in young children. The natural Skwish is also made from replenishable rubberwood, un-dyed and comes with a water-based finish that is completely washable!
7. Best Wooden Kitchen Set
We just love this wooden kitchen set by KidKraft, painted in beautiful pastel colors!
The oven and microwave doors open and close and the set also includes a chalkboard surface on the freezer to write notes on. The set is also easy to clean and sure to please your budding chef!
8. Most Magical Wooden Toy
This beautiful and magical rustic tree fort by Tree Block is one of our top wooden toy selections for 2016. It is a toy that both girls and boys will love, and would be a wonderful gift to find under the tree on Christmas morning!
There are so many things we love about these tree forts. To start, each and every fort is unique – no two are exactly the same. It is made from salvaged wood from hazelnut and alder trees, and very easy to assemble (we found it took less than twenty minutes to put one together). Recommended for ages three and up.
9. Best Toddler Toy
This beautiful Skip Hop Treetop Friends Flapping Owl Pull Toy is our top toddler selection for 2016! The brightly colored owl flies across the floor, flapping his wings as baby pulls him along. Soft felt details and vibrant patterns bring the cute wooden creature to life. Features non-skid wheels, made with non-toxic paint, and high quality wood wood.
10. Best Puzzle
We love the Kailimeng 3D Wooden Brain Teaser Puzzle.
The puzzle can form six distinct shapes and is suitable for kids six years old an up (although they will likely need an adult’s help to solve some of the puzzles). However, even adults will find these toys mentally engaging and fun!