It is always a joy to see children playing outside under the sun or even inside the home. But you won’t probably have the same kind of feelings when you see kids spending hour after hour playing online games on a tablet PC while lying down on the sofa or sitting outside under a tree.
But unfortunately, this is the sad reality that parents and teachers are seeing and experiencing now. Everywhere, children even as young as two years old, are more interested and invested in playing computer and online games or apps. That’s why when you see kids playing hopscotch on a house’s parking lot or even kicking around a football on the lawn, you can’t certainly help smiling.
But even if a child is not the outdoorsy type, you can still help him or her be more mentally stimulated and learn through the use of educational toys. There are many educational toys that promote active and effective learning. These smart educational supplies come in the form of “didactic” materials like wooden educational toys, blocks, Legos, and play kitchens that children can observe details of, smell, hear distinct sounds from, and manipulate to create and promote “learning situations.”
And if you are looking for toys to help stimulate learning for your kids, many parents and early development experts are recommending choosing wooden-made toys. Below are some of the reasons on why you should choose to give kids wooden educational toys play with:
• Wooden toys are simply safer for children to play with and to have around. You regularly read news about toys being pulled out of retail stores because they contain lead or other chemicals that are harmful for one’s health. Most of the time, these toys are made of plastic or other synthetic materials. Wooden toys are of course, made of wood, a natural product and therefore, do not contain lead or any other dangerous chemicals.
• Wooden toys are now more environmentally safe and friendly. The wooden toys that you see in shops or online are now mostly made from renewable sources such as tree farms. As such, you don’t have to worry about a tree being cut down unnecessarily so that some wooden blocks or trains can be made out of it. Plastic toys, on the other hand, are and will always remain non-biodegradable and they release harmful chemicals into the atmosphere and the environment.
• Wooden toys highly encourage a child to learn. Wooden toys present the very basic concept of things young learners can actually build upon. They also provide children the experience of quiet playing and further promotes for a more effective and successful learning process for the young ones.