Classic toys never go out of style. They are the toys that our parents played with, our grandparents played with, and our children love, too. So many classics are found in wooden toys, from the rocking horse to building blocks. Classic toys tend to stand the test of time, being loved and cherished by generations- and they can stand up to being played with. So many toys today are expensive and flashy, but don’t hold up well and require endless batteries and repairs. In time, your child may become bored with his or her pricey and much touted educational toy- and how much are they really getting out of it while it sits gathering dust?
In today’s economy, you have to consider how and where to spend your money. Investing in classic, well made toys that will stand up to a child’s play (and in most cases, be able to be handed down to the next sibling or cousin, perhaps even longer) is a wise choice that will provide your child or children with endless hours of playtime.
A play kitchen costs about as much as the latest gaming system – but you won’t need to buy a new system or update it in a year. It’s compatible with everything, and works well with other brands of toys. If grandma buys a different brand of play food? Your toy kitchen will not reject it! The same just can’t be said for most modern toys, especially electronics. A teddy bear, a tea set, a train – you just can’t go wrong with the classics.
Not to mention the wonderful fact that most wooden toys have less or even no exposure to chemicals and toxins, making then a healthy and safer option. Toys should be safe for kids, and also safe for the planet. You can find eco-friendly toys, great wooden gifts harvested from a renewable resource rather than plastic, which can wear out, crack, and break – and fill up landfills. Why not find products that use formaldehyde-free glue, nontoxic paints and lacquers, or use packaging made from recyclable paper and water or soy based inks? A healthy, simple, and classic wooden toy will give a child hours of meaningful play without overstimulating them. A child can be creative and learn (more easily, sometimes!) without all the noise and flashing lights.
Since traditional wooden toys are natural, simply designed and continually appealing to children, they will never go out of style, so these toys will be lovely for now and for the next generation as well. Experience the joy of creating your own family heirlooms, and handing down your child’s rocking horse to your grandchild.