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August 2009 Notable Toys — Wooden Toys





Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 7CM
Launch Date: April 2006
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Musical Toys
Wooden Toys



These frogs, fish and turtles are handmade in Vietnam using the ecologically harvested woods of the tropical jackfruit tree, and only when the tree is no longer able to bear fruit. The company calls them "bop-animals," as "bop" is the Vietnamese word for the "ribbit" you hear when you run a wooden stick (included) along their spine. These fair-trade items are made by artisans. Launch date: April 22, 2006.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25005      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 6 and up
Launch Date: May 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Sporting Goods & Accessories
Outdoor Fun
Wooden Toys



ROLLORS is a yard game that can be played at a park, in the front or back yard of a house, or just about anywhere where a relatively flat ground surface can be found. This game of skill requires a modest level of physical activity and can be quickly varied depending on the age and skill level of the players. It can be played in teams or individual competition. Launch date: May 2009.
Awards: Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products - 2010
As of 6/16/2011, this product is now licensed to and manufactured by MARANDA ENTERPRISES LLC.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24965      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 2 and up
SKU or Item #: HZ2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Wooden Toys



This Limited Edition Air Force One features a silk screen portrait of President Elect Barack Obama. Made in the USA from High Quality Pennsylvania Hardwood, it is constructed to last a lifetime. It measures  7-7/8" long x 5-1/2" wide x 4" high.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24901      (added 8/6/2009)
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Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Wooden Toys
Animal Figures



This hippo is handcrafted out of hardwood and features non-toxic, watercolor paints and a clear watercolor sealant.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24857      (added 8/5/2009)
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Age Range: 0 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Wooden Toys
Infant & Toddler



Suitable for babies ages 3 months and up, the smooth handle of this rattle holds three colorful, wooden leaves that make a clacking sound when shaken, as well as colorful velour and fleece fabrics.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24785      (added 7/30/2009)
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Age Range: 3 to 6
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Wooden Toys
Eco-Friendly
Preschool



Cheekeyes are a series of wooden play sets with distinctive pink cheeks and dreamy eyes. These toys are handmade from eco-friendly rubberwood and are partially painted. There are more than seven playsets: Arctic, Africa, Dino, Forest, Farm, Rainforest and Sea. The average size of an animals is between 6 and 14 cm wide and 8 and 12 cm high. "Brought to you from The Netherlands (Europe) by STUDIO SPOON ... there are no bells or whistles, no batteries or flashing lights. All you need is just a little imagination and magic begins to happen. The Cheekeyes will definitely spark your kid's imagination and will encourage open-ended, educational play," Rogier van Zijp, designer for STUDIO SPOON B.V., told TDmonthly. Cheekeyes received a 2009 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award. Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24763      (added 7/24/2009)
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Designed by David Weeks and made from sustainably harvested beech wood, Hanno features a sturdy hardwood frame and measures 12" x 6.5" x 3.5". He has elastic-band "muscles" and is named after the Greek voyager who found gorillas 2,500 years ago.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24698      (added 7/20/2009)
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This wooden pull toy measures approximately 6" x 7" and comes packaged with a gingham bow.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24681      (added 7/20/2009)
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Age Range: 5 to 12
SKU or Item #: 210200
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Vehicles - Riding
Wooden Toys



MOOV is a full-size construction toy designed so that children can construct MOOV by themselves without the use of any tools or help from their parents. The wooden parts, rings, shafts and frames are multifunctional. The spare parts in the wood are specially designed so it's easy to remove the rings from the shafts. MOOV has received the following awards: TDmonthly Top Toy 2009; Toy of the Year, 2008, The Netherlands; Honorable mention, Reddot Design Award, 2008 (International Design Award); Toy of the Year, 2008, Germany; and Right Start Award, Toy Awards, 2008, United Kingdom. Launch date: June 2009.

Where to Buy: Escapade Direct

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24641      (added 7/17/2009)
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Kids can learn about healthy food choices by running their own market stall filled with wooden fruits and vegetables. Produce sold separately.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24598      (added 7/16/2009)
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Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Play Sets
Wooden Toys
Eco-Friendly



The Parking Garage has three floors of parking space, a working elevator tower, attendant's booth and helipad. The set also includes a figure, car, gas station and car wash. It measures 19.3" x 13.8" x 13".
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24597      (added 7/16/2009)
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This collection of little animals on wheels includes the following designs constructed from various American hardwoods: anaconda, alligator, bear, chimpanzee, cow, elephant, giraffe, horse, kangaroo and rabbit. They are finished with non-toxic mineral oil. Each measures approximately 3" x 2" x 1.5".
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24562      (added 7/15/2009)
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Handmade in Toronto, Canada, RiNGLEY is a natural teething toy constructed with Canadian Maple wood and 100-percent organic terrycloth. RiNGLEY is designed to provide babies and toddlers with two safe and efficient textures that enable children to satisfy their teething needs.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24559      (added 7/15/2009)
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RiNGLEY is a natural teething toy made with a combination of Canadian Maple wood and 100-percent organic terrycloth. RiNGLEY is created to provide babies and toddlers with two safe and efficient textures that enable children to satisfy their teething needs. It was designed with a child’s development in mind. RiNGLEY is handmade in Toronto, Canada. Launch date: 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24558      (added 7/15/2009)
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Made up of nine wooden cubes with red patterning, this "anti-puzzle" has no right answer or winning move. It encourages exploration through assembling the blocks in various ways — and the patterns are a match at all times, no matter how the cubes are placed. Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24550      (added 7/15/2009)
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Age Range: 2 and up
SKU or Item #: SG312G33
Launch Date: September 2008
Gender: Girls
Category: Educational
Wooden Toys
Eco-Friendly



