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


  • Tracy Nixon 2nd August 2017 at 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!

  • paula cheadle 2nd August 2017 at 10:45 am

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

  • Kim Styles 2nd August 2017 at 6:45 pm

    their bikes are their favourite toys

  • Jo Hutchinson 3rd August 2017 at 1:20 am

    A cute little brown teddy bear.

  • Katie 3rd August 2017 at 7:12 pm

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

  • iain maciver 3rd August 2017 at 7:21 pm

    box of blocks like lego

  • fiona waterworth 3rd August 2017 at 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

  • Sidrah Ahmed 4th August 2017 at 2:55 am

    My child likes playing with lego toys and toys cars

  • stuart hargreaves 4th August 2017 at 7:45 am

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

  • Sarah Mackay 4th August 2017 at 8:57 am

    My daughter loves her dolly Hope

  • Karen Barrett 4th August 2017 at 10:40 am

    Ellie loves notebooks and pretty pencils

  • OddHogg 4th August 2017 at 10:48 am

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

  • CAROLYN HEYWORTH 4th August 2017 at 12:54 pm


  • Kerry Kilmister 4th August 2017 at 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

  • Rachel Craig 4th August 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Thomas the Tank Engine. He just loves Thomas.

  • Alison Johnson 4th August 2017 at 6:03 pm

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

  • Susan B 5th August 2017 at 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.

  • jessica woods 5th August 2017 at 11:53 pm

    He loves his mega blocks!

  • Danielle Pooley 6th August 2017 at 8:11 am

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

  • Sue McCarthy 6th August 2017 at 4:39 pm

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

  • Hali Kinson 7th August 2017 at 7:51 am

    My little boys favourite toy is a small fluffy peer rabbit

  • Jo Carroll 7th August 2017 at 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.

  • Debbie - Hello Deborah 7th August 2017 at 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!

  • Ruth Harwood 8th August 2017 at 12:57 pm

    She has a giraffe that she takes everywhere!

  • Alica 8th August 2017 at 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!

  • MARK HOPKINS 10th August 2017 at 12:23 am

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

  • Heather Cain 10th August 2017 at 11:58 am

    my grandsons favourite toy is his garage

  • Hannah Wallington 10th August 2017 at 12:21 pm

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

  • Debbie W 10th August 2017 at 6:39 pm

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

  • jo liddement 13th August 2017 at 4:20 pm

    I love traditional wooden toys for the children

  • Sally Collingwood 16th August 2017 at 3:45 pm

    A Panda, it goes everywhere with Alexander

  • Rich Tyler 16th August 2017 at 5:04 pm

    My little boys fav is his toy cars

  • Solange 18th August 2017 at 4:10 am

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

  • Laura Pritchard 20th August 2017 at 4:45 pm

    My daughter loves her toy playhouse!

  • Jodie A Green 20th August 2017 at 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!!

  • ADEINNE TONNER 24th August 2017 at 8:09 pm

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

  • Katy Malkin 24th August 2017 at 8:59 pm

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

  • nicky pearce 25th August 2017 at 8:43 pm

    lego lego lego

  • Victoria N 25th August 2017 at 8:46 pm

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

  • Adrian Bold 26th August 2017 at 2:45 am

    My son loves hie building bricks and blocks.

  • Anthea Holloway 26th August 2017 at 5:54 pm

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

  • Sheri Darby 26th August 2017 at 7:38 pm

    My daughter loves playing with lots of toy cars

  • carol boffey 26th August 2017 at 8:54 pm

    A box of lego

  • HAYLEY TURNER 26th August 2017 at 9:42 pm

    My daughter loves her Roddy bouncer

  • Ren 27th August 2017 at 2:09 pm

    A cuddly dog from Mothercare

  • Edward Guerreiro 27th August 2017 at 2:21 pm

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

  • lynn neal 27th August 2017 at 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!

  • Rachel B 27th August 2017 at 5:44 pm

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

  • Jayne Townson 27th August 2017 at 6:45 pm

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

  • maria blythin 27th August 2017 at 9:43 pm

    a little teddy called spot x

  • Michelle Stewart 28th August 2017 at 10:49 pm

    A teddy called Cuddles

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