Why Buy Wooden Toys?

Over the years, almost everybody buys a toy or two for a baby, toddler, or small child, and many people are unsure whether they should buy wooden toys or toys made from plastic or other materials. When you are searching for that perfect toy for your son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandchild, or friend's child, remember these wooden toy benefits.

They are Durable

Toys made by companies such as From Grandpa's Workshop are much more durable than plastic toys and will usually last much longer. Many plastic toys have numerous small pieces, and once a piece becomes broken, the toys often have sharp edges that could hurt a young child. This immediately makes the toy unsafe and unusable. On the other hand, wooden toys tend to break less easily because wood is a much stronger material because of the density of the fibers.

They are Often Safer

Plastic toys can contain chemicals such as phthalate and Bisphenol A, both of which are known to be endocrine disrupters and have been associated with birth defects, reproductive damage, neurological damage, and autoimmune disease. Young children tend to put everything into their mouths; it is how they explore the things around them. Plastic toys may contain toxic chemicals, and some imported plastic toys may also contain lead paint. When purchasing any painted toy, whether it be made of wood or plastic, ensure that it is painted with non-toxic paint.

They are Usually Hand Made

Because the process of making toys from wood requires specialized designing, most arehandmade by skilled wood workers. This means that the toy often has sentimental value to both the purchaser and the child. Some of the more popular handmade toys include trains, train cars, trucks, trailers, and airplanes.

They are Nostalgic and Timeless

Many people choose plastic toys because they are less expensive, but in most cases, a plastic toy will not last very long. Toys made from wood last for many years and are often passed down from one generation to another. This makes the toy particularly special because older children and even grown-ups can remember playing with the toy when they were young.

Wooden Toys Help to Develop Better Play Skills

Many modern, plastic, and electronic toys are loud and over stimulating. In many cases, this type of toy does all of the work and the thinking for the child which can suppress a child's natural imagination and creativity. This is often why many flashy, noisy toys are quickly ignored while the child plays with the box the toy came in. Alternatively, toys made from wood encourage imaginative and creative play. They can also encourage family play as parents and older siblings often find that they get on the floor and play too.

Natural and Environmentally Friendly

Wood is a natural product and therefore, as long as new trees are planted, wood is a sustainable resource. Many families are becoming more aware of the effect things have on the environment and are choosing to live a greener lifestyle. Although making toys from wood means cutting down some trees, many manufacturers actively take part in reforestation programs. Other toy manufacturers include parts from old wooden structures and discarded pieces of furniture in order to recycle as much as possible. Not only are toys made from wood green during the production process, they are also green when they are no longer useful. Although a wooden toy will last for many years, they do occasionally break. However, they can often be easily repaired or restored and passed down through generations. Those that eventually become unusable and end up in a landfill are biodegradable and therefore quickly decompose and give back to the earth, whereas plastic toys often take hundreds of years to degrade and can leach toxic chemicals into the soil.

When purchasing a toy for any child, consider a wooden toy that will be cherished for years to come. These toys allow you to feel good about reducing your carbon footprint, are environmentally friendly and durable, and provide a special, unique, and traditional form of play that encourages and enhances development through play.

Sources:

http://www.examiner.com/article/wooden-toys-why-buy-them

http://www.greenster.com/magazine/wooden-toys/


Jeremiah Smith
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