As a parent, it can be difficult to know which toys are best for your child and their personal or educational growth, never mind which toys are the safest option for the environment. In this blog, The Early Teacher will discuss the main advantages of wooden toys, and whether or not wooden toys are better for child development.
So, what are the advantages of wooden toys? Wooden toys can help your child to develop their imagination, problem solving skills, and hand eye coordination through playtime, all of which are vital skills for adulthood. Wooden toys are also environmentally friendly, durable and safe for children to use.
Keep reading to find out more about wooden toys, including whether they are good for babies to play with and why kids should play with wooden toys.
The Advantages of Wooden Toys
Wooden toys are often overlooked by shoppers due to them not being as widely produced as plastic toys, but that does not necessarily mean they do not have their perks. Below we will detail the main advantages of wooden toys so you can make the decision for yourself.
The first main advantage of wooden toys is that they are environmentally friendly in comparison to plastic toys. Unfortunately, due to the cheap production cost of plastic, wooden toys don’t get produced on an equal scale. However, they produce less environmentally harmful chemicals right from production all the way to the end of the product life-cycle.
Furthermore, wooden toys are typically produced and decorated with natural, non-toxic paints which makes them both environmentally safe and child friendly, for those children who like to chew on toys and put bits in their mouths.
Due to the mass production of plastic toys, they often suffer on quality and therefore don’t last through the rigorous play times that they are designed for. As a result, 80 percent of toys end up in landfill each year, whereby they are either incinerated and release toxic chemicals into the atmosphere or end up floating in the ocean where they can cause harm to animals.
Wooden Toys on the other hand are often of higher quality and durability, so can last through the adventurous playtimes of your children and maintain their quality for generations to come.
Wooden toys are also a great tool for developing your child's imagination. Whether it be a wooden stacking toy or a wooden pound and tap bench, your child gets to develop their imagination through the use of the wooden toys, creating shapes and sounds that they would not get to on a daily basis.
The simplicity of the shapes used for wooden toys encourages children to imagine these shapes as characters, vehicles or even groceries from supermarkets in their imaginary games. Wooden toys tend to be of a passive nature which means they require more input from the child therefore getting them more involved and trying new things through the use of their imagination.
Problem Solving Skills:
Wooden toys can also help children to develop their problem solving skills. To be able to solve a problem requires a child to think logically about their actions, question their actions and not give up when they find something difficult. Wooden toys can encourage this process because when using their imagination not everything will go to plan, therefore they will have to learn to deal with failure, which is another significant skill to take forward into adult life.
Are Wooden Toys Better for Child Development?
Wooden toys can be better for child development due to them being timeless. Often, plastic toys are designed around trending themes, television shows, or popular characters at the time, so when these themes become outdated, your child may become less interested, and any developmental opportunities gained from the toy are lost.
Wooden toys tend to be more classical in style which means they stay relevant for years to come. This means that your child will likely have a longer period of time to benefit from the advantages of wooden toys.
For example, if a child plays with a wooden puzzle only once, they are likely to develop a limited amount of skills, whereas if they continue to play with the puzzle over and over for a significant period of their childhood, they will begin to develop a deeper level of thinking, understanding and problem solving which are all vital skills for adult life.
Why Should Kids Play with Wooden Toys?
The main reason why children should play with wooden toys is because they provide great educational value. Even on a very basic level, wooden toys help children to develop their understanding of shapes, sizes, colours and textures, which all contribute to the development of hand eye coordination and the overall growth of your child.
On a deeper level, wooden toys help children to develop their cognitive ability through simple choices such as how to stack their blocks, or which button creates what tune and even what order to put the colours in. These are all simple decisions but have consequences of which the children can learn from both cognitively and emotionally.
Are Wooden Toys Good for Babies?
Wooden toys are in fact good for babies because they are made in manageable shapes and sizes which can help babies to develop their grabbing and lifting abilities. The small shapes and textures can be a great introduction to sensations and hand eye coordination skills for babies. and, if continued, can be developed further into more complex games. It is important to note that if you are going to introduce any toys to your baby, wooden or not, then it is important to ensure that the toy sizes are small enough for their hands to grip, but not too small that they could swallow them.
Wooden toys are also good for babies due to them typically having no harmful chemicals, paints, or sprays on them. This means that you do not need to be conscious of your baby being affected by these chemicals and you do not need to worry about them putting them in their mouths or biting them.
As a parent, ensuring your baby gets enough interaction and development is important, but safety must always come first, and wooden toys ensure the utmost safety for your baby as long as they have passed national safety standards and are proportionally sized for the age of your child.
Wooden Toys at The Early Teacher
The Early Teacher provides a range of educational toys and wooden toys to help entertain your children whilst also encouraging their cognitive development. We offer a variety of wooden toys, all of which are safety tested and are chosen with your child’s development and enjoyment at the forefront. The Early Teacher can support you in selecting the ideal wooden toy for your child’s age and developmental needs.
For more information on the wooden toys available at My Early Teacher click here.