Why wooden toys are better

Many years ago, many toys were made from wood. Today, most toys are made fully or in part from plastic. So why would you want wooden toys for your family? Wooden toys are safe, foster imagination and are a great investment because they are durable and lasting.

Safe

Wooden toys are safe from harmful chemicals. Young children are especially sensitive to chemical exposure because of their developing bodies. They also tend to chew or “mouth” toys. Plastic toys can contain chemicals such as phthalates, BPA or PVC. These chemicals can mimic or suppress normal hormone regulation and have health concerns related to early puberty, obesity,and increased risk of cancers. We’ve all heard of recalls associated with lead in toys. Lead ingestion can lead to brain damage and learning disabilities.

You can be confident that the toys you purchase for your child are safe and chemical free if you are purchasing natural wooden toys. When choosing wooden toys, look for solid wood products. Pressed wood or composite wood products can contain harmful adhesives or glues that can contain formaldehyde. When you choose untreated or unpainted wooden toys, you don’t have to be concerned about the levels of lead or other toxins in the paints or coatings. Although there continue to be regulations, banning or limiting exposure to these harmful chemicals, plastic toys aren’t entirely safe.

Imagination

Wooden toys typically are toys that tend to foster imagination. They don’t need batteries, electricity or software. They allow a child to think up many uses for the toys. They can develop new games, or outcomes, and encourage interaction and role playing. Think of how they could play differently each time with a wooden train set, or a set of wooden blocks. Wooden toys are not flashy but have a natural beauty and a great texture that kids love. Many toys of today especially those with electronics tend to lead to sensory overload.

Sensory overload

Ever had a toy where you push the button that makes an electronic noise? They push it over and over again until you secretly want to throw it away. Have you had those same thoughts about a wooden puzzle, shape sorter, wooden car or train or a set of wooden blocks? Wooden toys usually come with no instructions, or complicated directions, or levels they have to accomplish. They are plain, and encourage creative, open-ended play. The kind of play that helps them develop many cognitive skills.

Durable

A wooden toy will stand up to lots of use and abuse, and can last for years. Often, they become a family favourite toy that is passed down from generation to generation. Those special wooden toys you played with have a special sentimental value that you as a parent and grandparent want to share with your youngsters. Compare the value of a wooden toy with many of the cheap plastic trinkets seen everywhere today. They may cost more initially, but they are a great toy that lasts and is a great value for your money.

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