Unfinished wood toys include every wooden toy that is not painted or sealed to protect the wood. The toys are still playable and often smoothly sanded but lack any chemical applications. The reason for leaving the wood in its natural form is often for safety, there are no additional paints or chemicals that can harm the child or aggravate their allergies.
Unfinished wood toys, when sufficiently sanded down, are safe in any child’s mouth as long as they do not pose a choking hazard. Many parents use unfinished wooden teething rings on their infants and toddlers because they are afraid of the chemicals present in plastics and the paints used on wooden toys.
Unfinished wood toys are also purchased by parents for their children to finish as a craft. This often involves painting the toy with bright colors using non-toxic water based paints and sealants. This is a wonderful project for children young and old and inspires their creativity. It gives the child a connection to the toy, they know that it looks that way because of them and will often cherish the toy and remember the project fondly.