Every-so-often I come across an item on Etsy that makes me giddy and I just have to one for myself (or rather, for my kids.) This is exactly what happened when I found the wood toy boats from Duck Duck Goose Toys. These sweet, well-crafted boats make not only the perfect ‘just because’ gift, they make fun and unique summertime birthday party favors.
Lauren, owner of Duck Duck Goose Toys says the following about making toys…
I have always liked working with my hands and when when my first daughter was born I began making toys for her. I love making toys because I am creating for my favorite people in the world (my two girls). I try to use natural materials where ever possible and also try to have the toys be somewhat open-ended to encourage imaginative play.
Wood Toy Boat Review
Lauren sent a boat for each of my girls: pink polka dot and yellow polka dot prints. We couldn’t wait to sail these little darlings, and we have access to the perfect little pond to do so.
There are three parts to each boat: The 5″ base made of unfinished pine, a wooden dowel, and a sturdy fabric sail. Just slide the fabric sail onto the dowel, push the dowel into the base, pull the string on the end of the sail through the pre-cut slat on the boat, and you are ready to sail away for hours of fun!
The boats were extremely stable on the water and the sails actually worked to move the boat when the wind picked up. We were delighted to see them move around the pond and take on a life of their own.
To Buy or Not to Buy
To Buy… At only $10 each, these sweet wooden boats allow your little one to set sail anywhere they can find water: the pond, the pool, even the tub! We have had hours of fun sailing these just about everywhere…even in puddles after a rainstorm. They’re made of solid wood that has been beautifully sanded smooth, and the sails are available in lots of bold, colorful fabrics.
Or Not to Buy… While on it’s adventure in the pond, one of our boats fell over when it ran into a rock. Naturally, the fabric sail got wet and we were unable to sail that boat until it dried. Within an hour in the warm Vermont sun, the sail was dry and it was back on the water, good as new! This isn’t the fault of this well-made wooden toy, just a side-note. Another reason to buy more than one of these little guys!
Shop! A single Wood Toy Boat is priced at $10, but if you buy more (say, for party favors!), you save more. 4 or more boats are priced at just $8.50, and 6 or more boats are just $8 each + a flat rate shipping fee of only $5.
Win! FIVE Wood Toy Boats from Duck Duck Goose Toys!
How to enter: Visit Duck Duck Goose Toys and tell us the colors of sails you would choose if you won the 5 boats.
Disclosure: Giveaway ends July 31. Open to US mailing addresses only. Thanks to Duck Duck Goose Toys for providing a sample product for the purpose of this review and the giveaway prize. Opinions here are my own and uninfluenced by receipt of product.