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by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  December 4, 2022

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Als jij goed sensorisch toys voor je baby wilt, dan kijk je waarschijnlijk ook naar wooden toys.

Speelgoed als deze houten stapel toren van Melissa & Doug, vol vrolijke kleuren en een uitdagend spel met verschillende geometrische vormen. Elk kind heeft wel een stapeltoren nodig denk ik :)

Maar er is ook ander soort speelgoed wat erg goed is voor de ontwikkeling. In deze gids bekijk ik de 8 beste en waar je op moet letten bij aanschaf.

Best Wooden Baby Toys

Laten we de opties eerst snel bekijken. Daarna ga ik dieper in op elk van deze keuzes.

Best wooden stacking toys for babies

Melissa & DougGeometric Stack Tower

A very fun stacking toy with 21 geometric shapes that you can combine or put back on the three pillars of the sturdy wooden base.

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Best Cheap Wooden Stacking Toys

BobyFish Stacking Game

This Montessori toy combines a magnetic fishing game with stacking, stringing beads and a balance game.

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Best wooden stack train

JanodSophie the Giraffe Train

A nice train that you can pull along with the rope, but the best part is of course that you can build it the way you want.

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Best wooden toddler puzzle

Crocodile Creek16 Piece Zoo Shape Puzzle

Where shape puzzles have a wooden handle on each piece, this one does not and the animals can more easily participate in imaginative play.

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Best Classic

Melissa & DougHammer Tap Pounding Bench

The nails are stuck in the wooden bench so that it is also suitable for small children and fun from about 2 years.

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Best wooden cause and effect gears

Melissa & DougRainbow Caterpillar Gears

Gears always have something magical for a small child. That's why the Melissa & Doug Caterpillar is so educational.

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Best wooden toy cars for babies

B ToysFree Wheee-Read

These cars are already suitable from 1 year. Due to the rounded shapes there is nothing to hurt yourself and they are easy to grip.

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Beste activiteiten kubus

JouecoThe Wildies Family

Jouéco is such a brand that makes fun and affordable wooden toys, and this cube is a very nice addition to the playroom.

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Houten babyspeelgoed koopgids

Er zijn een aantal dingen om op te letten bij het kopen van houten babyspeelgoed.

Age

Het moet natuurlijk passen bij de leeftijd van je baby maar nog steeds voldoende uitdaging geven.

Speelgoed waar ze naar terug keren om telkens te proberen is vaak waar ze iets aan kunnen ontdekken.

Bij baby’s wil je extra uitkijken dat er geen kleine stukken bijzitten die ze in hun mond zouden kunnen stoppen. Daarom zijn alle sets op deze lijst veilig voor je baby.

Replayability

Een groot deel van de herspeelbaarheid heeft te maken met de uitdaging die het biedt voor de leeftijd.

Het is hoe vaak ze er naar terug keren nadat ze het een paar keer hebben gespeeld, en dat heeft met name te maken met wat ze kunnen ontdekken.

Speelgoed met veel verschillende dingen die ze kunnen ontdekken doet het daarom goed.

Een voorbeeld hiervan is de activiteiten kubus van Jouéco of de stapeltrein van Janod.

Ook felle kleuren zijn nog erg belangrijk in deze leeftijd terwijl ze hun zicht ontwikkelen.

Build

Is het speelgoed stevig gemaakt? Een baby kan nog niet zo hard grijpen, dus dat zit meestal wel goed. Maar het speelgoed kan wel zo ineens door de kamer vliegen.

Houten speelgoed moet dus solide zijn, massief hout werkt het beste en het liefste zonder kleine onderdelen.

De houten auto’s van B. Toys doen het zo goed omdat ze massief zijn, en de stevige houten plank van Melissa & Doug is ook perfect.

De kleine onderdelen hebben ze van plastic gemaakt omdat dat anders niet stevig genoeg zou zijn.

