The Role of Wooden Toys in Different Types of Play

The Role of Wooden Toys in Different Types of Play

The Role of Wooden Toys in Different Types of Play

We may not be aware but as children grow, the nature of their play also changes. Each differing type of play promotes growth towards a child’s development. As Fred Rogers states, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”


  • Solitary play
    • This is one of the first stages of the play and is usually seen in children between the ages of 0-2 years old. Solitary play allows the child to gain independence, regulate emotions, become creative and learn to concentrate. You may also see repetition of simple activities. It allows them to explore new things within their world at their own pace. 
    • Educational wooden puzzles fit into this category where kids can problem solve and develop skills for concentration.
    • Wooden blocks can be a source of entertainment for young ones at this stage. They are robust enough for them to be repetitively hit against one another. Their basic design also encourages creativity and imagination. 

  • Pretend play
    • As the name suggests, this is when children assumes a character or new roles. Pretend play encourages development of imagination and creativity, supports problem solving, improves communication skills and stimulates curiosity.
    • At Woodsprout Toys, we have a wide variety of toys to nurture your child’s imagination. There are finger and hand puppets to create their own narratives, wooden play kitchens with fruit and vegetables and breakfast sets to foster an imaginative household. Wooden rocking horses and hobby horses to assist in becoming a champion equestrian, a cowboy/cowgirl in a Western stand off or just for a good old horse ride!

  • Constructive play
    • This form of play involves making and building things that are either done alone or with others. It encourages imagination, builds foundations for mathematics, fosters teamwork and provides support for children to become responsible to learn to start and complete tasks.
    • Wooden toys that encourage constructive play include building blocks, wooden train sets, wooden tool set, and wooden tool benches.

  • Active play
    • Active play encourages movement and physical activity. The benefits of active play are development of motor skills and coordination, stimulation of brain development, supports healthy habits of keeping active.
    • Balance bikes come to mind with active play. See our blog on 5 reasons to start your little one on a Balance Bike for its benefits.

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