As the world becomes increasingly aware of the importance of sustainable living, eco-consciousness is becoming a growing trend among families. In this blog post, I want to introduce you to the wonderful world of handmade wooden toys and explain why they are the perfect choice for an eco-conscious family like yours.
Material Benefits of Handmade Wooden Toys
Heirloom Quality, Durability and Longevity
Love Heartwood toys are built to withstand the test of time. Being made from top quality beech wood means our toys are hard wearing and cannot splinter. Unlike their plastic counterparts, which often break or lose their appeal quickly, handmade wooden toys are crafted with care. They’re made to be passed down through generations, creating a sense of nostalgia and connection between family members.
Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly
One of the greatest advantages of handmade wooden toys is their use of sustainable materials. Local woodturners, like myself, prioritise sourcing wood from nearby forests, which minimises transportation thereby reducing the carbon footprint. All of our toys are made in the UK which means we have a low a carbon footprint. And what’s more, for each toy we sell we plant a tree.
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In addition, the manufacturing process of wooden toys is eco-friendly, using non-toxic finishes and adhesives. So by choosing Love Heartwood wooden toys, you’re taking a stand against the excessive plastic waste that harms ourselves and our planet.
Unlike mass-produced plastic toys that often contain harmful chemicals, handmade wooden toys are completely non-toxic as only plant based natural sealants are used. You can rest assured that your child’s playtime is free from any potential health risks and that you’re providing a safe and natural environment for your little ones to explore their imagination. For added peace of mind, always check that toys have been safety tested and conform to CE safety marks.
The Educational and Developmental Benefits of Handmade Wooden Toys
Encourage Imaginative Play and Creativity
Wooden toys have a unique charm that encourages imaginative play. Their open-ended nature allows children to explore endless possibilities, promoting creativity and problem-solving skills. Whether it’s knocking down skittles or creating stories with peg people, our toys spark imagination, encourage curiosity and provide a canvas for your child’s creativity to flourish.
Promote Fine Motor Skills and Coordination
Wooden toys require more physical manipulation and dexterity, promoting the development of fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. From spinning tops to getting the knack of a cup and ball game, Love Heartwood toys engage your child’s senses and help enhance their motor skills in a natural and enjoyable way.
Foster a Connection with Nature
Wooden toys offer a tactile experience that connects children with the natural world. The smooth texture and organic feel of wood provides a sensory experience that’s unmatched by plastic toys. Check out our personalised toy cars. Each one is made from a piece of real branch wood making them not only unique but super tactile as you can both see and feel the bark as you play. By incorporating natural elements into playtime, wooden toys help nurture your child’s love for and appreciation of Nature.
Support a small, creative British business
Choose handmade wooden toys to benefit your child and support a small, creative British business. Each of our toys is a testament to unique craftsmanship and attention to detail. By purchasing from a local woodturner, you’re also helping to preserve a traditional craft.
Do you know where your wooden toys were made?
Here at Love Heartwood, we are one of a small number of businesses that design and produce all their toys exclusively in the UK. Right down to the smallest detail, you can be certain that any toy purchased from us is UK made. This is something we are incredibly proud of.
So the next time you’re looking for toys, I urge you to explore the wonderful world of sustainably handcrafted wooden toys and in doing so support a British small business and in turn ensure your child’s playtime is an eco-friendly and enriching experience. You won’t regret it!