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What's so good about wooden toys?

What's so good about wooden toys?

Alexis Ralphs Sep 12 • 7 min read

We love wooden toys. But there's nothing magical about them.

They feel wholesome and timeless. And unless they've been treated with unpleasant chemicals (rubberwood toys can contain insecticide), they are also overwhelmingly safe.

So what's the problem?

You can have too much of a good thing.

Once you've got one set of wooden blocks, what do you gain if you buy a second? Why not buy something different instead? Wooden figures, wooden balls, wooden stackers. All have an honoured place in the toy box.

But after that? Children learn from new experiences. There's only so much you can learn if you only ever play with wood.

You have to offer a variety of materials.

We may frown upon plastic now, but it has unique properties that make it ideal for certain kinds of play. Think Lego or bath toys.

Each material poses its own set of challenges. And overcoming these fosters creativity and encourages problem-solving.

Stone, metal, fabric; water, sand, or acorns.

What new experience could you offer today?

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