7 reasons you want to buy more wooden toys for your children

If you’ve ever come across my Instagram feed, you will have probably noticed a lot of photos of my children playing with wooden toys. I LOVE wooden toys, and that’s probably why my boys have a few. Our latest addition is a set of 16 beautiful Flockmen, which have provided my children with hours of entertainment.

Not all my children’s toys are made out of wood (in fact, far from it), but whenever I can, I’ll try and add to our collection, and here’s why.

1. Wooden toys are more durable

Let’s face it. Children aren’t exactly gentle when they play. Well, mine aren’t – not always. Plastic toys with small bits tend to break a lot more easily. And as you’ll know, that causes upset in little people. But it also puts you, the parent, in a position to either throw the toy away or help your child accept that it just won’t work as it was originally designed to. And no one needs that headache!

2. Wooden toys have more texture

If you’ve ever come across the idea and practice of introducing children from 6+ months to treasure baskets, you’ll know that the more texture-rich objects you put in there the better. Babies love experimenting with objects with different weights and things that ‘feel’ different. And let’s face it, plastic has its uses, but when it comes to texture it’s a little bit boring, and it certainly doesn’t provide the same sensory experience that wooden toys give.

3. Wooden toys encourage more creative play   

Of course it depends on what type of toys you’re looking at here, but a lot of ‘modern’ and very popular toys do everything for you. They move, they make lots of noise (sing?!), and even light up!

So if you observe your child playing with them, you’ll probably notice that most of the time they’re just watching them do what they do. With a smile, of course, but toys that don’t move and make sounds can stimulate a child’s imagination a lot more. So you’ll hear a lot more ‘choo choo’ sounds during play. And you can really start to see your child bring their ‘knowledge of the world’ and reasoning into play. It’s a great thing to watch actually.

4. Wooden toys can grow with your child

I have 3 children who are approximately 3 years apart from each other. They might all be boys, but they have different interests and preferences, and my 8-year-old definitely won’t play with the plastic caterpillar baby toy that sings the alphabet!

But he will still play with his wooden train tracks. A lot. And so will his brothers. The only difference is that he can do different things (fine motor skills maybe?) that his younger brothers (aged 5 and 2) can’t do yet.

5. Wooden toys are more versatile

It’s just amazing to see how the same toy can be used in different ways to achieve different purposes, depending on your child’s age and level of ability. We see this with our train tracks and sets, for example, but we’ve really noticed this in a big way when our children started playing with our set of Flockmen.

  • Our Little Guy will try and put them all in a row, because his fine motor skills don’t allow him to stack them together as yet.
  • My 5 year old likes to use them for drawing – his favourite activity is to trace them and then colour the little men in.
  • My 8 year old, on the other hand, likes going through the instructions and resources that came with the our set of Flockmen and make patterns or replicate images.

So you can easily see how toys that don’t come with a specific purpose or a set use open a whole new world of imagination and fun play for your children.

6. Wooden toys are safer

We’ve already established that wooden toys are harder to break and therefore less likely to leave small, (dangerous-for-the-little-ones) parts around. But a lot less chemicals go into making them – regulations and standards (with European ones being stricter than US ones) mean that they are a lot ‘greener’ than their plastic counterparts. And you can also add unique, handcrafted toys to your collection.

Which leads us to our last point…

7. Wooden toys are beautiful

Ok, maybe this is a matter of personal preference and one that’s in line with my slight obsession with wooden toys (maybe I just didn’t have enough of them as a child?) But to me, wooden toys just look nicer. They are timeless and beautiful, and there’s no doubt about the fact that a lot of other toys that my boys have owned have either ended up broken (and in the bin) or donated or sold. Wooden toys though, I’m sure, will remain part of our household for years to come. And if my children don’t want to play with them anymore, I’m pretty sure I will!

*This was a collaborative post with Flockmen, who provided us with a free set of 16. However, all ideas expressed in this post are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

13 Comments

  1. 2nd April 2017 / 6:02 pm

    I’m with you! I love wooden toys for all of those reasons you describe!
    My oldest has sensory processing disorder so we do love a flashy light up toy in our house too, but she also loves the texture of wooden toys, and as you say they tend to be more open ended, so both kids can use them in different ways!
    And they look better! I’m a sucker for nice design!
    #KCACOLS

    • Sara
      2nd April 2017 / 11:08 pm

      Me too! I’m telling you, it’s us parents ‘selling them’ to the little ones 😉 I’m glad someone else has also noticed how different children play with the same things in different ways! It must make it true 😉

    • Sara
      2nd April 2017 / 11:07 pm

      They are really cool, and my boys play so nicely with them. They really do treat them like little special people – very sweet to watch!

  2. 4th April 2017 / 9:05 pm

    I love wooden toys. We have been very lucky with Piglet and received all of his toys as gifts so far – I’ve bought him nothing. When the time comes I definitely want him to have wooden toys! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday
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    • Sara
      5th April 2017 / 10:29 am

      That sounds great – he’s a very lucky little boy! 🙂

  3. 5th April 2017 / 9:27 pm

    I love wooden toys so much, I think they’re classic. My parents have just got out our wooden train tracks that WE had as children, you wouldn’t get plastic toys lasting in the same way! The flockmen look wonderful, I love how they are so versatile! #kcacols
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    • Sara
      9th April 2017 / 6:03 pm

      I know – it’s so true. And it’s amazing to see your children play with your own toys, isn’t it?

  4. 8th April 2017 / 6:57 am

    Hello Sara, this is an amazing blog. Yes you are absolutely right because I also prefer wooden toys. These toys are safe as compared to plastic toys. It’s very useful blog for us. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Sara
      9th April 2017 / 6:00 pm

      Thank you Julie – glad you agree and found the blog post useful! 🙂

  5. 12th April 2017 / 8:05 pm

    We have a lot of wooden toys here, we’re determined that Snappy won’t have – in my wife’s words – any plastic crap. #kcacols

    • Sara
      12th April 2017 / 8:59 pm

      Ha ha – I like it! It’s hard to do though, let us know how you get on with that!

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