These aren't your grandfather's wooden toys. Gone are the days of crude
designs carved by hand. Today's wooden toys are sleek, innovative,
colorful and most of all, made to last.
Thomas and Friends
The Little Engine That Could
Thomas and Friends by Learning Curve (ToyDirectory)allows children to act out the adventures of the little engine,
Thomas, and his friends. Sets, accessories, bridges, tunnels, and buildings
let children create new worlds as their imaginations grow. James
the Red Engine ($17.99), Gordon the Big Express Engine
($17.99), Rusty with Construction 3-Car Set ($19.99).
TC Timber's Mayan Temple Wooden Block Set
Blending Science and Art
Gone are the days when building blocks were all square. Building sets
by Kapla World blend building and sculpting using flat
rectangular wood pieces. Children can create an unlimited number of structures
such as bridges, walls, domes, houses and animals -- without using glue
or nails. Choose from various sets including Kapla 200 Building
Set ($59.95) or Kapla 1,000 ($249.95).
Here’s a kind of wooden block set you don’t see often… TC Timber
takes kids 1500 years back in time with their Mayan Temple Wooden
Block Set ($39.50) to when Mayan civilization flourished in Mexico
and Guatemala. Young archaeologists can rebuild the pyramid temple El
Castillo or the Temple of the Warriors at Chichen-Itza in Mexico. The
Mayan Temple set contains 80 pieces in 14 shapes and can be used with
other Master Builder block sets.
Ryan's Room from Small World Toys
Home Is Where the Imagination Is
Teaching children about the social world they live in is easy with Ryan's
Room from Small World Toys. Their Home
Is Where The Heart Is Wooden Dollhouse ($99.99) features an open
design that allows play from all sides. Indoor and outdoor accessories
abound, from a Complete Living Room Set ($14.99) to Hot
Off The Grill patio sets($14.99), The
Pet Sets ($12.99) and more. Caucasian, Hispanic-American, African-American
and Asian-American family sets are fully poseable and include a mother,
father, grandmother, grandfather and two children ($19.99).
Bob Deluxe Scoop & Lofty Set
Bob Saves the Day
Bob the Builder and his friends Dizzy, Muck and Lofty (Brio)
can dig, scoop and build themselves out of any situation. Multiple sets
and poseable figures with vehicles are available. Bob Deluxe Scoop
& Lofty Set ($70.00), Snow Scoop and Bob ($15.00),
Muck and Bob ($15.00), and more.
No ordinary rocking horses here. With Wood Worker’s Toy Rock'n'Ride
Toys, children can hop on their motorcycle ($98.99), tame
Brontosaurus ($469) or pretend to take to the skies
on their Rocking Biplane ($329).
Lucky 7 Blocks Brain Teaser Toy
Puzzle Me This
Colorful wooden brain teasers by Lights, Camera, Interaction
test young minds with several solutions. Lucky 7 Blocks Brain
Teaser Toy, Super Star Brain Teaser Toy, Six Piece Cube
Brain Teaser Toy and more ($3.95 each).