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There are many experts who advocate for the benefits of play on a child’s overall mind development, that are constantly confirming what we all suspected – toys play an integral part in enhancing overall learning capability and problem solving skills. Concurrently, companies have developed myriad of toys and games geared towards helping the kids enhance their problem-solving skills and other cognitive abilities.

Here, we discuss the possibilities of such advancements.

Overview of Educational Toys for Children

Experts acknowledge that the toys we choose for our children make a huge difference in their development. For instance, exposing the child to different puzzles presents them with an opportunity to learn and play while at the same time acquiring different set of skills to solve various challenges presented at them in real life. Children can learn and play from any toy. However, the depth and intensity of the learning depends on the interaction between the child and the toy.

Importance of Educational Toys

Educational children’s toys have a variety of benefits to their cognitive well-being. The fact that a child can experience a physical relationship with natural material in the toy helps nurture a caring attitude in them. Toys provide activities with tactile elements and invigorating senses required to help a kid develop problem solving skills while working with a host of elements. Push and pull wooden toys can be incorporated in the collection of educational toys to enhance their ability to recognize and distinguish spectrum movement ranges such as quick, slow, backward, forward, etc.

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Which Type of Toy is Ideal for Children?

Not all toys are good at propelling positive development of a child. High-tech toys are known for distracting and making a child laugh, but they rarely leave room for the child to develop positively. There is certainty that wooden toys are good for enhancing imaginative and problem solving abilities in kids. For instance, snake cube puzzles create a platform that enhances emergent assembly of fun, imagination and tactical development. In this case, wooden toys are far much preferred for enhancing a child’s learning abilities.

Additional Benefits of Wooden Toys

Wooden toys come with a lot of benefits and the bonus is, they have been trendy for a long time now. Even our grandparents used them as learning materials when they were toddlers. This means that a lot of research has been conducted which has led to great improvements in their designs. Apart from being timeless, wooden toys are also durable. This means it will help a child grow positively side by side.

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The Bottom Line

While educational toys are important in enhancing a child’s problem solving skills and other life-related capabilities, where possible, we should look to ensure we only choose toys that can bring out results effectively. For example, one should consider the scope of learning he or she wants the kid to experience. One needs to know the different set of skills the child will develop while playing with the toy. Lastly, one should consider the durability and safety of the toy.

Taking into consideration the things mentioned above could save a lot of money and time and help prevent potential hazards and disappointment.

Do your kids love wooden toys? Did they grow up playing with them? SHARE with us in the comments below.

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  • i know that a lot of people love wooden toys just for no nasties. Great suggestions

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  • Yes, I love wooden toys ! They often last so much longer and are more natural and solid.

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  • I’ve always bought ‘doing’ toys for this very reason. If it makes a noise or comes apart I get it. I steer clear from boring soft toys and Barbies. Much prefer to see the kids learning how to do something

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  • We grew up with wooden toys made locally at Wombi Toys in Whorouly in North East Victoria. They’re all still floating around at the family farm and I’m excited to pass them on to my own child, especially my rocking horse (although it doesn’t fit in to the class of educational wooden toy). He needs a little love but I think he’s doing well at 28yrs old with 20 of those years living outside on the verandah!

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  • Some toys improve hand to eye coordination too.(or the other way around).
    Matching shapes and inserting the pieces. construction of Lego and similar toys, Surprisingly I had very few wooden toys, perhaps because they may have been pretty expensive. My Grandma was a stay at home Mum, my Grandpa suffered a lot of physical injuries and illnesses and sometimes ran out of sick leave. Their savings supported them. My Mum and Dad have both been brought up to “save for a rainy day” and had more than their share of them. Things used to made to last. It seemed as though things started breaking down not long after warranties expired. Certainly happened with more than one Hot Water Service. 2 occasions of spewing boiling water out across cement path onto the lawn, burnt and killed it—both beyond repair. The washing machine malfunctioned and it was just as cheap to buy a new one as it was to search for new parts and labour costs which are huge on electrical goods. Within a week the fridge decided to freeze absolutely everything even though it was changed to a warmer setting. A couple of weeks later, Mum could hear water running, went outside and discovered the water softener was spraying out salty water. Luckily a plumber lived nearby and was able to put in a bypass pipe so the water didn’t go into it at all. Yes, they managed to save up a bit and bought us toys as presents but I don’t recall having many wooden ones. I do still have one set of various wooden shapes that we cah build bridges, towers and limited number of other objects. My younger brother had some metal cars, a truck and a trailer(Dad made it). He had some plastic cars that he could swap parts around on. Some were given to us by relatives , as were many books.

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  • And the most important thing – have fun!

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  • I wish my girls had more wooden toys than the plastic stuff they had/have! – it last’s long, is more sturdy and can be handed down more.

    I always gave my girls a mix of educational toys and general toys. My girls always use their imagination to mix up different toys and make them all combine into one game! – lots of fun to watch and rewarding to listen to.

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  • My daughter grew up with different toys. Some wooden ones, others not. We loved the Lamaze toys. So educational and at at the same time easy to wash in the washing machine.
    We always had puzzles, and building games. We spent a lot of time playing together with those toys. And I always checked that they were safe games and appropriate to her age.

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  • Educational toys are fun and useful for learning for the little ones!

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  • My daughter played with all sorts of toys. She did enjoy building with her wooden blocks.

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  • Yes we love educational toys. Wooden ones are fantastic , my daughter loves them

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  • Good article on how toys can be educational too.

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  • Educational toys are good for children. They are so easy to buy and share around with other parents.


    • Good for adults and children to problem solve together.

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