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The Joys and Educational Benefits of Baby and Toddler Toys

Millhouse Dumper Truck

Learning through play is a vital part of childhood. Babies start learning as soon as they open their eyes and ears and for around two years after they are born they learn primarily through their senses as they focus on what they can see, smell, hear, touch and taste. Life is a series of exciting new discoveries for young children. Parents looking for safe, engaging and entertaining toys for young children need look no further than our selection of baby and toddler toys.

Shape sorting toys are always popular with children who love the challenge of working out how to fit wooden blocks on top of or next to each other or even through a particular hole or gap. These toys encourage the development and improvement of fine motor skills as babies use their fingers and hands for grasping and gripping.

Le Toy Van Noah's Ark Shape Sorter One of our most popular shape sorters.


Baby Walkers, on the other hand, promote the enhancement of gross motor skills as they encourage children to use their muscles in their back, shoulders, arms and legs to stand up, balance and walk with the aid of a walker. Our brilliant selection includes the magnificent Tidlo Activity Walker which we are giving away in our weekly Wooden Wednesday competition.*


Tidlo Activity Walker This week's Wooden Wednesday prize. See below for how to enter.


Building and stacking toys are always popular with children who always enjoy stacking wooden blocks and shapes into a teetering tower which inevitably topples to much laughter and smiling. While having so much fun, babies and toddlers are also learning how shapes fit together and about balance. They are also developing cognitive thinking as they think about how to fit shapes together, remember why they fell over last time and plan a new arrangement of shapes and blocks.

Tidlo Rainbow Cubes


Wooden puzzles are a perfect match for our innate curiosity and willingness to learn. Some puzzles, like the Melissa and Doug Basic Skills Board, teach children specific skills,  in this case, how to use a zips, buttons, laces and buckles. Other puzzles, such as bead mazes and shape sorters encourage kids to develop and improve more generic skills as previously highlighted.


Basic Skills Board


Win a Brilliant Baby and Toddler Toy

To win our Wooden Wednesday competition, simply tell us how many toys (including those that are currently out of stock) we have on display in the Shape Sorters section of our store and also tell us what is or was your favourite toy when you were young.

How to Enter

1. Please like and share this competition if you are a Facebook user. (Don't worry if you don't have a Facebook account. You can skip this part.)

2. Place your entry as a comment under this blog article.

A winner will be picked at random from all correct entries.

We will accept only one entry per UK household. (The prize can only be delivered to an address in the United Kingdom.)

The result will be announced on this blog shortly after entries close and the decision of the judges will be final.

Please note: each entry has to be approved before it is uploaded to this page. There may be a delay before you can see your entry.

*Competition opens on Wednesday 29th May and closes at 10am on Thursday 30th May. Entries submitted after this time will not be accepted.


Congratulations to Melanie Daniels who has won this week’s competition. Melanie’s name was selected at random from a list of correct entries. Due to a system error yesterday we accepted 36 and 35 as correct entries (one of our products was removed from our Shape Sorters section by mistake yesterday afternoon, meaning that we had 36 and then 35 products within the section).

Thank you to every else who entered and better luck next time!



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