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Does your child absolutely love your trip to the zoo? Then he probably wants nice animals to play with.

There are a lot of nice sets like this wooden train track from Bigjigs full of safari animals. Great if they also rode a train at the zoo! The train can move around and every animal is sturdy wood.

In this article I look at the 7 best wooden zoo sets and what you should pay attention to when purchasing.

Best wooden zoo toys

Let's look at the options in a short overview. Then I'll go into more detail about each of these choices.

Best wooden train track with wild animals

bigjigsSafari

The safari train leaves for a great adventure. Along the way you will encounter all kinds of wild animals, such as a monkey, a giraffe and a beautiful lion!

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Best wooden zoo toys for babies

Melissa & DougAnimal Rescue Shape Sorter

Every child needs a shape sorter in his life. Why not one with cheerful zoo animals?

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Best wooden animals

OstheimerWood Carved Waldorf Animals

It doesn't get much better than Ostheimer's hand-carved animals. It is a Waldorf toy par excellence.

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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 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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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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Best creative wooden zoo animals

KipodPom pom

A fun kit with 3 animal bodies, 3 colors of wool yarn and 2 rings for easy pom pom making.

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Wooden zoo toy buying guide

When you look at a nice zoo set, the most important thing is actually very simple:

Is your child's favorite animal included? Mine? That's the sloth, but you won't often see it in a pack. My son loves the giraffe so that should work.

But of course there is more to watch out for.

Age

You probably buy zoo toys for a slightly younger child. Here it is still very important to pay attention to small pieces so that they cannot swallow anything.

Some toys may need to be kept with you or keep the small pieces behind.

I've arranged everything on this list by age:

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Sustainability

You don't want the toy to splinter easily. Especially when they still put it in their mouth. Some sets I've seen swell up a lot when it gets wet (mouth) and then splinter.

Fortunately, the sets in this list do not. I've rated each one for durability from 1 to 5 points so you can be sure the toy will last longer.

Replayability

I also rated all sets for replayability. How often do they return to it after playing once.

This is mainly due to how many things you can do with them and whether they can continue to explore and be challenged.

Best Wooden Zoo Toys Reviewed

Best wooden train track with wild animals

bigjigs Safari

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8.2
Toy score
Features
3.8
Replayable
4.2
Sustainability
4.3
Best for
  • Small ramp is nice to run the train
  • Nice artwork
Less good
  • Not much extra to do except the animals

The best train track set with wild animals!

The safari train leaves for a great adventure. Along the way you will encounter all kinds of wild animals, such as a monkey, a giraffe and a beautiful lion!

This 38-piece wooden track set features a locomotive with two carriages, as well as wildlife including an elephant and a zebra.

Did you know that there are all kinds of extra accessories available to expand this set? The rails can be expanded with, among other things, the BigJigs Rails Expansion Set.

The train set is suitable for children aged 3 to 6 years.

Also read: these are all the best wooden toy train sets for kids that we reviewed

Best wooden zoo toys for babies

Melissa & Doug Animal Rescue Shape Sorter

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8.5
Toy score
Features
4.3
Replayable
4.5
Sustainability
3.9
Best for
  • Sturdy truck and wheels
  • Multiple activities in one
Less good
  • Animals fit in almost all holes
  • Figures get damaged quickly

Every child needs a shape sorter in his life. Why not one with cheerful zoo animals?

This safari car from Melissa & Doug is very cheerful and there are 7 animals and 2 rescue rangers.

Just like with any shape sorter, your child has to get the animals through the holes. That is good for fine motor skills.

The animals themselves are also just fun to play with, so they can use it in their pretend play for a long time to come.

It is made of very sturdy wood, so the fairly flat figures can always participate nicely.

The set is suitable for 2 to 4 years, but they can also play with it a little earlier.

What is disappointing is that the animals actually fit in almost all holes, for example if you turn the alligator and push nose first, it just fits everywhere.

That is a disappointment, but otherwise a very nice set.

Best wooden animals

Ostheimer Wood Carved Waldorf Animals

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8.2
Toy score
Features
3.4
Replayable
3.9
Sustainability
5.0
Best for
  • Super durable wood will last a lifetime
  • Very well finished and safe
Less good
  • Super expensive

It doesn't get much better than Ostheimer's hand-carved animals. It is a Waldorf toy par excellence.

Very well finished and durable wood. These will last a lifetime. Well, several lives actually.

It is very pricey, especially if you want to buy several animals, so that is something to take into account.

I also have cheaper sets on this list, such as the Melissa & Doug wagon. But a list of wooden zoo toys just can't be complete without these beautiful creations from Ostheimer.

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
Sustainability
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 wooden toddler toys

Heat At The Zoo Playset

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8.7
Toy score
Features
4.1
Replayable
4.5
Sustainability
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.

Best stack of toys

Le Toy Van Petilou Stacker

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8.4
Toy score
Features
3.8
Replayable
4.2
Sustainability
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. These types of toys are suitable for hand-eye coordination and dexterity play, 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 :)

Best creative wooden zoo animals

Kipod Pom pom

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7.9
Toy score
Features
4.1
Replayable
3.2
Sustainability
4.6
Best for
  • Nice and soft animals that are also fun to play with for little ones
  • Great fun to craft and maybe the first project for a 5 year old
Less good
  • Can only be used once

The first set on the list where they can put together their own animals.

A fun kit with 3 animal bodies, 3 colors of wool yarn and 2 rings for easy pom pom making.

So it is a craft kit. In itself fun to make yourself while your 2-year-old plays with the yarn next to you. They are also fun to just play with when finished.

However, it will be the most fun for 5-year-olds when they can make the animals themselves.

The process is quite simple. Wrap the thread around the ring in the middle of the animal and then cut it in the middle.

Now every animal has a fluffy coat that feels nice and soft!

How to make the pompom animals

That's why it's also fun for smaller children, because they feel so wonderful. But whether you want to do it yourself or keep them for a while until they can, I leave that to you.

The make aspect can only be done once. Once they are made, the yarn is gone and the creature is made.

It might be best to give to the child with a smaller brother or sister so that you benefit from both making and playing.

Conclusion

There are a lot of nice wooden zoo animals for sale. I hope this list gives you an idea of ​​the possibilities for your child.

Also read: these are the best wooden toy brands reviewed

Always something to do for the holidays or rainy day?

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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.