Five hundred and eighty! That’s how many wooden toys are in the Grimm’s Spiel und Holz Design (aka Grimm’s Toys) catalog.

How on earth is anyone supposed to decide which to buy their children and what ones to avoid? Well, one smart option would be to read a ‘best of Grimm’s’ guide, written by someone who has played with many Grimm’s toys. I wonder where you could find such a thing…

(Spoiler alert: here, hahh)

Today I’m opening up about Grimm’s toys and sharing with you my top recommended favorites; the best, the good, the bad, the ugly. Let’s jump into it.

In a rush? Here are my top three Grimm's toys

LARGE WOODEN RAINBOW

Grimms Rainbow Stack 1
5/5
  • Will last for YEARS
  • Grimm's best selling toy
  • Made by master craftsmen
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WOODEN FRIENDS

Grimms Wooden Friends 2
5/5
  • Perfect accessory to rainbow
  • Matching rainbow colors
  • Superior craftsmanship
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NESTING BOWLS

Grimms Nesting Bowls (2)
5/5
  • Stacking, nesting or creative play
  • Multiple color options
  • Enjoyed from an early age
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Top Grimm's Toys List

1. Large Wooden Rainbow

2. Wooden Friends

3. Nesting Bowls

4. Wooden Grasper

5. Large Rolling Wheel

6. Rattle Pyramide

7. Geo Blocks

8. Wooden Balls

9. Matryoshka

10. Conical Tower

11. Semicircles

12. Stepped Pyramid

Best Grimm's Toys: Overall

Got a few more moments on your hands? Check out my detailed list of Grimm’s toys below, where I discuss the pros and cons of each.

Remember, many of these have been tested by hand which means we actually have these toys ourselves to play with. The recommendations listed below are all for Grimm’s, but you can also check out our other posts for more info on my top favorite toy brands.

Grimm’s is one of the world’s top toy companies, not because of how many toys they sell, but because of the quality of toy they produce. Grimm’s toys carry unique characteristics like their heirloom quality, handmade elements, made from eco-friendly sustainable wood.

You can read more about in-depth Grimm’s review here.

1. LARGE WOODEN RAINBOW

WHAT TO LOVE
  • High re-sale value
  • Lovely wooden texture
  • Designed to last for years
  • Made from eco-friendly materials
CONS
  • Initial investment is higher
5/5
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The Grimm’s wooden rainbow is arguably the most popular toy available from the toy company. There are many reasons why the rainbow is so popular: design, quality craftsmanship, aesthetic. The rainbow comes in four color options, although they are not always available:

Original rainbow | pastel | monochrome | natural wood

Recommended Age: 0+ years
The rainbow is typically recommended for children 2 years + because of the size (the 12 piece is the largest). However, my children enjoyed playing with this from a very young age (4 months +). If you want to purchase a rainbow I recommend buying the large as you will get more value from it long term. While your child is still a baby, consider putting out only 3-4 pieces.

Open-ended design: the open-ended nature of the Grimms toy means it can be used in an endless number of ways, limited only by a child’s imagination. As your child grows and their interests change, so too can the rainbow grow with them. Check out this post for awesome ideas on how to play with the rainbow.

2. WOODEN FRIENDS

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WHAT TO LOVE
  • High re-sale value
  • Lovely wooden texture
  • Designed to last for years
  • Made from eco-friendly materials
CONS
  • Initial investment is higher

Grimm’s wooden friends are the next accessory to go with the rainbow and are certainly the next best toy I would recommend from their collection. You can readily find Grimm’s friends in either the original rainbow or pastel, to match their rainbow counterparts.

Recommended Age: 0+ years
My four month old loves to gnaw on these, my two and four-year-old kids love to play pretend with them.

Price:
I know what you’re thinking: holy smokes. Fifty bucks for a set of wooden peg people?! I thought the same the first time I discovered Grimm’s many years ago. The thing is, the Grimm’s wooden people are leagues above the cheapo version you can pick up for ten bucks on Amazon. I know, because I’ve had both. I recommend purchasing from Natural Baby Co, as their prices are lower, and they offer reward points.

