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Why We Choose Wooden Toys

It has been over three years since I joined Little Wooden Toybox as a Toy Representative.

As I am sure you can imagine, we have a lot of toys in our play space (my children love my job).

Along with wooden toys we also have lots of books (some are even from the 1950s passed down three generations – we love books), stuffed toys, craft materials, foam blocks, lego, dress up clothes, board games and dolls.play-fun-blocks-block-591652.jpeg

One thing that we have dont have many of are battery operated toys.

When playing with our toys, my children need to actively pick up and interact with the toy. No pushing buttons and simply sitting back observing here!

Wooden toys spark a childs natural curiosity. They encourage your child to develop a long list of skill sets all while playing!

– fine and gross motor skills
– problem solving
– hand eye coordination
– bilateral coordination
– language and speech development
– cause and effect
– social skills
– cognitive skills

Sometimes Miss 4 will pick a toy up and ask me “How do I play with this?” My response will often be “What do you think we could do with it?”

I like to think that she will grow up being confident when coming up with her own ideas, being resourceful and be able to identify problems and then solve them and use her imagination!

One thing that is rarely in our play space is silence.

Master 9, Miss 4 and Miss 1 play well together most of the time but kids being kids they also have their moments. Sometimes it takes a lot for me to sit back and let them work it out themselves (believe me, sometimes it gets noisy) but they are communicating. They are learning to empathise, read each others emotions, compromise here and there and come up with solutions which they are both happy with.

pexels-photo-1050082.jpegWhen they get “bored”, they squawk about it and then they get creative. They play along side each other, they play games together and they come up with some pretty amazing tales at times (remind me later to tell you about our magical rabbit ).

Their bodies and minds are active.

Wherever and whenever it may be that you are choosing your loved ones next toy, I would like for you to consider what your child is going to gain through play with the toy in question.

Is your child going to play with the toy or are they pushing a button and simply watching a predetermined response from the toy?

All that being said, the best “toy” a child can have is their family and loved ones. You cannot spoil a child with your attention!!

Dani D x

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Why we choose wooden toys

37 thoughts on “Why We Choose Wooden Toys”

  1. I’ve always liked wooden toys. My kids had some of them when they were small. We didn’t just stick to wooden toys, but I did notice they held up much better than the others.

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  2. Wooden toys last so long, I was able to give my grandkids the wooden toys my kids played with. I have been trying to figure out what to get my neighbors toddler for her Birthday and you just gave me an idea; wooden toys.

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    1. Yes that is also very true! There is a unique warmth to holding a wooden toy compared to plastic. At the end of their life they certainly wonโ€™t hang around for the hundreds of years that a plastic toy would too.


  3. this is so awesome! wooden toys are a great way to learn for the kids without relying too much to technology! going old school sometimes is just more fun!

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    1. Playmobil are a lovely toy too. They still inspire creative and imaginative play. We have been lucky enough to have been gifted some set and Mr 10 in particular gets lost in his own world playing with them.


  4. Wow! I never thought wooden toys are much better to other! Thanks for sharing about these. For now on, I will choose wooden toys!


  5. Wooden toys also present a direct connection to the natural world for children. Educational qualities. You can concentrate better. Durability and longevity.


  6. I agree with wooden toys for kids. When my kids were little, we used a lot of wooden toys while homeschooling. Now my daughter uses wooden toys with my grandchildren, especially those from the company called “Melissa and Doug,” as they’re really high quality and durable.


  7. Wooden toys take a great deal if craftsmanship. There something spcial about seeing a child play with a toy that can also dub as a work of art. I wonโ€™t deny that my kids have tons of battery run toys, but I have always liked the look of wooden toys,


  8. Some parents don’t like wooden toys because its sturdy and worries that it might hurt their kid (silly). But I prefer wooden toys, because its ecofriendly, last longer, and mostly have good quality.


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