Your daughter’s new plastic phone has flashing buttons, gives her a real dial tone and busy signal, and even has a few pre-recorded messages – yet after a few seconds, she drops it on the floor and moves on to something else. Later, you see her thoroughly engrossed with a pile of ordinary wooden blocks and realize she has been playing with them for at least 20 minutes (an eternity in toddler time). What gives? Our readers weighed in on how wooden toys compare to plastic toys, and here’s what they had to say:
Aaron Simmons is the founder of Test Prep Genie.
Why wooden toys better than plastic toys
Children nowadays are hooked up playing with flashy and colorful toys. But do you think these toys, especially plastic toys, can benefit them? Well, I encourage you to choose wooden toys over plastic toys. Here's why:1. More durable.
Wooden toys last longer and are more durable. We know that little ones throw things and with wooden toys you can be assured that it won't be broken into pieces. Plastic toys are fragile and can be broken easily with just one smack. This can be dangerous if the little ones step on the [broken] pieces.2. Safer
Wooden toys are a lot greener and safer compared to their plastic counterparts. We all know that wooden toys are environmentally friendly and can be disposed of safely and easily.3. More creative play
Wooden toys encourage children to be more creative. You'll notice that plastic toys do everything for you, so your child will just stare and watch what these plastic toys do. This could lead to a delay in their developmental [growth]. Wooden toys help stimulate their minds and think more of what they can do using wooden toys. [They are] helpful to develop their thinking skills and imagination process, which are great for the brain.
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