This “run bike” or “balance bike,” which is pedal free and without training wheels, is designed to help a child develop balance and motor skills necessary to later ride a two-wheel bicycle with pedals. Smart Balance Bikes work to develop a child’s balance and coordination by simply allowing the child to sit and walk or run with the bike by pushing with his or her feet. If the bike starts to fall, kids instinctively regain balance using their feet. Once they’ve gained some momentum and balance control, they can lift their feet up as they feel comfortable and start cruising. Smart Balance Bikes are made from birch wood from a replenishable source, with real inflatable rubber tires, handle bar grips, an adjustable, cushioned leatherette seat to grow with the child, and a distinctive carry handle incorporated into the bike's body. The construction uses formaldehyde-free lacquer and non-toxic paints, and the carton is made from recycled paper with water-based ink. Launch date: September 2008.
— In a March 2012 survey, Chris Lowe, owner of Beanhead Toys in Sandy Springs, Ga., told TDmonthly that Balance Bikes from Smart Gear were one of her best selling ride-on toys.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24458      (added 7/7/2009)
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Age Range: 1 and up
Launch Date: September 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler
Eco-Friendly
Wooden Toys



The Rocking Caterpillar features a wooden base, a soft, plush seat and a squeaky red nose. The multi-colored fabric plush can be removed for easy cleaning.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24456      (added 7/7/2009)
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Age Range: 2 and up
Launch Date: September 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Eco-Friendly
Wooden Toys



Babies can learn sorting, matching and association skills. Looking through the blocks, children will see the world in different colors. The Wonderworld Rainbow Sound Blocks are comprised of wood and transparent multi-colored plastic, and filled with rattling beads that produce different tones when shaken. "Wonderworld, as a strong advocate of protecting the environment, insists on using only rubber-wood that is of replenishable source[s]... Wonderworld strictly uses only non-toxic color and laquer constituent for all our products," Jason Cohen, president of Smart Gear, told TDmonthly. This product received a National Parenting Publications Award. Launch date: September 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24455      (added 7/7/2009)
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Age Range: 2 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Wooden Toys
Preschool



Kids can find a place to park their cars by taking them up and down the ramp or using the the elevator provided to get a car serviced, washed or parked.  Wonderworld wooden toys are made of rubberwood, a replenishable resource, and utilize non-toxic color and lacquer. "Wonderworld uses only water-based paint for our wooden toys so to minimize: child exposure to chemicals ... CO2 emission ... and chemical waste release to the environment," Jason Cohen, president of Smart Gear, told TDmonthly. Launch date: September 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24419      (added 7/2/2009)
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Suitable for ages 18 months and up, this fire engine is made of the renewable resource rubberwood and comes with colorful shape pieces toddlers can push through the matching silhouettes on the sides. Launch date: 2009.
— "Smart Gear is doing some really smart stuff," Patti Tepper-Rasmussen, owner of Learning Tree Toys, Games & Books in Oklahoma City, told TDmonthly after the 2009 ASTRA show. She commented on the line's nice appearance and wooden construction.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24400      (added 6/30/2009)
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Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Wooden Toys
Construction
American-Made



This set of oversized building pieces is made of all-natural, finish-free hardwood maple with an interlocking design that facilitates construction of a classic barn measuring 18" W x 24" L x 20" H. It has sizeable windows and doors, plus a removable roof so that kids can play with their dolls and toys on the interior. Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24383      (added 6/30/2009)
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Age Range: 0 to 3
SKU or Item #: E0057
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Wooden Toys
Developmental Toys
Infant & Toddler



Little Autos are child-sized vehicles made of maple with natural wood wheels painted with a vibrant burst of color and sweet graphics. They are available in four colors: lime green, blue, red and yellow, and accented with one of two whimsical patterns: checkers or blossoms. Little Autos are an "exceptional value for a modern, wood vehicle. This is available in a display with 8 autos in 4 colors," Robin Lehnert, marketing manager for Hape Intl., told TDmonthly. Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24375      (added 6/29/2009)
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Age Range: 1 to 2
SKU or Item #: 210740
Launch Date: July 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Developmental Toys
Wooden Toys
General Toys



This Take-along-Friend is crafted out of renewable rubberwood. It's designed to inspire creativity and fun for kids to run around trying to have the shark catch the fish. Launch date: July 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24304      (added 6/29/2009)
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Age Range: 1 to 2
SKU or Item #: 210750
Launch Date: July 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Designer Toys
Wooden Toys
General Toys



This take-a-long friend, with its moving wheels and chomping mouth, is designed to inspire kids to touch, grasp, explore and grow. It has bright colors and zig-zag stripes and is made from renewable rubberwood. Launch date: July 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24302      (added 6/29/2009)
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Age Range: 0 to 1
SKU or Item #: 210680
Launch Date: July 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Developmental Toys
Wooden Toys
General Toys



Designed for tiny hands to handle, this vibrant bunch makes clickey-clop sounds when jumbled together. It is made from renewable rubberwood. Launch date: July 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24300      (added 6/29/2009)
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