It is often said that wooden toys are better than plastic ones. But why? Is it just another fad or are there well-founded reasons behind that statement?
Below are the top 8 reasons why using wooden toys is recommended - a quality material for early years learning and development.
1. Weight and presence
Wooden toys do not have the lightness of plastic toys. They are toys with a greater presence. Children have to hold them conscientiously and firmly, stimulating, in turn, the motor skills of their hands.
Ultralight toys seem to downplay the object itself and the game. Is the feeling the same in the hand with a cheap plastic car as with a wooden car?
2. Stimulates the sense of touch
Wooden toys, especially if they are not lacquered, provide a pleasant feeling to touch. Also, not all wooden toys feel the same. There are more sanded, less, some in which the irregularities of the wood are noticed, others that do not ... all of this offers sensations that the children's brain registers, almost without seeming to be, while they play.
3. They promote imagination
Wooden toys are much less worked than plastic ones, they do not incorporate lights or sounds. It is the child who has to imagine everything he wants that toy to do, nothing is given or done. In addition, being less structured they are more versatile.
4. They reduce consumerism
Plastic toys tend to be more fragile, break more easily (especially if they are inexpensive) and cause you to have to buy new replacement toys. On the contrary, wooden toys are more expensive, we buy less but of higher quality. Something that is essential to avoid entering the wheel of buying, using, throwing away.
5. They age better and are intergenerational
Wooden toys, far from breaking or becoming ugly over time, age wonderfully. And in case they break… they can be fixed more easily than plastic toys. They can be passed from generation to generation, because the toy remains just as beautiful and functional.
6. They accompany the child during different stages of their growth
Wooden toys, being less structured, tend to be more timeless. This means that now that the same toy can be passed from generation to generation but is used for many more years by the same child, since rarely a toy of these characteristics looks very childish or very adult.
7. They save money
For real? With how expensive they are! Yes, we buy fewer materials but of higher quality and also the same toy can last several generations. All this ends up assuming economic savings.
8. They connect with nature
Wood is a natural material that meets the biological expectations that children have at birth (in relation to the sense of touch). Our brain hopes to touch our mother's skin and natural materials (trees, stones, earth…). Certainly not plastic.
In addition, using materials that come directly from nature helps children understand the relationship between nature and the production of everyday objects. With the wood of the trees you can make toys, kitchen spoons, furniture, etc. Explaining to a child where their plastic toys come from is going to be much more complicated, without a doubt.
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