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Heirloom Wooden Toys Giveaway and Review



I love wood toys!  As part of my Plastic-Free February finale, I wanted to feature one of my favorite toy stores:  Heirloom Wooden Toys.  I first found this store several years ago while looking for wooden vehicles for my son.  I've purchased several toys from them over the last few years.  They have an amazing selection of wood toys and great customer service.  In this post, I review three toys by three companies (given to me for free for review) sold by Heirloom Wooden Toys, and offer you the chance to win a wonderful wood toy for your family.


Shape Sorter Wooden Bench by Maple Landmark
Made in US with locally-harvested unfinished maple hardwood, $19.80

This is a beautifully crafted toy!  The maple hardwood (locally harvested, and kiln-dried without chemicals) is left completely unfinished with engraved details. Instead of the shapes falling into a container, they just fall right through the bench to the ground. The toy includes 12 smooth maple hardwood blocks (3 each of 4 shapes).  The blocks are just the right size for my 18-month-old girl's pudgy hands to hold and fit into an opening by herself. 


The Shape Sorter Bench has some lovely details.  I like that the bench includes the shape names (etched, rather than painted or stained), which was of great interest to my 3 1/2-year-old budding reader.  The dark interior of the openings on the bench makes it easier for my 18-month-old to place the block correctly.  The Shape Sorter Bench also includes a little cloth bag to store the blocks in.  Although I requested this toy with my toddler in mind, my 3 1/2-year-old insists on joining in whenever we take it out to play.

Some of my other favorite toys by Maple Landmark include the Mites and Scoots vehicles, the name trains, ABC Blocks, and the large-scale Classics Wooden Vehicles (Natural or Painted).  To learn more about what makes Maple Landmark a green toy company, read my Q & A post with Heirloom Wooden Toy owner Kitty Morse.


Lacing Shapes  by Holgate
Made in US with locally-harvested kiln-dried hardwoods, $14.95


These colorful beads are made of kiln-dried locally-harvested wood and painted with non-toxic paints.  They have an old-fashioned handmade feel to them.  The shapes are large (2 1/4" diameter) but thin, making it easier for a small child to thread the cord through the opening. Kids would have a wonderful time playing with this set in combination with the Holgate's Jumbo Lacing Beads.  (We had fun playing with these beads in combination with our Melissa & Doug bead set).  The cord, which looks like nylon to me, is stiff and large in diameter.  My 18-month-old was able to thread some beads onto the thick cord by herself.

 
Holgate has been making toys since the 18th century and still makes classic toys like the ones your grandparents played with.  I love their Handeez vehicles with handles for little hands (we have the police car), Rocky Color Cone, Wooden Mail Truck (shape sorter), Wooden Log Truck and other Wooden Trucks.   To learn more about what makes Holgate a green toy company, read my Q & A post with Heirloom Wooden Toy owner Kitty Morse. I love the classic wood toys.  I hope this bead set will be played with for many generations.



Made in Thailand of kiln-dried rubberwood, $18
Play Toys are made of kiln-dried rubberwood (from rubber trees that no longer produce latex) and water-based non-toxic colors.  The Play Food and Beverage Set also came in all-paper packaging (no plastic!).  You can't really perceive the charm of these toys from the photo:  the weight of the solid wood in your hand, the smooth feel of the sanded wood, the dainty little lids to the honey and strawberry jam containers.

This is the first set of play food I have ever given to my kids.  I threw in a few random kitchen items, and my 3 1/2-year-old was busy for more than an hour taking our orders and bringing us our food.  I was amazed at how quickly his imagination took over: "No, Mommy, this is not ketchup, it is maple syrup for our french toast."

 

I really hate both plastic and cardboard play food, and am determined to bring only wood and fabric play food into my house.  If I could afford it, I would buy their entire line of play food, which, to me, are much nicer than the Melissa & Doug play food.  I also love Plan Toy's musical toys.  To learn more about what makes Plan Toys a green toy company, read my Q & A post with Heirloom Wooden Toy owner Kitty Morse.

Heirloom Wooden Toy GIVEAWAY!!!

Winner chooses ONE of the following:

To enter the giveaway, simply visit Heirloom Wooden Toys, then leave a comment about a product that caught your eye.


Contest ends Friday, March 25, 2011 and is open only to US readers in the lower 48 states.  Winner will be contacted the following day by email.  (If I cannot deduce your email address from your commenting profile, leave it in your comment in non-spam form, like this: betsy at eco-novice dot com.)

Extra entries (leave an extra comment for each extra entry):
  • Share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, your blog or by email (you can use the buttons above the labels/comments at base of the post).
  • Become a Facebook fan of Heirloom Wooden Toys.
  • Become a Facebook fan of Eco-novice.
  • Extra entry for Eco-novice subscribers (or Followers, or folks with Eco-novice as their homepage or regular readers by some other method).  Tell me how you subscribe/ follow/ read Eco-novice in your comment. 

