Hardwood and softwood are the most commonly used types when it comes to wood. Not all wood is suitable for toy making. 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. See the factors to consider when buying a wooden toy.
All toys are destructible when it comes to kids. A toy that is really firm does not stand a chance to this incredulous little beloved mischiefs. Wooden toys need to be skillfully crafted and that is a point that cannot be emphasized enough. Ensuring the toy is not harmful to your child in case of breakages, splinters and/or sharp edges.
Age appropriateness is the next factor to think about. By checking the manufacturer’s products and seeking the seller’s guidance, you can find out more on the age limit of each toy. Every parent understands their child best and therefore the final decision lies with you.
The safety of your child cannot be equated to anything. A critical thing to consider when making a purchase for wooden toy is a safe non-toxic finish. There is a variety of choices when it comes to finishing but a toy with a finish that has been tested for lead is best. 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.
What are the joints made with? Yet another important consideration. If there is no glue squeezing out between joints and the joints are clean then that is the best pick. Find out 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?
Another necessity on the wooden toy is a smooth exterior. This will protect your child against splinters. Avoid any risk of injury to your child by ensuring the toy is sanded smoothly. There should be no sticking out parts on the toy or sharp points and the corners should be well rounded. 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. A toy ought to make your child get active. For example wooden balancing boards are good for outdoor play. Visual stimulation and noise are also good factors to consider even as you consider durability, playability and safety during this purchase.
This is a general way to choose a wooden toy. Generally the safety of your child is key as you consider all this.