A Lincoln Logs sawmill
We all played with them. With the advent of electronic toys they became an endangered species, but they are making a comeback.
Lincoln Logs, Tinker toys, Melissa and Doug wooden puzzles are among the best, and oldest games around.
Most on line toy stores offer a wide variety of wooden toys to choose from. And sometimes, it’s easier to find what you want because modern toy stores these days mostly sell plastic toys. Retailers such as Toys R Us have a small assortment of "retro" wooden toys, primarily Melissa and Doug wooden puzzles. An example of just such a website is here: www.finewoodentoys.com/
The Charlotte area has a wide selection of local retailers that offer wooden toys as well. articles.directorym.com/Information_About_Wood_Toys_North_Carolina-r992482-North_Carolina.html
Wooden toys have a long history of being under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning. Most Christmas carols and stories and 1960's claymation tv shows show and reference wooden toys only. There is a place in all children's toy box for a wooden toy or two, if for nothing else than nostalgia. Modern plastic and electronic toys have their place in todays kid's lives, but unfortunately these are too often than not used as babysitters. Wooden toys involve children's imaginations and foster development of social skills as they can be wonderful toys to play with parents with as well. A wooden horse can be anything a child wants it to be or serve any purpose. A Nintendo DS will never have the ability to do anything else but play video games. In the current era of everything "retro", take a good look at wooden toys as they are as classic as it comes and offer a welcome diversion to the instant babysitters of electronic toys. Your baby wants to interact with you, not just be entertained.
Likewise, there is nowhere that wooden toys cannot be played with. They can be found indoors and outdoors. Maintenance for wooden toys is very simple. Use a wet cloth to clean the surface, and spray the toy with an inhibitor if you want. Wooden toys such as wooden furniture, doll houses, or kitchen play sets all allow children to development their imagination to the fullest. The key here is imagination, something video games do not foster.
The bottom line is please add wooden toys to your child's toy box. You will be amazed at how imaginative he'she is when given a toy that has no boundaries.
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