BEST FOR DEVELOPMENT
According to leading educational experts, solid, simple toys (such as many wooden toys) are consistently shown to be the best for children’s development. While many modern toys spoon feed entertainment to children without enhancing their individual skills, more simple ‘open ended’ toys, leave lots of room for imagination, creativity and personal development.
Many wooden toys, also have an educational component - they are not purely for entertainment or distraction.
In general, wooden toys are stronger and more durable than plastic toys. They will stand the test of time and can be passed down from generation to generation.
On the surface they are more expensive to purchase but in reality they tend to last longer, making them a worthwhile investment.
There is growing concern over the toxicity of the plastics used to make toys. PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is environmentally toxic to produce and contains chemicals (adipates and phthalates) that can leach into foods and, of course, into your child or baby’s mouth. These chemicals have been scientifically linked to serious medical problems.
Safety tested and accredited wooden toys, with non-toxic paints and glues are free from these harmful chemicals. For babies who put everything in their mouth, we recommend natural (unpainted) wood toys.
Every toy has a life cycle, and when its time is up it usually ends up in the landfill. Wood is a natural substance that can be recycled, whereas plastic can take hundreds of years to biodegrade.
The production of plastic is also damaging to the environment. More and more evidence points to the environmental toxicity of plastics as they release harmful toxins into the environment.
Wooden toys are most often made from renewable sources such as tree farms, which have far less environmental impact than plastic. At KindtoKidz we have a range of certified eco-friendly wooden toys with the FSC stamp -the mark of sustainable foresty practices.
AS NATURE INTENDED
Wooden toys are closer to nature and help develop children's awareness and connection with the natural world.