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14 beste houten speelgoed voor peuters & kleuters: 3, 4 en 5 jaar

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  December 4, 2022

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Toddlers and toddlers are tired of just grabbing large blocks, they now want to do things with them!

Puzzles and building blocks are the most fun, the sweetest with challenging games like deze houten stapeldieren van Le Toy Van. Echt geweldig in deze leeftijd en iets wat ze ook perfect in fantasiespel kunnen gebruiken.

In dit artikel neem ik je mee in het beste wooden toys for toddlers and preschoolers.

Best Wooden Toy Horse Trailer: Melissa & Doug

Laten we eerst de top opties bekijken. Daarna zal ik dieper ingaan op elk van deze keuzes.

Best stack of toys

Le Toy VanPetilou Stacker

A stacking set made of sturdy wood, suitable for hand-eye coordination and dexterity, but you can also use the pieces in pretend play.

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Most colorful pile of toys

Grimm'sRainbow Bows

Grimm's is the inventor and maker of the original rainbow stackers. It is made of very strong wood and you can feel it.

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Best wooden toddler toys

HeatAt The Zoo Playset

A handy take-away box that also serves as the zoo. Very handy set to take on holiday or to grandpa and grandma to play.

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Overall best wooden train set

BigJigsAlpine train set (BJT016)

The train track is a fun challenge to assemble and with the help of supporting pillars, the rails even go up. Very spectacular!

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Most creative hammer toy

Small footPirate Hammer Art

Pirates and their wooden and cardboard accessories hammer on a cork board. Very nice to make creative scenes.

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Best wooden cause and effect toys for toddlers

HapeToaster

Cause and effect because you press the toaster for a delicious toasted sandwich, but it is also very good for fine motor skills.

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Overall best wooden workbench

Melissa & DougWorkbench

This toy consists of many nuts, bolts, blocks and of course the workbench with which they can build a lot of things.

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Best Wooden Toy Vacuum Cleaner

Melissa & DougTasks Game Vacuum Cleaner

It doesn't really have suction, but it's more like a game where you have to “suck” the popcorn, pretzels and more by going over it with the machine.

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Overall best wooden role play toy

Melissa & DougFold and Go Dollhouse

The house has two floors and is painted in a delicate complexion. Very stylish and with many windows with shutters.

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Best wooden cooking roleplay

New Classic ToysBon Appetit Play Kitchen

Great wood and sturdy oven knobs that actually click give it a very real feel.

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Overall best wooden dinosaur toy

Tender LeafDinosaurs Playset

The 8 pieces are made of sustainable wood and it feels like it will last a long time. Perhaps even for the grandchildren.

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Overall best wooden toy cars

Le Toy VanRetro Subway

These are the kind of classic vehicles in soft pastel colors that I want my child to play with. No, I want to play with it myself!

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Beste houten spel voor peuters

HeatDieren Voederen

The Haba animal feed game is already suitable for your 2-year-old child. Your child must find out what the cat, turtle or mouse is eating.

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Beste houten peuter speelgoed voor grove motoriek

Children's partiesChildren's board Natural

Balancing is a fantastic way to stimulate children's physical and mental development, but also offers countless play opportunities.

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Houten peuter en kleuter speelgoed koopgids

In deze levensfase ontwikkelen ze zó veel. Maar weinig speelgoed blijft leuk van peuter tot kleuter. Wanneer ze voor het eerst naar school gaan veranderen ze helemaal snel.

Het eerste waar ik naar gekeken heb is daarom de leeftijd. Past het bij hun ontwikkeling en interesses.

In dit overzicht heb ik de sets gerangschikt naar leeftijdscategorie:

blue blue Age fromYellow Yellow Best ageGreen Green Age to

Replayability

Is it fun to play with? That has to do with the ease of play without frustration and the accessories that come with it.

I've rated each set for replayability on a scale of 1 to 5 to give you an idea.

Build

Once you have a set that your child likes and is age appropriate, you want them to be able to play with it for a while.

That's why we've rated each set for durability. How long will it last without breaking.

Sommige sets zoals de werkbank Melissa & Doug is vrij stevig, maar niet stevig genoeg om kinderhandjes van 6 jaar aan te kunnen.

Andere sets zijn gemaakt om wat langer mee te gaan zoals Le Toy Van of de Tender Leaf dino’s.

Sustainability is also rated on a 5-point scale.

Best Wooden Toys for Toddlers & Preschoolers Reviewed

Best stack of toys

Le Toy Van Petilou Stacker

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8.4
Toy score
Features
3.8
Replayable
4.2
Build
4.6
Best for
  • Sturdy wooden set
  • Stacking and pretend play in one
Less good
  • Animals are smaller than they appear in the picture

A stacking set made of sturdy wood. This kind toys is suitable as a game for hand-eye coordination and dexterity, but you can also simply use the pieces in pretend play.

