TOYS & GAMES

The Wobbel Board and fun wooden play tunnels

I’m a big fan of open-ended play and evergreen toys — toys that our kids play with religiously, independently of their age. This year for Christmas, we’ve added a few toys that I feel belong to the list we created a while ago: both pretty, natural and great toys that our kids all love playing with and already have found so many different uses for.

wobbel boardWobbel board

The Wobbel Board is a Dutch-designed toy which is really not much more than a very well made, sturdy wooden semi circle. There are two sizes of Wobbels, the original one is perfect for children aged 3 to 6. For kids aged 7 and older the XL Wobbel is better suited. It’s a balance board, a swing, a seesaw, a bridge, a seat, a lounge chair, a racetrack, a step, a house — you name it. The Wobbel invites all sorts of uses, both in movement as well as stable, and for older as well as for younger children. Our kids use the Wobbel daily and have even taken it over to friends’ houses because they didn’t want to part with it! The Wobbel was a bit of an investment, and it does take up some place in our house, but it is a great toy which I’m sure will be used extensively for many years to come.

wobbel and wooden tunnel

Wooden stacking tunnels

The other toy which I think is worth mentioning is the wooden stacking tunnel. We’ve had the small rainbow version for a few years now and it’s always used in our kids’ pretend play. I love how versatile this toy is! Smaller children can simply examine the shapes, and see them wobble. When they are a bit bigger, they can get the hang of stacking and nesting them together. Once they start to pretend play, they can use them in all sorts of ways: fences for the animals, beds, tunnels, huts… The possibilities are endless. Our kids play with their wooden tunnels so much that I gave them the bigger tunnel in natural wood for Christmas as well, and they love it. They have been in constant use since! The wooden tunnels are definitely a great toy that children of all ages love playing with (and is also such a pretty toy to look at).

wooden play tunnel

xxx Esther


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Anna
January 11, 2018

We got the Wobbel board for Christmas and it’s the best, everyone that has come to our house has loved it, as have my two boys. It’s just brilliant!


Esther in Amsterdam
January 11, 2018

It’s great isn’t it? (I sometimes have a go myself!)


Laura
January 11, 2018

I love the Wobble Board! I think I will get one for us too. Did you paint one side of it? You gray side does not look like the felt they show on the website… What kind of color did you use?


Esther in Amsterdam
January 11, 2018

It is the felt you see! This is colour ‘Muis’ (‘Mouse’) x


Helen
January 11, 2018

I can’t wait to have a go on your Wobbelboard! (and to move so that I can get one too… :))


Esther in Amsterdam
January 11, 2018

We can start our Thursday meetings with some Wobbeltime!!! 🙂 x


Louise
January 11, 2018

Hi there, did you get the unpainted, unfinished or lacquered version? Thanks!


Esther in Amsterdam
January 12, 2018

I got the lacquer version. With the felt!


Louise
January 12, 2018

Thanks! 😘


ling
January 13, 2018

not that I need any more convincing, I think the wobbel board is going to be our next big splurge for the little one 🙂 btw where did you get those nesting boxes from ? they are lovely !


Esther in Amsterdam
January 15, 2018

I honestly don’t remember! We’ve had them for over 10 years I think… x


ling
January 16, 2018

wow, over 10 years ! thanks anyway !


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Elly
January 13, 2018

Hi there, I really enjoyed this post. My big kids are 7 and almost 6. At their ages would you recommend getting the larger size wobbel board? 😊


Esther in Amsterdam
January 15, 2018

I think I would get the XL, so they can play with it for longer? But in doubt, it’s best to ask Wobbel for expert advice!


Rachel
November 12, 2018

Hi Esther,
I have been thinking about a wobble board for Christmas. There seems to be so much choice and different options, I’m unsure which to go for. I was just wondering which size you bought so was suitable for all your children at different ages? My children are (almost) 2, 4 and 6. Would the smaller version be outgrown in a year or so by my eldest? Or would the XL be to big for them all to manage, especially the younger ones? Any advice greatly appreciated! Thank you.
Kind regards.
Rachel.


Esther in Amsterdam
November 12, 2018

Hi Rachel, we have the larger size, but I think it might be too big for your little ones… Hope that helps! Esther


Rachel
November 16, 2018

Hi Esther, Yes that has helped, thank you for the advice. I have ordered a Wobbel Pro which is the same size a the original. I cant wait to receive it now! Thank you. Rachel. x


Esther in Amsterdam
November 22, 2018

You’re welcome. Enjoy!! xx


Rachel
November 16, 2018

Hi ling
I think I have seen similar wooden nesting boxes from Grimms.


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