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There is something unique, comforting and enchanting about wooden toys. They are simple, yet versatile and are extremely beneficial to children's cognitive, social and physical development. The developmental benefits of wooden toys are real.
Wooden toys are still seen as traditional play tools that can be passed down from generation to generation. Their classic appeal and basic learning attributes make them timeless and appealing to children of all ages and eras. Plus, they are more durable, which means they are more likely to be outgrown by siblings, children and even grandchildren.
Children, as imaginative professionals, are capable of stacking blocks to form houses, designing entire cities, creating intricate stories and going on adventures. Wooden toys, with their simple yet versatile design, offer plenty of room for little ones to let their imaginations run wild. In this way, they foster children's creativity and skills, while building their confidence.
Example of imitation toy by The Toy Van
What a pleasure it is to handle a wooden toy. From feeling the weight, the sensation of the material, rounded or angular shapes, wooden toys develop complex neurological connections in the child's brain and improve memory. By exploring the world through touch, children become adept at recognizing the major elements and attributes of the world: hot or cold, sticky or rough, wet or dry, soft or stiff. Wood can warm up and reach heat, and it has a slight natural smell. This is especially beneficial for young children, who discover and explore the world not only by touch and sight, but also by smell and by putting things in their mouths.
A wooden toy is very soothing and not only appeals to the child's sense of touch. Research shows that children are calmer with wooden toys than with any other material. Exploring and playing with toys made from natural materials allows children to slow down and probe the qualities and possibilities of play. Plastic, brightly colored, glossy toys can overstimulate, stress and exhaust a child, in contrast to the minimalist, wholesome, non-intrusive nature of wooden toys. The result is a calmer child immersed in quality imaginative play.
Sensory play allows children to try and learn new ways of talking about the world. It promotes their language development and encourages them to communicate effectively with others during play. Coupled with the specifics of wooden toys, which allow for versatility and stimulate imagination, children are stimulated to express the new emotions they feel.
We have already established that sensory play creates interconnections in the nervous system and brain pathways, which develops the child's ability to perform complex learning tasks. Wooden toys support a child's cognitive development, enhancing their thinking process, reasoning and logic. By grasping and lifting, stacking, fusing, and sorting wooden blocks and toys, children learn to draw logical conclusions and understand the physical attributes and rules of weight, dynamics, geometry, and volume.
Non-organically made toys such as plastic and metal are known to contain toxic substances such as BPA, PVC, and for older ones lead paint. Exploring the senses in young children involves putting toys in their mouths. The advantage of wooden toys is due to their organic, non-toxic and naturally antibacterial constitution. Unlike plastic toys which, when broken, can leave sharp, jagged edges and small swallowable pieces. Plus, wooden toys are more durable and recyclable.
Today, parents are concerned about the environment. They are concerned not only about the non-organic toxic substances in toys and everyday items, but also about their harmful effects on the environment. Landfills and oceans are clogged with non-biodegradable plastics that are harmful to living organisms, adding to the already pressing environmental problems. Wood, on the other hand, is a sustainable, recyclable and biodegradable material. Furthermore, a recent study shows that an average of three months after Christmas, 41% of all plastic toys end up in the landfill. Imagine the effect of all that plastic on the environment. Wooden toys, if they ever end up in a landfill, won't cause much damage and, over time, will decompose without leaving a harmful trace on the land or in the ocean.
Wooden toys are made in accordance with research and methodologies related to child learning and development, based on principles developed by legendary child psychologists, scientists and educationalists such as Montessori, Steiner and Dewey. The wooden toys are designed to help children from an early age learn about shapes, sizes, colors, textures, as well as develop logical thinking, cause and effect, organizational, problem-solving and decision-making skills, among others.