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Top Wood Car and Truck Toys

Updated on November 13, 2012

Wooden Toy Cars and Trucks for Christmas 2012!

I am a mom of three great kids, ages 6, 8, and 12. I encourage creative play and pretend play for their emotional development which means we often pass up toys with all the modern bells and whistles. The "play" ideas should come from their mind not from the toy. If the toy is remote control, makes a bunch of noise, or drives on its own, then the creative play work is being done for them and they don't get to flex those creative muscles. I want my children to actively play so I will avoid toys they just watch all day. Their mind is the toy. Simple, natural, classic toys are also open ended with many uses, instead of one. Those are the toys I want to buy my kids.

Another consideration is sustainability. With all the cheap plastic gadgets and toys on the market we are flooded with products that don't last long, typically only one generation, and they don't dispose well, if at all. Plastics also have chemical components like PVC, BPA, and phalates that I do not want to expose my children to. Toys made of natural materials are warm, durable, and compostable.

With all this in mind I like to buy wood toys for my kids. My boys in particular love wooden cars and trucks and there are many on the market nowadays that meet my standards for creativity and sustainability. This lens highlights some of my favorites. Enjoy!

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Why Wood and Bamboo Toys?

Child Playing with Automoblox Truck Toy
Child Playing with Automoblox Truck Toy

Wood and/or bamboo toys are natural materials and they are much more durable than their plastic counterparts, creating less waste and less need to constantly replace broken toys. Wood can be harvested from sustainable forests and bamboo is a grass that grows to maturity in only four years, so both options are better for the planet too. Look for toys that have been painted with natural, plant based dyes. Also, since quality wooden toys cost more than plastic in most cases, you can try and save money by picking them up second hand at thrift stores and yard sales.


My boys love these! Part wood, part plastic... all fun!

Automoblox Mini T9 Pick-Up
Automoblox Mini T9 Pick-Up

A reinvention of classic wooden toy car for the iPod age, Automoblox is a fusion of heirloom craftsmanship and ultra-modern styling transformed into a mix-and-match design system that allows kids to create their own unique car styles. Starting with a stylish wooden body, kids add wheels, windows, and unique customizing details. Automoblox. Ages: 3 to 10


Plan Toys Car Carrier

All wood and so cute. This is one of my toddler's favorite toys.

Plan City Car Transporter
Plan City Car Transporter

* Semi truck car hauler with two cars

* Perfect Size Cars And Trucks For Little Hands

* A Wonderful Addition For Any Of The Plan Toy Road And Rail Sets

* The Imagination Start Here

* This Toy Is Made From All Natural Recycled Rubber Wood


ImagiPLAY Big Chunky Toddler Cars

BeginAgain Push Along Hybrid Car
BeginAgain Push Along Hybrid Car

* Encourages crawling and aids toddlers in balance and motor skills

* Shaped from a single piece of earth friendly Rubber wood, with smoothly finished edges

* Earth friendly - natural wood

* Toy Wishes Top Pick Holiday 2008 the Toy Man 5-star rated

* Lead free paint


The E-Racer Bamboo Car

Hape International E-Racer Red
Hape International E-Racer Red

The new E-Racer will thrill eco-minded moms and kids with sleek design and nimble handling and the extra benefit of having a tiny environmental impact. The body of each E-Racer is built from one single piece of renewable bamboo and finished in non-toxic, water based paints from Europe.


Get Digging!

PlanToys Mini Excavator
PlanToys Mini Excavator

Plan Mini Excavator is just like the real thing, only tinier! The excavator has a realistic shovel for digging and an engine room that can rotate 360 degrees. Toddlers will love the click-clack sound it makes as it rolls forwards and backwards. Chunky shape and sturdy construction make this vehicle perfect for heavy duty toddler play. This beautiful toy is crafted from recycled, natural rubber wood, dyed with vegetable and soy dyes, and assembled in an earth-friendly process.


My Son Playing With Automoblox

My Son Playing With Automoblox
My Son Playing With Automoblox

Wood Dump Truck Toy

Wonderworld Green Miniature Wooden Dumper Push Toy - Real Rubber Tires +  Bonus Driver Included
Wonderworld Green Miniature Wooden Dumper Push Toy - Real Rubber Tires + Bonus Driver Included

The Wonderworld Mini Dumper Wooden Vehicle is a product that is unique in design because it is just the perfect size for little hands and is not easily found in any toy shop. The Wonderworld Mini Dumper Wooden Vehicle comes equipped with a truck driver and a dumper that actually moves back. The Wonderworld Mini Dumper Wooden Vehicle will be one of your child’s favorite toys and will be a great addition to any game of make believe.


