There are two types of wood that is commonly used when it comes to wood; hardwood and softwood. However not all wood is suitable in making toys. Popular wood used to make toys is maple, walnut, poplar, ash, and beech amongst many more. The bottom line is,wooden toys have come a long way and the toys are fabulous. Below is how to buy a wooden toy.
All toys are destructible when it comes to kids. Even the firmest toy is usually not spared the wrath. Therefore when selecting a wooden toy, it cannot be emphasized enough the need to pick one that is very skillfully crafted. This will ensure that incase of breakages, sharp edges and splinters will not be harmful to your child.
Again age appropriateness of a toy is vital. By checking the manufacturer’s products and seeking the seller’s guidance, you can find out more on the age limit of each toy. Ultimately the final decision lies in you as the parent as you understand your child well.
There is nothing that can be compared to when it comes to the safety of your child. Safe, non-toxic finish is vital when making a choice for your child’s toy. A finish that has been thoroughly tested for lead is the best out of all the array of finishes in the market. Edible finishes are also available in the market and usually these are also fine. Check also if the finish is affected by drool, ketchup, dirt so as to find the perfect fit that will you’re your child service.
Another important consideration is what the joints are made of. Joints that are clean are the best and even better if there is no glue squeezing out between pieces. It is also very important to enquire from the seller on the type of glue used on the wooden toy. Is the glue used non-toxic and one that is resistant to glue?
A smooth exterior on the wooden toy is a must. A smooth exterior will protect your child from splinters. Avoid any risk of injury to your child by ensuring the toy is sanded smoothly. The corners ought to be rounded with no sharp points or even very thin sticking out parts. Loose parts and sharp corners can cause serious damage to your child or even choking.
Lastly, ensure the toy you have picked will give your child motor skills, co-ordination and balance. Your child’s activeness should be expressed with the toy. For example wooden balancing boards are good for outdoor play. Something else that is very important to consider on top of durability, safety and playability is visual stimulation and noise.
This is a general way to choose a wooden toy. Generally the safety of your child is key as you consider all this.