There is something very special about wooden toys isn’t there?
Their timeless appeal and charm brings so much joy and fun into children’s playtime. Plus by nature, they tend to be durable, long lasting and perfect for little hands.
We adore wooden toys and wherever possible always try to buy them for Evie. They add character to any room and have such a renowned beauty and charm. My favourite part about wooden toys, is that one day they can be stored away and passed down for future generations to play with.
So, what do you get when a traditional wooden toy meets modern design?
JUMBO AND FRIENDS
Introducing Jumbo and Friends.
Jumbo and Friends are new to the toy scene, and have been making waves in the industry since their launch earlier this year, already being featured in some huge publications, including Vogue. They are a brand to watch and Esther, the creator has some exciting plans for the future.
The company was born after Esther fell pregnant with her first child. After looking around for a cot for her little one, she noticed the lack of creativity and design on the market. Esther decided it was time to make children’s furniture more exciting, beautiful and engaging and started to design a cot that would bring joy into her babies world.
Jumbo and Friends was soon born.
The company currently only sell three products, but all of them are intricately hand crafted designs, that are light and fun. The products include a beloved life size elephant cot called ‘Jumbo’ and two of his loyal friends: Zorro, the toy cot and Tui, the storage box turned seat.
We were lucky enough to be sent Zorro for Evie to test out and oh my have we fallen in love with him.
Zorro is such a lovely little wooden cot, that is perfect for your child’s teddies and other toys. With its elegant lines and contemporary design, we also think that this cot is more than just a toy, it’s a feature, and it looks so stylish in any nursery or playroom.
Zorro is custom made using the highest quality materials, always sourced from responsibly managed forests in Eastern Europe. You can feel the quality of this cot when you touch it. It’s sturdy, durable and finished to such a high standard. It’s also really easy to put together.
I am the first to admit that D.I.Y and following instructions is not one of my strong points. In fact I’m terrible at it. But Zorro was very easy to assemble.
A big bonus is that no tools are required and neither are any screws. Every piece is made from plywood and comes too really easily, by simply sliding the pieces into one another and inserting a wooden pin at the end to hold it all together.
Evie’s cot was made in under three minutes! When you have an excited toddler next to you, you know what a blessing this is.
A new feature to Zorro is interchangeable heads! Would you like the cot to be an elephant? Or a fox? Just this simple, creative detail adds so much fun to the toy.
Evie adores swapping over the heads and is so proud to get to choose which one is going to be on the cot next. She’s yet to have a favourite but one thing is for sure, the cot has become her new obsession.
She has always been very maternal and loving and has such a love of looking after dolls, pushing them around in prams and constantly carrying them around mothering them.
Ever since we received the cot, she’s been getting so excited to go up to bed (we’re certainly not complaining about this, bed time used to be such a struggle), just so that she can take the baby up with her and tuck it into the cot next to her own bed.
She’s also taken to reading the baby stories and to letting her teddy’s and soft toys sleep in the cot during the day. It’s so adorable to watch her imagination flourish.
I can’t wait to watch Evie grow with this toy. As her vocabulary expands, she’s becoming more and more interested in initiating pretend play. We are excited to see where her imagination takes her and how her role play develops with our new family friend, Zorro.
THE FUTURE OF JUMBO AND FRIENDS
Jumbo and Friends is a company to watch. If you want a long lasting, beautiful cot, toy or storage box for your little one, then this is the place to get it.
We’re excited to watch Jumbo and Friends journey and hope that you love them as much as we do.
What do you think of Jumbo and Friends? What do you think of Zorro?