There is a small underground world of moms that are constantly on the hunt for wooden toys, until you dive into the rabbit hole it can be hard to understand. Why do I love wooden toys so much you might wonder, well hopefully this post can clear up some of those questions.
Reasons I prefer wooden toys to plastic:
- Durable material
- Open ended play
Most wooden toys are manufactured by hand which helps to meet a high quality of standards. This is taken directly from the Grimms website http://www.grimms.eu/en/our-company
Open ended play is my favorite type of play. A simple toy can become anything; for instance we no longer have play kitchen food something such as a yellow block can become a banana versus a banana being just that, a banana. Toys that do not limit a child on what it can be and how it can be used receive far more play and you can buy less things. So while a set of blocks may seem higher in price, I know the quality is amazing and we will not only be using them for building a tower, but also ball runs, small worlds, play food, counting, color matching, and the list goes on. Removing the lights and noises allows a child to tap into their imagination and play their way. Open ended play has many benefits on its own. Some of these include:
- Cognitive Skills
- Social Skills
- Problem Solving
- Spatial Reasoning
- Self Regulation
- Emotional Development
The freedom to play allows kids to develop and practice these real world skills. The concentration when they are setting up a play scene, the sharing and negotiating as they play with a friend or sibling, the conversations that are had as they describe what they have made or ask for certain pieces, figuring out how to handle a build not working out on their first attempt and how to manipulate things so it will, understanding persistence and patience as well as learning to express their feelings of defeat or excitement, even anger when something doesn’t go their way. These are all beautiful things that cannot be learned by completing a worksheet. These are skills that develop in time and kids have years to sit and work , while they are little lets let them play!
These wooden toys are mostly manufactured using sustainable forestry. These are renewable, organic substances and these toys can be recycled and are biodegradable; if I am honest, I intend to have mine with me when I am 75 and stacking towers and stacks! They are great heirlooms that can be passed onto grandchildren but also that your children wont quickly outgrow. My 4 and 1 year old are able to play with the same toys, the same toys I personally enjoy playing with once they go to bed so I don’t have to share!