Toys are timeless creations which guide children into adulthood. They are an important part of your child’s growth and development. India has a glorious tradition in toys. Channapatna, a rural area in the outskirts of and situated at a distance of 60 kilometers from Bangalore is popularly known as the toy-town of Karnataka. The wooden toys of Channapatna account for their traditional specialty and is well known not only in India but all across the globe. The Government of Karnataka has given the status of Geographical Indication (GI) for this traditional craft of wooden toys under the World trade organization (WTO).
The lacquered Channapatna wooden toys are known for their highly fashionable appeal which is made with bright and vivid colours. Each wooden piece that is cut to make an item is subjected to a process of slow heating to draw out all the moisture. Every single limb and part is carved separately and joint to the body with natural adhesives. These toys are then painted with natural dyes (made from vegetables). It is with remarkable skills and precision that the craftsmen carve and paint these toys. These toys are then tested in certified laboratories and are in compliance with international toy safety requirements such as the EN 71 standards for Europe and ASTM standards for USA.
Following are four reasons wooden toys are better than plastic toys:
- Inspire Imagination
Wooden toys without batteries offer open-ended play. Open-ended toys inspire a child to imagine the countless possibilities for that toy, and all the while the child is focusing on just that toy. In today’s world where 2-year-olds are pros at playing games on cellphones and iPads, kids are not using their imagination at all. wooden toys encourage your kids to use their creativity.
- Safer then plastic
Most of the plastic toys are made of Polyvinyl Chloride or PVC, which means those toys are far more toxic than you think. Wooden toys are made of natural resources. Wood is clearly a better material when compared to plastic or metal. Small children especially babies put everything in mouth, and plastic and metal toys would not be on the list of things you want in your child’s mouth. Wooden toys don’t have sharp edges, unlike plastic toys. Wooden toys are painted with natural dyes which are chemical free and non-toxic. Besides, with wooden toys you don’t have to worry about your child swallowing the battery.
We all have been handed down wooden toys which were once used by our elder siblings or parents. Wooden toys are more durable their plastic or metal counterparts. If we talk about the robustness and resilience of the material, wood outruns plastic. Wood is lighter in weight when compared to metal. Thus, with proper care, wooden toys can last a lifetime.
- Give back to nature
Wooden toys are made from natural resources, with no use of toxins or chemicals. The ultimate destination of all the toys is a garbage pit, and that garbage goes to landfills. we all know that plastic may take hundreds of years to degrade, whereas wood is a part of nature. Therefore, wooden toys are environment friendly also.
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