We’re thrilled to announce that Deborah Beau of Kickcan & Conkers will be joining the Handmade Charlotte team as a regular contributor. Hurray! Look forward to more of her amazing finds every week on the site. Without further adieu…
Hi! It’s so nice to be here! As Christmas is fast approaching, I thought I’d start off by sharing some of my favourite transport toys, all available on Etsy. I have three children myself, so I’m always on the lookout for simple, well-designed toys, often handcrafted in wood and preferably eco-friendly.
Traditional or modern, natural or handpainted, wooden toys definitely have a timeless quality, and I think little boys (and girls) will be playing with trains, boats and planes for years to come.
Wooden Toy Christmas Sled
available for $14 at Mumsybird
I love this simple, Waldorf-inspired Montessori Christmas sled & peg people set. Handpainted with a non-toxic watercolor paint and finished with non-toxic beeswax and jojoba, this simple toy could double as a festive decoration for your little one’s room when coupled with Mumsybird’s beautiful rocking trees.
Wooden Toy Car & Truck Set
available for $26 at Little Sapling Toys
Little Sapling Toys needs no introduction. Durable and completely natural, their two-piece car and truck set made from maple and walnut comes in a cotton drawstring carrying pouch. I love the dark, chunky wheels and it’s comforting to know that Little Sapling plants a new tree for every toy sold!
Wooden Toy Passenger Bus
available for $23 at A Summer Afternoon
Generously-sized and originally-shaped, this fun, Montessori bus by comes with four passenger peg dolls for hours of pretend play. It’s crafted from walnut, sanded smooth and finished with beeswax. A great modern heirloom toy for play and display.
Wooden Airplane Toy
available for $14 at Imagination Kids
Eye-catching, eco-friendly design that’s easy on the pocketbook! These airplanes come in seven different colours, all AP/ACMI certified non-toxic. They are handcrafted from sustainably harvested wood and finished with a natural wood polish made from beeswax, jojoba oil, and essential oils, mmm!
Wooden Boat Puzzle
available for $60 at A Summer Afternoon
Is it a boat? Is it a puzzle? No, it’s a boat-puzzle and block set, guaranteed to keep your little one occupied for hours. I love the fact that this developmental toy has been handcrafted from different types of wood (walnut, maple, cherry, alder, mahogany, oak, and hickory), creating a color contrast to promote shape and color recognition (along with other fine and gross motor skills). Another smart toy from A Summer Afternoon.
Walnut Toy Transport Truck
available for $12 at Bannor Toys
I am totally smitten with Bannor Toys’ wooden vehicles. I love their original, modern shapes, perfect for a baby’s grip, and can see this semi-truck set being kept out on display. You can choose from a variety of woods (I really like this dark one personally) and can be sure that this handcrafted toy will be finished with a child-friendly, 100% natural beeswax and flaxseed oil finish. The semi-truck comes with a care card and drawstring carry bag for easy travel or storage. I want one, now!