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Traditional Wooden Toys

Traditional Wooden Toys
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Why buy a wooden toy?

Wooden toys are tactile, warm to the touch, sustainable and long lasting. More than that they are a thing of natural beauty that will bring joy for years to come. If you are looking for something that is both a firm favourite for your little one and a lovely object to live with then it could be time to look at the classic wooden toy. 

Wooden toys are the classics of the toy world, created to last the test of time designed to be passed from generation to generation and the stuff memories are made of. If you like the idea of a toy with character that doesnt beep, squeak talk to you, and need an endless supply of batteries then take a look at our wooden toy guide below.

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 Can a wooden toy replace an ipad?

In a word ... No. A traditional wooden toy can’t replace an Ipad or technology... but it fulfills a different and very important role and given a bit of time away from technology you will be amazed how much play, joy and learning, traditional wooden toys can give. Traditional wooden toys encourage play in a different way. In designing and creating their range of toys and games including a vast range of wooden traditional toys Melissa and Doug set out the benefits of Play behind their products. 

• Play reveals passions
• Play promotes creativity & problem-solving
• Play develops resilience & grit
• Play builds social skills
• Play sharpens cognitive skills 

Looking at these benefits you can see how they ring true across the vast range of traditional toys on offer. It is easy to see in this snap shot, the benefits and points of difference of traditional play over technological play. Whether you use traditional play as an alternative or a compliment to technological play you can see how one is shaped by the imagination and one by the constaints of the programming.

Role play wooden toys like castles and dolls houses wooden food sets etc create a framework for hours of pretend play and learning with friends, parents and siblings. Children explore using and developing their creative and social skills with the toy or game and become the architect of their environment rather than a player within a digital world.

Traditional and educational toys also encourage coordination, dexterity, imagination, and simple problem solving, Toys such as Hapes shape sorter, Wooden food or Checkout register are all great products to make sure play time doesn’t revolve soley around electronic games and ipads.

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Are wooden toys safe for babies and toddlers?

All wooden toys are made differently so look to buy from a reputable brand that will have passed all the relevant certifications and in many cases will have gone through their own independant rigourous testing process. If you aren’t sure look these are some of the marks to look out for:

CE mark
All toys and games should carry this mark it shows the toy has been made according to EU toy safety regulations - it’s designed to show them that the toy is intended to be sold within the European Community and that it conforms to a list of essential safety requirements.

The Lion Mark
Developed in 1988 to act as a recognisable consumer symbol denoting safety and quality. The Lion Mark indicates that the toy has been made by a member of the British Toy & Hobby Association and therefore denotes the member’s commitment to adhere to the BTHA Code of Practice which includes rules covering ethical and safe manufacture of toys, a ban on any counterfeit goods, an assurance to market responsibly, a commitment to improving sustainability and a desire to promote the value of all play.  Unlike the CE Mark, therefore, the Lion Mark is truly a consumer symbol. It means that consumers can be assured that a toy which bears the Lion Mark has been made by a member who believes in making good quality, safe toys.

British Toy Safety Standards  and EN71 
EN71 covers the safety standards for all toys and comprises six parts and covers aspects of safety that include flammability, toxicity and safety marking.

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Are Wooden Toys Sustainable?
Increasingly, standards that demonstrate wood has been collected in a sustainable and responsible way are being used across the timber industry. Looking out for such marks can be useful if looking to make an environmentally sound purchasing decision.

 

How about Eco friendly?

If the wood is properly sourced and sustainable then they will be an ecologically friendly choice over a plastic toy. Look out for FSC certified wood which will have a number of environmental advantages over plastic toys which need  hydrocarbons of fossil fuels for production. Sustainable wood comes from sustainably managed forests. It’s renewable because the forest stewards manage the landscape to prevent damage to eco-systems, watersheds, wildlife and the trees themselves, taking a long term rather than short term view of the resource. 

Look for toy manufacturers that use certified sustainable wood in the UK the FSC runs a global forest certification system with two key components:

1. Chain of custody certification: Chain of Custody certification from forest to end-user ensures that FSC materials and products have been checked at every stage of processing so that customers purchasing FSC labelled products can be confident that they are genuinely FSC certified. (© Elie Hakizumwami)© Elie HakizumwamiChain of custody certification from forest to end-user ensures that FSC materials and products have been checked at every stage of processing so that customers purchasing FSC labelled products can be confident that they are genuinely FSC certified. 

2. Forest certification: As a forest manager or owner, certification is a way of ensuring that your careful and long-term forest management is recognised. Certification is voluntary. It involves an audit of forest’s management by an independent organisation to check that it meets internationally and nationally agreed standards of responsible forest management. Forest products like timber can then carry the FSC label, guaranteeing that it comes from a well-managed forest and enabling you to pass on the benefits of certification to your customers.

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What a few of our wooden toy brands say... 

Hape 
One of the world’s largest producers of toys made from sustainable materials.

Hape toys are both creatively designed and eco-friendly. Neither culture, nor language, nor gender inhibits the intuitive process of play. All of the products meet, and more often, exceed the strictest international standards for quality and safety. But behind the innovative designs and meticulous quality lies the even stronger ethos of Hape. From the beginning of the design process, through production and delivery, to the final unwrapping of the consumer packaging, Hape toys are a collaboration of global thinking and responsible ecology.Hape who are the world’s largest producer of wooden toys and dependent on the use of natural materials. A full line of bamboo toys takes advantage of the special properties of this highly renewable material. Plastic parts are ensured durable enough to last for generations in order to encourage toys to be passed down rather than tossed out.

Melissa and Doug 
Providing a launch pad to ignite imagination and a sense of wonder in all children.

There was a time not so long ago when childhood offered the space and freedom for children to explore their world. To be curious. To be creative. To be bold. To be bored. To just . . . be. Today, our overscheduled and overstimulated children are using their imaginations less than ever. It’s a crisis in the making. And it’s why we’re committed to making products that inspire open-ended thinking and encourage kids to see new possibilities. It’s part of our bigger vision to Take Back Childhood. Because by giving children a true childhood, we give them a path to realizing their full potential! 

Bigjigs
Making learning fun with the use of traditional wooden toys.

At the very beginning Peter and Liz could be found working in their garden shed, cutting out pieces of wooden jigsaw puzzles by hand. They would sell the jigsaw puzzles at local craft fairs and agricultural shows, travelling far and wide to find their customers. Since then, Peter and Liz’s two sons have also joined the family business and helped extend the Bigjigs family to a team of dedicated staff who are passionate about educational and fun toys.

 

 

 

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