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Educational Wood Toys

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While many adults consider toys to be merely something that a child uses to pass the time in a more enjoyable way, these toys are often directly and indirectly educating the child about simple concepts, useful knowledge, and commonly used items and symbols. Some of the most valuable playthings are educational wood toys. Not only does a wooden puzzle teach a toddler important skills such as problem solving and recognition, but the puzzle itself is often beautifully made and designed to last.

Simple building blocks teach a child about creativity and basic physical laws such as gravity and balance. While a child might not understand Newton’s law of gravity expressed here as F=G([m1*m2]/D^2), they quickly understand that stacking the blocks higher and higher makes for more spectacular crashes when they come tumbling down and that solid surfaces will stop that fall. An even further progression of these educational wood toys is number and letters carved into the sides of the blocks. These iconic toys have been used for hundreds of years to teach children the symbols that we use to communicate effectively.

Don’t forget the hand eye coordination that is developed from using simple wooden blocks. Kids quickly learn that if they are gentle and careful they can stack the blocks higher and higher, but one slip up and the tower comes tumbling down. Older children continue this development with puzzles and other interlocking games and progress into models that involve movable parts.

While most wooden toys are a bit more expensive than their mass produced plastic counterparts, these blocks are affordable to almost any family and provide hours of playtime that can evolve and age with the child as they begin spelling words or setting up scenes with the blocks and drawing them on paper. Children love to play while they learn. Kinetic learning has been shown to educate people more rapidly than other more passive methods such as reading and listening. Many people still learn best by doing, rather than studying.

Though wooden blocks may be perfect for toddlers and pre-school aged children they are often outgrown as the child learns to master colors, numbers, letters and words. Many educational wood toys are designed for young children, but there are plenty of wood toys for older children, even teenagers. Wood working is a valuable trade even among adults and many of its principles can be learned at a young age. Children with adequate hand-eye coordination, safety, and supervision can learn how to use wood working tools to create handmade bird houses, models, and other contraptions. These skills can be applied to a number of situations later in life, such as the crafting of a bookcase for the home, fixing a door, repairing a roof, making a fence, building a cabin and of course passing down those skills to the next generation.