Wooden Friends vs Seven Friends in Bowls
“Which one should I get?” is a question I hear often. While both are lovely, I would recommend the 12 friends OVER the 7 friends in 7 bowls. The 12 friends set will be used for much longer, and if combining 

Materials:
Grimm’s wooden friends come in a set of 12. Made from maple wood and alder wood, finished with a non-toxic color.

5/5
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3. Nesting Bowls

Grimm's Nesting Bowls
WHAT TO LOVE
  • High re-sale value
  • Lovely wooden texture
  • Designed to last for years
  • Made from eco-friendly materials
CONS
  • Initial investment is higher
5/5
Buy From Natural Baby Co
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Nesting bowls are a must-have item for Grimm’s fans. They can be used for SO many things: stacking, scooping, color sorting, nesting, open-ended play (read: as a doll house, dog kennel, village, boat, car, school, bus). These are an item, like the others above, that can be used for YEARS in different capacities.

Recommended Age: 0+ years
As a baby, they might enjoy shuffling these around or gnawing on the sides. As they grow, the bowls will be used for other things such as described above.

Materials:
The nesting bowls set has four pieces. Each piece is made from alder and finished with non-toxic stain or oil.

Best Baby Grimm's Toys

These are my top recommendations for Grimm’s baby toys.

Remember, Grimm’s use non-toxic child-safe finishes on their toys, so there is no concern about your baby chewing on these. As always, supervision is strongly recommended when your baby is playing (with any toys, not just Grimm’s).

4. Wooden Grasper

Grimms Wooden Grasper Toy (2)
WHAT TO LOVE
  • Top-rated teether by families
  • Babies love the texture
  • Easy to grip
  • Made with non-toxic finishes
CONS
  • Baby may prefer feeling of silicone
4.5/5
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Babies love wooden graspers. I always thought that wood would be too hard for my children, but they actually find it soothing on the gums. The hardness of the material helps soothe your baby’s gums.

Recommended Age: 0+ years

Materials:
The grasper is typically made from maple wood and finished with non-toxic ink.

5. Large Rolling Wheel

Grimms Rainbow Rolling Wheel (2)


WHAT TO LOVE
  • Gaps in wheel are large
  • Lovely sound when used
  • Baby loves to observe the rattling balls
CONS
  • Make sure to purchase the large
4/5
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Another baby favorite: the Grimm’s rolling wheel. The rolling wheel comes in two sizes but I strongly recommend getting the larger size. The gaps between the bars are too small and I have found your baby’s fingers will get stuck in the small size. Go for the large here. Also, the small size is TINY. Tinier than you imagine.

Recommended Age: 0+ years

Purchasing Tips: 
Make sure to purchase the large-sized rolling wheel. The mini one is simply too small. It’s smaller than it looks in the pictures. I recommend purchasing from Natural Baby Co, as their prices are lower.

Materials:
Made from limewood and non-toxic water based stain.

6. Rattle Pyramide

Grimms Rattle Pyramide (2)
WHAT TO LOVE
  • Easy to grip
  • Great for traveling
  • Baby will enjoy moving shapes and colors
  • Made from eco-friendly materials
CONS
  • Baby will lose interest by age 2
5/5
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This rattling pyramide is extremely popular. You may have even seen it in waiting rooms or daycare centers. The rattling pyramid is a lovely toy to keep your child’s interest. I like that the child can interact with this rattle, whereas the rattling wheel restricts (your baby can’t hold the jingle bells)

Recommended Age: 0+ years

Materials:
The pyramide is made from alder wood and finished with (you guessed it) non-toxic inks.

Best Toddler Grimm's Toys

Ahh. Time for the toddler toys! To be honest, MOST of the Grimm’s products are suitable for toddlers.

Sure, if you bought a set of counting blocks for your 2-year-old they wouldn’t be able to complete the puzzle, but fun would be had nonetheless.

With that said, here are my favorite Grimm’s toys for toddlers. These should be considered in addition to the recommended overall favorites, rather than instead of.