There are 9 cute animals, here more in the forest theme than wild nature as the Crocodile Creek animals.

Children can play with it quite early, but stacking becomes fun from 3 years old.

It is quite a challenge to balance the animals on each other, and I actually enjoy doing it myself. You can come up with the craziest combinations.

All a bit of a shame that my son with 3 has the most fun to knock over my constructions :)

Most colorful pile of toys

Grimm's Rainbow Bows

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8.9
Toy score
Features
4.2
Replayable
4.3
Build
4.9
Best for
  • Great natural wood that you feel when playing
  • Challenging toys that stimulate creativity
Less good
  • Expensive, very very expensive

Grimm's is the inventor and maker of the original rainbow stackers. It is made of very strong wood and you can feel it.

It is pricey though. Very pricey. But it's good wood and you can feel the wood through the paint. This helps with children's sensory experience.

This is very important with Montessori and Waldorf toys. When you go for a cheap copy of the Grimm's rainbow, you almost only feel paint on cheap wood.

Sure you can have a lot of fun with that too, but it lacks the Montessori part of the toy.

In addition, the raw wood helps when stacking the bows, because that is still quite a challenge.

It's so simple and so difficult at the same time. You can get really creative with just a few bows. Who would have thought that?

A few examples will get you a long way, but the best thing is to come up with things yourself.

Grimm's bows stacked

It is suitable from 3 years, and the best I think from 4 to 7.

Best wooden toddler toys

Heat At The Zoo Playset

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8.7
Toy score
Features
4.1
Replayable
4.5
Build
4.5
Best for
  • Handy take-along suitcase and zoo in one
  • Sturdy construction
Less good
  • Suitcase is smaller than it appears in the photos

A handy take-away box that also serves as the zoo. Very handy set to take on holiday or to grandpa and grandma to play.

It is suitable for ages 18 months and older and includes an elephant, hippo, giraffe, camel, flamingo, monkey, tiger, lion, polar bear, penguin, crocodile, zebra, and some accessories.

It is a sturdy set made of sustainable beech wood from Germany.

Girl with the Haba zoo

The box itself is made of cardboard but also very sturdy. Even playing vigorously won't destroy it.

In the picture it looks quite big but it's not that big at all. Some customers have complained about that.

Overall best wooden train set

BigJigs Alpine train set (BJT016)

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9.1
Toy score
Features
4.8
Replayable
4.8
Build
4.1
Best for
  • The train is right on a slope to drive down
  • Very nice details for the landscape
  • big set
Less good
  • Pricey
  • Higher rails on supports are not for the little ones

The beautiful Bigjigs Alpen train set is a good choice anyway, and our top recommendation.

Bigjigs makes very good quality, and what makes this set extra beautiful is the possibility to expand it endlessly.

Your child will not get tired of it and the toy set also lasts a long time.

This extensive train set is suitable for children from 4 years; There are a lot of detailed parts included.

The train track is a fun challenge to assemble and with the help of supporting pillars the rails even go up high.

Very spectacular, the train travels through mountains, valleys and over bridges!

A set to enjoy for a long time, ideal as a first train set for a child, and expandable with rails by means of the BigJigs Rails Expansion Set.

All other Bigjigs train sets fit in seamlessly with it. How about a Dino Train Set with its matching T-Rex tunnel?

It is very educational and very comprehensive because the train travels through different landscapes to the next station. Mountains, forest and village all come along, it is therefore a long train tracks.

And along the way, your child will not only encounter traffic signs, but also figures in various professions and vehicles.

What a pleasure to play with this train that travels over mountains and valleys!

Usually a train set only becomes fun when you buy more of it so that you can actually make some different tracks, but the Alpen set is already quite extensive.

Furthermore, Bigjigs has a lot of fun, and sometimes special (such as a pirate ship wreck, or a dinosaur), expansions that you can connect to it.

Or a pink-purple princess train set, with a bright pink bridge and a purple and pink gate to drive under: houses, trees and even a cool pink helicopter!

Give your creativity free rein and build the whole room with your child with this beautiful train set!

Most creative hammer game

Small foot Pirate Hammer Art

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8.1
Toy score
Features
3.9
Replayable
4.1
Build
4.2
Best for
  • Hammering is done nicely and the wood is sturdy
  • Many objects to come up with creative things
Less good
  • Plate is very small

Maybe more of a creative game than a hammer game, but it's a lot of fun to do and hammering straight is also fun for kids.

You have to hammer pirates and their accessories from wood and cardboard onto a cork board. Very fun to do and you can make a lot of creative scenes.

