Toys form a very important part of a child's life, helping to develop so many different skills and abilities. Wooden toys don't make noises or have flashing lights to celebrate the pressing of 'correct' buttons, they are beautifully simple and open up a world of imaginative play. The scope for imaginative play gives the little ones the chance to make stories, games and adventures using their own creativity. The hands-on, tactile and creative nature of wooden toys provides so much scope for developing their senses as well as their physical, social and intellectual skills.
Thinking, Planning and Decision MakingWooden toys such as dolls houses and play garages with characters encourage children to pick them up, move them around and manipulate them to make adventures and imaginative stories which develops important motor skills and careful hand-eye coordination. This involves a lot of thinking, planning and decision making to create these fun adventures which helps the little ones to develop confidence in their own abilities.
Problem SolvingProblem solving skills are often involved with wooden toys, for example shape sorters require blocks of certain shapes and sizes to slot into relevant holes, encouraging children to think logically and systematically to finish the puzzle. While also being intellectually challenging, the tactile nature of wood makes these blocks comfortable and warming to touch. Toys like these that require problem solving skills and thoughtful play can help young children gain confidence in the ability to work things out for themselves, and this early confidence can help contribute to their overall confidence in playgroup, school, clubs and also in the future.
Imagination and CreativityCreative wooden toys and puzzles help children develop their sense of imagination and creation by exploring the different colours, textures and shapes whilst boosting their ability to think for themselves and understand the world around them. Toys that help to stimulate these senses, such as the feel, smell and texture of wood makes play even more exciting and encourages deeper involvement. This combined with interesting shapes and objects that are familiar inspires thoughtful imaginative play which can help the youngsters develop a greater understanding about the environment and people around them. Dolls, for example, look familiar and can become characters that the little ones know and love from real life, and the pleasing texture of wood makes them comfortable to hold and really hardwearing for long lasting play.
Hand-Eye CoordinationHand-eye coordination is encouraged very much with wooden toys as the various accessories require the little ones to move and place them in certain positions, which helps them to think about how they are using their fingers and hands. This is a really important skill that we all use every day, whether it be for tying a shoe lace, writing or even playing sport.
Making FriendsToys that can help develop a child's social skills are invaluable as these help to develop the key skills required for later in life and give them the confidence to make friends and interact with others around them. They also help to satisfy a child's natural curiosity and engage their attention which in turn helps them to discover and explore new things in their environments.
Balance, Dexterity and StrengthMany wooden toys are designed to challenge little ones physically to help develop strength, balance and coordination. Shape sorters, dolls houses, play garages and motors all require intricate movement and careful coorindation, while toys such as play food that can be chopped up and placed on plates that are then carried to serve to friends helps to build strength and balance. The development of balance and strength for little ones is really important and in turn helps them to grow into strong and healthy individuals.
All of these skills contribute to the growth of confidence in our little ones, showing them that they can think for themselves while having fun and making exciting decisions. From learning how to coordinate their fingers to finding the confidence to make friends, these are all really valuable skills that will stay with them forever.