Advantages of Wooden Toys for Children


The terms “___ education”, such as food education, intellectual education, clothing education, are often used when talking about child-rearing. One type of education, “wood education”, has begun to attract attention in recent years. This form of education is said to have a positive effect on children’s mental stability.
In this article, we will cover the benefits of wooden toys and the effect “tree education” has on children.

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The benefits of wooden toys

Wood stimulates our five senses in a variety of ways. Its natural color and beauty are easy on the eyes and its unique scent, warm touch and the sound made when touched has a relaxing effect.
Playing with wooden toys is relaxing, improves concentration and enriches children’s imagination. In addition, many wooden toys have a simple design (such as building blocks) and can used for many types of play (building, rolling, or arranging).

What is “wood education”?

“Wood education” was introduced in Hokkaido about 18 years ago and it incorporates the effects of trees in education. The goal of “wood education” is to encourage all people, including children, to interact with trees and the visit the forest and nurture a rich spirit. In addition to playing with wooden toys, children can interact with wood by using wooden spoons and tableware, lying on wooden floors, and touching wooden furniture.
Research proves that interactions with trees has a great effect on children, keep their mind and body healthy and fostering sensibilities such as imagination and creativity. Interacting with living trees also helps children gain compassion, sociality and spirit of global environmental conservation.

  Being exposed to wood and trees from a young age will enrich your child’s heart. It is a good idea for parents to incorporate wooden toys and other wooden items into their daily lives and take advantage of its benefits.