You have the floor Jane!
My journey to a state of better health began 4 years P.C. (pre children) and amongst my research I discovered the toxins that may be present in children’s plastic toys! At first I filed that away for a later date but 11 years and three kids later that discovery has now become my passion: to inspire Mums to reduce the toxic load on their families lives. So what exactly did I discover? Read on to find out why you should buy wooden toys. Yes they are more expensive than their plastic counterparts but the pros far outweigh the cons.
2. Wooden toys are free from heavy metals. Lead and mercury have been found in varying amounts in plastic toys. Both are neuro-toxins, meaning they affect the brain and nervous system. This is alarming as young children’s brains are rapidly developing. These neuro-toxins have been linked to behavioural problems and lower IQ in children.
3. Wooden toys stimulate and engage your children more. Experts in child development say the best toys are those designed with a focus on what the child can do rather than what the toy can do. We need to allow our children to explore their toys intuitively. Timber toys provide more interaction as the child must push, pull, turn or connect parts, cultivating a more active mind.
4. The environment will thank you! Timber toys, being natural use no chemicals in the production process and unlike plastic are 100% bio-degradable. It is unknown yet if plastic will ever break down. Be mindful of the quality of wooden toys, like most things in life - you get what you pay for. Some inferior brands have a paint coating which often peels off covering cheaper, less desirable timbers.
Thanks so much for being here today Jane and for sharing a bit about your biz. I personally love the sensory experience that wooden toys can provide young children. They are just so inviting to touch, play and engage.
All images thanks to Jane and used with permission.