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Benefits of wooden toys
Geet, a three-year-old toddler, claims her favorite toy is her wooden horse. A five-year-old kid, Kabir’s first toys were wooden building blocks that had been his father’s once. Almost everyone has a wooden toy that’s been passed down for generations.
So why are wooden toys so popular and timeless? Wooden toys are primarily constructed using wood and wooden products. Wooden toys are timeless and have been played with for decades if not centuries. Wooden toys also come with their own aesthetic appeal. Bright coloured ones can add a bit of energy and positivity even if they are just sitting on a shelf while plain ones can make the area look nice without distracting the kids. Here are a few benefits of wooden toys:
- Durability: Children are rough during playtime on their toys and other materials. The same wooden toys can often last through generations. Since they are made of quality and are hard, they will not get damaged easily. And even if they get dirty, they can be easily cleaned. Wooden toys will last a long time and can be used for multiple children, if not multiple generations.
- Encourage imagination: Wooden toys give children the opportunities to take control. Although many wooden toys come in the shape of vehicle, animals, or common household objects, they still provide children a chance to use their imaginations to incorporate and use them during playtime. Some wooden toys come in basic shapes like sticks, circles, and triangles. The basic shapes allow children to use their creative potential to come up with new imaginative ways of using them.
- Encourage interactions: When children imagine make-believe scenes and engage in pretend play, they often like to play with their friends. Electronic toys that have voices or make other sound effects encourage solo play because the social interactions craved by children are fulfilled by the toys themselves. Since wooden toys do not have interactive features, they force children to bring in others to play with. Children can also interact with their parents, through which parents can help build their understanding and provide positive reinforcement as they make decisions.
- Develop reasoning skills: Since wooden toys do not have a specific set of rules and are not designed just for one specific activity, children learn reasoning skills as they play with wooden toys. While manipulating the shapes and sizes of the toys, they build their reasoning skills. Even placing the wooden toys into different categories, they build reasoning skills, as they may opt to differentiate them based on colour, shape or size.
- Improve hand-eye coordination: The basic shapes of wooden toys also help to build hand-eye coordination. Building towers with blocks or threading wooden beads through a string teach children to pay attention to placement and distance. Children can also be taught the concepts of over, under, besides, up and down using wooden toys.
- Build fine motor skills: Wooden toys come in different shapes and sizes but are often clunky and awkward to hold for children. The awkwardness of the toys helps kids to learn how to manipulate and grasp the toys to be able to play with them. Basic grasping skills can be learned with bigger wooden toys, while finer skills can be learnt with other wooden shapes like beads, sticks and so on.