The Tot gift guide: planes, trains and automobiles
Little ones will love these eye-catching, heirloom-quality toys that go zoom and vroom.
Who says only boys like playing with toys that go? From planes and trains that zoom to cars and trucks that vroom, my three girls can spend hours immersed in pretend play when they have toy vehicles in their hands. (Needless to say, little boys love them too!)
Adventures are endless with these high-quality toys. Kids will love putting out fires, chasing bad guys, flying to Antarctica, dumping sand, recycling plastic bottles and zipping around on their ride-on. Not only will they have a ton of fun, they’ll also develop their imaginations and enhance their fine motor skills by moving and spinning all the small parts.
Best of all, you’ll have peace of mind knowing these toys are made from child-safe, non-toxic materials. And when one child outgrows them, they’ll still be in excellent condition for their younger siblings or other family members to play with when they’re ready. Heirloom-quality toys are truly gifts that keep on giving.
Here are some of our favorite planes, trains and automobiles. Zippity-doo-da!
Dump truck: This beautiful Wooden Dump Truck by Goki is made in Europe from natural, untreated wood. Featuring a trailer that swivels and a rear panel that opens to offload cargo, it will delight little minds and hands. Ages 3 and up.
Wooden stroller book: Petit Collage’s Things That Go Wooden Stroller Book has six sturdy FSC-certified wood pages with bright images printed on them in non-toxic paints. It easily attaches to strollers, car seats and bags thanks to its practical cotton strap. From 6 months.
Police cruiser: New-naw! Nee-naw! Little law enforcers in the making will love Candylab Toys’ Police Cruiser with its shiny black-and-white paint scheme, gold stars on the side panels and red lights on the roof. Watch out, bad guys! Ages 3 and up.
Wind-up plane: Isn’t Kukkia’s Wooden Wind-up Propeller Plane one of the slickest toys you’ve ever seen? Little ones will love its built-in pull-back motor and spinning propeller, while parents will appreciate that it’s made from FSC-approved beech wood.
NYC Taxi Cab: Always ready to “follow that car”, and now available for consequence-free wooden fender benders. New York City cabs can’t get more durable than this.
Mining play set: Hape’s Lift and Load Mining Play Set keeps little ones occupied for hours as they role-play and pretend to be real miners operating the crane and filling the loader with minerals. The 69-piece set is made from child-safe wood. Ages 3 and up.
Parking garage: Those clever people at Hape sure know how to make toys that stimulate children’s minds. This five-piece City Parking Garage will help them learn new words such as “ramp” and “exit”, as well as remember their primary colors. But they won’t notice they’re learning – they’ll be too busy having fun! Ages 3 and up.
Recycling truck: What’s better than a garbage truck? A Green Toys Recycling Truck made from 100 percent recycled plastic. It’s never too soon for little ones to learn about environmental responsibility, especially in such a hands-on and entertaining manner. From 12 months.
Fire truck: Manny and Simon’s Fire Truck Push Toy is fashioned from 100 percent American-grown, pre-consumer reclaimed wood and non-toxic, zero-VOC paint. Its easy-to-grasp design promotes hand-eye coordination and imaginative play from a young age. From 12 months.
Bentley rider: There’s not a child in the world that wouldn’t adore this elegant Baghera Heritage Bentley Rider crafted from high-quality metal and featuring rubber tires. Not only does it look like a real classic car, it will enhance your child’s coordination and motor skills. Ages 2 and up.
Wooden ride-on: The Sirch Sibis Flix Car is handmade in Bavaria from birch plywood and features heavy-duty EVA rubber wheels that are silent and won’t mark your floors. Its timeless design will look fabulous in your home. Ages 2 and up.
Classic bus walker: Hape’s Volkswagen Bus-Style Walker encourages walking and imaginative play in addition to looking uber-cool. And it’s made from child-safe wood and iron to boot. From 10 months.