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Toys are absolutely important element for childhood development. They stimulate physical skill and encourage creative imaginations. We can find today children sitting in front of personal computers or television for hours each day for video game and computer game. Many parents concern about this and have realized that classic wooden toys will provide a light relief from this situation.

Classic wooden toys permit children to use their own imagination and play in a way which benefit’s them educationally. The most important thing to consider is durability. They are no match for toys made of solid hardwood construction. They are strong and tough that cannot be torn apart or broken into pieces. Wooden toys are easy to maintain and with a little care will last during childhood and can be preserved to the next generation.

Recent time more manufacturers using wood from carefully selected and biodegradable sources. Wooden toys are very popular for being more ecological friendly compared to plastic and other synthetic wood products. With the recent trend of environmental concern, parents are aware that wooden toys are not only non toxic but are pollution free.

Today, the toys made from wood are seems to come back for many good reasons includes low cost and energy for maintenance. Quality wooden toys with a good finish are easy to clean up and wipe down after spill. The other reason is safety. Look for rounded corners, nontoxic paint, wood that will not splinter and of course no small pieces.

There are endless choice and fabulous range of wooden toys available. Follow me to explore some wooden toys which children can enjoy.

Wooden building blocks have long been a favorite among children because they can build anything their imaginations can conceive, from simple tower, houses, bridge until the more complex castles. They may consist of letters, alphabets or pictures painted on them. Building blocks are great because they are popular with a wide range of ages. As the children grow, structures become more complex stretching of their skills and imagination.

Wooden toys can also be found in vehicles and transportation. The most favorite is colorful wooden train sets. These toys come with all size. Nothing matches the thrill and excitement of watching a train run on its tracks. The other is cars, trucks, aircraft and boats that the child can push, pull, load, unload and maneuver around.

As you can see, the possibilities of wooden toys are endless. Another popular wooden toys are shape sorter, puzzles, ride on, board game, food sets, rattles, doll house, play kitchen, toy boxes and children furniture. All these classic wooden toys remain very popular amongst a majority of the kids in the world today.

Many brands are already famous for this line of industry. I can mention Melissa & Doug, Lincoln log, Brio, Alex toys, Haba, Plan toys etc.

Durable, safe, and with the appearance of handicrafts, wooden toys, is just one of the best gifts a person can give to all children. Parents should consider for high quality toys that stimulate our children’s minds and senses, made from natural materials in a sustainable way. More importantly, the skills developed by playing with wood toys will stay with the child an entire lifetime.

Nowadays, parents tend to buy toys made of plastic or other materials to their children because most of the time, these toys are more interesting compared to the much simpler wooden toys. Modern toys can do so many things because most often than not, they are battery-operated. However, there are still some specialty toy shops that still sell wooden toys because of their unique characteristics and features.

There are many advantages in using wooden toys. Wooden toys are generally simpler and quieter than modern toys. Modern toys usually produce noise and usually do some acrobatics that some kids might find chaotic and might make them confused. Wooden toys on the other hand, give them a chance to be creative and to do things on their own using their free hands and their imagination because of its generally simple design.

Wooden toys are also safer than other toys made with other materials. Wood is non-toxic and they usually are not very complicated toys which make it easier for children to manipulate or play with, without fear of your children getting hurt. Also, most toys made from wood are not operated with battery.

These toys are also considered to be more educational than plastic toys. Toys made from wood are very simple which children can touch and explore with their bare hands. This helps a lot in their development.

These old-fashioned toys can also stand the test of time. You will still probably see your Dad?s wooden rocking horse in your attic or your Mom?s wooden toy dishes. This can make you save more money than buying plastic toys. Moreover, when a plastic toy breaks, it could even be dangerous to your child. Plastic toys also have negative effects on the environment. And we don?t need that especially now.

Because wooden toys are simple, they are also easier to clean and maintain. They do not have so many nooks and crannies that you might overlook when cleaning. These are also great gifts since most wooden toys are considered rare finds. Plastic toys will lose their value after being used for many times, but not toys made from wood. You can keep your wooden toys for now and after so many years, they can be considered as collectibles.

So you might ask yourself again, have wooden toys had its time even if they have so many benefits?

Probably yes. Because of the increasing popularity of plastic and electronic toys, toys made from wood are now being left behind, despite the aforementioned advantages. Children now prefer toys that can do many things. They do not want very simple toys anymore. And some wooden toys are more expensive than their plastic counterparts probably because they are considered to be collectibles and very unique and hard to find. Moreover, you can almost hardly see wooden toys in the leading toy shops these days.

To sum things up, the answer to your question ?have wooden toys had its time? is almost. There are only a few of them now. Before these toys went out of the market completely, buy some for your children for them to experience the advantages of playing with wooden toys.


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