There are wooden toys and then there are eco wood toys. These greener designs go a step further in being planet-friendly; we're talking about wood taken from renewable, well-managed forests or made from sawdust that would otherwise go to waste. And besides being good to the environment, these toys help kids gain lifelong skills while they play as well. Here’s our pick of the best sustainable, eco wood toys which keep little ones learning.

1. WOBBEL BOARD: HELPS THEIR BALANCING SKILLS

WOBBEL BOARD
Little busy bees can develop their balancing skills with the wobbel board. Made in Belgium from high-quality, bamboo and beechwood, this completely natural and sustainable piece of open-ended kit gets them up on their feet and building strength as they rock back and forth on the board. It's ideal for honing their creativity as well, letting them interpret the toy in other ways - from using it as a little bridge or step, to using it as a ramp for their toy cars. It's a versatile and long-lasting eco wood wonder.

2. LE TOY VAN TOYS: INSPIRES CREATIVE PLAY

Created with sustainable rubber wood and decorated with only non-toxic paints, the Le Toy Van role play toys are just what little ones need for their first taste of pretend play, made for them, but made without harming the environment too. Their popcorn machine is perfect for some play time during films at home. They can fill up the containers and hand out the popcorn to everyone enjoying the film with them: great pick for developing kids' fine motor skills as well as their speech and social interaction skills. We love their crates of fruit and veg too.

3. TEGU BLOCKS: DEVELOPS DEXTERITY

TEGU BLOCKS
tegu blocks are all made from FSC certified eco-friendly hardwood, with super sneaky hidden magnets inside. The brand have a reforestation programme, which sees them plant at least one tree for every tegu set sold. Made for creative building, tegu toys help with their dexterity, as they get to grips with stacking the blocks. The magnets mean they can focus on their constructions without worrying they'll come tumbling down as well. These are toys that really do good.

4. BEST YEARS: Wooden Teaching Clock Puzzle

Wooden Teaching Clock Puzzle

Handmade from upcycled and sustainably sourced wood, it's a toy which has been made with the planet in mind, perfect for the generation it's designed for. The clock can be split in to pieces before they begin to figure out how to put it back together. With hour and minute hands and numbers written around the outside, school-age kids will love learning to tell the time.

5. PLAN TOYS WATER PLAY SET: SENSORY FUN

PLAN TOYS WATER PLAY SET
Created by the Plan Toys brand, Planwood is an innovative, no-waste material they have invented, made from the leftover rubber wood sawdust in their factories, making this Water Play Set is as eco-friendly as it gets. The set includes a rubber tray and wooden characters for kids to create their own mini sensory water world. The all-natural set, made from rubber and rubberwood, is perfect for playing with outdoors on a hot summer's day or even at the table as an alternative small world toy.

6. MURO: DEVELOPS FINE MOTOR SKILLS

Made in Thailand with sustainable birch-plywood and repurposed rubber wood, which is often discarded as waste, the earth-friendly muro busy board encourages learning through play. Designed with input from psychologists, each muro is customisable, with toys that can be added, taken away and moved around. Every attachment from the peg slider to the bead maze is designed to entertain kids, while developing their fine motor skills at the same time.

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