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Get back to the basics with exquisitely crafted wooden toys from Le Toy Van

 

Me as a little girl with some of my favorite toys (Fisher Price Little People snowmobile and hitch).

Some people (like my “work kids”) might say that I’m “old.” I don’t consider myself old. Well, not yet any way. I might be 50+ years old, but I’d like to think I don’t look my age (I certainly don’t feel like I’m 50+).

Sadly, my memory is not like is used to be, but there are memories I can remember vividly from my childhood. That has to be one of the best times of my entire life (my 20’s – 40’s were nothing overly special). I think back fondly (often) about how much fun my cousins and I had when we were kids.

I grew up in an age WITHOUT computers, smartphones and video games (I didn’t get an Intellivision – similar to an Atari – until I was in high school).

Back when I was a kid you used your IMAGINATION to have fun. You didn’t sit on an iPad or smartphone for hours on end, mindlessly playing video games. Instead you took items from around your home and created something with them. Or you would spend all day playing with Tonka trucks out in the dirt, or creating endless scenerios with your Barbie dolls.

One of my MOST favorite toys to play with was my Fisher Price Little People. I had all the sets they made at the time (and similar Playskool pieces/sets). Dare I say that the Little People I had (and still own!) were made out of wood. Wood and plastic.

A PLASTIC “Little People” person. I don’t know why they went from wood to plastic.

Wooden toys were the first types of toys made. They were around long before plastic, and certainly decades (or longer!) before smartphones and computers.

There is something very nostalgic about wooden toys. They certainly bring back memories of my youth. I also think that wooden toys are made to last. They are toys that can be passed down from generation to generation.

Toys made out of wood can also be recycled and leave less of a “footprint” on our environment.

The brand Le Toy Van takes caring for our environment seriously. As per the brand;

At Le Toy Van we believe in a world of play without plastic. We’ve been targeting single-use plastic as a priority and have already removed plastic windows and inserts from a large percentage of our packaging, moving towards recyclable and compostable cardboard boxes. We aim to have 100% plastic-free packaging for all our toys by 2021.

A very tiny number of our toys – the wheels on our wooden cars for example – have historically had a very small number of plastic parts, but we’re working hard to source innovative, plant-based, biodegradable alternatives to these so that we can become entirely natural, plastic-free & become truly eco friendly toys.

Le Toy Van offers consumers beautifully made wooden toys for boys and girls that are sure to provide hours of fun. They have toys for infants and toddlers (3+). Older children (I would think up to 10 years old) can enjoy many of Le Toy Van’s toys.

Here are a FEW examples of the beautiful toys you can find on the Le Toy Van website.

I included A LOT of examples. That is because I think these toys are amazing. If my kids were younger I would have shopped at their site all the time.

I was sent one of their toys to review. I received their Holiday Campervan.

California dreamin’? From the Daisylane Collection comes this perfectly scaled camper with rich details including a surfboard, a padded mattress and a removable roof. Handmade from sustainably sourced rubber wood, the pale painted camper provides a durable set of fun accessories that aids little ones to develop coordination skills and explore role-play adventures.

This vehicle is amazing. The brand put so much detail into this toy. They didn’t leave out anything. It truly does remind me of the type of vehicle you’d find parked at a beach so that the surfers can ride the waves.

The toy is very well made. I have tried to see if pieces wiggled about, but it’s a solid toy. There are no rough edges and I don’t see how it would be possible to get a splinter (unless the toy was neglected and/or damaged by a child).

This piece would also make a whimsical collectible for an adult. My husband likes to collect diecast cars. He thought this van was awesome. When I showed him other cars and trucks on the Le Toy Van website, he said they would made great collectibles (it was his idea).

Notice the steering wheel is on the opposite side? That is because Le Toy Van is a Brittish company.

Sadly, one of our cats chewed on the elastic that holds the surfboard in place (I had to cut it off). The elastic was there to hold the surfboard in place so when a child “drives” it around, the surfboard stays on the hood.

Le Van Toys also carries small dolls that fit perfectly into this campervan (as well as other Le Van Toy products).

If you are interested in learning more about this and other Le Van Toys, visit LeVanToys.com. The brand is also on social media. Their links are found on the top of their website.

I recommend visiting the site to learn more about their toy’s sustainability, and their stance on plastic-free toys.

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

Comments

  1. Those wooden toys are so pretty and well-made! My grandchildren would really enjoy playing with them. My granddaughters would especially love the wooden dollhouse!