Before I get
into why wooden toys are the best, I’d like to say that there is a place for
plastic- good recyclable, no toxic, Phthalate free eco-friendly PVC plastic,
with no lead paint. I would even go as far as to say, there are many great
plastic products on the market, one of which is ‘Green Toys’ who use 100%
recycled plastic milk containers to create their toys. But their products are
simple, classic and encourage children to use there imagination.
Play is an
essential part of a child's learning and emotional development. The kind of plastic
toys I think are not beneficial (in my opinion and many child psychologist’s
opinion) are the kind that are called “Interactive Toys”. They are usually made
of plastic and metal with buttons and bells and whistles and lights and alarms,
that turn and bounce and rock and flip and spin etc etc...you get the picture.
These are the opposite of “interactive” because the part of the brain that
requires imagination is not working. The child presses buttons and watches or
listens and the toy dictates the interaction. But really, the child should be
the leader in his or her play, the child should dictate the direction of play.
With toys the saying ‘less is more’ really fits here.
Play time should be a
time for discovery, creation, creativity and using your imagination through
role play. A brown cardboard box would be far better than a plastic toy that
flashes and sing the alphabet. Learning the alphabet and colours etc is far
more beneficial when done with books and other visual aids as well as through
everyday conversation. Play should be a very separate thing and should be free
and self directed.
For me it’s
all about the child and the best tool for the child’s development but apart
from this there are many other reasons wooden toys are better.
we consider that eventually toys end up in land fill, then wood is clearly better
for the environment. Plastics take hundreds of years to degrade whereas wood takes
wooden toys are made from sustainable plantations they require fewer resources
than plastic toys.
- Batteries not included. Apart from the chemical in batteries and the
impact they have on our environment - we
have heard so many times of the dangers of small children swallowing batteries
with sometimes fatal consequences. No need to worry about this with wooden
toys can break easily and are less durable than wood- particularly cheaply made
proper care, quality wooden toys can last an entire childhood and even be
passed down to their sibling and then their own children.
At A Whole
Lot of Love we are dedicated to providing a great range of wooden toys. Here are some favourites.
Kit Pax - Doll House by Tiger Tribe, Plan Toys- Wooden Helicopter, Areaware Cubebot Wooden Toy- Neutral Small, DJECO Zooblocks- Wooden Toy Rhino Roller, Plan Toys- My First Camera (Wooden Toy Kaleidoscope), Shape Sorter- Egmont Toys, Ridleys Kids Games- Wooden Tumbling Blocks