Down to Earth Toys: Labyrinth Balance Board Junior Review

I’m always on the lookout for new online retailers that carry quality eco-friendly toys that promote creative, educational play…but I’ll admit, it always gets a little worse in November. 

In fact, it might be accurate to say I get “toy fever.” Yeah, I never thought it would happen to me, the former GRINCH! But hey, holiday gifts are important, right? Especially when you’re an energetic 3-year-old and it’s your last holiday as an only child! (I just might be tempted to spoil my little man a little bit this year.)

This year, my hunt led me to a particularly fun treasure: Down to Earth Toys. They carry a really extensive selection of safe, non-toxic, truly interesting and unique wooden toys for girls and boys…and 90% of them are toys made in USA! (That’s a great plus that often seems like too much to ask, don’t you think?)

The folks at Down to Earth are dedicated to running a sustainable, ecologically sound business so as to leave as little impact on the Earth as possible. They do it for the future of my children and yours, and I think that’s quite a gift!

Speaking of gifts, we were thrilled to receive a gift for our little guy’s birthday from Down to Earth Toys. They carry such fun, unique stuff that I would have loved almost anything from their site, but the Labyrinth Balance Board Junior really floored me. This is one of the most well-made and ingenious toys we’ve been lucky enough to find!

It starts with a durable plywood board covered with a laminate, and 3 colored wooden balls.

The idea is that your child stands on the board, which has a balance ball on the bottom, and tries to maneuver the balls through the maze.

Yes, the toenails are blue. He’s a punk rocker, and he’ll tell you so.

Simple, right? Anything but! My son has been having a blast on this thing, and I don’t see him stopping any time soon. This board not only allows him to be physically active inside the house during the winter months when he’s restless and bored, but it also teaches him balance, coordination and problem-solving.

It’s not easy to get a photo when he can’t stop moving!

As his mom, I like that it’s got a non-slip surface to keep him from sliding off, as well as the cute little touches that make it unique.

Love the logo design in the middle – It adds some sweet personality.

You won’t find detail and craftsmanship like that on any Wal-Mart toy! Of all the features I love about the Labyrinth Balance Board Junior, I’d have to say my favorite thing about it is the timeless design that will allow me to pass this on to our little girl someday. Plastic junk toys are throwaways. Toys like this? Heirlooms, for sure. Dare I imagine my grandchildren playing on it someday? My heart grows two sizes just thinking about it. :)

 The Labyrinth Balance Board Junior is available at DowntoEarthToys.com ($62.50) While you’re there, be sure to check out their entire selection of natural toys!

 

 

Comments

  1. Alisha Kostiuk says

    This is awesome my son would love it. I am happy to see he paints his toenails. My five year old loves his to be all different colors:)

  2. Audra Weathers says

    I love toys like this that are unusual and fun! My daughter would have a good time figuring out how to play on it.

  3. Elizabeth Volker says

    hahah, I have to agree with a PP that if I dared attempt this I would fall off! But it looks awesome and my 4 year old would absolutely love the challenge!

    • Wendy says

      Yes! It’s for children 3–5, and there’s also a larger size available that bigger kids and adults can use.

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

  4. Debby says

    That looks like so much fun! And should also be good for balance, strengthening ankles, etc?
    Great pictures and great review!

  5. judi says

    I have some children who would love this! There are times in the winter when they start bouncing off the walls and a session with this would probably work wonders!

  6. hollylynn says

    I like that it has a grip on the top to help with slipping. Neat idea – I don’t think my little one is at the point that he could do this yet.

  7. L says

    Sure the kids would like it but I want an adult version. That looks like so much fun! And you are so right about wooden vs. plastic. One of the best toys I had was a wooden cradle my dad made for my plastic doll. Unfortunately both toys are lost to me now but I only miss one of them.

  8. MonaG says

    My daughter would LOVE this. She is 7 and has better balance than I did at her age. I checked out the site and the Marble Smash game sounds fun.

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