If you follow our shenanigans on Facebook, then you might have already seen my recent freak-out over Oompa Toys. I often get frustrated with toy websites that seem to only cater to babies (or their parents), but happily Oompa has toys for kids between birth and 9 — and we’re talking some seriously cool stuff. There are tons of wooden alternatives to the plastic you might see elsewhere (look at this super cute wooden bus!), and they offer free shipping on all orders over $65.
Whether you’re looking to rock a kiddos birthday or planning ahead for a holiday, Oompa is the place you have to check out. Here are a few of my favorites for newborns, toddlers, and little kids:
The Organic Fruit Tote Baby Toy is totally safe and fun for your fave sidekick in grocery shopping/fruit-eating. Each piece of fruit is made from organic cotton, and babies can teeth on and play with each one. The toy can double as a lesson in color and names of each piece. WIIIIN.
I love how colorful the Peacock Curves Blocks are, but I extra love that the blocks are curved — imagination central!
Babies love books, and the At the Farm Wooden Book is great for little hands that love to rip pages — you can’t rip wood! You guys can have a blast making animal sounds at one another and the book can live on to be read another day.
Toddlers and Preschoolers
The Your Body 5 Layer Puzzle for Boys and the girl version are pretty amazing! Each of the 5 layers (bones, muscles, organs, skin, clothes) is clearly defined and illustrated, and the puzzles would be a really easy way to introduce the idea of body function to a toilet training toddler, or have early conversations about the names of body parts with a young preschooler. Bonus points: puzzles are fab for fine motor skill development.
This bright blue Wooden Trike is a great way to get your toddler outside and moving –plus it’s totally eco-friendly! The trike is made with sustainable rubberwood and coated with water-based paints.
The Rainbow Bead Abacus can introduce your child to patterns, colors, simple math, and counting. The abacus is also coated in water-based paint, which makes it uber safe in case your kid decides that the abacus could also be great for nomming.
I initially chose the Octocolor Blocks mostly because I thought they looked cool, but this set of 100 is incredible. Each block is designed so that only gravity is required for stability — hello, easy science lesson!
I am a BIG fan of the City Skyline Glow Blocks! Any little engineers or budding city planners will probably agree — just like a real city, the set of blocks is different at day and at night. Fun!
Primary school-aged kiddos
Roadtripping with an older kid this summer? Pick up the Travel Color Dominoes Game to keep ’em occupied.
$19 might seem pretty steep for a parachute, but the Parachute Aerolo is made from nylon and mesh, so it’s way more durable than its more disposable counterparts.