George and Charlotte’s Traditional Toys

Hi guys! I have a really fun article for you today. A while ago I wrote a blog post on Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s Favorite Things, including some of their favorite toys and other products from the toy companies that Kate buys from. That post was really popular and I enjoyed writing it so I decided to write an even longer post where I identified some more toys that George has been seen playing with. This article is dedicated to introducing you guys to the toy companies that have made toys that George and Charlotte have been seen playing with. The same exact toys that George and Charlotte played with may no longer be available; however, I enjoy picking out some of my favorite toys from collections from these companies because they are either similar to what George and Charlotte have played with or because I just think they are awesome toys. In addition to the toy companies we know Kate has bought toys from, I also thought it would be fun to highlight some other toy companies that I think Kate should buy from because they also specialize in traditional, classic wooden toys or toys that are high quality and seem like something royal kids should have in their nursery. So Kate, if you read this blog, I hope I give you some ideas when you shop for your kiddos the next time you want to include some props in a photo shoot! 🙂

This is a long post, but like I said I really enjoyed writing it. Some of these toys are so fun looking I am almost tempted to play with them myself. I also am aware of the fact that vintage or retro themed nursery are really popular right now. So some of these toys would even look great on display in a newborn’s nursery on a shelf or bookcase until they are old enough to play with them. But what I love about all of these toys is that even though they are all beautifully made and are high quality toys, most of them are wooden and big, chunky pieces so young kids can play with them and you don’t have to be too worried about tiny little pieces. I used to be a nanny, so I know a thing or two about what toys kids like to play with. So this post is basically a list of all of the toys I would love to buy my kids if I had any. Maybe one day! 🙂

Enjoy!

Melissa and Doug

Back in Christmas of 2014, the Daily Mail ran an article which stated that Pippa Middleton purchased a cute little police car for her nephew, Prince George. After doing a little research I recognized that the police car is by Melissa and Doug, an American toy company that makes lots of wooden toys and educational toys. The police car is not sold individually any longer. However, you can buy the police car in a set of four with a school bus, taxi, and firetruck. The little stuffed, soft cars are designed as ‘pull-back’ vehicles that move across the floor.

Find them here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=441169698&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

The police car that Pippa bought for George is also available in this awesome play mat. I just think this is a really cool idea. All of these little cars fit inside of a little carrying case that zips up and you can carry it around by the handles. But when it unzips all the way the bag itself becomes a play mat for the cars. I think this is a great idea for traveling in a car since the toy is easy to clean up and car inside of the mat.

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=520466633&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

Orange Tree Toys

So as I said in my previous blog post about George and Charlotte’s toys, Kate’s favorite toy company is Orange Tree Toys, a British toy company that specializes in classic wooden toys. These toys are harder to find in the states. Tip: Occasionally I have seen some of their toys at Home Goods and TJ Maxx, it’s hit or miss.

Here are some Orange Tree Toys that I found online that I like and are easier to purchase if you live in the United States. First, there is this safari set. Rumor has it that Kate decorated baby George’s nursery in a safari theme because William proposed to Kate in Kenya. Considered William and Kate’s love of Africa I would not be surprised at all of George had toys like this in his nursery.

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=525294721&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

One cute thing about Orange Tree Toys is that they also make some decorative pieces for nurseries/kids rooms. They have music boxes and book ends that are really cute. Here is an example of one of their book ends. It is wooden and made in the same way as their wooden toys.

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=438332103&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

Then, there is this colorful puppy push toy that I like. I actually saw this toy in person in Home Goods recently. Do you see the little balls on the wheels? They move when you push the dog across the floor. Super cute.

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=462446551&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And finally, I remember how I used to play with a wooden toy Noah’s Ark when I was a little girl. This one is so bright and colorful, it’s really sweet.

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=438055754&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

Le Toy Van

Ok, going by what I know about the toys that Kate buys for George and Charlotte, Kate prefers to buy classic, vintage inspired wooden toys. Therefore, I recommend Le Toy Van, a British toy company established by Georges Le Van in 1995. They specialize in classic wooden toys. Their toys are handcrafted and painted like little works of art. They are all just so adorable. I picked some of my favorites to highlight in the blog for your guys based on what I imagine George and Charlotte may play with in their nursery. Here they are!

First, I love this pretty pastel play kitchen. It comes with the utensils, pan, play food, and oven mitt that you see in the pictures. What kid doesn’t love playing with play food?

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=525080128&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

Next, I really love this washer. Small children love to pretend to do the things they see adults doing, like cooking and cleaning.

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=474427736&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

Going with the cooking theme, I love this mixer and baking set. I really like the retro, 1950s powder blue color of the mixer.

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=383859372&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

Speaking of retro, they also make a kitchen set in red and powder blue. I really love how vibrant this is.

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=499010073&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

I found this coffee maker to match. I like the polka dots on the coffee mugs.

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=494002131&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

I know when I was a kid I used to love to pretend to camp in a tent. This camper cook top would be perfect for the kid who loves to play in a tent.

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=520194230&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

Le Toy Vans makes some really awesome play food. They are all so colorful and well made with a lot of attention to detail in the way that they are painted. Take a look at this set. The leaves are made of fabric while the fruits themselves are made of painted wood.

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=495687345&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

They also have a unique crate of fish that I thought was cool. It comes with six fish. Like the crate of fruit, the fish come in a wooden crate with a pretend newspaper inside. I like the presentation.