Tag Toys Wood Dump Truck

Dump Truck
Dump Truck

This giant dump truck is a classic favorite. Large, working dumpster with swinging gate provides for long hours of imaginative play. Solid oak hardwood, unbreakable non-marking wheels, and steel axels are standard for all TAG TUFF TRUCKS. These trucks are tuff.


Simple Wood Race Car Toy

Scoots - Race Car - Made in USA
Scoots - Race Car - Made in USA

A formula one race car is very aerodynamic and fun to play with. The driver does not come out.


Race Cars Ramp Racer

We have this ramp racer it is is a high quality, FUN toy. Both my 5 year old and my 11 year old enjoy it.

EverEarth Jr. Ramp Racer. Race Track for Toddlers and 4 Wood Cars, Race Car Ramp Set
EverEarth Jr. Ramp Racer. Race Track for Toddlers and 4 Wood Cars, Race Car Ramp Set

* Eco-friendly, solid wood from renewable forests. Painted using watercolor-based paints: safer for the environment than acrylics

* Kid-safe, water-based, non-toxic, lead free paints

* Packaging is made of attractive, environmentally friendly recycled materials


Ramp Racers!

Ramp Racers!
Ramp Racers!

Wooden Van Toy With Passengers

Wooden Toy Cars: "Family Van with 3 Figures" by Kinderkram Germany: Educational Waldorf Inspired Educational Play Toys
Wooden Toy Cars: "Family Van with 3 Figures" by Kinderkram Germany: Educational Waldorf Inspired Educational Play Toys

These natural quality toys are very special, they are exactly like the way toys used to be made ages ago. "Family Van with 3 Figures" by Kinderkram Germany. Simple features allow a child's imagination to express itself freely. Crafted and imported from Germany, these are beautiful handmade wooden toys which encourage creative play. Measures about 5.25" long. Sure to delight children, ages 3 & up.


Wood School Bus Toy - Made from Recycled Rubber Wood

Plan Toy Activity Bus
Plan Toy Activity Bus

Plan Toy Activity Bus opens up into a class room. Children can role play and play with other to stimulate social interaction and helping to develop their creative imagination. This set includes two figures.


Wood Construction Trucks

WoodyClick Construction System Car Transporter
WoodyClick Construction System Car Transporter

On the road to a pleasurable play experience! Build the vehicles. Load the semi-trailer with 2 cute little cars then unload and go on a roadtrip in the car of your choice. WoodyClick is the NEW play system from Hape with the benefits of moveable pieces and the quality of finely finished wood. WoodyClick encourages creativity, logical thinking and early motor skills. Different sets can be combined to make new vehicles and structures. Cute and happy people can hold various objects for imaginative play and can drive all the vehicles in the series. WoodyClicks is destine to be a classic and fill your child with fond memories.


Wooden Truck with Extended Open Bed

Open-Bed Truck
Open-Bed Truck

This sturdy truck has a large open-bed trailer for transporting big loads. Detachable trailer allows the driver to park shipments for unloading while using the cab for other short runs. Children learn how to back up and park a big rig. Solid oak hardwood.


Wooden Stake Crate Truck

Stake Truck
Stake Truck

Perfect for awkward loads such as oversized pallets or large machinery. Removable gates allow easy loading at any point along the large flat bed. Solid oak hardwood.


More Construction Trucks

PlanToys Plan City Construction Vehicles
PlanToys Plan City Construction Vehicles

Consists Of A Crane Construction Sign Street Hazard Sign Concrete Mixer And Two Figures Of A Foreman And Worker. All made of wood.



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    • WorldVisionary3 profile image

      WorldVisionary3 6 years ago

      Automoblox is a favorite toy in our household, and they look so sleek!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I saw the first type of cars you show in a famous shop of Barcelona and I thought it was great.

      I am 21 and I was excited. Thanks for giving the brand 'cause I want to buy some of them.

      Also, it's true all you expose.


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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Cool! They sure beat plastic and metal

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      happynutritionist 8 years ago

      These are so nice, almost looks like something you could make if you had the right tools, so easier to buy I'm sure:-) Have a nice Thanksgiving and Christmas ~claudia

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      seashell2 8 years ago

      Great lens, my boys played with wooden cars and trucks when they were little! ( Now there into the real ones) :-)

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      myraggededge 8 years ago

      Nice lens. My boys had lots of wooden toys.

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      shannonpatricia 8 years ago

      My grankids love wooden cars.

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image

      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Really Sweet Wooden Toys for Kids. :)

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Love the wooden cars.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      These are really cute! I love that little race car.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great Selections of Wooden Cars and Trucks. I love the wooden toys and am so glad that they are finding so many uses for Bamboo.

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      puzzlerpaige 8 years ago

      Wooden toys are the best. My nephews would LOVE these.

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      Laniann 8 years ago

      Yes, very cute. Wood toys are better - they look and feel nice and can last a life time. Plus they aren't make out of some chemical.