If you have a little builder in your household keen to get going on a construction site, then the Playscapes wooden construction set made by Hape is a beautifully made, high quality set of building toys that are going to provide hours of pretend play.
Did you know that Hape is one of the world’s largest producer of toys made from sustainable materials?
Hape was founded in Germany by Peter Handstein, his sister Sabine and their friend Renate Gies in 1986 as Hape Kindergarten Supply. Today they produce creative, eco-friendly, high quality toys with an ethos around sustainability, education, innovation and fun.
These award-winning toys are created using sustainable, natural materials and water-based paints.
The wood used in Hape toys is Baltic Birch, Maple or Rubberwood, and any plastic parts are created to be durable enough to last for generations – to encourage toys to be passed down rather than thrown away.
The Benefits of Building Construction Toys
The Playscapes collection from Hape is a set inspired by the benefits of construction for cognitive development.
These are real life construction toys for kids – to encourage building, which in turn boosts mathematical thinking, planning and reasoning.
Building can be an activity undertaken individually or in a team – pretend play with a companion enhances social skills like team-work and sharing!
Hape Crane Lift
The award-winning Hape Crane Lift is aimed at children aged 3 and over. It is a working, large wooden crane that stands at nearly 21 inches or 53cm tall.
All edges are smooth and Hape perform meticulous quality control – even drop testing and a bite force test!
The crane comes in 3 parts and has to be put together by an adult or older child using just 2 screws and a provided allen key.
Once the crane is set up, it’s very sturdy and you can tell this is a strong, durable toy that will take a lot of playtime.
There are knobs at the front and back for raising and lowering the hook, and moving the pallet back and forth.
The crane itself pivots 360 degrees and has a cockpit big enough for a play figure (not included).
Also included are the pallet and 3 wooden blocks of “steel”, 2 wooden road cones, a warning sign, and 2 roadblocks.
Using the crane requires manual dexterity and fine motor skills, and provides the opportunity for endless hours of imaginative pretend building play.
This is a large sturdy crane, and kids will love it!
Hape Contruction Equipment Vehicles
The set of wooden construction equipment vehicles from Hape are large toys, and are built to be used – they are strong and durable!
The vehicles are recommended for children aged 3+ years, they are beautifully designed, and meet the highest safety standards.
All the vehicles are made from FSC certified wood and encourage creative play and storytelling. There is room in the cabs of all the vehicles for play figures (not included).
Hape Steam N Roll
The Hape Steam N Roll is for flattening out your construction site and it really works – use it to flatten down the dirt ready for a building, or build a road!
This is a good sized vehicle at 10.2 inches (26cm) long x 6 inches (15cm) high x 5.6 inches (14cm) wide. It is very strong and durable and makes a great addition to any construction site.
If you want to flatten some sand, the Steam N Roll will do it easily!
Hape Dumper Truck
The Hape Dumper Truck will remove all the rubble away from your construction site – load up blocks, sand or toys into the dumper, roll over to the dump site and unload! Kids love doing this!
The dumper truck is about the same size as the Steam N Roll at 10.2 inches (26cm) x 5.7 inches (14.5cm) high x 6.6 inches (16.8cm) wide.
Everyone needs a dumper truck on their construction site and this one does the job brilliantly!
Hape Great Big Digger
The Hape Great Big Digger will do all the digging and scooping you need for construction.
The digger is large and durable enough to do some serious work at 10.5 inches (26.5cms) x 5.8 inches (14.7cm) tall x 5.7 inches (14.5cm) wide.
The digger is great fun and the scoop is tough enough to carry sand, stones, blocks or any other material that needs scooping up for construction!
Hape Mix N Truck
Hape Mix N Truck will lay the foundation for your building project – pour out the “concrete” and flatten it down with the Steam N Roll!
The Mixer is 9.2 inches (23cm) long x 6.5 inches (16.5cms) tall x 6 inches (15cm) wide and the bucket on the back spins fully around and tips out the contents.
Our only gripe about the bucket is that the hole is quite small and the contents can be difficult to remove – we think it would be better if the top was screwed on rather than fixed.
We don’t think the kids will really mind about this, and it is a beautifully made, top quality, and durable mixer that is lots of fun!
We love that Hape design their toys with consideration to the environment, and that they are strong and durable enough to last.
Pretend construction play stimulates your child’s imagination and all children love to build – building with construction toys introduces engineering concepts and encourages problem solving and discovery along with improving fine motor skills – these toys are an investment in your child’s development.
What better way to build than with a construction site?
Do you use construction equipment toys with your children? We’d love to know in the comments.