Disclosure:  Heirloom Wooden Toys provided me with the 3 toys reviewed above (free of charge) in order to facilitate this review.  I received no other compensation for this post, and all opinions are my own.  I am also an affiliate of Heirloom Wooden Toys and will receive a small percentage of your purchase if you visit Heirloom Wooden Toys via one of the links in my post and buy something.  I became an affiliate for Heirloom Wooden Toys after several years of buying and enjoying their products (long before I had a blog).  Read my full disclosure policy here.

This post is part of
Homemaker Monday

136 comments:

  1. I liked the xylophone and the lumber truck.

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  2. I love the wooden doctor kit, the learning tower, and the giant teepee!

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  3. I became a fan of Heirloom Wooden Toys on FB.

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  6. And I visit EcoNovice regularly through a link on my own blog!

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  7. I love the classic play kitchens!

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  9. I love everything! I really like the Maple Landmark natural alphabet blocks!

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  11. I like the Caterpillar Grasping Toy! :)

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  12. LOVE the kitchen! So much better than the plastic ones that are everywhere.

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  13. The leaning tower thing looks pretty neat even though it's not exactly a toy.

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  14. I'm a google reader subscriber!

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  15. I sent an e-mail about your giveaway

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  16. I loved the wooden musical instruments. I could probably handle the sounds coming from such pretty toys!

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  17. I spread the word on Facebook (there's a first time for everything).

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  18. And I follow your blog via the link on my homepage, which is how I make sure I'm a regular reader who doesn't miss anything!

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  19. And now I'm a Facebook fan--I think. I clicked "Like" so I hope that's right...? I am such a Facebook dud, dude!

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  20. I like the learning tower.

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  21. Because our home needs more noise (sarasm), the Wooden Musical Instrument Set

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  22. I read your blog as frequently as I am told to.

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  23. The wooden animals nesting blocks look like something Landon would be way into right now. Those vehicle dominoes look really fun too though - something Sophie and her friends could play.

    Fun giveaway Betsy! Thanks!

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  24. I absolutely love The Learning tower!

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  28. I love the Wooden Musical Instrument set.

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  30. I like Heirloom on Facebook - I'm /alternativehousewife

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  32. I am so excited because I've been looking for a place to buy a learning tower!! You have one and I will purchase it as soon as my daughter is standing. My hubby is a musician and we'd really like to have the assorted wooden musical instruments.

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  33. I still love the good old wooden blocks.

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  34. I love the wooden robot!
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  35. I'm a new follower via RSS- Google Reader.
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  36. I really love the little 3D wooden puzzles, like the snail. I think those are so cute!

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  37. I visited the site. The Great Plains Teepee caught my eye.
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  42. LOOOOOVEEEE the Jr. Mail Courier play outfit. Lol. It's cause I'm a mail lady myself. Love it.

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  46. And tweeted the giveaway.

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  47. I like the ColorificEarth Puzzle- Number Snail.
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  48. I like the Oval Xylophone!
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  52. Wow! So many great toys here, hard to choose. My favorite has to be the tire swings! I love the motorcyle and T rex tire swings the most.

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  53. I also like the wooden robot

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  57. Handmade Wood Montana Lumber Truck is my favorite.

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  58. I agree ALL the food would be fabulous!
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  60. I really like The Learning Tower

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  64. i love the Whitney's Play House Cube
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  65. They sell kitchen helpers!! I want one so bad!! cantor(dot)monica(at)gmail(dot)com

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  66. the handmade helicopter is so stinkin cute!
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  72. handmade wood Montana lumber truck

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  73. I love the be blocks set of 18.
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  75. I love that they look like good quality toys!
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  78. Wow some of those doll houses are unreal! My daughter would love the Tree House Cottage, I'll admit I would too :)

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  86. I love the play food
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  94. I love the Learning Tower.

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  97. I like the doctor kit
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  98. I love the doctor kit. My kids played with one forever!

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  99. I love the Marvel All-In-One Kitchen Island. Thanks!
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  100. I like the ColorificEarth Puzzle- Number Snail

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  107. I love the Learning Tower at Heirloom toys. It would come in so handy with kids who want to help in the kitchen.
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  112. I love the play kitchens. My favorite is the Deluxe Big & Bright Kitchen.
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  113. I am a Facebook fan of Heirloom Wooden Toys.

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  115. I_like_the_wooden_musical_intruments!
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  116. Gah! So cute:
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  121. I love their World Discovery Boxes and I know that BOTH of my kids would, too!
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  125. The snail puzzle looks very cute and unique.
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