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The 8 best toys made in Germany of 2019

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Sure, there are plenty of toys for kids, and they run the gamut, from cheap and disposable to splurges that will become second-hand items for years to come. Yet after centuries in business, German toy makers continue to make some of the best in the industry, with quality toys that lean a bit old-school and provide hours of educational entertainment. We’ve rounded up a handful of the best German-made toys, from cute gags and youth instruments to bikes and language learning books. And no, you won’t have to fly across the pond to buy them – each and every one can be purchased online and shipped right to your doorstep.

Our best picks

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Best Musical Toy: HaPe Pound & Tap Bench with Slide-Out Xylophone

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Young children love toys that make music, and they are not only fun, but also educational, helping them learn musicality, audio recognition, and hand-eye coordination. This two-tier set, from the German company HaPe, includes three balls that, when struck with the included mallet, fall onto the xylophone and emit a bright, colorful sound.

Creative kids, best for ages 1-3, can also slide the xylophone to play it directly. The toy’s construction has little ones in mind, with water-based paint, curved edges, and non-toxic finishes. It comes in two bright colors, red and yellow, each of which is colorful enough to catch a child’s eye, even in the busiest of playrooms.

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Best Plastic Toy: Schleich German Shepherd Toy Figure

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Founded in the Swabia region of Germany in 1935, the Schleich toy company made a name for itself almost three decades later with the launch of the Smurf toys. Their line of small plastic dog toys, made from high-quality plastic that can resist gnawing and abusing children, is ideal for any child who loves animals. They are quite small, at about 2.25 “x 2.5”, so they are best for children ages three and up.

In addition to German Shepherds, Schleich also offers St. Bernards, Yorkshire Terriers, Huskies, and Labradors. Both kids and grandparents love these dogs, and they are a great value for kids learning to manage their assignments.

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Best Book: Am I Small? Bin Ich Klein?

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It’s never too early to start planting the seeds of a second language, and this bilingual German-English book is a great way for a child to get an early start with their understanding of Deutsch , whether you enroll them in an immersion program. or just want to introduce them to a different culture. It is also a great gift for grandparents and other family members to give to little ones as the first introduction to their family’s heritage. The book has captivating illustrations and, at 26 pages, it’s the perfect length for a bedtime story or as a morning reading to get little one’s brains spinning after waking up.

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Best for Motor Skills: Grimm’s Shake, Rattle & Roll Baby Toy

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Grimm’s is based in Hochdorf, Germany, and has been family-owned since its inception in 1978. The headquarters aren’t just a few offices either, it’s where toys are turned from raw wooden shapes into gifts that will delight everyone. the little ones. The Grimms Shake, Rattle & Roll toy helps develop motor skills and is safe for teething, so there are no worries about splinters with this rattle. Grimm’s makes sure that all of its wooden toys are safely sanded, most by hand (to improve quality), and finished with a matte colored glaze that sticks to the wood, rather than sitting on top. This toy is extremely easy to clean after playing around a bit; a damp cloth is all that is needed to restore it to its original condition. It is ideal for newborns up to one year of age.

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Best Stuffed Animal: Steiff Stuffed Zebra

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Steiff is not just a German company, but one with a founder, Margarete Steiff. He started the company more than 135 years ago with a small elephant-shaped cushion for kids, and from there his nephew launched a successful line of teddy bears with movable arms and legs, not realizing that across the Atlantic, the ‘teddy bear’ was taking off

Today, the company continues to delight children with stuffed animals, and Steiff’s zebra is a popular pick for children who want to play with something soft and cuddly. It’s big enough for the crib during nap time, about a foot high, and it’s made from super soft material with squishy bean bags on its tummy. The German-made construction will hold up after years of love too, if it becomes a must-nap.

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Best for Teething: HABA Magica Clutching Toy

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HABA has been making incredibly well-crafted toys in Germany since 1938, when the company opened its first factory in Bad Rodach, a spa town in Upper Franconia. This classic grasping toy is a timeless gift for newborns. The toy only weighs 3.2 ounces, so it’s more than light enough for little ones to pick up and play with, and they’re great for teething kids too, with the durable wooden shapes attached. Don’t worry, the color comes from water-based, solvent-free lacquer that kids can gnaw on (and more importantly, it’s wear-resistant), and the wood comes from sustainable forests in Germany. At about four inches long, it’s also easy to toss in your bag for daytime carry.

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Best Toddler Bike: HaPe Scoot Around Ride On Wood Bike

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Young children in Germany don’t learn to ride a bike with training wheels: they start with a four-wheel scooter like this before graduating to balance bikes (without pedals), and then two wheels with pedals. This first step on the bike journey is fun whether you’re planning to add training wheels later or not, and it’s also a great exercise for little ones, helping them build motor skills, muscles, and balance.

HaPe’s Scoot Around Ride On Bike is best for kids ages one to three, so expect to get the most out of this high-quality toy. And don’t be afraid to let little ones use it indoors on rainy days; The wheels are rubberized so they won’t mark or scratch hardwood floors in any way, and it’s tough on all surfaces. Special attention is also paid to sustainability in this product. The wood used for its construction comes from environmentally sustainable forests. And parents, don’t worry – this toy is easy to put together, so it goes from box to bike in no time.

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Best Toy Truck: Bruder Toys Loader Backhoe

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For young children who love to play with construction toys, Bruder, based in Fürth, Germany, brings this backhoe to the table. The company views toys as tools with which children imitate real life and develop essential skills while exploring their imaginations. The company is still family-owned, so the emphasis is on quality and social and environmental responsibility. This backhoe was made in Germany using high-quality plastic, no glue or screws, so you don’t have to worry about small or loose parts. The stabilizing legs allow the toy to move back and forth, and children can also turn and dig with it. It’s great for kids ages three and up, and we love that you can play with it both indoors and outdoors, which is why it’s just as good on rainy days as it is on sunny days.

Our process

Our writers spent 3 hours researching the most popular toys made in Germany. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 15 different toys, selected options from 10 different brands and manufacturers, and read over 40 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds to recommendations you can trust.

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