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Nan People

The Nan People are real heroes. More together, stronger, higher! A small hug can be really powerful.

Nan People is a new game of solid wood construction to explore the psychomotor’s balance, lace and empathy. Only building game where people embrace!

The Nan People is the perfect complement to El Nan Casteller. Expand the number of pieces with different people!

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Wooden toys

At El Nan, we can not agree more with the article that Clara had published a few days ago “With earth in the hands” about the benefits of offering children wooden toys. They are natural, durable toys that encourage the imagination of children and a whole lot more!

So we want to share with you all the 8 reasons of weight that will surely help you decide to offer children these types of toys:

1. Weight and presence: Wooden toys are not as light as other toys made of plastic, for example. They are, therefore, toys with a greater presence and weight. The children must hold them with consciousness and firmness, stimulating at the same time the motor skills of their hands.

2. Stimulate the sense of touch: wooden toys, especially if they are not lacquered, provide a very pleasant feeling when we touch them. Also, not all wooden toys are heard in the same way. There are some more polished finishes, others that notice the irregularities of wood, others that are smoother … all this offers sensations that the brain of children is recording, almost without realizing ‘ n, while they play.

3. They fancy the imagination: Wooden toys are generally much less worked than those of plastic and usually do not incorporate lights or sounds. It is the child who has to imagine all that he wants the toy to do, nothing is given or done. Also, being less structured, they are more versatile.

4. Reduce consumerism. Plastic toys are often more fragile, they break more easily (especially the cheapest ones), which is why they need to be replaced soon by new toys. On the contrary, wooden toys may be a bit more expensive and surely we will buy less, but they will be of higher quality and this is essential to not enter the wheel of buying, using and throwing quickly.

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5. Ages better and are intergenerational. Wooden toys, far from breaking or becoming ugly with time, age fantastically. And in case they break … they can be more easily arranged than plastic toys. They can be passed from one generation to another so that the toy remains just as beautiful and functional.

6. Accompany the child during the different stages of its growth. Wooden toys, being less structured, tend to be more timeless and rarely a toy of these characteristics looks very childish or very adult.

7. They allow you to save money. Yes! Although they are more expensive, they are also of higher quality and the same toy can last several generations. And that, of course, means financial savings!

8. Connect with nature. Wood is a natural material that responds to the biological expectations that children have at birth. Our brain hopes to touch the mother’s skin and natural materials (trees, stones, land …). On the other hand, using materials that come directly from nature helps children to better understand the relationship between nature and the production of everyday objects. With the wood of the trees you can make toys, kitchen spoons, furniture, etc. Explaining the child from where plastic toys are sold is undoubtedly more complicated 🙂

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Construction games

As you probably already know, almost all the games of El Nan are construction games.

Our games are made with solid quality wood and have been recommended by the San Juan de Dios Pediatric Hospital for their pedagogical and therapeutic properties. To us, it goes without saying, we love construction games for the multiple benefits they bring to children. Do you want to know some? Well today we’re making five cents in this post.

The builders are probably one of the games that most benefits contributes to the integral development of the child. In the different evolutionary stages, it can help develop different motor, cognitive, intellectual and even emotional aspects.

The construction games are the ones that most like children and those that accompany them in their moments of play for more time. At the beginning when they are smaller, (around 12 months and up to 24 approximately) they enjoy observing the pieces, their characteristics, shapes, colors. They learn to fit, stack and, above all, to make the buildings fall.

As they grow, they are putting more and more fine motility with increasingly elaborate constructions, also giving way to the symbolic game through the interpretation and recreation of real life objects and scenarios.

On the other hand, through construction games, children acquire concepts that help them to better understand the world around them: spatial aspects such as volume, size, balance, geometrical or more complex forms such as symmetry , balance and resistance.

Another aspect that the construction games provide is the development of different cognitive aspects such as the ability to observe, plan and reason.

And although it does not seem like, construction games also help to work emotional aspects of the child: the emotion for the discovery of gravity, the joy of successfully finishing an imagined construction or learning to tolerate the frustration produced when constructions They do not work and fall or not stand right.

We have seen that the construction games are very complete and beneficial for the integral development of the child. In addition to being designed and produced with top quality materials, ours are inspired by cultural traditions. But from that, we’ll talk about it another day!

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Day of People with disability

December 3 is the Day of people with disabilities. And before the end of the day, we did not want to pass the opportunity to write a post on our blog about this event.

And as you know, from the Nan Casteller (as we explained more extensively in this post a few days ago) we have a clear social vocation and we manufacture our products in special work centers. In this regard, we work every day to achieve greater equality of opportunities for all people in our society.

But not only this, according to the report prepared by the San Juan de Dios Hospital, our games offer multiple pedagogical and therapeutic properties in children, but also for adults with special needs because:

They foster imagination and creativity
They help coordination and motor precision
They allow you to develop the ability to observe, plan and reason
They facilitate spatial structuring and orientation.
From Nan Casteller we will continue to work resolutely to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities either by contributing to creating new opportunities in the workplace, as well as through the use of our games for therapeutic and pedagogical purposes.

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No sexist toys

It is known to all that game is one of the most important elements in the development of children. Everyone playing children learns, develops their abilities, improves their motor skills, spatial ability, develops imagination and creativity, stimulates and aggravates the senses, etc. But through the game, children also also form and acquire the values ​​and social and cultural behaviors of the community in which they live. This is an element of the game that we can not forget.

Unfortunately, today many of the toys that we have in the market today, continue to focus on marking the gender difference, allowing and perpetuating stereotypes about the roles of the sexes. From Nan Casteller we think that we should not condition children to play certain games due to the fact that they were born as a child.

That is why our toys and all the communication, promotions and campaigns that we create around them are designed with great regard to gender equality and non-discrimination. Our toys are not sexist and they promote respect for differences but from equality.

As expressed by the Catalan Institute of women in its latest awareness campaign to break stereotypes in games and toys #trenquemestereotips:

“Playing, we all have to be able to develop tenderness, courage, sensitivity, initiative or strength.”

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