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The benefits of wooden toys

The benefits of wooden toys

If you're a parent, you'll know exactly how important play is for developing children, and whilst interactive toys as well as toys with flashing lights and sounds all have a place within a child's play box, wooden toys are incredibly important too. Here are some of the major benefits you can expect from wooden toys.

Incorporation of real life skills

Children are incredibly imaginative and regularly engage in imaginative play which will mimic real-life. Giving your children wooden toys, even if they are just basic shapes, will help cultivate their imagination. Even wooden sticks can be used to represent currency, helping them to develop and build real-life skills by buying and selling other wooden objects.

Less distracting

When a child plays with wooden toys, they are required to supply everything from the voices to an entire range of sound effects, rather than simply listening to the toy. This process enables the children to stay in control, keeping their minds clear which in turn lets them think through scenarios and solve problems effectively. While you shouldn't completely ignore toys with sound effects, sometimes electronic features can get in the way of a child's thinking process as well as limit how far their imagination can go. This is because a lot of electronic toys can only be played with a certain way, which can box a child's imagination in.

Safety

Wooden toys can deal with some pretty heavy handling, meaning you won't have to worry about safety. Nearly all wooden toys don't break easily, which means children are not going to be exposed to small pieces or sharp edges. It's also worth bearing in mind that wooden toys are generally non-toxic because they're made from natural materials. 

They grow with your child

Investing in wooden toys is a good idea because you'll be putting your money towards something that is versatile and durable enough to grow alongside your child as they get older. Wooden toys can be used by toddlers who want to engage in simple play, but older children can also use the wooden toys in increasingly complex and imaginative scenarios, using them to problem solve. Put simply, wooden toys are not limiting, and as your child develops new skills and abilities, they will find more uses for their wooden toys.

They help to improve hand-eye coordination

Wooden toys can be more basic than their plastic counterparts, which can help children when it comes to hand-eye coordination. Anything from building a tower from blocks, to using wooden beads requires children to develop distance and placement skills. Children can also use wooden toys to develop an understanding of simple concepts such as under and over. Using wooden toys to solve a puzzle or to create a pattern can also help children identify how items can fit together, again helping them with their hand-eye coordination.