Walk down a toy aisle at any store and you’ll see a wide selection of toys for all ages. Most of these toys look like they would provide hours of entertainment for you little one, while stimulating their brain and educating them at the same time. They’re bright in color, they sing songs or play music, they talk to you, teach you about numbers and letters and they just look fun. What could be better, right?
Well, these toys are plastic. And most of these toys are made in China. We’re seeing more and more every day that toys made in China often are recalled because of safety issues. What sort of chemicals are our children putting in their mouths? Plastic toys are poorly made, they contain PVC chemicals, and they actually can over stimulate your child.
The better, safer, healthier and greener option to plastic is wooden toys.
Wooden toys last longer. Wooden toys may cost more up front, but just like cloth diapers, they last longer. Plastic toys are cheap, and made of, well, plastic so they break and fall apart much sooner. Wood will last for years and years to come.
Wooden toys contain no chemicals. Wood is just wood, plain and simple. Natural, unpainted wood is non toxic and free of artificial chemicals. There are no nasty ingredients and you don’t have to worry when your toddler wants to put it in her mouth!
Wooden toys enhance your child’s imagination. Plastic toys that have all the bells and whistles don’t allow your child to fully use their imagination and creativity. The toy does it for them. Wooden toys allow your child to really use their imagination, explore all their senses, and find the creative side to them.
Wooden toys are better for the environment. You won’t have to throw away your toy because it broke or is missing a part. Wood toys will last!
Plastic toys are hard to stay away from because they are so popular, but if you can look at the benefits of wood toys and buy just a few, I think your child will get more out of four wood toys than 20 plastic ones.