There are two types of wood that is commonly used when it comes to wood; hardwood and softwood. Not all wood is suitable for toy making. Beech, maple, poplar, ash and walnut are among the favorites for toy makers. The bottom line is,wooden toys have come a long way and the toys are fabulous. Below is how to buy a wooden toy.
Firstly, with kids, no toys are indestructible. They always seem to find a way around the firmest toy and damage them. Wooden toys need to be skillfully crafted and that is a point that cannot be emphasized enough. Making sure any breakages, sharp edges and/or splinters is not harmful to your child.
Again age appropriateness of a toy is vital. 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.
Your child’s safety is not paralleled to anything. Safe, non-toxic finish is vital when making a choice for your child’s toy. A finish that has been thoroughly tested for lead is the best out of all the array of finishes in the market. Some finishes use edible finishes like shellac and this is 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.
Another important consideration is what the joints are made of. Clean glue joints are the best and more so if there is no glue squeezing out between pieces. 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?
A smooth exterior on the wooden toy is a must. 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. Choking is a hazard with toys that have loose moving parts and this is very dangerous.
When purchasing the wooden toy, put in mind the child’s motor skills, co-ordination and balance. The toy you have chosen requires to let out the child’s activeness. 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.
The tips above are vital when buying a wooden toy. Generally the safety of your child is key as you consider all this.