Although we don’t need one more thing to worry about, the reality of the situation is–toys can contain a multitude of toxic chemicals. After the Mattel fiasco in 2007 (where the ginormous toy manufacturer had to recall millions of toys due to them containing lead) regulations have come into affect, but they aren’t stringent enough–the chance that your child has a plaything which contains harmful substances is more real than not. Realizing that you’re short on time, Breezy Mama has done the work for you–below are a selection of toys that you can feel good about giving.
What’s so great about this dollhouse is that it comes as a blank slate, and encourages your kiddo to decorate it however they want. And, not only is the cardboard of this dollhouse recycled, but it teaches your child about recycling as well–for example, you can use egg cartons for chairs, or scraps of wrapping paper for pictures to be hung on the wall. The house also comes with decorative papers, color-in cut-outs, punch out furniture, stickers, markers, glue stick and foam squares. Such a deal and something to be sure to keep little hands busy for hours. Creativity for Kids Recycled Cardboard Dollhouse, $21.76. Click here to purchase.
Not your average bag of blocks, Tegu blocks contain magnets, so the possibilities of what your child can create are endless. The magnets inside are fixed, requiring your child to learn manipulation—-some blocks won’t attach to the other, you’ll need to flip it around to have it attach (just like Thomas the Train sets). And speaking of Thomas, these blocks integrate well with the trains–Cranky, for example, can lift blocks up. To see Tegu blocks in action, check out their live builder at www.tegu.com. Tegu blocks, $55.00. Click here to purchase.
Apple Park is a group of toys from San Fransisco who come together to play in “Apple Park.” Each of their products are organic and made from recycled and sustainable materials. For the stuffed lamb you see here, the eyes are recycled non-toxic plastic safety eyes, while the nose and ears are made from a natural silk and hemp blend and the lamb’s fur is 100% organic cotton. His filling is sustainable corn fiber, 100% organic cotton fiber and recycled non-toxic plastic pellets. The adorable box he comes in is 100% recycled paper printed with soy ink and finished with a natural silk and hemp blend leaf and grosgrain ribbon handle. Lamby comes holding an apple seed rattle which is to be removed and is his gift of love to his new friend. Apple Park Picnic Pal, $45.38. Click here to purchase.
If you’re worried about using more than your share of plastics, worry no more. These beach toys are made with “a biobased material that comes from corn sugar.” What does that mean? In layman’s terms, over time, if the toys are left underground or floating out at sea, that they will biodegrade. The set is great for use in the sand and during the off-season, the bucket and lid are designed to store toys at home, while the cups can hold crayons. Zoe B Biodegradable Beach Toys, $21.99 (for set). Click here to purchase.
No hard plastic found on this baby doll–only 100% pure cuddling softness. Available as a blonde or brunette, this doll is made from certified organic cotton fibers, natural corn fiber filling and is free of harmful toxins. An added bonus is that a portion of the sales of the Toddler Doll support cures for childhood cancers. Toddler Doll also has a baby sister that loves to follow her anywhere–perfect as a follow-up present down the line, or for the younger sister of the gift recipient. Dandelion Toddler Doll, $24.99. Click here to purchase.
Want a table and set of chairs that isn’t bright plastic and it’s affordable? Even better, one that you won’t mind if some crayon or markers get on it? Look no further than this set from Tooko. Each stool (purchase an extra one to use as a table) is sturdy enough to have your child sit on and is made to be decorated. Made of 100% biodegradable cardboard, they are quick to assemble, light weight, easy-to-store and folds flat in box. Tooko Stool, $17.00 each. To order, contact Wilma Wabnitz at 614-818-1446 or via email at email@example.com.
Of course these caught my eye because Breezy Mama loves everything owl, but I think you’d agree this set is just too cute to ignore! Made from natural wood, these birds nest inside each other teaching the fundamentals of size and shape while strengthening fine motor skills. Not your average stacking or nesting toy, it’s truly a one-of-a-kind! P’kolino Nesting Birds, $28.02. Click here to purchase.
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