Play is an excellent way in which your little one can learn. We recommend all types of play! She can get involved in some free or pretend play. She might not even need any objects to play with and let her imagination take the wheel! However, at times, we find that play requires toys. Why? Because depending on its characteristics, your little one has a different experience with each toy. Today we want to talk to you about wooden toys.

Every year, The Center for Early Childhood Education at Eastern Connecticut State University releases the results of the TIMPANI (Toy to Inspire Mindful Play and Nurture Imagination) study, led by Professor Trawick-Smith. Each year they name a “best toy” based on three categories: thinking and learning, cooperation and social interaction, and self-expression and imagination.

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Over the years, they have been concluding that basic, open-ended toys tend to be more beneficial for children’s learning than some of the more elaborate and commercial toys. They mention that a great example of this type of toys are the wooden ones. They give way to more creative and free play.

Let us show you the benefits!

  • Simple wooden toys give your little one a chance to make choices. For example, if she has a wooden cash machine that doesn’t make sounds or has extra mechanisms, she’ll be able to perform pretend play as the supermarket lady and choose her payment methods herself.
  • You will also give her a chance to solve problems. By providing your little one with basic toys, she will have to figure out herself how to react in certain situations. For example, if she decides to take cash payments on her cashier machine, she will have to look for her make-believe bills.
  • While she is solving these problems and making decisions, she will also be fostering her independence and self-esteem, since she will be calling all the shots without the help of sophisticated tools.
  • Wooden toys can also be a great chance for your little one to experiment with different textures. They can be smooth, hard, etc., which contributes to her sensorial perception skills.

Going back to basics can be a great way to impact your little one’s development. Besides, wooden toys can be more durable and environmentally friendly!

Read more: Impact of specific toys on play