Classic wooden toys may bring on feelings of nostalgia, but they have so many more advantages than that. These traditional toys can help your child to use their imagination and help inspire more creativity in play. Branded toys that are based on the latest movie or cartoon character only emulate that character they don’t really inspire your child to create a world of their own. Let’s look at the advantages of classic wooden toys and why they should be a part of your child’s play. Here is a look at how they can help.
If your child has a toy box filled with traditional toys it helps them to develop not just their imaginations but it also encourages critical thinking skills. They also get to improve their fine motor skills and they also learn problem solving skills. There have been studies done that show that wooden toys help keep kids relaxed and quiet while still having fun playing. On the other hand, louder and busier toys that are meant to create play scenarios that emulate war or emergencies made kids more hyper and stressed.
The benefits of wooden toys aren’t just about inspiring the imagination they are also safer than most other toys. Wooden don’t typically have small parts like their plastic counterparts so there is less risk of choking. Wooden toys are often far more durable so you don’t have to worry about them breaking. Toddlers are prone to putting toys in their mouth and wooden toys are far less toxic than plastic. Wooden toys don’t have motors, don’t need batteries, no electricity is required and they aren’t going to leak fluids everywhere and the manufacturing process is quicker and easier. All of that makes them better for the environment than plastic toys.
Even though wooden toys are typically safer than plastic you still need to exercise some caution when buying wooden toys. Look for toys that are made with non-toxic lead free paint, you also want to make sure that the wood has a smooth finish and that there will be no splinters. Solid woods are pretty hard for your child to damage but they are still not as hard as metal or really hard plastics. Wooden toys will weather bumps, drops and everything else your child can do and be just fine.
Good well-built wooden toys can last for generations, that’s one of the biggest selling points. In fact if you may have some of your old wooden toys still kicking around from when you were a child.