Top 8 houten babyspeelgoed beoordeeld

Best wooden stacking toys for babies

Melissa & Doug Geometric Stack Tower

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Features
3.8
Replayable
4.1
Build
4.2
Best for
  • Sturdy base and wooden pieces
  • geometric shapes that fit together gives an extra challenge
Less good
  • Not much else to play with

A very fun stacking toy with 21 geometric shapes that you can combine or put back on the three pillars of the sturdy wooden base.

Children from about 1,5 to about 3 years old will love to match the different shapes or sort them by color.

Because they have different thicknesses, it is also quite fun to build, but it is mainly a shape sorting game.

The square building blocks in particular are a nice addition. They collapse in half, which creates an extra building challenge. You don't often see that in shape sorters.

Best Cheap Wooden Stacking Toys

Boby Fish Stacking Game

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7.9
Toy score
Features
3.7
Replayable
4.1
Build
4.1
Best for
  • Many games in 1
  • Wood is sturdy and well made
Less good
  • Trying to put too much in 1 game and just not well worked out

Boby's game is also very well built. It is made of Romanian beech wood.

This Montessori toy combines a magnetic fishing game with stacking, stringing beads and a balance game.

They themselves indicate that this is most suitable for 18 to 36 months, so 1,5 to 3 years.

  • You can put the fish on the correct color on the play mat and then fish them up
  • The large whale can be used as a base for stacking
  • The back of the whale has rods to push the fish on
  • There is a cord to thread the fish

It is indeed a lot of fun to play, but I have the feeling that they wanted to cram too many games into 1.

It's just not the fishing game. The fish should stand upright because the metal tip is on their nose. This is because there already had to be a hole in the middle for threading and stacking.

The threading is fun, but there are much more fun threading games. The whale is a bit crazy with wooden bars behind it because the fish can also use them.

You get a lot of game for your money and you don't have to buy such things separately, but it's not all that.

Best wooden stack train

Janod Sophie the Giraffe Train

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8.1
Toy score
Features
3.6
Replayable
4.3
Build
4.2
Best for
  • solid wood
  • Very cute theme
Less good
  • Small pieces can be dangerous

A nice train that you can pull along with the rope, but the best part is of course that you can build it the way you want.

With 17 parts you can make a new creation every time. Each wagon has its own shape when they get the pieces from the train they have to put them back in the right place.

It is recommended from 18 months, but there are also very small pieces that fit in mouths, such as the red chimney pieces.

With these toys you should definitely stick with them, or put the smaller pieces aside until they are a little older.

Best wooden toddler puzzle

Crocodile Creek 16 Piece Zoo Shape Puzzle

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8.2
Toy score
Features
3.6
Replayable
4.2
Build
4.5
Best for
  • Very sturdy construction
  • Cute animals and bright colors
Less good
  • Quite pricey

This 16 piece puzzle is very cute with so many cute animals.

Where many such shape puzzles have a wooden handle on each piece, this one does not. This also makes it easier for the animals to participate in fantasy play.

We also have such an animal puzzle from Djeco and it does have that, but those animals never participate on safari.

The puzzle is very sturdy with bright colors. A really nice set to give.

Best Classic

Melissa & Doug Hammer Tap Pounding Bench

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8.3
Toy score
Features
3.8
Replayable
3.9
Build
4.8
Best for
  • Happy colors
  • Nice system that makes nails come up alternately also gives a game element
Less good
  • They grow out quickly

This is a fun classic. A hammer game with brightly colored figures.

The nails are stuck in the wooden bench so that it is also suitable for small children and fun from about 2 years.

It is quite a well-developed system with a wood under the nails that swings back and forth as you hit the nails. If you knock one down, the other will come up again.

This makes it a bit more fun for toddlers to play longer, until they realize that one keeps coming up.

Of course perfect for training fine motor skills and hand eye coordination.

A disadvantage is that you don't have to hit very hard to get the nails down, which is also why they will grow out quickly.

