Smiling Tree Toys Classic Racer Review

Many families this year are like mine and on a budget for Christmas, but one thing I have learned is that quality is actually more important to me than price. When shopping for toys, I want something that is going to not only last through Christmas day, but possibly through several children or even become a keepsake. That is probably why I am drawn to wooden toys versus plastic. While searching for some natural wooden toys for my little one, I came across Smiling Tree Toys and you are going to love these handmade items!

smiling tree toys logo

Smiling Tree Toys was started by Justin & Kathleen in 2010, after they returned to the U.S. after serving two years with the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa. They put down their roots in rural southwestern Minnesota where they enjoy “livin’ the good life” making toys, gardening, camping, spending family time with their little girl, and helping out on their family’s organic farm. They also give back to the Peace Corps with every toy purchased!

Smiling Tree Toys Classic Racer

Smiling Tree Toys sent us a Classic Racer to review. First of all, the packaging was perfect. The toy came in its only little muslin bag, which is not only adorable, but completely reusable itself. The Classic Racer is gorgeous! This car is made from sustainably harvested Black Walnut, hand-sanded to ensure perfect smoothness, and then finished with a blend of beeswax and organic camelina oil, which is fresh from their family’s land. This is definitely a toy I’m not worried about finding its way into my little girl’s mouth…as all toys seem to do.

Not only is this toy gorgeous, but it is durable and functional as well. My daughter has not so nicely pounded this car all over our house and the hard wood doesn’t look roughed up at all. The car also rolls very smoothly and straight. It can travel much farther than other non-wooden cars we have and the little holes make it perfect for little hands to grasp. My little girl was much more interested in the wheels and I loved watching her mind work as she tried to figure out how they spun.

Classic Racer

Smiling Tree toys also offers teethers, rattles, push toys, stackers, balancing toys, building blocks, discovery sets, organic playmates, fantabulous playground set, and lots more developmental free-play fun! I love the elephant teether pictured below (which would be perfect for baby #2) as décor for the nursery shelves and then later as a toy.

Elephant Teether

I also can’t wait to see my daughter try and figure out a balancing toy like the one below, which will challenge her mind in ways that I personally can’t.

Balancing Toy

Connect: You can connect with Smiling Tree Toys on Facebook or on their blog

Purchase: You can purchase the Classic Racer for $14 through etsy.

 

I received samples for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions are my own and/or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation.

Comments

  1. I would love to have the Wooden Xylophone toy for my little guy

    graceink at yahoo dot com

  2. I would love a wooden xylophone. Thanks for the chance to enter.

    Andrea D.
    short74717@msn.com

  3. I like the Helicopter
    Kims2312@Verizon.net

  4. Maegan Morin says:

    I like the Organic Old School Truck!

  5. Christina Gould says:

    These toys are so cute. I really like the organic wood toy helicopter. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. My grandson would love the helicopter!

    jandplee at att dot net

  7. hippiemama86 says:

    I would LOVE the peace sign teather found here…
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/80222979/organic-wood-rattle-teether-for

  8. Lori Thomas says:

    I love the natural wooden xylphone toy

  9. Jessica Jollyjess6 says:

    I love the peace sign teether.

  10. LAURA FRIAS says:

    i like the xylphone

  11. natural wooden xylphone toy

  12. karenmed409 says:

    Love to own the natural wooden xylphone toy

  13. sarah shult says:

    I like the helicopter
    sheshult@hotmail.com

  14. Would love the Natural Wooden Xylophone Toy

    danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

  15. I love the Natural Wooden Xylophone Toy

    danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

  16. Domestic Diva says:

    I like the organic old school truck.

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

  17. The ultimate play set sounds awesome!
    goldiez at hotmail dot com

  18. Kristi Rowland says:

    love the organic old school truck

  19. xylophone

    nieceyd(at)gmail(dot)com

  20. ♡♥♬ Raven In A Blue Room ♬♥♡ says:

    I love the natural wooden RATTLE, teething toy for montessori baby – hip peace sign – eco-friendly wood teether for newborns, homegrown organic finish

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  21. i love the natural wooden baby rattle, so cute!
    hungrymonkey09 at gmail dot com

  22. Safari jeep.

    slb3334@gmail.com

  23. EMMAHORTON says:

    HORTON111@AOL.COM

    I LIKE THE organic natural wooden toys – ULTIMATE play set wood fun for eco friendly kids toddlers – flatbed toy truck moving slide building blocks

  24. Super Blogger Girl! says:

    I like the wooden ratle teether in guitar shape.

    jennifer.lleras@gmail.com

  25. I like the peace sign teether.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

  26. Debbie Kennedy says:

    I would love to have the wooden PLAYGROUND pretend organic toys
    cleaningrhouse at yahoo dot com

  27. cloud10277 says:

    I like the organic wood toy helicopter.
    cloud10277@Hotmail.com

  28. orangefukurou says:

    I would like to have Natural Toy Camera
    tomokofive at gmail dot com

    Tomoko

  29. rfosterparents@yahoo.com says:

    Like a lot of the items, but would really like to have the natural wood smiling tree balancing toy.

  30. rfosterparents@yahoo.com says:

    Like a lot of the items, but would really like to have the Natural Wood Smiling Tree Balancing Toy

  31. toy helicopter mverno@roadrunner.com

  32. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    organic old-school TOY TRUCK
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  33. I like the Wood Rattle for baby.
    mintstatesportswear(at)juno(dot)com

  34. Another toy I would like to get for my Son is the organic old-school TOY TRUCK

  35. I like the organic wood toy helicopter.
    erma2167@sbcglobal.net

  36. natural wooden xylphone toy
    amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

  37. The organic old-school toy truck! 🙂

    Shannon F.

  38. I love the Safari Toy set, the people in the jeep are precious. kcarlson1152[at]hotmail.com

  39. organic wood RATTLE teether toy – OWL wood teether.

  40. I love the natural wood toy PLAYGROUND set, how adorable!

  41. crystletellerday says:

    poodle organic wood teether crystletellerday@yahoo.com

  42. Jacqui Odell says:

    rattle teether toy

  43. Jacqui Odell says:

    rattle teether toy

  44. angie lilly says:

    I would love to get the natural wood TEETHING gift set – organic eco-friendly wooden teethers for farm loving baby, Barnyard animal toys, homegrown organic finish for my nephew or niece!! So cute!
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

  45. I really like the natural wooden xylophone toy

  46. I’d love to have the 24 piece organic hardwood blocks.

    AndreaH
    davandihamilton (at) gmail (dot) com

  47. Tylerpants says:

    The owl wood teether would be nice for my baby girl. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

  48. melissa miller says:

    my son would love the car
    melissa miller
    melissamiller2002@yahoo.com

  49. I like the natural see saw toy.

    Desiree Dunbar
    desireedunbar@hotmail.com

  50. I would like to have OWL wood teether
    granitjb@gmail.com

  51. i love the natural wooden xylophone toy

    marygardner49 at aol dot com

  52. natural wood baby rattle – WHALE wooden teether toy
    lafittelady at gmail dot com

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