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Timeless fun with classic toys

In these hi-tech times, the old-world simplicity of well made wooden toys can bring a child hours of pleasure. Take play off-line this festive season with the gift of some retro fun and games.

A small child playing on a red moose-shaped rocking horse in a living room with neutral decor.
A small child playing on a red moose-shaped rocking horse in a living room with neutral decor.

Made for fun. ‘I love having humour and fun in all things – I grab ideas by the tail and let them dance in my brain for a while before I work them out.’ Anna Efverlund, designer of classic IKEA toys including the EKORRE rocking moose, always works the idea of imaginative play into her designs. ‘Children are honest – they can’t be happy without being happy. If they like something, it shows!’

Invest in toys that encourage creativity and fun using the most powerful thing of all – a child’s imagination!

Quality play. ‘The nice thing about wooden toys is that besides their play value, they’re decorative and add to the home environment,’ says Francis Cayouette, designer of MULA toys. ‘The series isn’t just colourful, it’s full of things for your child to discover. Practise colours and shapes with the blocks, develop motor skills with the toy hammer, use the wagon/walker to find balance.’

Wood toys last. It’s a good material for children – honest and warm to touch and play with. Even with a few scratches, wood toys hold their value, ready for the next generation to discover

Francis Cayouette, designer of MULA wooden toys

LILLABO toy vehicles combine cars with puzzle play. They spark imagination through role play and encourage creativity because children make their own combinations

Henrik Johansson, designer LILLABO wooden vehicles, cranes and train set

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.