Best wooden cause and effect gears

Melissa & Doug Rainbow Caterpillar Gears

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8.5
Toy score
Features
4.5
Replayable
4.2
Build
4.1
Best for
  • Gears are perfect for cause and effect
  • Learn colours, building and fine motor skills
Less good
  • The gears are plastic
  • Sprockets fall off easily

Gears always have something magical for a small child. That's why the Melissa & Doug Caterpillar is so educational.

It certainly holds their attention!

It is a solid wooden base. What a pity that the gears are made of plastic, but that makes it a bit sturdier.

Because of the different colors, your baby can also learn color recognition right away and it is of course wonderful for fine motor skills.

The gears fall off very easily when you pick it up. Of course, that's also learning cause and effect, but that means you're probably picking up all the time with a baby.

Maybe it's part of it, but for many parents this leads to frustration.

With 1,5 years they can also put it together again themselves.

Best wooden toy cars for babies

B Toys Free Wheee-Read

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6.7
Toy score
Features
2.5
Replayable
3.9
Build
3.6
Best for
  • Well rounded and easy to grab
  • Cheerful colors and fun design
Less good
  • Don't drive very well
  • Not sturdy enough for rough toddler play

These cars are made for the smallest children and are suitable from 1 year old. The rounded shapes mean there is nothing for them to hurt themselves on and they are easy to grip.

There are 6 wooden cars with a few different shapes. The kind of handle in the passenger cars is also funny. So they can grab it easily.

Actually, these are the cheapest cars on the list and not Melissa & Doug's.

But they are not really toy cars for your toddler. Then you better buy another one. They don't roll very well and the design is therefore a bit crazy.

But a very nice first set for your baby. The overall score of 6.7 is a bit low because I rated it on the same points as "real" gaming cars.

Beste activiteiten kubus

Joueco The Wildies Family

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8.7
Toy score
Features
4.4
Replayable
4.3
Build
4.3
Best for
  • Very solidly built
  • Fun activities
Less good
  • Very large

Age: 1+ years

What it is: a wooden cube measuring 14 cm x 13 cm x 13 cm with lots of things for little fingers to play with.

An activity cube offers a child many possibilities to play with and there are many different ones available. The advantage of a cube is that it is easy to store.

Zo heeft deze bijvoorbeeld een best wel groot kralendoolhof om lekker mee te spelen en mijn zoon begon dat echt door te krijgen toen hij hem al een tijdje had.

Eerst speelde hij vooral met de kralen op de zijkant en probeerde hij de blokjes aan de andere kant in de juiste gaatjes te krijgen als met een shapeshifter (more reviewed here!).

But the advantage of the cube is that you can easily store the bead maze in the cube itself, say upside down, so that cleaning up the rather large toy takes up minimal space.

Jouéco is such a brand that makes fun and affordable wooden toys, and this cube is a very nice addition to the playroom.

Het is stevig gemaakt, er zitten geen gevaarlijke delen aan en het biedt genoeg om kinderen van verschillende leeftijden mee te vermaken.

It really is the kind of thing he keeps returning to pick it up again and try something new with it.

Joueco activiteiten kubus (1)

For example, we think it is good to rotate toys from time to time so that he does not have too many at once, and he discovers these again and again in the bedroom or in the playroom.

As far as I am concerned, the toys of this brand only have advantages, and they also look great on the console.

Besides the attractive appearance of the toy, it is also safe, made of natural materials and extremely durable. The environment plays a very important role at Jouéco.

It is time to think a little more about our nature and future, and therefore buy more products that are environmentally friendly.

Less plastic, more wood!

Conclusion

Baby’s hebben nog zo veel te ontdekken. Het handgevoel van houten speelgoed is dan perfect om de natuur te verkennen.

Met deze sets heeft je kleine kind niet alleen iets leuks, maar ook iets wat goed is voor hun sensorische ontwikkeling.

Always something to do for the holidays or rainy day?

Play Choice now has the ultimate activity book collection, with over 60 pages of fun coloring pages and educational puzzles.

Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child he came into contact with everything related to games when his mother started the Tinnen Soldaat in Ede. Now he and his team create helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.