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2013 Toy Trend: Playtime Goes Back to Basics

Feb 15 2013 - 7:54am

For all of the hi-tech excitement that we spotted at this past week's Toy Fair [1], there's one genre that was refreshingly void of on/off switches, batteries, and USB hookups. Durable, classic wooden toys are a hot trend for 2013, and we couldn't be happier about it. Check out some of our favorite timeless wooden playthings for tots — coming to a toy store near you later this year!

Little Partners Toy Tower

Fans of Little Partners' Learning Tower will love its playtime companion for little ones — the Toy Tower [2] ($50). It's available now, and comes in blue, green, and red.

Kinderfeets

There's nothing that we love more than a toy that does double-duty, and Kinderfeets [3] ($99-130) is a shining example. These beautiful wooden training bikes feature a chalkboard finish (available in a variety of colors), so that your kids can both exercise their creativity . . . and just plain exercise.

Sevi Fortress

Since 1831(!), Italian brand Sevi has been making high-quality wooden toys and accessories. This fortress — and all of the fun figurines that go along with it — stood out amongst their many fun offerings.

Ogas Model Boats

Made in Germany, Ogas model boats are built to be passed down for generations.

B. Toys' AB3's

Modeled after an old-fashioned abacus, AB3's features both letters and numbers that flip around for hours of fun. It's appropriate for kids 18 months through five years, and will be in stores later this year.

Le Toy Van Pirate Ship

The construction of all of Le Toy Van [4]'s wooden playthings truly wowed us, as did the fact that all of the brand's products are ethically made in its own factory in Indonesia. This pirate ship stood out as a favorite.

Wonderworld Trix Trax

A fun take on the traditional marble maze, Trix Trax features two-way flippers, meaning that your ball can take a different route every time that it goes down the track.

Wonderworld Wonder Walker

The perfect plaything for a baby on the move, the Wonder Walker (available later this year) features classic styling and the sweetest teddy bear behind the wheel.

Begin Again Teething Rings

Eco-friendly brand Begin Again's GreenRing [5] ($11) has won fans for its compostability and smart, environmentally conscious construction. This year brings several new teething products to the brand's "Beginner" line, including our favorite — the tricolor keys.

Begin Again Earthworms

Begin Again's Earthworms [6] ($11) get a 2013 makeover with a new color palette, and wheels!

Begin Again Animal Parade Puzzle

Quite possibly the year's most coveted puzzle, Begin Again's Animal Parade features interlocking A-Z animals in a rainbow of fun colors. It's made of plantation-grown rubberwood, and finished with child-safe paint.

Sevi Race Car

Only in Italy would they be able to construct a basic wooden race car that looks this cool!

Hape Pull Toys

Hape [7]'s extensive line of high-quality wooden toys for babies through big kids is one of our favorites. New pull toys for 2013 include the Walk-A-Long Croc and Walk-A-Long Puppy.

Hape Fondue Set

Everyone has toy veggies — only Hape [8] has a wooden toy fondue set!

Chicco's New Wooden Line

We're so excited that an old favorite — Chicco [9] — is introducing an entirely new line of wooden toys for babies later this year. How cute are these little guys?

Chicco Block Set

Multiple block sets are part of Chicco [10]'s new suite of wood toys. This one features a carousel-inspired base and shape sorters.

Janod Rocketship

French brand Janod debuted this awesome magnetic rocketship and helicopter at Toy Fair.

Janod Owl Counting Clock

The Janod "Owly" clock is perfect for teaching tots to tell time, and would make the cutest wall accent.


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