Wacky Woods Toy Company

History of wooden toys

Research suggests that the earliest wooden toys date from sometime during the Stone Age (2.9 million years ago-2030 BC) in Africa and were simple models of useful implements such as clubs, axes and bows as well as dolls, intended to teach children critical survival and family skills and as a secondary intention to entertain them. Egyptian and Grecian cultural studies show evidence of the creation of less practical and more entertaining toys - from basic playthings fashioned by craftspeople for family members to extraordinary artisanal examples commissioned by the wealthier members of society for privileged children. Commercial manufacture of wooden toys on a small scale began during the Middle Ages in small shops, with industrial manufacture commencing in the 1800's especially in Germany and Northern Europe.

Advantages of wooden toys

Wooden toys usually remind us of our own childhoods, hazy memories of rocking horses or colourful train sets which have long since come to pass with the introduction of plastic toys. However, in recent years, wooden toys have crept out of the woodwork so to speak and are currently enjoying a revival as retailers work to stock traditional wooden toys which are durable, safe and attractive in appearance.

Durability

Wooden toys tend to be made of a very high quality and are less likely to break compared with other toys. Wooden toys are likely to last for generations, it’s plausible that traditional wooden toys which your children use during their childhood could end up being passed onto their own children once they grow up, they will certainly last this long.

Safety

Owing to a wooden toys durability, there is a very low chance of the toy breaking therefore eliminating the risk of your child swallowing sections of said toy. Another thing to note is that the surface of wooden toys is usually smoother than other toys, taking away the risk of sharp edges which your child could injure themselves on.

Ecological

The ecological benefits of well-crafted wooden toys are undeniable, since wooden toys last much longer than plastic toys, they therefore create less waste on the planet. A toy suppler who creates handmade toys from sustainable wood such as recycled trees will be greener than a supplier who creates substandard toys which could contain harmful chemicals.

Developmental

Whilst high-tech toys are incredibly good at amusing and distracting children, they rarely leave any room for the child to develop. Conversely, wooden toys are ideal for encouraging creative and imaginative play in children.

Credits:

Created with images by giuseppefiglie - "vintage vintage toys wood" • MirelaSchenk - "konik the horse poles" • 3217138 - "baby kid kids" • bitninja - "Monster truck" • markus53 - "wooden toys parrot wood" • KaseyEriksen - "1974 Mattel Wooden Train"

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