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Going back to ancient times!
The first toys were made out of natural materials such as wood, stone and grass. Archaeologists have discovered wooden pull toys from Egypt from about 4000 years ago. They were mostly made by the parents or family of the children who used them, or by the children themselves. Children in ancient Greece played with wooden spinning tops, hoops and rocking horses. Girls are recorded as offering their toys to the gods as a rite of passage into adulthood.
Why get them for Christmas?
Wooden puzzles offer some advantages that may not at first be obvious. It is true that a wooden toy doesn’t have features like electronic toys. However, rather than being a drawback these things are actually beneficial. Not that there isn't a place for those types of toys but rather that mechanical wooden puzzle is a valuable addition to the toy collection of any child.
Wooden toys are usually strong. They don’t break easily and because of their strength they can stand a lot more weight and pressure than other toys. This lends them to being played with in more ways than most adults would think of when deciding which toy to get for their child.
Wooden puzzle toys allow the imagination a huge scope. Since it doesn’t have any resemblance to the television programs that the children have watched their imagination has a chance to be unleashed. The number of different ways to play with the toy is only restricted to how well the child can use their imagination. The more a child exercises their imagination the stronger it becomes.
The actual toy determines which educational factors can be developed. All wooden toys will have some educational or developmental benefit. For example wooden puzzles can help to develop hand-eye coordination and problem solving skills. Anything that stimulates the process of discovery and learning will enhance the educational and developmental process of children. Wooden toys of all sorts can fit into this category.
Versatile mechanical puzzles lend themselves to children creating new games with them each time they play with them. Browse through the collection of UGears to buy something fantastic for your kids this Christmas, which they will cherish and hold dear.