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Last Christmas, we tried something new. Instead of buying the hottest toys with flashing lights and loud sounds, we decided to go battery free. We didn’t go crazy. While we told family and friends, we didn’t enforce the idea outside of our home. We weren’t trying to ban technology, rather create a play environment that fostered creativity and encouraged imagination.
Now we’re approaching another Holiday season and I wanted to share our top 5 finds:
- Plan Toys City
We already had a couple Thomas Wooden Railway sets, but I was looking for something a little broader. I came across the Plan Toys City Road and Rail Roadway Set.
2. Plan Toys Parking Garage and Airport
3. Maxim EverEarth Farmers Market
My daughter, 2 years old, was really into the play kitchen we had, so I wanted to get her a market to go along with it. I found a great market by Maxim EverEarth. The great part about this set is that it came with everything shown. The crates are great for food storage and there were plenty of different kinds of food to make the kids happy.
4. Hape Playfully Delicious Shopping Cart
What market would be complete without a shopping cart? I looked at a number of different carts, but wanted to stick with our theme of wooden toys. This cart by Hape fit the bill. Hape is know for their quality construction. My daughter loves pushing it from the market and for her it doubles as a baby carriage!
Tegu magnetic building blocks are made of tropical hardwoods in Honduras. I bought these as a family gift. They have even been a hit with my oldest (12 years old). The blocks come in a variety of shapes and have magnets at the end to stick together. The boys have spent hours building tours taller than they are and constructing various vehicles using the add-on wheel sets.