I have always been an advocate of wooden toys, mainly because they are just more eco than their plastic equivalents. Plus their simplicity helps children to develop their creative skills. Matylda definitely shares my view when it comes to Hape toys, so she was over the moon when she was testing their new additions. Have a look at what we think of them.
Hape Balance Wonder
balance bikes are such a brilliant idea, because they really make the transition from training bike to the real one a lot easier. Hape’s Balance Wonder Bike is the two-wheeled scooter, perfectly-sized for speedy escapades. Giving children the confidence they need to ride a bike, practicing their sense of balance, encouraging children to stay active all while having fun and building strength provides the perfect opportunity to skip the training wheels.
To accommodate each child, the seat can be easily adjusted to suit a child’s individual height for comfort and safety. I think it is so important, because Matylda is taller than kids her age and usually most toys seem to be too small by the time she reaches the suitability age. So although she is three, she already uses mid heigh seat. But for all little girls and boys aged 3 years + the Balance Wonder is sure to be a big hit. This sturdy balance bike in a combination of cool monochrome colours adds a stylish flair to this scooter, highlighting the rubberized wheels which are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use without scuffing up the floor. From short rides to all day excursions, cruise around the living room, hallway or garden – the world is your oyster.
Hape High Sea Rocker
I literally fell in love with this super cute boat, that uses child’s balance and strength to make a movement. With its bench style seat and supportive back piece for additional comfort (and safety!) this is the perfect indoor play structure for your little one. The impressive rocking boat measures 81 L x 30 W x 36 H cm in size and is suitable from ages 12M+. Sit on the boat deck, grab the handles, and rock back and forth just like you’re on the rolling waves of the ocean.
I love it’s classic and quite vintage feel thanks to the finest of details including the wooden anchor and life saver attached to either side of the vessel. Complete with sturdy wooden handlebars makes it easy for little hands to hold on tight while the strategically placed bumps on the front and back of the hull ensures you never have to worry about capsizing.
Each phase of movement in a child’s life is essential for developing motor skills. From laying on their back with extended limbs to crawling across the floor, so rocking and riding in Hape’s High Seas Rocker is no different as your child will soon be on their way to walking success. With Hape’s High Seas Rocker emphasis is made on the importance of coordination and balance, as well as building core arm and leg strength, all vital steps in learning to walk. How fantastic is that!