Wooden Toys For Children – Are They SAFE?

wooden Toys For children-Are The Safe?

Wooden Toys For Children – Are They Safe?

Wooden Toys for children have bean around for hundreds of years in the woodworking field. I can remember as a young child, wooden toys were the only toys we had growing up on the farm. These were not only wooden but they were home made by my grandfather. He would make me such toys as toy trucks, small wagon, sling shot, ball-track-and-roll-toy[1]building blocks and of course a wooden gun.

The one that I best remember was the home made spinning top made from a wooden spool that thread came on. He would cut the spool in half and then shave the small end of the spool down to a point. He then sharpened one end of a dowel and inserted it into the hole in the spool.

By giving the upper stem of the dowel a quick spin, it was always a skill to see how long you could make it go.

      These toys kept us occupied for hours.

Checking Out Toys Of Today

Over the years, toys have changed a great deal. The safety of toys today is a big concern for parents with young children. We must alwx02_86009[1]ays check out the material and finish on the toy realizing that a child’s instincts are to take toys right to their mouth.

With all the publicity about lead in paint, chemicals in plastics and plastic made from PVC, this can raise big concerns. Many toys today are lead free and are very safe for your child. Even if you feel you have done your research on this, a rule of thumb is to buy good quality toys from reliable toy makers and outlets. I recommend toys made in Canada, USA and Europe

  • some of the suppliers I found with good ratings are:- Holztiger – Hape – Haba – Buntapechte with toy finishes being non toxic
  • most use a water base finish but be cautious of this as some have added chemicals.

Toys To Avoid

  • toys that are highly toxic
  • junky plastics
  • toys with small pieces that can easily  be swallowed
  • toys with phthalate  and heavy metals
  • toys that are noisy (unless you don’t mind the noise in your home)
  • toys with batteries (this can be very frustrating to a child as the batteries do die)
  • toys that don’t allow a child to think and learn from it
  • sharp and dangerous toys
  • toys not safe to ridewooden toy
  • toys made in China due to lack of regulations

Some Favourite Picks

  • puzzles
  • games
  • wooden blocks
  • building sets
  • lego
  • peg board
  • pull toys
  • trains
  • cars
  • planes etc. made of non treated wood

Are Wooden Toys Good For The Environment?

This may be a question in the minds of many parents, but apposed to plastic toys, they are Eco friendly. Should wooden toys end up in landfills, they will soon deteriorate  into the ground. Wooden toys can also  be recycled, they can be passed on to other children or made into synthetic wood products.

On the other hand, plastic toys having a shorter playing span than wooden toys, usually end up in landfills to never deteriorate.

When making toy choices for our children today to play with, make good choices so they won’t have a mess to clean up in the land fills in later years.

The Alternative To Buying Toys

The other choice you have other than buying toys is to make your own. This way you can control the qualityt300_c044213fcc88ce36f75f772dabce100c[1] of the product starting from natural wood (not treated) non toxic water base paint along with the quality of it and the sturdyness of the toy.

 There are several toy woodworking web sites that specialize in toy kits of all sorts that can save you some money and peace of mind.

  • Eco Tots
  • Classic Wood Toys
  • Holtziger

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Omer Charest

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