Review: Hape Maple Wood Blocks & Little Plane

Recently our play chest has been in need of a little overhaul. We’re finally at the point, now the toddler is, well, a toddler, that we can play with toys. You know I love wooden toys. I’ve gone on about it enough in the past and this is no exception because today I’m introducing you to one of the World’s largest wooden toy producers. I’m talking about Hape.

Hape design their toys to help enhance your child’s developmental skills whether that’s social, emotional, sensory or physical. Play is an important part of development… something Hape, the boy and I all agree on. And luckily, as part of our toy update, Hape kindly sent us a set of their classic Maple Wood Blocks and, in a nod to our upcoming holiday, a Little Plane. Yay!

Hape Maple Wood Blocks

A classic toy for any age, wooden blocks are quite literally the building blocks for development. Whilst I had visions of us building a lovely city with this set, my son found the most fun in destroying it. Often faster than I could build. Thankfully, the Hape set contains 50 blocks so there was plenty to share between us, although he didn’t seem to understand that! With bright colours, they attracted him in and it quickly turned into a game of me chasing him (and the blocks) around the lounge. What started as frustration turned in to a lovely opportunity for us to play together. Yes, it wasn’t quite how I’d envisioned the block play but he had a whale of a time playing with them.

The Maple Wood Blocks come with a handy canvas storage bag which actually formed his favourite game; tidying up. I’m not sure how two of the messiest parents in the world managed to raise a son that likes packing things away but we did! Each time he put a shape in, I’d name the shape and the colour and then send him off to find another. The bag caters to my need to have his toys in one place and means we can keep them safe for years to come. Hopefully by then he’ll let me build a tower or two!

Hape Maple Wood Block Set is available from Amazon for £14.81

Hape Little Plane

We’ve got a huge number of cars, trucks and tractors in our house so it’s no surprise he calls everything ‘car’, even when pointing at a plane in the sky. With holidays approaching I’ve been talking more to him about us going on a plane (‘car’) so the Hape Little Plane is a welcome addition to our household.

It’s beautifully crafted with wings that move slightly and a lovely chunky design that’s perfect for little hands. The light blue coating has resisted lots of bangs and crashes so far without a dent and it wipes clean easily. It’s nice to have something a little different for him to play with, as well as allowing me to talk planes to him even more. Yes, he says ‘brum’ as he pushes it along but we’re getting there… After all, what noise does a plane make?!

Hape Little Plane is available from Amazon for £7.83

We were sent a set of HAPE maple wood blocks and a little plane for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and only mine! This post contains affiliate links.


  1. Tracy Nixon
    2nd August 2017 / 8:10 am

    My daughter has a lovely dolls house with wooden furniture and little dolls. She loves to rearrange the furniture and role play with her dolls. I wish I had owned one like it when I was little! I love wooden toys – they are durable and timeless!

  2. paula cheadle
    2nd August 2017 / 10:45 am

    at the moment it is a little teddy and a teething ring

  3. Kim Styles
    2nd August 2017 / 6:45 pm

    their bikes are their favourite toys

  4. Jo Hutchinson
    3rd August 2017 / 1:20 am

    A cute little brown teddy bear.

  5. Katie
    3rd August 2017 / 7:12 pm

    My nephew loves his shapes that he’s meant to put into a box but just eats!

  6. iain maciver
    3rd August 2017 / 7:21 pm

    box of blocks like lego

  7. fiona waterworth
    3rd August 2017 / 9:08 pm

    jamies just got into lego, he still needs a little bit of a hand, we have just built a lego train, hes getting really clever

  8. Sidrah Ahmed
    4th August 2017 / 2:55 am

    My child likes playing with lego toys and toys cars

  9. stuart hargreaves
    4th August 2017 / 7:45 am

    Its a rusty coloured teddy bear named rufus bought at a car boot then wash thoroughly

  10. Sarah Mackay
    4th August 2017 / 8:57 am

    My daughter loves her dolly Hope

  11. Karen Barrett
    4th August 2017 / 10:40 am

    Ellie loves notebooks and pretty pencils

  12. 4th August 2017 / 10:48 am

    Piglet’s favourite toys at the moment are cars and trains. My parents have a wooden train set that he loves

    4th August 2017 / 12:54 pm


  14. Kerry Kilmister
    4th August 2017 / 5:51 pm

    My daughter has a minnie mouse that she was given at birth. She takes her everywhere. Last week she took her with us to Disneyland to meet the real minnie mouse

  15. Rachel Craig
    4th August 2017 / 5:55 pm

    Thomas the Tank Engine. He just loves Thomas.

