What are the Benefits of using Wooden Education Toys with Kids?
Swarms of battery-operated and mechanical toys with lights and sounds come into the market every year. While these toys may provide short-term distraction, they don’t provide long-term educational benefits.
Wooden toys have proven to be much more effective at promoting physical and intellectual development in children. Because the toys are made with natural materials, they are also safer to play with. Here are some of the benefits to playing with educational toys made out of wood.
Blocks, puzzles and other toys made out of wood have remained popular throughout the years. Our ancestors played with them during their time while future generations of kids will continue to enjoy these toys.
The design of these toys has been tried and tested over the years, making them a worthwhile purchase. These toys can last you for years, regardless of what the trend is in terms of toys at the moment.
Durable and easy to clean
Children can get rough on their toys. You may even find your kids throwing their toys around. Every family with young kids will have toys with missing or broken pieces at home.
Timber-based toys can last for years or decades in spite of rough use. Since they are made of good quality natural wood, it is hard for them to get severely damaged.
If your child gets the toys dirty, you can easily clean them by rinsing them using soap and water then wiping the moisture away. By investing in toys made out of wood, you can be sure that your toys will be around for several years.
Grow with your child
Some toys are designed to be flexible and can be used by different age groups. These toys can provide stimulation and help them learn new skills regardless of their age and level of development. Toddlers and preschoolers can use the toys to develop their fine motor skills.
In the case of older children, the same toys can engage their creativity and thinking skills.
Wooden educational toys come in a variety of designs, sizes and colors. Kids can utilize the different designs and incorporate them into their games in some way. Blocks and puzzle pieces can teach kids about different shapes, numbers, letters, animals, vehicles and so much more. Even with simple shapes, kids can utilize these blocks to create more complex designs.
Kids like to emulate what their parents or the adults around them do. They may use food-shaped puzzle pieces and pretend they are buying items in the grocery or play with the animal pieces and imagine being in a farm.
Even basic shapes can be used in creative ways. For instance, kids may imagine that the red circle pieces are strawberries while the blue circles are blueberries. By mixing them together, kids can create a fruit salad or cake.
Provide less distractions
When it comes to most wooden educational toys, the child has control on when the sound effects come on. This provides the child some peace and quiet and allows the user to stay focused on a task when needed. With more modern electronic toys, the noise and other features may interrupt a child’s thinking process. They can also limit how far a child’s imagination can go by restricting how the child can use the toy.
Encourage social interaction
With toys that have all the bells and whistles, children can play by themselves as the toy can quickly provide much of the stimulation a child wants. On the other hand, by decreasing the distracting features and providing educational toys with limited features, you are encouraging your child to play with other kids or other people.
Develop thinking skills
Traditional toys made out of wood often do not come with audio instructions that tell the child on what to do next. This encourages the child to think for himself and develop skills in decision-making and reasoning.
The kids are free to do what they want with the blocks or puzzle pieces such as organize them by color, shape or size.
Parents can use the blocks to visually illustrate basic math concepts such as addition, subtraction, multiplication or division. They can also be used to create puzzles for children to solve such as build a stable structure using specific shapes.
Improve hand-eye coordination
Wooden toy pieces can also help children develop their hand-eye coordination. With building towers out of wooden blocks, kids learn how to carefully stack pieces one on top of the other so that the structure doesn’t topple over.
This teaches kids to pay attention to distance, placement and how different pieces can fit together.
Build fine motor skills
At times, wooden blocks and toy pieces look large, clunky or may seem awkward to use. This is a deliberate design feature in some toys. With toddlers and preschoolers, this will allow them to learn how to grab, grasp and manipulate the pieces with their hands and fingers.
Provides touch stimulation
Compared to plastic toys, many wooden pieces have a bit of weight to them. This encourages children to pay more attention to what they are doing, especially while interacting with the toy.
The tactile element of a wooden game or toy also means children have to think more and exert more energy as they play and learn. For example, the wheels on a wooden toy car may not move as smoothly as on a plastic or metal car, requiring children to apply more force to make it move.
As a result, the child’s physical development gets a boost as well.
Eco-friendly and safe to use
Most children put toys in their mouths and salivate on them. In the case of plastic toys, you may have to worry about the colors which could run off and get absorbed into your child’s body. However,with toys constructed out of wood, you don’t have to worry about their safety.
Most lumber-based toys don’t break easily, which means children won’t be exposed to sharp edges or small pieces that have broken off.
These types of toys are also generally made from natural materials. This means children can safely chew or suck on them without any risk of being exposed to toxic materials. In addition, they don’t come with batteries. As a result, you avoid the risk of finding your child accidentally chewing on a battery. As the toys are made using biodegradable materials, you are also doing your part in saving the environment.
All products at EcoToys have ASTM and EN71 certifications. These certifications are recognized in the U.S. and Europe. Some toys are also FSC-certified which means the wood used to make the toy was harvested from sustainable forests.
Produces minimal noise
Not only will timber-based toys not pollute your home with chemicals, they won’t pollute your home with a lot of noise either. This provides both kids and adults with peace and quiet at any time throughout the day.
Toys made out of natural lumber come with their own aesthetic appeal. Toys that have not been treated or painted can help make the room look nice without distracting children from whatever they are working on.
If your home features wooden furniture pieces, these toys will blend in with the rest of the decor.
Wooden educational toys may cost a bit more than plastic toys but they provide a number of advantages. They are versatile, durable, promote imagination, fine motor skills, logic and decision-making skills and much more. Wooden toys also grow with your child thereby ensuring that they are useful for years to come.
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Edited & Enhanced by: Sreeya Wiesner, EcoToys UAE