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Passionate about art, design, interiors and beautiful things ever since she can remember, Deborah Beau started blogging in June 2009. Both prolific and enthusiastic, she loves sharing her original finds via her blog, Kickcan & Conkers, her kids’ web shop and her freelance work for kids’ magazines and other international blogs. Deborah Beau lives with her French husband and their three children in a small village in the south of France.

I love the world of toy design, and wood is my very favorite material. My father was a carpenter; I think that explains it all — well, almost. You see, not only did I learn to appreciate the beauty of well-designed, handmade wooden objects from a very early age, I also grew up in the UK in the late ’60s and early ’70s, at time when so-called simple “slow play” was the norm. We didn’t have lots of toys — we skipped, played marbles, cats-the-cradle and street games like kick-the-can and conkers. Things were quite different then. I hope you’ll enjoy my finds!

  • Handmade Little Boat Toy

    Eco-friendly, handcrafted and perfect in its simplicity, this rocking boat puzzle/toy is everything I love. Modern yet timeless, for play and display, I’d say.
  • Organic Wooden Rattle

    This simple, beautifully-shaped wooden teething ring looks easy to grip and doubles up as a baby’s rattle (3 months). It is handmade in Lithuania and protected with natural linseed oil.
  • Waldorf Wooden Puzzle Me Toddle Puzzle

    Is it a doll? Is it a puzzle? Is it a stacking toy? Well, it’s actually all three. This four-piece Waldorf wooden toy teaches little ones how to count and sort objects by size, shape and direction. Love!
  • Wooden Puzzle Ball

    This beautiful, deceptively simple toy develops hand coordination, fine motor skills, an understanding of basic spatial geometry and a good dose of patience!
  • Wooden Geometric Puzzle

    This modern, geometric puzzle will appeal to little and big kids alike.
  • Seven Elephants Puzzle

    Made from smooth birch wood, this cute chain of interconnecting elephants teaches little ones how to count, recognize shapes and sort by size (3 years).
  • Wood Airplane Puzzle

    This chunky puzzle is perfect for tots of 18 months and upwards. Optional personalization adds to the toy’s natural heirloom quality.
  • Bremen Town Musicians Puzzle

    Handcarved from beech, this is one of the most original, intriguing puzzles I have ever come across.
  • Story Blocks

    Made from reclaimed barrel shims, this 20 piece picture block set looks like a fun travel companion and a great way to foster children’s creativity.
  • Boy and Sea Playset

    Mielasiela makes beautiful wooden Waldorf toys. I love this sea-themed set complete with lighthouse. Lots of stories and imaginative play there!
  • A Tale of Three Snails Game

    This endearing family game by Israeli toy company Tinocchio comes with accompanying book in Hebrew or English, and teaches children about growing up and evolving as a family.
  • Little Houses Story Toy

    The four plywood houses are painted on both sides and can be moved around to create new sea and springtime scenes, stimulating creativity and encouraging creative play.
  • Saxophone

    The perfect sax for pretend play! Pleasing to the eye and easy on the ears – a definite win-win wooden toy.
  • Fast Car Pull Toy

    This ultra modern pull toy is simple, sleek and stylish. It hails from Croatia, comes in a canvas bag and is coated in organic flax oil. The pull string is also detachable.
  • Classic Convertible Wooden Toy for Babies and Toddlers

    I love Bannor Toys’ modern, curved designs. Each wooden car comes with a care card and a bag for storage, thus making a lovely heirloom gift.
  • Wooden Rolling Hedgehog Toy

    I love the sparing use of color on this unusual pulltoy from Turkey. Decorated with just a few spots here and there, the funny hedgehog’s central ball spins round as it rolls across the floor.
  • Vintage Wooden Child's Rolling Stick

    The colors may have faded on this antique rolling toy and it most certainly doesn’t comply with current toy safety standards, but what a wonderful decorative piece for your home!
  • Whale Puzzle

    Fun, colorful and very original. It would certainly cheer up a kid’s room, and I guess those wave puzzle pieces will keep little ones occupied for quite a while.
  • Vintage Wood Doll

    I have a soft spot for vintage wooden dolls and this simple primitive-looking beauty has aged so well. I’d love this for myself!
  • Big Doll Box

    Tinocchio has designed a clever box to store the dolls they make. It can also be used as a shape-sorting game.
  • Vintage Design Tile Blocks

    Anyone who knows me knows that I love vintage toys, full stop. Great designs are timeless, don’t you think?
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  • khateraahmad1

    Khatera Ahmad from Khatera9 says: Featured

    This is great! I'm a huge fan of simple, basic toys for kids - just like in the past. These toys are fun, educational, interesting, without the fluff and electronics. Congrats!!!

