What Wood is Safe for Children's Toys?

When buying toys for children, there are many factors to consider. Are they fun? Are they priced fairly? Are they well made?  As important as these questions are, the most important thing to consider is safety. At Jaques of London, we specialise in the very best in wooden wonders. So, join us, as we look at the different types of woods used by toymakers and ask our wooden whizzes, what wood is safe for children’s toys?

And what a perfect time to ask the question, as we are all busy celebrating Earth Day 2021. Planet protectors stick around until the end, for your chance to get involved in our fabulous Earth Day Competition.

At Jaques, we use the very best, FSC approved woods in our wooden toy designs. With that in mind, it’s time to unleash little lumberjacks and cry, “Timber”. Let’s stay chemical free and family friendly, with the very safest wood for kids’ toys.



What is FSC Approved Wood?

FSC woods represent the highest standard in responsible forest management. This means that in addition to being sourced in a socially beneficial manner, it is also harvested with environmentally conscious and economically viable methods in mind. No matter the material, it is the FSC that determine the highest quality when it comes to the safest wood for kids’ toys. A non-profit organisation, the Forest Stewardship Council are dedicated towards the promotion and maintenance of responsible forest management worldwide. This means providing the best to today’s generation, without compromising the next. Jaques use FSC approved woods at every opportunity, playing our part in preserving forest land for the people and animals who call them home.

Let’s get to the root of the issue and look at the wood that promises to make your toys good.


Safest Wood for Children’s Toys


Hardwoods – No matter the wood in use, hardwoods are always one of the safest bets for keeping wooden warriors happy for years to come. Simply put, hardwoods are made to last. Whether chewed by toddler teeth or stepped on by seniors, hardwoods are dense enough to take a bite and hurt a foot, whilst remaining fit for future generations to come. Whilst softwoods are less expensive and utilised by some companies for toy production, splintering can make them a danger for smaller items. So, when it comes to knowing what wood is safe for children’s toys, the harder, the better.

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Best in Beech – One of the most common manufacturing materials amongst the different types of safe wood for toys, beech is an incredibly durable material. Better still, it is an eco-friendly option, as an easily replenishable resource that steers clear from the hurdles of endangered peril. European beech is easily accessible and offers the added benefits of being an odourless and chemically irritant-free material. Better still, beech is an incredibly easy material to clean, with a damp cloth vanquishing germs and built up muck, ensuring that playful pups will be greatly protected from any visible and hidden dangers.

Beech is also a favourite of master toymakers – It is a highly malleable material, meaning that it can be bent and cast in a wide variety of shapes. So, whether building blocks or sorting shapes, no child’s toy collection is complete without some beech buddies.

Bet on beech now, with a Shape Sorting Wooden Toy for little learners.


Maple Mastery – When it comes to satisfying child chewers, maple is potentially the safest wood for kids’ toys. Wooden teething toys can be a lifesaver when it comes to defeating the dummy and pacifying the pacifier. Plastic free and finished with natural oils and bee waxes, maple toys and teethers avoid chemical catastrophes, making them ideal for growing gums to be soothed in total safety. Maple’s high density keeps it safe from splintering, whilst its naturally hypoallergenic properties will keep little one’s mouths in perfect working order.


Birch Bonanza – Still a highly durable material, birch offers parents a cheaper toy buying option. Lighter than the likes of maple, birch is still extremely durable, with shock proofing qualities making it ideal for the most boisterous of playtime activities.


Walnut Wonders – Despite being one of the more opulent types of wood for toys, walnut comes with the caveat of expense and potential allergies. Cankers disease has meant that the supply of walnut is lower than ever before, and those with children allergic to walnut, should consider giving this wonderful wood a miss. However, for those looking for a fabulous finish, walnut guarantees the most exquisite appearance.

Proclaim checkmate in walnut, with our Premium Chess Set – Hand carved in luxury lumber for the finest finish.


When buying for the most important little people in our lives, knowing the safest wood for kids’ toys is a vital issue. At Jaques of London, we refuse to utilise anything but the best materials in the creation of our entire range of wooden toys and games. So, the next time you find yourself asking “What Wood is Safe for Children’s Toys?”, we are here as your number one source for the safest and greatest Wooden Kids Toys in the lumber yard.


Now is your time to show your environmental eagerness and forestry favour, with Jaques of London’s Earth Day 2021 competition. Head over to Instagram to win a wonderful wooden toy bundle - worth a whopping £150!

Kate Luke
Head Of Brand
After graduating with a 2.1 Music degree, Kate pursued a career in the Music Industry, becoming a professional West End vocalist and a fully qualified Music Teacher, School Choir Leader and Songwriter. As one of Jaques of London’s Creative Editors, her specialism surrounds building confidence and expression through music & play—drawing upon her qualifications in Music Psychology & Child Development. As well as this, she is an accomplished blog writer and published journalist who enjoys promoting the importance of Montessori learning for all ages.
Ben Williamson
Creative Writer
Ben is passionate about Montessori learning for children and has written for many parenting publications to bring the magic of real play to families in the UK. After graduating in 2009, his career has enabled him to work in areas such as Child Development and Psychology. As a great believer that learning starts at home, he combines his experience with his own parenting style to help bring other families together.
Jess Casson
Marketing Assistant
Jess graduated from the University of York in 2022 with a degree in Sociology and Criminology; kickstarting her career in the creative marketing industry through content creation and social media management. One of these roles involved creating content for a children's holiday camp, which alongside a knowledge of Montessori Teaching, formed an interest in childhood development. Utilising her expertise in both these fields has allowed her to promote and share her passions with the online community while exploring her talent for writing and establishing collaborations.
Laura Henderson
Interior Designer
Interior Designer, Laura Henderson, lives in Surrey with her husband and two daughters. Taking a timeless approach to her designs and drawing on her love of colour, antiques, art, modernist furniture and photography she delivers luxurious compositions and peaceful sanctuaries within every space. Her previous experience in furniture design plays an integral role in the development of each of her projects, as does the time she spends getting to know her clients. She uses this to achieve beautiful, practical, reimagined layouts, resulting in projects that enhance a client’s lifestyle, reflecting their individual passions. To learn more see her website www.laurahendersoninteriordesign.com.

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