August 08, 2014
top toys - wooden toys
We believe the right toys contribute to a positive, healthy childhood and help build life long skills. So we thought long and hard about the kind of toys we wanted to carry at Dilly Dally before we opened our doors. In fact, we researched toys and their benefits for two years before we opened, looking for the right toys that we felt good about promoting.
Most importantly, these toys are fun. The best way to encourage kids to learn is to make it fun, so a toy must be more than a learning tool. We get to watch kids in our store playing with all kinds of our toys, and we listen carefully to what parents tell us about their experiences with our toys. So we know firsthand that kids have fun with our toys!
As a medium, we are very partial to wood at Dilly Dally. It’s beautiful, sustainable and durable. Many wooden toys are works of art that can be treasured and passed down for generations. The history of wooden toys is long and rich, and it makes us happy to know kids are still playing with some of the tried and true toys of ancestors past. Here are some of the reasons we delight in wooden toys:
They provide wonderful tactile stimulation. The feel of wooden toys is pleasant in and of itself – the smoothness of the finish, the feel of the grain. There is a tactile delight in wooden toys that for many people is simply incomparable.
The are strong, durable and built to last. Quality wooden toys can handle the rough play of the kids who love them. Wood is a strong material that can weather the eager explorations of curious and imaginative children!
They are sustainable. Ethically produced wooden toys are made with a renewable resource that can be managed to ensure future generations will still have beautiful wooden playthings. Also, since wooden toys wear well over time, they are able to be handed down through multiple children. Beautifully made wooden toys rarely end up in the landfill – people always find new homes for them.
They are excellent for open ended play. Wooden toys like blocks, play food, pull toys and so on are generally very simple. No flashing lights or bells and whistles. This puts the child in control of the toy. It’s the child’s imagination, not batteries, that bring the toy to life. Creativity is a skill that's useful in so many ways and in pretty much every field of human activity. From excelling as a dancer to an engineer to an environmental activist to an entrepreneur, creativity is a necessary skill and likely to increase in importance as our world increases in complexity.