Hardwood and softwood are the most commonly used types when it comes to wood. However not all wood is suitable in making toys. Popular wood used to make toys is maple, walnut, poplar, ash, and beech amongst many more. Fabulous wooden toys are imaginative and are have come a long way since their incepton. See the factors to consider when buying a wooden toy.
Firstly, with kids, no toys are indestructible. They always seem to find a way around the firmest toy and damage them. Therefore when selecting a wooden toy, it cannot be emphasized enough the need to pick one that is very skillfully crafted. Making sure any breakages, sharp edges and/or splinters is not harmful to your child.
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. In the end, the final decision on the toy lies with the parent as the parent is the only one who knows best the child’s preference.
There is nothing that can be compared to when it comes to the safety of your child. Safe, non-toxic finish is vital when making a choice for your child’s toy. There is a wide variety of finishes but one thing is clear, a toy whose finish has been tested for lead is the best there is. Some finishes use edible finishes like shellac and this is also fine. Confirm if the kind of finish can take well dirt, drool, ketchup and all sorts of child inflicted grit so as to give you and your child the value for the money.
Check to see what the joints are made of as it is yet another important factor to consider. Joints that are clean are the best and even better if there is no glue squeezing out between pieces. However, enquiring from the seller on the type of glue used is also very important. Glue used ought to be non-toxic in wooden toys and should be able to moisture.
The exterior of the toy should be smooth. Splinters can cause serious harm to your child and this will protect him/her. 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. This will ensure there is no risk of choking.
Finally, think of your child’s motor skills, co-ordination and balance when purchasing the wooden toy. The toy you have chosen requires to let out the child’s activeness. For example wooden balancing boards are good for outdoor play. Something else that is very important to consider on top of durability, safety and playability is visual stimulation and noise.
This is a general way to choose a wooden toy. All in all, your child’s safety should top the list.