    1 year ago

  • poplovedesigns

    Andrea Hughes from PopLoveHers says: Featured

    You can't go wrong with classic, well-crafted wooden toys for kids. There's something timeless, classic and of course durable (an essential element for little ones' playthings) about wooden goodies. Like, they could have been your great grandfather's toy, but it doesn't matter at all. My favorites are the colorfully stained pieces where you can still see the grain of the wood. Even today I get hypnotized by the colors and patterns of the grain!

    1 year ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie says:

    Wow, so many great toys here! One of my favorites is the wooden teething ring. My son loves it! :)

    1 year ago

  • H88255

    H88255 from HillarysSuperfoods says:

    It is so great to use wooden toys. It is eco friendly which is such a wonderful thing for our planet and the health of children!

    1 year ago

  • ThePattypanShop

    ThePattypanShop from ThePattypanShop says:

    Great toys and so very cute!!!

    1 year ago

  • ToDieForVintage

    Leann from LeannsVintage says:

    I might consider buying a wooden toy for my little niece right now!! Looks so amazing an natural.

    1 year ago

  • HabitNation

    Rebecca and Daniel from HabitNation says:

    I love wooden toys and the quality and crafsmanship behind each piece. So much better than the cheap, easy-to-break plastic junk from the toy store. Wooden toys last a lifetime and can be cherished and passed down from generation to generation. I have an old minature bowling pin set that belonged to my great uncle, and I can remember playing with it during the 80s. It's now on display in my home and means so much that it has been passed down to me.

    1 year ago

  • LunaPlush

    LunaPlush says:

    Wonderful feature! Wish I had these growing up :)

    1 year ago

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts says:

    Great wooden toys!!!! So much better than plastic

    1 year ago

  • HansHolzkopf

    Nataliya from HansHolzkopf says:

    so cuuuute! love the wooden toys!

    1 year ago

  • threecuteflowers

    Nata from threecuteflowers says:

    love the little wooden boat!! so sweet toys!

    1 year ago

  • WellRavelled

    Melissa from WellRavelled says:

    Awesome toys here! Those interlocking elephants are too cute.

    1 year ago

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage says:

    Wonderful craftmanship! Congrats.

    1 year ago

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost says:

    'Simplicity, Simplicity, Simplicity!' ~ Henry David Thoreau

    1 year ago

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty says:

    Best toys ever!

    1 year ago

  • medinisarkliukas

    Tomas Kupetis from thewoodenhorse says:

    Oh we are so happy to see 2 our items! Thank you so much!

    1 year ago

  • KathrynPHaley

    Kate Haley from CopperSpineStudio says:

    Love the wooden toys! I love knowing where the toys came from and knowing that they are going to last.

    1 year ago

  • smelltheclouds

    Laura from hastypearl says:

    Deborah, your work is so clean! It's really the simple things that kids gravitate to, isn't it. These toys will be in the keeper toy box, forever. The plastic stuff will go. Also Love your color palate. Really beautiful , work. The kids all say, THANKS! Laura

    1 year ago

  • buhnon
  • Baumstammbuch

    Eckart Henzler from Baumstammbuch says:

    Sometimes they also break, sometimes they burn and sometimes they get lost, but the feeling, when you touch them, you will remember. E.

    1 year ago

  • ZorroPlateado

    Carole from ZorroPlateado says:

    Great collection.....love seeing wooden toys!

    1 year ago

  • DeborahBeau

    Deborah Beau says:

    @Eckart Henzler your puzzles and wooden toys are amazing!

