ALL THE WAYS WE LOVE WOODEN TOYS

Thursday, May 31, 2018 Cape Town, South Africa


Wooden toys have always been this symbol of timeless, resilient authenticity. Since becoming a mom I have coveted many a rocking horse and block set and while we have been forced to accommodate the brash, bright and (often) offensive world of plastic toys, there will always be a soft spot in my heart for classic, well-made wooden toys. We recently received a box of wonderfully imaginative wooden blocks from Tooky Toys and while I sat on the couch, steaming mug of coffee in hand, watching my girls squabble over who got to be the horse and who got to be the princess, I realised that despite all the reasons I love wooden toys, the main one will always be the way they magically unlock this whole new imaginative world for children.

ALL THE WAYS WE LOVE WOODEN TOYS 



WOODEN TOYS ARE HARD-WEARING AND TIMELESS

Am I the only person obsessed with turning everything into an heirloom? Maybe it’s me coming to terms with my own mortality, but I find myself leaning towards things that last. When I look at a set of toys that will last, I think of how both my children will enjoy these, I think of how I may pass them on to future cousins or hold on to them so that my girls can give them to their children. Wooden toys make this dream possible.

WOODEN TOYS GROW WITH YOUR CHILD

Children play so differently. Watching Grace interact with a toy is radically different to watching Sophie interact with the same toy. Grace will sit and simply stack up a tower of blocks, while Sophie tends to build elaborate worlds and scenarios. I love the adaptability of wooden toys.

WOODEN TOYS ENCOURAGE IMAGINATION AND REAL LIFE SKILLS

Wooden toys encourage children to use their imaginations and creativity. We know this. Give a child a shiny electronic train and they will watch it look around the same circle for an hour and then move on. Give a child a set of blocks and challenge them to make a train? That’s hours of play, hours of thinking, hours of using their well-honed sense of imagination.

WOODEN TOYS ARE LESS DISRUPTING AND BETTER FOR LEARNING

When children play with wooden toys, they supply all the voices and sound effects. This allows children to be in control of what they do with the toys and to keep their minds clear as they think through different scenarios or solve problems.

WOODEN TOYS INSPIRE BETTER SOCIAL SKILLS

I am always struck by how many modern toys reply on solitary play. When children use their imaginations and practice real-life scenarios, they often like to bring others in on their play. Toys that have voices or electronics promote more solitary whereas many wooden toys invite interaction with others.

WOODEN TOYS DEVELOP COGNITIVE SKILLS AND PROBLEM-SOLVING

Since wooden toys don’t have voices or electronic parts to tell them what piece to pick up or what step to take next and they aren’t designed to fit a specific activity, children develop their reasoning skills and problem-solving skills as they learn with wooden toys, explore and figure things out.

WOODEN TOYS IMPROVE HAND-EYE COORDINATION AND MOTOR SKILLS

Wooden toys help children build hand-eye coordination and physical skills in so many ways. As they manipulate, lace, twist, turn, push, pull, sort, match, stack, build and move toys, they learn how to develop dexterity and control.

WOODEN TOYS ARE TACTILE AND LOVELY

Wooden toys have weight, texture, colours and a feel that is much more sensory and tactile than most plastic toys. What’s more, wooden toys look gorgeous on display and add a lovely aesthetic and energy to the home.

I have been so conditioned to thinking that wooden toys need to cost the earth, but Tooky Toys is radically changing that perception. Their range of toys starts at R55 and go up to R1650. So there really is something for every budget.

To shop the Tooky Toys range visit BabyWombWorld 
To find out more about Tooky Toys, click here
Visit the BabyWombWorld Facebook page to stay up to date with their different ranges 


Nikki
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