It is really hammering and therefore suitable for children from 6 years.

Some parents give it to younger children, but they can hammer their hands.

There are 4 examples included so you can get through them quickly. But it's also just as fun to come up with things yourself. You could also add commands for them to perform.

A big minus is the cork board. Not really big enough to lay out everything you can think of and even making the examples is very difficult.

Still a very nice set that can keep them busy for quite a few creative hours.

Best wooden cause and effect toys for toddlers

Hape Toaster

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8.5
Toy score
Features
3.9
Replayable
4.1
Build
4.7
Best for
  • Very sturdy wooden construction
  • Cutting butter and a jar of honey are a nice addition
Less good
  • Bread doesn't go all the way in
  • Bit of a strange set in itself

Cause and effect because you press the toaster and a delicious toasted sandwich pops out.

But it is also very good for fine motor skills. There are 10 accessories included. Bread, but also butter for cutting.

Such toys are great fun for the play kitchen or eating other toys. I don't know how much fun it would be if this is the only food toy you have. Then it's a bit of a strange loose set.

Hape toys are always very sturdy and this is no exception.

It is suitable from 3 years, it says on the box, but there are actually no small parts, so a younger child can also play with it.

The buns don't go all the way into the toaster, so it's not 100% just right. That might be a bit of a shame.

But a very nice addition to your play kitchen.

Overall best wooden workbench

Melissa & Doug Workbench

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8.0
Toy score
Features
3.9
Replayable
4.5
Build
3.6
Best for
  • Complete set with tools, bolts, nuts and screws
  • Good wooden set where many of this kind are made of plastic
Less good
  • Pushing too hard quickly leads to screw threads becoming paralyzed

If you want to take the construction game a little more literally, you can go to Melissa & Doug's workbench.

It includes 4 tools and a vise to play pretend play for woodworking.

The set has a total of 62 parts. In addition to the tools, there is a lot of building material such as rings, screws, nails, planks and blocks.

There is a lot to do with it, and the creations also often participate in fantasy play such as running police and building bridges.

Melissa & Doug wooden workbench reviewed

With the vise you can clamp the wooden pieces to attach nuts or pretend you are sawing a piece of wood with notches.

There are holes on top of the worktop where you can hammer wooden nails in and then loosen them with the back of the hammer.

De Melissa & Doug Werkbank is een leuk stuk speelgoed voor kinderen ergens tussen 2 en 5 jaar oud en het leukste tussen 3 en 4 jaar.

There is a lot to build with and the quality is good, but the age limit is really the age limit. If your child is older, they will probably break it.

Best Wooden Toy Vacuum Cleaner

Melissa & Doug Tasks Game Vacuum Cleaner

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8.9
Toy score
Features
4.2
Replayable
4.8
Build
4.3
Best for
  • Game and vacuum cleaner in one
  • Great wooden construction
Less good
  • quite heavy
  • Maybe they still want to help with the real vacuum cleaner

Suitable for: from 3 years

The Melissa & Doug vacuum cleaner is quite different from the others on this list, but that is also a lot of fun!

So it is made of wood if you like wooden toys this is also a nice choice.

It doesn't really have suction, but it's more like a game where you have to “suck” the popcorn, pretzels and more by going over it with the machine.

As soon as your child does that, the piece of dirt, which is also all made of wood and looks very cute, will be picked up by the bin.

Overall best wooden role play toy

Melissa & Doug Fold and Go Dollhouse

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8.3
Toy score
Features
3.9
Replayable
4.2
Build
4.4
Best for
  • Many accessories in a handy carrying format
  • Sturdy wooden construction
Less good
  • No closure on the house so that it falls open

This beautiful, fold-out Melissa & Doug Wooden Dollhouse is suitable for children from three years old.

The house has two floors and is painted in a delicate complexion. Very stylish and with many windows with shutters.

There are a lot of accessories such as a sofa, easy chair, cupboard, bed and a TV furniture. Plus 2 dolls to play with.

The folding construction and the sturdy carrying handle make it a very handy set to take with you. Only a closure is missing from the house so that it remains closed.

Now you have to wear it very hard or make a closure on it yourself.

Melissa & Doug dollhouse unfolded

A very nice set that they can play with for a long time.

Best wooden cooking roleplay

New Classic Toys Bon Appetit Play Kitchen

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8.7
Toy score
Features
4.3
Replayable
4.5
Build
4.3
Best for
  • Solid wood construction, not laminate
  • Oven knobs really click and feel very solid
Less good
  • Rotary knob microwave does not click and tap is also less sturdy

The nicest wooden children's kitchen I've found is this one from New Classic Toys, and not that expensive at all, which makes it the best price-quality ratio choice.