  16. Alison Johnson
    4th August 2017 / 6:03 pm

    My son loves his Lego, house, cars, anything really he just loves building.

  17. Susan B
    5th August 2017 / 4:10 pm

    Our youngest’s favourite toy varies from month to month but there is an enduring theme of wooden and metal transport-related toys.

  18. jessica woods
    5th August 2017 / 11:53 pm

    He loves his mega blocks!

  19. Danielle Pooley
    6th August 2017 / 8:11 am

    My little boys favourite toy is a yellow & black truck!

  20. Sue McCarthy
    6th August 2017 / 4:39 pm

    I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize for charity, to go to Romania.

  21. Hali Kinson
    7th August 2017 / 7:51 am

    My little boys favourite toy is a small fluffy peer rabbit

  22. Jo Carroll
    7th August 2017 / 10:09 am

    My little boy has a cuddly penguin that never leaves his side and being an only child he insists ‘Penguiy’ gets exactly the same treatment as him when it comes to eating, dressing and playing.

  23. 7th August 2017 / 7:11 pm

    I found a little Hape wooden book in a charity shop the other day and I hadn’t heard of the make before. I love the look of the blocks!

  24. Ruth Harwood
    8th August 2017 / 12:57 pm

    She has a giraffe that she takes everywhere!

  25. Alica
    8th August 2017 / 6:05 pm

    My grandson loves his Henry hoover toy at the moment but at only 1 years old he will go through many more!

    10th August 2017 / 12:23 am

    My daughter loves her Spider-Man figure we picked up from the car boot sale!!!

  27. Heather Cain
    10th August 2017 / 11:58 am

    my grandsons favourite toy is his garage

  28. Hannah Wallington
    10th August 2017 / 12:21 pm

    My little girl loves all her plastic animals to act out stories

  29. Debbie W
    10th August 2017 / 6:39 pm

    Always trains, no idea why- it just has to be trains.

  30. jo liddement
    13th August 2017 / 4:20 pm

    I love traditional wooden toys for the children

  31. Sally Collingwood
    16th August 2017 / 3:45 pm

    A Panda, it goes everywhere with Alexander

  32. Rich Tyler
    16th August 2017 / 5:04 pm

    My little boys fav is his toy cars

  33. Solange
    18th August 2017 / 4:10 am

    A teddy bear she’s had since she was born ans still sleeps in bed with her.

  34. Laura Pritchard
    20th August 2017 / 4:45 pm

    My daughter loves her toy playhouse!

  35. Jodie A Green
    20th August 2017 / 10:56 pm

    my girls adore their ragdolls, theyve each had one since they were a few months old and although theyve been washed, stitched and re stuffed – they are still very much loved!!

    24th August 2017 / 8:09 pm

    They love playing with Baby Born changing nappies,feeding it and giving it a bath.

  37. Katy Malkin
    24th August 2017 / 8:59 pm

    At the moment she loves Peppa Pigs house construction house which you build

  38. nicky pearce
    25th August 2017 / 8:43 pm

    lego lego lego

  39. Victoria N
    25th August 2017 / 8:46 pm

    Its a wooden pull along dog that she has called Mr Fizzles.

  40. Adrian Bold
    26th August 2017 / 2:45 am

    My son loves hie building bricks and blocks.

  41. Anthea Holloway
    26th August 2017 / 5:54 pm

    My granddaughter loves playing with Lego and Sticklebacks and she is quite an artist too even though she is only 4.

  42. Sheri Darby
    26th August 2017 / 7:38 pm

    My daughter loves playing with lots of toy cars

  43. carol boffey
    26th August 2017 / 8:54 pm

    A box of lego

  44. Ren
    27th August 2017 / 2:09 pm

    A cuddly dog from Mothercare

  45. Edward Guerreiro
    27th August 2017 / 2:21 pm

    At the moment, it is a Mr Tumble soft toy. For some reason, she is obsessed with Mr Tumble.

  46. lynn neal
    27th August 2017 / 4:18 pm

    My grandson has some colourful teething beads which he loves to chew on as he has cut four teeth already and he is only 5 months old!

  47. Rachel B
    27th August 2017 / 5:44 pm

    She loves her truck full of bricks at the moment and likes putting them together.

  48. Jayne Townson
    27th August 2017 / 6:45 pm

    Thanks for this lovely giveaway. My son has a soft monkey that he loves.

  49. maria blythin
    27th August 2017 / 9:43 pm

    a little teddy called spot x

  50. Michelle Stewart
    28th August 2017 / 10:49 pm

    A teddy called Cuddles

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