We recently wrote about how kids thrive with less toys. For our family having less has given us so much more and really allowed us to once again enjoy our kids. One of the things I am always looking for is toys that are built to last.
We don’t mind spending a little more on items that will have a great deal of longevity, especially when young kids can be heavy handed and still don’t have a huge understanding of looking after their toys.
My nan used to say, “they don’t make toys like they used too”. Which is quite often true in our throwaway culture. Toys are often made of inexpensive plastic and not built to last generations or even for much past a few playing sessions.
I have some wooden toys left over from my childhood and even after 30 years they’re in as good a condition as they were new. Wood really has a longevity that plastic doesn’t. They are almost timeless and evoke a feeling that man-made materials just can’t equal.
They also look so much better. There is just something about wood.
Hape is a company that specialises in wooden toys. They focus on 6 key areas:
Imagination and creativity
Fine motor skills
Each toy is bright and interesting and helps to promote the growth of a child in each of the 6 key areas. Their philosophy is beautiful:
“Hape toys are designed first and foremost for children. Each product is developed to enhance a child’s developmental skills. Neither language, nor culture, nor gender impedes the intuitive play patterns. What children see as fun, parents and educators recognise as age-appropriate learning basics; social, sensory, physical, and emotional skills. Using natural materials, water-based paints, and strict quality and safety standards make every Hape toy an investment kids will love and parents can trust.”
We were recently sent the figure eight railway set, xylophone melody track, automatic train bell signal and the grasslands jigsaw to review. They adore wooden train track spending hours at a time making elaborate structures. We have a huge amount of track collected over 6 years and it’s still as good as it was when we first opened it, despite the thousands of times it’s been played with.
Whatever age, building a train track is always fun. It’s great for developing coordination, hand eye skills, problem solving and imagination. Being able to decide which way the track will go helps a child to grow independent play thoughts and really fosters imagination.
My 2-year-old doesn’t have a great deal of inkling when it comes to building track, taking turns or even not destroying what her siblings have built.
However, each time we play her understanding of these skills grows.
Hape toys are made to last. They are made to be kept and passed down and are sturdy enough to withstand years of play and still look good as new. We have many Hape toys, it’s a brand we love, trust and my children continue to enjoy many hours playing together.
For more information on Hape toys visit: www.hape.com
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