These days it seems that every toy manufacturer is making their own version of a classic wooden toy. Because of this, we often get asked what the difference is between a $5 wooden toy and a $15 wooden toy? Or, is there any real difference? Good question! The answer is yes, there is a difference.
There are several components to consider when selecting wooden toys – the wood itself, the glue used to connect pieces together, the sealant and/or paint and any other pieces/components of the toy such as metal pins, cotton cords, etc.
For the wood, we always look for toys that are made from solid wood, as opposed to pressed wood, plywood or MDF, which are much cheaper materials but require the use of toxic glue during production. This type of glue contains formaldehyde, a volatile organic chemical (VOC) which will off-gas (emit this chemical as a vapor for a long time) and is ultimately linked to several health issues including leukemia and cancer.
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