    1 year ago

  • Rewoodtoys

    J and N George from Rewoodtoys says:

    SO many beautiful wooden toys! We love wood here too ;)

    1 year ago

  • CharmingShopLove

    Marissa Howes from CharmingShopLove says:

    I love this! I really believe children should be playing with more toys that require imagination. There are too many electronic toys for young kids out there. Love the wooden toys. Perfect.

    1 year ago

  • LoveFatimaJewels
  • WoodrockTurning

    Kerry and Rie from WoodrockTurning says:

    Wood has spirit, and if you touch it, you can feel their power, or that you are in harmony with that wood, even if it painted or not!!

    1 year ago

  • whitemountaindolls

    Sarah from WhiteMountainDolls says:

    The wooden toys are so imaginative. I wish I had known about them when my son was young. I will have to keep them in mind when my niece will be born in May.

    1 year ago

  • fineartstoneware

    fineartstoneware from fineartstoneware says:

    wonderful toys!

    1 year ago

  • babyjives

    Jahje from BabyJivesCo says:

    What fantastic finds! Thank you for sharing, I know have an even larger wish list for my kids.

    1 year ago

  • keisha86

    Keisha Francis from RefinedPalette says:

    I love it! I absolutely love wood toys & these definitely have a modern flair that is tres chic! congratulations on this feature.

    1 year ago

  • nativestrandsjewelry

    Rachel from PeppersJewelry says:

    Nice, high quality toys. I am sure the kids love them.

    1 year ago

  • richardlithgow

    Richard Lithgow from RichardLithgow says:

    These look great! Good finds!

    1 year ago

  • thewanderingworkshop

    Athina and Jose from TheWanderingWorkshop says:

    So happy to see two of our toys handpicked by Deborah Beau!!! Thank you very much Deborah!

    1 year ago

  • marka2465

    Mark from ClydesdaleCabin says:

    I totally agree that simple, slow play is the best. Your finds look great. If it isn't inappropriate to promote my products, please check out Clydesdale Cabin building logs - my version of Lincoln Logs. Thanks.

    1 year ago

  • haruaki

    Tiffany Key from resinjewelryHARUAKI says:

    We give our kids just a few quality toys, mostly wooden, that are appropriate for their taste and ability. Every year the grandparents send us boxes full of things that even the kids judge as junk. Kids know the value of quality over quantity and as adults we should respect that. I always tell our extended family to search Etsy when they want to buy a gift for the kids. There are so many great handmade toys that it is hard to choose!

    1 year ago

  • tomsgrossmami

    Tom's Grossmami from tomsgrossmami says:

    Wow, so many great toys here! @Haru Aki: I agree with you Haru Aki from Haruaki!

    1 year ago

  • SpaceMauve
  • khateraahmad1

    Khatera Ahmad from Khatera9 says: Featured

    This is great! I'm a huge fan of simple, basic toys for kids - just like in the past. These toys are fun, educational, interesting, without the fluff and electronics. Congrats!!!

    1 year ago

  • poplovedesigns

    Andrea Hughes from PopLoveHers says: Featured

    You can't go wrong with classic, well-crafted wooden toys for kids. There's something timeless, classic and of course durable (an essential element for little ones' playthings) about wooden goodies. Like, they could have been your great grandfather's toy, but it doesn't matter at all. My favorites are the colorfully stained pieces where you can still see the grain of the wood. Even today I get hypnotized by the colors and patterns of the grain!

    1 year ago

  • ThreeBarDGifts

    Monica from ThreeBarDGifts says:

    I love wood, so these toys are just wonderful! These are the future heirlooms of our lives. So good to see them being created in a world of plastic! Love the antique doll!!!

    1 year ago

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle says:

    Great toys!!

    1 year ago

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger says:

    Your finds are wonderful. I so wish life was back to the simple things....It really makes me happy when I see kids playing with items like these, or playing outside like you mentioned when you were a kid...Me too, as I grew up then too....I miss those days and hope toys like these will allow children to experience a little from the past....

    1 year ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat says:

    Just love wood!

    1 year ago

  • beadeddragons

    Brittany from beadeddragons says:

    I love these simple toys! I babysit for my little cousins, and every time I do they are asking me to change batteries on a different flashy toy...I think they are being hurt in the long run, cause when they play with something like that they don't have to come up with the game or story themselves. Congrats and thanks for putting out eco and imagination friendly toys. :)

    1 year ago

  • AntigoniCreations

    Antigoni Pagali from AntigoniCreations says:

    So lovely...!!!!

