Making wooden toys has many benefits. There is the joy of practicing a craft that improves as you go down the road. There is the craft of making the toys with hand tools and then a completely different craft is practiced as the toy is finished or painted.
Toys can be given away or sold, but it can be seen as a craft that is pleasing to the manufacturer and then more pleasure can be derived from observing the enjoyment that the person receiving the toy can experience.
Some toys can be made with very common hand tools and others may require a store full of power tools. The choice depends on the manufacturer.
Toys can be of many sizes. They can be as small as a toy wooden soldier or as large as a toy car or playhouse. The variety depends on the imagination of the manufacturer.
There are other benefits of wooden toys. They can trigger a child’s imagination. Many child development centers have found that simple wooden toys are preferable to sophisticated, high-tech toys. They have discovered that children can take something as simple as a toy car or a set of blocks and take it wherever their imaginations take them. Technologically sophisticated toys are very directional and tend to leave less to the child’s imagination.
Wooden toys are more hygienic than plastic or metal toys. A wooden toy in the same room as a plastic or metal toy will have fewer germs on the surface than a plastic or metal car. It seems that the wood seems to contain some natural antibiotic characteristics.
Wooden toys are more environmentally friendly. Over time, the wood will break and deteriorate. It is not known how long the plastics and metals we use today will remain in our landfills.