Classic wooden toys from Kobba


Kobba vehicles are as classic and simple as toys come, and there’s a reason why wooden trains, trucks and cars keep selling – kids simply love them.

Kobba designs originated in New Zealand over forty years ago and the focus was initially on educational equipment, however a beautifully crafted range is now available.

I particularly love the postal van (above) because it is undoubtedly a toy that will see kids through many stages. Toddlers will enjoy simply pulling it around or pushing it along and older children will enjoy ‘posting’ the shapes in the slots and playing with the ‘drivers’.

Having watched all three of my sons completely absorbed in loading up a toy tip truck, driving it along the carpet or the grass, tipping its contents out and repeating the process hundreds of times, I have no doubt that the Kobba wooden tip truck would be a sound investment.

Also in the range are two brightly coloured wooden peg boards. The twenty-five peg stacking board is perfect for toddlers whereas the Hundreds Peg Board gives preschoolers and school age children an opportunity to practice counting, colour sorting and pattern making (remind yourself when you are cursing all the pieces that it is educational!).

The postal van is $39.95, the tip truck is $34.95 and the Hundreds peg board is $34.95. All are available in Australia from Cheeky Little Munchkins.


Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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