Posted by Candy on 1st Nov 2014
Handmade toys are fast becoming popular with parents looking to entertain and educate their little ones. Have you ever wondered what the differences are between buying handmade vs factory made toys? There are a couple of notable differences to consider when choosing toys for your child.
Factory made toys are mass produced, made and sold in large quantities around the globe. Handmade toys are usually designed and produced in much smaller quantities, meaning there are fewer of them around. This can be beneficial if you are looking for a special gift or one of a kind item, as it is unlikely to be purchased by anyone else. You will often find that handmade items use quirky features or uncommon materials for that individual touch that you won’t see elsewhere. Because these materials can be more difficult to source, and are purchased in smaller quantities, handmade products are typically more expensive than their factory made counterparts. Additionally, the time that goes into the creation of a handmade item, minus the large scale factory settings, can also affect the overall price of the product. On the plus side, handmade products are often made to a high standard, with individual love and care.
Recently, concerns have been highlighted regarding the safety and possible hazards of chemical components contained in children’s toys, particularly the plastic variety. Babies and young children tend to explore with their mouths, so its little wonder that parents are concerned about the safety of their toys. Common chemicals that are best avoided include PVC, BPA and phthalate; look for labels that state the products are free of these products.
Handmade toys often utilise wood as their primary material source. Wooden toys can use natural, recycled products that are biodegradable and don’t cause any environmental harm, and commonly use non-toxic paints and finishes to seal the product. Whether buying toys for your child or as a gift, wooden toys can make a lovely alternative to their factory made counterparts. Without the modern gadgets such as batteries and noise, wooden toys often focus on educational aspects using natural textures and designs to invoke learning through play. There are a number of benefits to choosing handmade toys; they are unique, environmentally friendly and made with the health, safety and learning of your growing little treasure in mind!
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