Our list of the best brands that encourage play, growth, & creativity for kids of all ages.
With open space and public places still unavailable to most of us, it’s the kids that truly miss out. So, we decided to make the most of being indoors by bringing the fun to them in the most inspired way possible— educational toys. They are attractive and enjoyable, but the best thing about them is how they champion the development of essential skills & creativity in our little ones! Well-curated and pleasing to the eye, these shops are sure to have what you’re looking for to get your kids to think outside the box and engage in imaginative play, just as children should.
You can worry about the mess later. (Also another thing that kids do.)
Beautifully crafted and shaped by hand, every set is one-of-a-kind. They use beeswax to preserve the wood, making it completely toddler & baby safe. Proudly local and timeless, Cobble is the perfect addition to any nursery or playroom. A combo of their toys allows a child’s imagination to run wild, making the possibilities endless.
Smart art for the growing minds, these developmental toys are organic, eco-friendly, and highly educational. Mommykins is the authorized distributor of the widely-popular Wee Gallery, designed by graphic artists with a background in Chemistry, Botany, and Zoology. Their main focus is baby brain development and motor skills through visual art— which explains the black and white, and repeating geometric shapes. Science is pretty cool.
Toy Sparks Joy
Instantly brightens up your day, these are simple wooden toys that spark joy for kids and the kids at heart. Toy Sparks Joy offers a wide selection of engaging toys that can make any child’s heart flutter with absolute delight. All you have to do is browse through their colorful feed, and realize that it’s hard to pick just one. It’s a good problem.
Following Montessori-practiced learning, these imaginative pieces are sure to fill the little one’s curiosity hat. Carefully and intentionally designed to promote hand-eye-coordination, and encourage open-ended play, Whimsy Finn is captivating as it is enjoyable. The Plug and Socket Shape Sorter is definitely an Instagrammable piece that appeases the young inquisitive mind (and hopefully gets them to quit playing with the real thing!)
Gorgeous wooden pieces for all kinds of play and development can be found at Keijo. Promoting creativity and positive interactions, these educational toys are minimal yet highly invigorating. With materials intended to make learning fun, there’s something for kids at every stage to be found here, and it doesn’t take much to see the beauty in every piece.
One swipe down their feed and it’s easy to understand the whimsical magic to be found in imaginative play. Bébí has the tea set of every baby girl’s dream, adorable first toys for the newest bundle of joy, and everything else you need in between to strengthen development skills and encourage a world of pure imagination. Sustainable and eco-friendly to boot, you can hoard without the guilt.
Mommy Loco (Mommy + Iloco)
For mindful, happy, and earth-loving kids, Mommy Loco has the perfect adventure ready to be discovered. Colorful wood, imaginative felt pieces, and suitable books make an ideal combination for a well-thought collection. Magnetic wooden blocks available here will definitely spark some intrigue and clock in more active playtime. Anybody else feeling a bit jealous of what we didn’t have growing up?
The Little Juans
Sensory play is all the rage these days, and The Little Juans is all about it. Sensory tables and all the materials needed can be found here, as well as other accessories to supplement learning, for both the big and little Juans and Juanas at home.
Learning materials personally handcrafted to offer affordable and practical tools for those looking to start their Montessori journey. On a mission to spread Montessori education, Happy Shelf has mobiles, play cards, and puzzles which are popular learning tools that get the brain moving, and they’ve expanded to toys suitable for kids to learn at every age. Happy learning for everyone!
Sensory play to end all sensory plays, these curated play boxes will drive any kid wild! Wonderfully imaginative and sure to tickle all the senses, these theme boxes at Learning Play were designed to encourage learning and active play to nurture a child’s imagination and creativity. Cover up and prepare for some mess, but it will be all worth it when you see the wonder in your bub’s eyes. How can you say no to that?
The one-stop-shop for all your fun kiddie needs, Toy Tinkr has it all. A selection of brightly colored toys, tools, and materials for play, learning, and good-old-fashioned fun. It’s hard not to want everything in their catalogue, but one thing is for sure— you’ll check out with something you didn’t need in the first place. The more the merrier!