Thursday, November 19, 2009 Posted by Dina N
Recently, I discovered a company that offers toys with no batteries, no blinking lights, and no cartoon characters. Oompa Toys carry a selection of wooden European toys, educational toys, and modern children's furniture for babies and preschoolers. In addition, Oompa Toys sell baby gear, including strollers, high chairs, diaper bags and meal and bath time items. Their baby toys are natural, safe, and eco-friendly.
I fell in love with Oompa's wooden toys. I browsed their catalog and online store, and found tons of wonderful items I'd love to have for my kids. Among the quality brands they carry, there are several I am familiar with: Haba, Green Toys, Plan Toys, Bugaboo, and Bumbleride. In addition, I discovered many others that would be a welcome addition to any playroom or nursery. Oompa Toys even have organic toys! I put together a long list of items that would make great gifts for birthdays, Christmas, or just because.
Oompa Toys sent me one of their Bajo multi-colored toy trains to review. This adorable train has five flatbeds and 27 pieces that are combined into an engine, passenger car, log car, tanker car and one carrying an automobile. The train, just as all Bajo toys, is made in Europe from locally grown wood and has a non-toxic finish. It's sturdy and will last for years. This toy would make a wonderful present for boys as well as girls. My daughter, who adores "choo-choo trains", had a grand time putting it together, then taking it apart again. She arranged her dolls and stuffed animals in a row, and put up quite a show, naming all the different colors of the toy and explaining how the little car takes a ride on the choo-choo train. She entertained herself for quite a while.
The Bajo multi-colored train is great for developing kids' creativity and independent play. I can just see it under a Christmas tree, carrying tiny gifts, or on the coffee table, on its own or in combination with other toys, providing hours of fun. You can see all the Bajo cars and trains here.
The GiveawayOompa Toys are generously giving away to one lucky reader the same Bajo multi-colored toy train with blue base that I reviewed!
To enter, please visit Oompa Toys and comment below with your favorite item.
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