Toys, in general, originate from the time of the first civilizations. The need to learn about one’s surroundings and having fun in order for time to pass in a quality way, existed since the dawn of humankind. First toys weren’t manufactured. They just existed. Those were objects from nature which could serve the above-said purpose. Considering this, assumption that some of the first toys were made out of wood comes naturally. Since prehistoric times, until today, wooden toys have remained popular. This fact is self-explanatory since wood as material is vastly available and relatively cheap, but the quality of wooden toys usually surpasses that of toys made from synthetic materials. Of course, wooden toys have evolved a great deal since early times and by looking at some of toys today, one would be hard-pressed to figure out that they are made out of wood, at least at first glance.
As it can easily be imagined, first wooden toys were a different kind of sticks used for wide variety of primitive games. Kids from all ancient civilizations and beyond used them in their playing routines. Advanced versions of these toys were weapon replicas for children thanks to which they could both have fun and learn basics of fighting which was immensely important for survival at the time. Needless to say, wooden weapons offered very low chance for injuries, hence they were used by adults too. Some of the first dolls were also made of wood which is proved by excavations in territories that belonged to ancient Egypt, Greece and ultimately Rome. Middle ages brought very few upgrades as dolls were made out of wood up to modern times, and they still are in some countries. Take India for example. Their famous Channapatna toys are well-renowned throughout the country consisting of more than billion people.
Times have changed and wood isn’t material sophisticated enough to allow production of some contemporary toys. In fact, most of the popular toys just can’t be made out of wood. Still, wooden toys find the way to survive even though they are opposed by stern competition from digitalized synthetic toys. Possibly the biggest disadvantage of wooden toys, apart from inability to replicate some modern commodities, is its price. They are usually more expensive than toys made from plastic or other synthetic materials. Still, with price comes quality, and your kid will have its work cut out for it trying to break a wooden toy. After all, what do you think Woody from Toy Story is made of?
Wooden toys generally fall under the category of traditional toys. There are many manufacturers which currently produce them and some of those that produce wooden toys on a largest scale are IKEA, Hamleys and Pintoy. However, given their unique nature, wooden toys are also produced by smaller manufacturers which can be based around the globe. Sure, there are plenty of them in China, but they also happen to be stationed in Germany or United States of America, for instance. This is the proof that production of wooden toys can be profitable, but that it can also be quality-oriented as well.
Apart from wooden dolls which are still popular, more or less, depending upon part of the world one lives in, some of the most popular wooden toys include Barbie houses and appliance replicas for girls or wooden trains and cars for boys. There are plenty more options which depend upon both age and gender, but there are also some toys which completely eliminate these categories, or at least later one, like different types of puzzles.
There shouldn’t be a little girl which doesn’t have at least one of the appliances which allows her to mimic her mom’s everyday routine. Sure, contemporary world and life that goes with it are much different than in golden times of these toys, but some traditional values shouldn’t be changed. We have already established the fact that wooden toys, made from natural wood are of higher quality than those made of synthetic materials, but what about the toy sizes?
Wooden stove or refrigerator can come in plenty of sizes, from larger, close to natural sizes (at least compared to kids sizes), all the way to small Barbie house sizes or smaller, which brings us to our next topic. Barbie houses exist almost as long as Barbie doll franchise, but have been available before that period too. Of course, under different name, refered to simply as toy houses. You can buy these in various sizes and from various manufacturers as well. All of decorations and furniture can also be made of wood, but these doll houses tend to be more expensive than generic ones.
Before first die-cast toy cars were produced back in nineteen thirties, toy cars were mostly made out of wood. Boys from around the globe still have the chance to play with wooden toy cars, but since these are simpler in design, they are usually meant for toddlers. There are plenty of train sets which are also made of wood. For instance, IKEA’s own Lillabo set which consists of basic 8-figure track and train, but can be expanded by plenty more additional tracks, bridges and wagons. Building blocks are mostly boy toys, but gender doesn’t have to play an important role here. There are myriad of variations on the theme which are limited only by manufacturers’ imagination, but most of building blocks are meant for building a castle or another kind of a building.
Puzzles, learning toys and shape sorters are both practical and educational and that’s why most of toy manufacturers have them in their production portfolio. Abacus might have existed for centuries, but its simple innovative idea is popular even today.
Learning basic arithmetic operations like adding and subtracting was never really simpler than with wooden abacus. Shape and color sorters can help your children with learning these categories at an early age, while also offering them the opportunity to have fun. Basically, all wooden toys share the common: they are of highest quality, simpler design and higher price. Whether some of these are stimulating or discouraging, the fact that wooden toys are irreplaceable at an early age is undeniable.
Find out more about wooden toys here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Wooden_toys