Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Forest Animals in Wood Reviewed

There are many clever artisans who create Woodland animals hand-cut from a variety of woods for children's play. Other crafters create them as wall hangings, some especially sweet for a baby's nursery or a child's room. Others create wooden animal puzzles.  


Some are finished in natural wood, many of which are considered 'Waldorf Toy Animals'.  Others are hand-painted. All are special because they are lovingly handmade.


These Forest Critters include the animals usually found in the woods, including foxes, wolves, bears, deer, squirrels, bunny rabbits and many others, including birds such as the Owl. 


This page presents a few creative sets of Woodland creatures and a couple individual animals as toys – all created in wood. 


Waldorf Toys


According to a description on Google....


Waldorf toys are wooden toys, they are eco-friendly toys and of course organic toys. ... Toys that are made from natural materials, with rich, natural colors, and that are lovingly handcrafted are inviting and contribute to a child's “sense of life.” Waldorf toys are often simple, without a lot of detail. 


Woodland Animal Sets in Wood


Woodland animals handcrafted in wood
Woodland Animal Nature Toys


All Natural toys for small children shaped like cute Woodland Animals to promote Nature-Based Play.


Each critter is hand-cut out of natural wood and sealed with a Non-Toxic Food Grade Sealant made from beeswax and olive oil. 


These natural wooden toys encourage key early childhood developmental skills such as brain development and small motor skills. They can practice balance by standing them up and stacking, counting the animal toys and families, or creative play with these fun natural toys. 


There are two sizes to the sets, which include a bear, a deer, a rabbit, a squirrel and a bird.  These wooden forest animals are handmade by Erik in Michigan and are available in his Etsy Shop Hessler Customs.


Animal Puzzle Handmade in Wood


Wooden Frog Puzzle

This stand up frog puzzle is handcut from 3/4" thick cherry on a scroll saw, sanded smooth, and finished it with a natural beeswax and organic jojoba oil polish.


The puzzle is 6 1/4" tall, 7 1/4" wide and 3/4" thick. It has four puzzle pieces.  This is a great beginner puzzle for ages 3+.


Woodland Frog puzzle is handmade by Susan who lives in Missouri near St. Louis. She has been creating adorable woodland creatures for many years and is a very talented craftsman. Susan and I met up several years ago when I was living in St. Louis and I have been a fan of her work ever since seeing them in person. You can find this frog puzzle and many other delightful wooden toys created by Susan in her Etsy Shop OohLookItsARabbit.


Woodland Animal Peg Dolls


Woodland Animal Peg Dolls

These Woodland animal peg dolls make for delightful playtime. They are made of solid beechwood, measure 2/5 inches tall and are hand-painted and sealed using CE tested (certified) non toxic paints and sealants.


Included in this listing are a Bear, a Fox, a Deer, a Hedgehog, an Owl and a Badger. They are available to purchase individually or as a set.


These Woodland animal peg dolls are handmade by Katie and are available in her Etsy Shop Multipegs.


Woodland Animal Wall Hangings for the Nursery


Woodland Animals Wall Art for the Nursery

This delightful array of Woodland animals for the nursery wall (or any child's room) are created by Lea of Michigan for her Etsy Shop NovelWares.


• Crafted from 1/4” solid walnut which is sourced from sustainable and responsibly harvested forests

• Sealed with a poly for durability and easy cleaning

• Comes with double sided tape for easy and quick installation on your wall.   


Some of Lea's forest animals include 


There is also a bear, a bee, a hedgehog and a wolf.  Check out Lea's shop for many selections in this world of wooden forest animals. 


Summary




Many more Woodland Forest Animals are available throughout Etsy cleverly created in wood.  Just do a search for Woodland Animals in Wood for a wide variety of these cute animals who live in the forest. 


Related Post:


Review of Woodland Forest Animals as Soft Toys


*Forest Animals in Wood reviewed by Wednesday Elf






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11 comments:

  1. Elf, what a delightful collection of adorable woodland creatures handcrafted in wood by talented artisans! In addition to being eco-friendly toys that encourage a love of nature, these would also make lovely, rustic home decor accents. How wonderful that you had the opportunity to meet one of these makers in person!

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    1. Thanks, Margaret. I so admire artisans who can create in wood. And it was fun getting to know Susan and admire her creative work. I also agree that these beautiful wooden Woodland animals would make lovely home decor and I plan to explore that area in a future article.

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  2. I am loving these beautiful forest creatures made from wood by talented creative artisans! Lovely that you were able to meet Susan one of the creators. What a wonderful gift these would make for a child. Fun to play with and as you said would help promote brain development and small motor skills. Hopefully, they would also encourage a love of nature and an appreciation of craft skills.

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    1. Yes, Jasmine, these wooden forest animals certainly can help children learn to appreciate nature. I can see them especially helping city kids who seldom get to enjoy time in the woods learn about all these different animals who live there.

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  3. I love all of the forest animals, but I am especially fond of the puzzles! When my children were little, they had a set of hand-carved wood animal puzzles that they loved. Because I am surrounded by animal lovers, I see a world of gift options in this one article. Thanks for the great suggestions!

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    1. You're welcome, Mouse. These wooden animal puzzles and other handcrafted in wood animals would definitely make great gifts.

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  4. Oh these are all so pretty! I think I\m going back to being a child again as I would enjoy these wooden animals at any time. There is something very therapeutic in handling items that are natural and well shaped. Maybe I just need some more grandkids so I can spoil them a little. What do you think? Thanks for bringing these lovely critters to my attention Pat Austin!

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  5. These are beautiful wooden toys, Elf. They'll last forever and be passed on from generation to generation!

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    1. I agree, Brenda. Wooden toys are long-lasting, as especially opposed to many plastic ones.

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  6. These wood puzzles are so darn cute! Wow. Very lovely, unique gift idea. Personal, creative, unique, I would certainly consider giving one of these as a gift.

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