Benefits of wooden toys: Durability and safety.
Wooden toys are gems these days because they have become a rarity in today’s society. There are plenty of plastic toys, battery-operated, whiz-bang, noise-making robots and cars, and even video games. But there’s nothing that stirs the imagination in a toddler like a solid, wood toy where the power, the graphics and even the sounds are provided by us alone.
My parents are big advocates when it comes to wooden toys because they know that they are much more durable than any plastic toy will ever be and I couldn’t agree with them more!
At the American Craft Exposition last weekend my god-parents Opa and Bubbe (née Paul and Judy) bought me a little, hand-crafted wooden car (not made in a toxic factory) which made me so happy!
I played with my new, wooden car on the floor while my parents and god-parents walked alongside me (until my pants got so dirty that my parents advised me stop, unfortunately).
But this is what WOOD TOYS are all about: They are designed with imagination as a key ingredient (which means crawling on the floor while playing with your wooden car!).
Facts and Tips for Parents of Toddlers and Preschoolers.
If your family is like mine, you are probably spending a lot of time at playgrounds now that summer time is here. I love playgrounds! My favorite activity is going down the slides!
Playgrounds offer us the opportunity to explore, to have fun and to develop our gross motor abilities – yet a lot of accidents happen at playgrounds too. The CDC estimates more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger make a trip to the Emergency Room each year due to playground-related injuries; and an estimated 8,250 of those children are under the age of 2 years old.
This being said – make sure you’re there to supervise your child(ren)!
- Inspect the equipment and make sure all the hardware is in place
- Make sure there is protective surfacing underneath the equipment
- Read signs about which age group the equipment is intended
- Be aware of any spaces that could entrap children, such as openings in guardrails or in between ladder rungs
- Look for any tripping hazards, like rocks or tree stumps
- Inspect your child’s clothing and make sure they don’t have any drawstrings on their clothing that might get tangled on playground equipment
- Make sure your child is wearing appropriate foot wear (flip-flops aren’t safe for playgrounds!)
- Teach your child to use the equipment the correct way: “Climb up the ladder and go down the slide.”