Wooden toys for kids are becoming more popular each day that goes by and there’s a reason for that! They’re safe, don’t have any sharp edges, and they’re long lasting - meaning they can be passed down generation to generation. They’re also pretty unique when it comes to appearance. More than that, these fun toys can help your children grow to be more creative. That’s because they’re simple items that allow a child’s imagination to go wherever it wants to go - and that’s the way it should be!
“Play keeps us vital and alive. It gives us an enthusiasm for life that is irreplaceable. Without it, life just doesn’t taste good” - Lucia Capocchione
Simple Shapes Puzzle
Puzzles are great for kids to practice logical thinking! That being said, this little puzzle made with wooden blocks is a very quick and easy DIY project. For starters, you’ll need:
After gathering all of your supplies, you can follow the steps:
- Sand the blocks.
- Draw and color the shapes.
- After dried, saw the blocks into four squares each.
- Coat each block with clear varnish to prevent from scratching.
Pretty simple, right? You can find a more detailed version of directions and a couple more pictures here.
Giant Tic Tac Toe
Tic tac toe can be a pretty fun game in the early ages (and in the older ones too, let’s be honest here). Imagine now an oversized tic tac toe game that you can make even cooler by personalizing the pieces instead of the common X’s and O’s! The kids will absolutely love it and this also helps them develop logical thinking skills - it’s a win-win. Find materials and full instructions at Her Tool Belt.
Building toys can be as fun as playing with them! Though when giving these blocks a first look you might be wondering how fun are they, the truth is: so fun! All of the patterns showed in the photo above are made with the same blocks - they’re just arranged in a different way - which helps stimulate your kids’ creativity in an amazing way!
So, here’s what you need to make this project:
- 1 inch wooden blocks (30 should be a great number to create cool patterns)
- White acrylic paint
- Sharpies (colors are up to you)
Start off by painting all of the blocks white. Then, you can create the simple half-and-half black and white pattern, or maybe draw some lines, like this:
Whichever way you choose to create your display, make sure to check Frugal Fun 4 Boys and Girls to see all the awesome designs they’ve built with their wood puzzle!
Stacker for Toddlers
Educational toys are usually a parent’s first choice, and now you can DIY at home! This stacker is the perfect wooden toy for toddlers since it helps with motor skills development as well as logical thinking! You can even use it to teach your child the colors and numbers when they’re a bit older. In addition, this DIY project is simple to make: check it out!
There are a lot of options of wooden airplane toys to build, and you can learn two different options with this easy-to-follow tutorial at Woodworking for Mere Mortals.
But that’s not all:
This YouTube video is a great instructional video on how to make a wooden airplane at home! It shows you everything you need for the project, plus all the steps very clearly. There’s no going wrong!
What kid doesn’t love some music? Talk about exploring their creativity, this is the perfect project for them! This tutorial shows you how to make:
- Percussion block
- Bell shakers
- Mini mandolins
Shape Sorting Cube
In addition to DIYing your kids’ wooden toys, you can also find a couple of options to buy that are ready to play! One of them is this shape sorting cube, it’s a wonderful toy to help develop motor skills and logical thinking. More than that, it’s easy to storage and kids love to play with these!
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