Wooden Toys, the evolution
Wooden Toys, the evolution by; Glenn Mast
Woodworking is anything that involves working with wood in any way, whether it is carving, painting, sawing, or anything else. It has been done as long as man has been on the face of the earth. The first man did make weapons out of wood, so this involved carving. Early man also made crude statues from wood that were to help the tribe win the favor of the animals that they were going to hunt; and later to please the gods which they believed in.
Wooden toys have been objects for children's recreation since very earliest times. Archeological excavations and discoveries have located different types of wooden dolls from as early as 1100 BC. Ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans made miniature versions of all the things they were using in wood. These were obviously play things for their children.
Production of wooden toys for sale started as early as the 1500's in Germany. German artisans started selling their toys across Europe.
Educational wooden toys, like wooden alphabet blocks, appeared during the 1700's in England. By the 1800's, humble wooden toys became more elaborate and intricate.
The 1900's saw a huge growth in the American toy industry. With the invention Tinker Toys in 1914, Lincoln Logs in 1916. With many different toy sets of spools, rods, spokes, and sticks; Children could build using their own imagination their own paradises of people, animals, vehicles, buildings and towns using these wooden accessories.
Today you can let your imagination run wild with the large variety of wooden toys that are available for your children. The toys can either be given as a gift, or sold, but it can be seen as a craft that pleases the maker and then more pleasure can be had from watching the enjoyment, which the child that receives the toy can experience.
There are other benefits of wooden toys. Toys can be of many sizes. They can be as small as a toy wooden soldier or as large as a toy wagon or playhouse. They can fire a child's imagination.
Many child development centers have found that simple wooden toys are preferable to the fancy technological type toys. They have found that children can take something as simple as a toy car or a set of blocks and take it where their imagination leads. The technologically sophisticated toys are very directional and tend to leave less to the imagination of the child.
Wooden toys are more sanitary than plastic or metal toys. A wooden toy in the same room as a plastic or metal toy will have fewer germs on its surface than a plastic or metal car. It seems that wood seems to contain some naturally antibiotic characteristics. Wooden toys are more ecologically friendly. Over time wood will break down and deteriorate. It is not known how long the plastics and metals we use today will linger in our landfills.
Author Resource: Glenn Mast is a successful business owner of a couple websites that offer Amish Handcrafted Products. His sites offer products and information about Amish Made Products & decor for your home, lawn or garden.