Tag Archives: Wooden Toys

Finnish Wooden Toys: Haapareppu

20 May

On my last trip to Finland my MiniMoose got an Haapareppu jigsaw as a late 1st birthday present from a good friend of mine. He absolutely loves this wooden jigsaw that features typical Finnish woodland creatures from moose to fox and a bird to rabbit. The animals are beautifully made of silver birch and the colours are safe fabulous. The animals can also stand and therefore perfect for a play on their own outside the jigsaw! This really is a great present and as you’ve probably guessed now will be added to the Hei Moose wishlist!

Haapareppu Jigsaw

Haapareppu Toolbox

Skilled Teddies to be stacked

Bear Jigsaw



18 May

This house is starting to remind me of a Brio palace. Slowly but surely traditional Swedish Brio products from cotbeds to different sized dachshunds have found their way under our roof. And I’m not complaining, the more Brio the better – I love the simple design and clear colours!


In the Nordic countries Brio is a household name and their car seats and prams along their traditional wooden toys and train tracks are very popular. We would next need the Brio Stove (although I used the box of the large dachshund to make a hob on my own!)

Brio Stove

Walk On – MiniMoose recommends

In our house the most pop Brio products at the moment are the walker, cot bed and dachshund. The Brio Sleep cot bed is particularly handy as it has two levels as a cot and the front panel can be removed and later the whole bed can be turned into a junior bed! We have ours in natural wooden colour and 2 years ago Brio had other colours available too. In addition I have my eyes on the Sitty pushchair – it is a good old classic and still looks cool! Oh and the

Brio Sleep cotbed 3 in 1

Brio Go

Brio Sitty – The 30-year-old classic

Brio is easily available from many UK online retailers, including amazon and ebay.

Check Brio’s site out for kids’ activities including colouring sheets. Visit Brio here for all of their products.

Finnish Wooden Toys: Jukka & Hantverkar Lyan

16 Mar

When expecting MiniMoose I almost swore that we would have exclusively wooden toys in our house. The reality, however, has shown that a mixture of both wooden and plastic toys works the best for us. My favourties though are the wooden toys. We’ve got mainly wooden toys by Swedish Brio, Ikea, and Finnish Hantverkar Lyan. Hantverkar Lyan is new to me and I’ve only got to know it now with MiniMoose, Jukka toys, however, I remember from my childhood, especially the rocking horse, rolling seat and fortuna board game!

Jukka ABC blocks with numbers

Jukka Merry Go Round



Jukka toys are made in Finland of Finnish birch tree. Jukka toys is a family run company that was founded in 1923. They are known for high quality and safe materials. Jukka toys range from baby toys to toddlers’ furniture and board games. One of our wedding presents was their DIY Summer cottage in lieu of a real Finnish Summer cottage!

Jukka DIY Summer Cottage

Jukka Rocking Horse

Jukka Rolling Stool



Finnish Hantverkar Lyan was founded in 1991. As for Jukka toys, safe, high quality wooden toys are the key for Hantverkar Lyan. Their range consists of very funky vehicle toys that roll like a dream in MiniMoose’s testing. In addition the toys are designed so that they are ideal for small hands! I’ve been toying with the idea of getting these for Hei Moose!


Hant Verkarlyan T-Ford

Hantverkar Lyan Airplane

Hantverkar Lyan T-Ford Truck