One Wooden Toy, So Many Uses

One Wooden Toy, So Many Uses

Kid’s toys; you either love or hate them. I have a complete plastic aversion personally, its not that we don’t have any, our living room harbours the tell-tale signs of a toddler in the form of a small box of noisy, bright toys which have been handed down from friends and family. It’s just my preference is for my children to play with something more traditional and less restricting.

Think about it, an all singing, all dancing lights flashing, noise making plastic toy looks and sounds great for a few play sessions. Some may even argue that it’s more attention grabbing, lulling the child into play. But once they’ve learnt that this button does that and that one does this, play time it over. There’s no opportunity to extend their development or try a new way of doing things and it gets confined to the bottom of the play box, forever forgotten..

Children’s brains are like little sponges, soaking up experiences and figuring out how things work. They have an inbuilt drive to go out into the world and experience as much as they possibly can before the brain starts pruning away any unused connections they haven’t used, this usually happens at the age of around three. Use it or lose it basically!

And it’s the higher level learning, which takes place after the initial basics have been mastered, that imaginative play provides. It’s the characteristics of learning, the drive for wanting to work things out or achieve a certain result, which builds their amazing brains into something even more amazing. So I try to provide as much limitless play as I can.

And that’s my argument for more traditional toys, the ones which spark imagination, the limitless brain feeding ones. Go see for yourself. My boy loves his wooden kitchen, (this ones Asda if you’re wondering) you see it’s not just a kitchen to him. It’s a place to learn how to open and shut doors, something which makes a great noise when he bashes the spoons on the wood, it teaches him to reach up high and balance on his toes, a shape sorter when he moves the bowl in and out of the sink unit. It’s somewhere to hide all his treasure, a vessel for pouring, be it oats, cereal, rice lentils, glitter. you name it, he’ll find somewhere to pour it into.

toddlers need toys which are limitless and imagination sparking. Toys such as this widen kitchen are perfect

He stacks empty boxes, bowls and cups, moves the hob circles from microwave, cooker to fridge, tunes his fine motor skills by turning the knobs and practices hooking the utensils up. And when all that’s done, he watches what the big people do in their huge, out of reach, don’t touch, kitchen and plays out everything he’s seen in the safety and grasp of his own, toddler sized one.

toddlers need toys which are limitless and imagination sparking. Toys such as this widen kitchen are perfect

There’s no off switch to worry about limiting or ending his play, it’s robust to withstand the odd banging and climbing sessions and looks pretty good too. And the best bit? There’s no danger of tears when you realise you’ve forgotten the batteries on Christmas morning.

This might be one wooden toy, but there’s so many uses!

toddlers need toys which are limitless and imagination sparking. Toys such as this widen kitchen are perfect

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22 Comments

  1. 17th September 2015 / 7:33 am

    Our kitchen and all the paraphernalia are the most played with toys we’ve got. Bought it for our eldest for her 2nd birthday and our three all love it 🙂

    • 17th September 2015 / 11:38 am

      Wow, yours has seen some mileage then. Toddlers our last so I’ll be passing this one on for many more years of play when the time comes.

  2. 17th September 2015 / 7:27 pm

    Our play kitchen is also one of the most played with toys in our house. It was moved to another room when my seven year old decided she didn’t need it any more but after a couple of days it was back and inspiring more creative play 🙂

    #difflinky

    • 17th September 2015 / 9:49 pm

      That’s good to know, ours wasn’t expensive but I’m hoping it will last for many years to come

    • 13th October 2015 / 9:57 pm

      I keep thinking it’ll put it away for a while but its such a constant play thing.

  3. 18th September 2015 / 8:06 am

    It’s amazing how the simple things are the best. Love the photos too!

    • 20th September 2015 / 9:51 pm

      thank you, kids will play with anything, I love seeing their imagination come alive.

  4. 18th September 2015 / 9:30 am

    This is the kitchen I was looking at for my little girl. I agree, it’s important to encourage imaginative play x

    • 18th September 2015 / 9:04 pm

      I can thoroughly recommend it, really sturdy and a good price too.

  5. Anita Cleare
    18th September 2015 / 3:05 pm

    When my first child was a baby/toddler, we lived in Mongolia and there were – literally – no toys. Well, except a few flimsy Chinese rejects that had been deemed too dangerous for any other market (and we chose not to buy those!). So he played with rubbish and household objects. Empty milk powder tins with a wooden spoon as a drum, that kind of thing. Children will make play out of anything they find, they don’t really need toys to do it (and sometimes, the toys can actually get in the way!). #TheList

    • 18th September 2015 / 9:02 pm

      I’ve not dived in and bought much for Toddler, his favourite toy is a tray full if dried rice and a bag of pegs at the moment.

  6. Vicky Walmsley
    18th September 2015 / 11:12 pm

    I agree and disagree. We have a good mix of wooden (play kitchens etc) and plastic toys and yes I agree the plastic ones do not neccessarily last as long but my children still get just as much enjoyment. Our family has been importing toys – wooden, plastic and tin, for over 100 years and by far plastic toys are the most popular due to the value for money. Wooden toys are great but they can be very expensive. Children can huge enjoyment out of a cheaper plastic and they can still be good enough quality to last.

    • 19th September 2015 / 4:16 pm

      That’s interesting to hear from a sales point of view, I’ve found that my wooden toys have lasted through quite a few cousins as well as my own children so I guess the initial outlay is balanced out there but saying that, I love seeing old plastic fisher price toys from my childhood at car boots!

  7. 19th September 2015 / 11:23 am

    I saw this in Asda and wondered if it was any good. It looks brilliant and the finish looks fantastic. I think at almost 10 months little one might be too young, but we’ll definitely bear it in mind. I do love wooden toys too, though must admit we have quite a lot of plastic ones too. Thank you for sharing this #thelist

    • 19th September 2015 / 4:12 pm

      I thought my son might be tot young at 16 months for it and was keeping it for christmas but he loves it.

  8. 19th September 2015 / 6:41 pm

    Our kitcgeb is our favoured toy, mainly for role play these days. He makes a mean omelette then takes his toy pans to the fridge to cool them down….

  9. LadyNicci
    19th September 2015 / 10:22 pm

    I’d love this for my little one! She is always hammering around our kitchen, pulling out all the cupboards and swinging out of the dishwasher. Her favourite toys at the moment are footballs. Really hope she’s going to be sporty! You have sparked my imagination now for a Christmas present!

    • 20th September 2015 / 8:37 pm

      Sounds like she could do with it, its certainly saving my sanity keep my boy away from our dishwasher and swinging off the cupboards.

  10. 24th September 2015 / 3:24 pm

    Baby adores her kitchen too! Most things in it get used for varying tasks, not always what they were intended for. Thanks for linking up to #ThelIst x

    • 24th September 2015 / 8:41 pm

      We’ve got a lot of junk modelling boxes at the moment, he seems to like storing them all.

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