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Wooden blocks probably feature among the oldest fun and game equipment for children. Parents today have nearly forgotten such classical toys due to the wide availability of hi-tech toys and games.
Does a baby need wooden blocks? Do they encourage imaginative thinking and exploration? The fact is that many parents are returning to traditional toys. Wooden blocks are a good option, as long as you have the patience and determination to teach your baby how to play with those.
Blocks can be small, large featuring pictures or rounded. Today, a plastic alternative is offered to wood but it might be wiser to invest in natural materials.
The toys made today have their place in a childs world. However, to appreciate the versatility and longevity of toys, children need to experience playing with classical wooden toys. The first wooden toys found date back to 1100 B.C. from the time of the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians. Around the 1500s, Germany started mass production of wooden toys. The plastic toys made today, while entertaining, will not stand the test of time like the nostalgic wooden ones of yesterday. Fortunately, a few places continue to make toys from wood.
Wooden toys have the distinction of being handed down from grandparent to grandchild, lending a sentimental value to the treasure. Most wooden toys have fewer moving parts and are built stronger than toys made today. They are not just something to keep kids occupied. They play an important role in a childs development. Children interacting with toys learn gross and fine motor skills, creativity, and hand to eye coordination. They also learn problem-solving techniques using toys that make them think.