7. Geo Blocks

Grimms Geo Blocks (2)
WHAT TO LOVE
  • Variety of shapes
  • Beautiful textured blocks
  • Open-ended for years of play
  • Made from eco-friendly materials
CONS
  • Only 60 blocks in a set
4.5/5
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My children love these blocks. Grimm’s make many many different block sets, but I recommend starting out with a more simple set such as this. The shapes vary including arches, cubes, triangles, rectangles. They are beautiful to play with.

Just be aware that this set has 60 blocks. It’s a great starter set and so long as you are aware of how many there are, you won’t be disappointed (it takes around 100 blocks + to make a decent structure).

Recommended Age: 1+ years

Materials:
The blocks aren’t varnished which I find makes stacking and building easier for your toddlers.

8. Wooden Balls

Grimms Balls (2)


WHAT TO LOVE
  • Perfect for marble runs
  • Designed to last for years
  • Loved by families around the world
  • Made from eco-friendly materials
CONS
  • Cheaper version can be purchased
5/5
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These balls are the largest set available from Grimm’s Spiel und Holz. They are most often used for marble runs or in ball trackers. They are a great option especially for younger toddlers still prone to putting things in their mouth. 

Recommended Age: 1+ years

Materials:
The balls are made from maple wood and finished with a non-toxic color.

9. Russian Dolls

Grimms Russian Dolls (2)
WHAT TO LOVE
  • Great for color sorting
  • Fun to use with peg dolls or counters
  • New to 2019
CONS
  • Initial investment is higher
5/5
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Finally! Many people have been waiting for nesting dolls to be released by Grimm’s. In 2019 that wish came true. These are part of the new catalog release for the year, and are already flying off the shelves.

Recommended Age: 1+ years

Materials:
These Russian dolls are made from maple wood.

10. Stacking Boxes

Grimms Rainbow Nesting Boxes
WHAT TO LOVE
  • High re-sale value
  • Designed to last for years
  • Made from eco-friendly materials
CONS
  • Initial investment is higher
5/5
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Grimm’s stacking boxes can be used for a wide array of things: sorting, stacking, nesting, open-ended play. They are much more sturdy than their cardboard counterparts and will last you years if cared for properly.

Recommended Age: 1+ years

Materials:
Made from plywood and non-toxic stain.

Best Grimm's Toys for Preschoolers

Age range: 3-6 years

Toddlers also love and play with these toys, however, I am recommending them under the preschool age as preschoolers have more capacity for intricate architecture of buildings.

11. Semicircles

Grimms Semicircles (2)


WHAT TO LOVE
  • High re-sale value
  • Great for marble runs
  • Perfect match for rainbow
  • Multiple colors available
CONS
  • Initial investment is higher
4.5/5
Buy From Natural Baby Co
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Grimm’s semicircles are a beloved addition most often paired with the rainbow. They are excellent for building marble runs and more delicate stacking structures that would otherwise topple without extra support.

Recommended Age: 1+ years

Materials:
Made from birch plywood and non-toxic stain or oil.

12. Stepped Pyramid

Grimms Stepped Pyramid (3)
WHAT TO LOVE
  • High re-sale value
  • Lovely wooden texture
  • Designed to last for years
  • Made from eco-friendly materials
CONS
  • Initial investment is higher
5/5
Buy From Natural Baby Co
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The stepped pyramid is on the wishlist of many families. The small size (which is my recommended choice) contains 100 blocks inside of a wooden frame.

Recommended Age: 2+ years

Materials:
Blocks in this pyramid are made from limewood and finished with a non-toxic stain.

That wraps it up. Twelve of the top rated Grimm’s toys available on the market. Of course, the toys that are actually the best will be the ones you feel your child will enjoy the most. Does your child love to hide things in boxes? Great! Sounds like russian dolls are the pick. Do they loooove to build? Perfect. Grab a set of building blocks or the rainbow and semicircles. Follow your child’s interests and you won’t be disappointed about the investment you made into these toys.

I hope this list was helpful to you. If it was, would you mind taking a moment to share? It would really help us out to spread the message.

And if you have Instagram, tag me in your Grimm’s play! I love to see what you create. Happy Grimming! xx.


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