I'm not entirely sure why it is, but I love the look and feel of wooden toys. Perhaps its some oldy-worldy kind of nostalgia, a throw-back to my own childhood and playing with toys in my great-grandmother's front room. Or perhaps it's fear of BPA, PVC and all the other things we thought were 'child-safe' only to find out later that they aren't.
Either way, I love the range of wooden toys from Brio, and my little girl has a good supply of their stock right here in our home.
Brio toys are durable and well made. They are painted in bright colours with child-safe paints, and can withstand even the most hardy toddler's imaginative play.
Our first Brio toy was a Bell Rattle which my daughter would chase around the living room, stimulating her crawling from early on. Our next toy will be one of their pull along toys – either the helicopter or the giraffe, we're still trying to decide.
My Brio favourite has to be the wooden railway station though. So much cheaper than a 'real' railway model, and although aimed at children, some of the engines are battery powered, so I suspect dads love it too.
I'm a sentimental ol' thing, me. Not only do I love that the Brio toys are environmentally more friendly than plastic toys, but I also love that they last. I love the thought of my granddaughter playing with the same toys, and with a little bit of restoration and love, perhaps even her daughter.
I also like the feeling that Brio actually cares about my child – yes, I know they don't really, but I like feeling that they do – and that all their paints and parts have been checked and triple checked for safety, and that they are lead and other dangerous chemical free.
I only wish Brio had a larger range, but at least what they do offer is a very good starting point.