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=495687594&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

Now, I really love this one. I adore anything bright and colorful for kids. This toy is called “ice lollies” by this British toy company but here in the States we would probably call these ice pops. Too cute!

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=495687340&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And what traditional English toy company would be complete without a sweet tea set. I love the polka dots and the little tart/cake that comes with the tea set. I like the tray, too.

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=495687526&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And how can you have a spot of tea without a plat full of ‘biscuits’? I just love how each of these cookies is different. It’s so pretty!

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You can get these cute little sweets and a petit four as well.

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=461227138&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

This toy is perfect as a companion piece to one of the kitchen sets because it has a cookie tray that is made to fit inside of the play kitchen oven. Kids can pretend to use the rolling pin to roll out the cookies, bake them on the baking sheet, and then decorate them with the little decorations that come with it. It even has an oven mitt! I swear I’m tempted to play with some of these things myself. 🙂

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=499090595&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

I also really love this “My First Toolbench.” It looks like fun!

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=499012867&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And this tool belt would go great with it.

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=493977689&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

Le Toy Van also makes some adorable puzzles. Here are two examples. There is this colorful, bright woodland theme puzzle.

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=493961490&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And then there is this London theme puzzle with a little double decker bus.

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=495687521&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

Speaking of double decker buses, take a look at this one! So awesome. Considering how much Prince George (like most boys) loves train, helicopters, and motorcycles I wouldn’t be surprised if he had at least one double decker bus in his nursery. It could even be this one!

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=499018471&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

Most kids also love fire trucks, too. Maybe it’s the bright red color that they are fascinated by?

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=505043987&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

There is also a cute pack of six cars inspired by vehicles found in New York City.

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=466323489&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And I couldn’t help but share this awesome pirate ship with you guys. I think it is so cool. I just want to point out that I think it is fantastic that this pirate ship features a girl pirate doll. Kudos to Le Toy Van for being inclusive. I used to get so frustrated as a little girl if there were no girl pirates, cowboys, Jedi, etc. for me to play with.

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=466317466&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

Le Toy Van also makes some beautiful doll houses. I have a ‘thing’ for doll houses. I just think they are so sweet and adorable. If I have kids one day they are absolutely getting a doll house. This little house is special because it is a fairy doll house and you can get fairy dolls and accessories to go with it. My little cousin was obsessed with fairies when she was a little girl. She would have LOVED this.

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=382303150&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And here are the fairies! So sweet!

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=491563422&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And look! There is a fairy with a magical carriage driven by a unicorn! IT’S SO FLUFFY I’M GONNA DIE! (Sorry, that’s a “Despicable Me” reference. I think of it every time I see a unicorn.)

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=493807464&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And here are two examples of their doll houses. Here is a sweet two story cottage (with an attic).

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=495687593&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And here is a four story mansion.

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=509398419&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

Here is an example of a family of dolls that you can get for the house.

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=493963777&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And here are some rooms you can buy. I picked some of the ones I liked the most as examples. Here is a bathroom.

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=509299588&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

A children’s room…Notice the miniature doll house? So sweet.

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=509395627&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And a dog and cat! Every house needs a pet, right?

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=509303995&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

A wardrobe with clothes.

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=509303997&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

A baby with a buggy and high chair.

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=509301364&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

A living room…

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=509406350&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

They even have a laundry set.

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=509406417&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

A dining room…I love the grandfather clock and tea set.

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=509397393&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And finally, a bedroom. I like the hat box and the flowers painted on the green furniture. So pretty.

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=509396818&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

Vilac

Finally, I would like to introduce you guys to a French toy company named “Vilac” that I really like. Like the previous companies I wrote about, this company also makes adorable wooden toys for kids. Here are some examples.

This is a cute push toy with a penguin, polar bear, and a fish.

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=493967995&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And a cute cat pull toy. The cat’s tail looks like it is on a spring so it probably bounces around when you pull it.

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=493976648&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And another pull toy!

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=494015085&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

This elephant pull toy is really bright and colorful. You could probably put some of these toys on display in a nursery in addition to letting kids play with them. They are all really pretty.

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=521371242&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And one more pull toy.

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=382297235&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

This next toy is an educational stacking toy that helps toddlers learn how to count to five. I love the little birds!

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=494018258&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And this little puzzle farm house is also really sweet.

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=340884816&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

For older kids, they have some lovely vintage cars.

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=523101276&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=467903488&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

A kid can both ride on this toy and play with it like a puzzle.

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=382306360&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

Fire truck!

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=498855893&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

I also love this bike. It would make a great first bike for a preschooler.

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=493936116&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

But maybe one of my favorite toys is this little grocery. It has a mini cash register, fruits and vegetables, boxes of food, and even little paper bags. The details on this toy are really amazing down to the chalkboard.

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=493955608&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

Vilac also makes some really cool puzzles. This box of puzzles is inspired by London. There are three puzzles that come in a double decker bus shaped box.

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=494027830&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And another set of puzzles inspired by France.

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=494008895&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And what little kid doesn’t love fairy tales?

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=494016293&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

Finally, Vilac makes some really sweet mini musical instruments for small children. Take this red piano for example. It comes with sheet music.

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=466317038&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And another pretty piano pained with vintage inspired flowers.

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=497936484&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And just look at this awesome guitar!

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=493980857&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And this one, too.

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https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=494001885&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

I hoped you enjoyed looking at these adorable toys. Please don’t forget to follow My Frugal Lady on Facebook and subscribe to this blog for more cool articles!

Cheers!

The Frugal Lady

 

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