    1 year ago

  • DeborahBeau

    Deborah Beau says:

    Thanks for all your lovely comments everyone. It's so nice to see how many people appreciate well-designed, beautifully-crafted simple toys!

    1 year ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage says:

    Great designs and so pretty! Congrats!

    1 year ago

  • irinisklavounou

    irini from IrinisWorld says:

    All the kids with their 'must have' plastic crap are clearly being deprived of the real thing.

    1 year ago

  • sandrostumpo

    Sandro Stumpo from GalleryDiModa says:

    I got wooden blocks with letters and then a wooden block puzzle for my son. He used them for years. Even after he mastered the puzzle and knew his alphabet he still used the blocks. He just would build towers out of them. Because they are so durable, I passed them on to my neighbor's son after my son was too old to use them. The wood toys/blocks/puzzles I think are just cool to hold. I think the weight and the surface are just nice to hold.

    1 year ago

  • nataliereadinteriors

    Natalie Read from NatalieReadInteriors says:

    Such beautiful toys! I think children appreciate them more too as they feel nicer. My kids have had a wooden handmade train set since they were born and still play with it now aged six, the plastic equivalent was packed off to the charity shop a long time ago as 'too babyish'.

    1 year ago

  • valerieoutlet

    Valerie from MiscellaneabyValerie says:

    Thank you for the wonderful ideas. Brain development is the most dramatic in humans in the very early years and it's so important to stimulate that little growing mind. These are perfect toys for building early tactile, spatial and reasoning skills while at the same time using natural, kid friendly materials. Not only that, they are the kind of toys that are timeless and can be passed down.

    1 year ago

  • artistaq8

    Artista from ArtistaQ8 says:

    Such toys are suitable for kids. They're really cute <3

    1 year ago

  • GumballGrenade

    Tanya Newbery from GumballGrenade says:

    Classic and simple! Love!

    1 year ago

  • karnidesign

    karni rauchwerger from karnidesign says:

    As a wood toy maker myself, I love the creativity and design of this collection !!!

    1 year ago

  • MiiniMoh

    Melody from MiiniMoh says:

    Great finds from some quality Etsy shops!! I have always admired Baumstammbuch. I wish more and more children were experiencing "slow play". With the media being over whelming with plastic toys and video games, it is getting harder and harder to prove to my children that this type of play is the real fun. I have always made their toys. <3

    1 year ago

  • smroberds

    Shannon C. from AirplanesToZebras says:

    Simplicity is better! Not all toys have to have batteries. I wish I had found these when my son was younger.

    1 year ago

  • LinaNstich

    Lina Rodogianni from LinaNstitch says:

    If only i had these when i was little!!!

    1 year ago

  • FantasticaIdea

    Roberta from FantaIdea says:

    I love those! I'm gonna buy for my kids!

    1 year ago

  • houseofzane

    Sharon and Kev Taylor from HouseofZane says:

    Awesome wooden toys - they look great :)

    1 year ago

  • knitsbycaitlin

    Caitlin Edge from knitsbycaitlin says:

    So classic - love these.

    1 year ago

  • shellyoverlie

    Shelly Overlie from WoodenWedding says:

    I love vintage toys made of wood. Its nice to see that there are still some toys that don't require batteries. I believe that getting back to basics and spending time creating things with are children is really worth our time. Shelly Overlie from Woodenwedding.com (rubber band gun craft kits)

    1 year ago

  • WalterSilva

    Walter Silva from WalterSilva says:

    Great suggestion per usual Deborah! Look forward to being introduced to more great artisan wood items.

    333 days ago

  • DeborahBeau

    Deborah Beau says:

    Hi everybody! I just wanted to let you know that I am hosting a Wandering Workshop on my blog this week. I love this etsy seller's toy and am delighted to be offering the beautiful handmade wooden boat toy above. Giveaway runs till Sunday 6th. http://www.kickcanandconkers.blogspot.fr/2013/09/wandering-workshop-giveaway.html

    204 days ago