There is plenty to play with with the included pans, ladle, spatulas, pepper pot and salt set and even plates. A whole lot of accessories that you don't see in every kitchen, and all made of wood (except for the removable metal sink).

The tap can rotate and the metal countertop is removable. There are storage compartments for the plates at the top plus room for more. In addition, there is a microwave with magnetic closure and rotary knob.

The hob is plastic and may glow red and make noise. Below that is the oven with rotary knobs and more compartments for storage space.

Where the kitchen excels in particular is in the solid rotary knobs of the oven that actually click so that you have the feeling that you are actually setting an oven setting. 

Not too big, fits in a corner of the room like ours against the couch. This way it gives your child a lot of fun.

It also doesn't take too much space around it because everything happens at the front of the kitchen. You just need some space to open the oven, which folds down.

New Classic Toys play kitchen in the corner

A very nice set for a good price. I think they saved on the right things and gave the most important thing a lot of attention.

Overall best wooden dinosaur toy

Tender Leaf Dinosaurs Playset

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8.9
Toy score
Features
3.8
Replayable
4.7
Build
4.9
Best for
  • Good size for toddlers
  • Very sturdy and durable rubber wood
Less good
  • Very pricey

What a nice set for children from 3 years old. A little younger is also possible, but then I would stick with it.

Pretend play starts at about 2,5 so before then they will be walking around or sucking on it on their own anyway.

Due to the sharp corners, it is slightly less suitable for this.

The 8 pieces are made of sustainable wood and it feels like it will last a long time. Maybe even for the grandchildren :)

Tender Leaf is a good brand that makes wooden toys from renewable rubber trees, so that's definitely another plus.

The size is just right for toddlers to play with.

Overall best wooden toy cars

Le Toy Van Retro Subway

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7.9
Toy score
Features
3.2
Replayable
4.1
Build
4.5
Best for
  • Sturdy wooden construction
  • Wheels run fine
Less good
  • Paint scratches quite quickly

This is the kind of car I want my child to play with. No, I want to play with it myself! Beautiful classic vehicles in soft pastel colours.

Especially with such an outspoken model it is good to have a set to be able to play with it together.

Sure, other cars often join the game, but they often end up together in one way or another.

They are an Independent Toy Award winner, painted with non-toxic paint and made from renewable rubber trees.

Just the right size for small children's hands. Great quality for an affordable price.

Beste houten spel voor peuters

Heat Dieren Voederen

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7.6
Toy score
Features
3.8
Replayable
3.5
Build
4.1
Best for
  • Lekker kort spel voor de korte aandachtspanne
  • Schattig gemaakt
Less good
  • Niet oneindig herspeelbaar

The Haba animal feed game is already suitable for your 2-year-old child. Your child must find out what the cat, turtle or mouse is eating.

The animal cards, the wooden pieces, the shapes and color cards must be properly sorted by your little one.

Children have to appeal to their memory with this game to make as many sets of animal cards and color cards as possible. This game promotes their speech and animal knowledge.

The game comes with 5 wooden pieces - 1 carrot, 1 sod, 1 fish, 1 piece of cheese and 1 bone - and 5 animal cards, 5 shape cards, 5 color cards and 1 a manual.

Children therefore tell each other which different types of food, animals, colors and shapes there are and which ones match.

The cards are mixed up and at each turn one is turned over, the children tell which animal it is or what color the card has.

Whoever finds both the correct color and the correct animal card with his own food card wins the game.

The game can be played with up to five people and only lasts about five minutes. I also like to play it with my toddler.

The game is made of beech wood and cardboard.

Best wooden open-ended toy for gross motor skills

Children's parties Children's board Natural

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8.7
Toy score
Features
3.9
Replayable
4.4
Build
4.7
Best for
  • Sturdy wooden construction
  • Can be used in many different ways
  • Stimulates gross motor skills
Less good
  • Quite pricey
  • Great for lots of pretend play

Kinderfeets heeft geweldige houten producten en de Balance Board is er eentje van, de ander een heel erg leuke bakfiets loopfiets voor kinderen vanaf 2 die ik zo zal behandelen.

They have kept the wood quite natural and feel a bit rough, perfect for kids who are sensitive to different textures and also useful for them to get to grips with.

Many of you may have heard of a other balance board, and it does have the option for a felt bottom while it doesn't, so if you have wooden floors you might want to go for this wobbel board.

For the rest, the wobbel boards are slightly smoother and finer, but also slightly more expensive. For me, the choice would mainly come down to price and the option of a felt base for wood floors.

Conclusion

For good toys for toddlers and preschoolers, you do not only look at the age, but also whether it is safe and educational. After all, those are the toys they enjoy the most.

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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.