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Inspiration: Toys for a Happy Summer Holiday Break 

Ahhh, those eagerly anticipated summer holidays are almost upon us. Schools are out and the kids are home. But, for many of us grown ups, this precious time off can sometimes prove a bit of a juggling act between work and play.

Get ready for a summer full of early learning fun with our guide to the best toys and activities to entertain energetic little ones all season long. 

 Plus, these eco-friendly pieces are all crafted from sustainable, highly durable rubberwood and painted using child friendly dyes. Made to withstand day after day play whilst caring for our planet too. 

For Little Emergencies

Someone call a medic. This amazing Doctor's Mecical Set  will certainly do the trick. Little surgeons will enjoy saving the day over and over,  during endless role play fun. The smart red kit bag with wooden carry handles is jam packed with a  host of wooden accessories. From a stethoscope to a thermometer, needle, surgical scissors and more. 

Sweet Treats 

We are feeling all the summery vibes with this gorgeous Dolls House Ice Cream Van, the perfect addition to your little pretenders small world play universe. Painted in pastel pink hues, this little wooden beauty is full of nostalgic charm. Complete with a lift up roof, sweet serving hatch plus a set of fun stickers, little ones can add their own personal touch. 

Wheel out some fun with this incredible Tea and Treats Trolley, the ultimate showstopper and an absolute winner for inspired themed play.  This stunner looks a picture on display in the playroom or nursery too. A true heirloom piece, this barrow style trolley with beautiful, vintage design and candy striped canopy is made for magical roleplay adventures. 

Road Trippin’

Surfs up with the Wooden Holiday Camper Van. This miniature mobile home of dreams is ready to hit the beach for a family road trip to remember. With its lift off roof, padded mattress and surfboard, what more could any doll family need for a relaxing vacation in the sun. 

Beep beep.  Sophie’s Wooden Toy Car makes an ideal toy to educate and inspire as well as encourage social play.  This retro inspired set of wheels is brimming with style and perfectly sized to accommodate four doll sized riders. Discover the opening boot, luggage bag and moving wheels and get ready to drive by in style. 

And how about these versatile Play Mats? Perfect for both indoor and outdoor use they are great to roll out on the grass on sunny days in the garden for a boost of fresh air.  An excellent base for dreaming up mini adventures, they are crafted from felt with a non-slip backing.  Choose from rural farmyards to cityscapes. And, there’s even a beautiful garden scene to complement our range of award winning traditional Dolls Houses. 

Pair with our extensive range of Mini Vehicles . Small but mighty,  little ones will love having these best sellers to hand at all times. Choose from emergency vehicles, retro sets and our fun Pullback Whizzers. 

Adventure Seekers

Intrepid explorers will adore this Wooden Camera. Just the ticket for accompanying them on all their outdoor adventures.  Budding photographers will adore the realistic features, from the rotating lens to the click button. Not forgetting the all important handy carry strap. Say cheese! 

Kids will go wild for these Wooden Binoculars. Made for mini adventures, they feature a clever kaleidoscopic lens, for inspiring imaginative play. Super hard wearing too, they will be your little globetrotters new best friend as they take them on trips to the park, beach or back garden. 

Family Fun

Games offer a lovely way to spend time together and this Rainbow Cloud Pop toy is one that all the family can enjoy.  The clever spring loaded wooden cloud features five colourful rainbow pop-up rods (in three heights). A great toy for teaching dexterity and social skills as you take turns to push, pop, catch! 


If travel is on the agenda this summer holiday season, then be sure to have a little read of our Packable Toys Blog. Full of transportable treasures and boredom busters for fuss free travel,  there’s plenty of options to inspire and entertain little nomads.

Rain, Rain Go Away

Fear not, we’ve got you covered on those inevitable rainy days too.  How about these toy train sets for starters. These childhood classics are ready to inspire hours of day after day play and make the perfect playdate pal for when little guests come over. With limitless play possibilities, young imaginations are sure to run wild with these extensive sets crafted from solid rubberwood. 

Still at a loose end? Browse our free downloadable activity sheets to keep busy little bees occupied. From colouring, drawing, dot to dot, baking and more, there’s something to occupy your youngsters with some good old fashioned fun. 

You can shop our full  collection of sustainable wooden toys and treasures at our online store. From early learning, traditional dolls houses, classic toys, roleplay and play foods, children’s furniture and more. Our beloved curation is waiting to be discovered, with unique pieces that inspire the magic of childhood, through a lifetime of play. 

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We’re Le Toy Van. A big hearted, honest talking family business with a lifelong passion for creating traditional wooden toys.

Georges Le Van, our founder,  created the first ever Le Toy Van toy, our beloved wooden Dolls House, over 25 years ago. 

Our team of talented toy makers design right here in the UK. And, we only partner with ethical manufacturers where every piece is mindfully made, crafted from solid, repurposed wood. Read the full story. 

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