Clockwise from top left: Smiling Tree Toys' Organic Playground Set ($95), Green Toys Tug Boat ($13), EverEarth 53 Piece Organic Farm Play Set ($60), Sprig Dino Adventure ($20), Kid O Memory Match ($30), Wonderworld Little Green World ($25), Plan Toys Musical Band ($46), Haba Click Clack Ball Track ($126), B.Toys Alphaberry ($13).
Toddlers have a way with toys. They take them out, play for a few minutes, and then move on to the next great thing (without putting the first toy away – but that's another story). Keeping these busy bees in one place for more than a minute requires skill and planning. Adding a few new toys to their toy box can be all it takes to stop them in their tracks. Like the infant toys we've already shared, these five new items will add some spark to your next play session.
The 2011 Toy Fair was packed with new products for the coming year. The hardest part, after seeing them all, is waiting for them to be available for purchase. Though there were several hot trends in this year's offerings, a few goodies will be on my shopping list. Check out my 10 favorites.
Scrub, a dub, dub, get phthalates and BPA out of the tub! Many bath toys are made with plastics and rubber containing hormone disruptors that are ingested once lil ones get their hands (and mouths) on them. We've rounded up some goods that are safe for splashing around.To protect the goods from mold, clean the toys with an eco-friendly cleanser or homemade solution.
Clockwise from top left: Kido O's Floating Ducks ($12), Sassy Sassy Bathtime Pals Set of 5 ($6), Sprig Toys Adventure Scuba Search Playset ($7), Rich Frog Natural Latex Original Rubber Duck ($7), Boon Splat Floating Ring Toss ($9), Sassy Count 'N Spell Bath Appliques ($7), Spielstabil Water Fun Set ($20), Sassy Pour & Explore Bath Cups ($8), Green Toys Tug Boat ($13).
My daughter is obsessed with tea parties. I love watching her gather her stuffed animals around the table and serve them cups of her finest brews, but I've been hesitant to buy her an actual tea set because the only ones I've seen are made with questionable paint sources and plastic.
The eco-conscious company Green Toys makes a tea set that will leave the worrisome mother gleeful. Crafted from recycled milk jugs, moms can rest easy knowing that the "green" tea their tot is steeping is phthalates and BPA free. For $25, the cheery hued plastic finery serves up four cups, saucers and spoons, a tea pot, creamer and sugar dispenser.
Summer and the beach go hand-in-hand. Since there's been so much fuss about the greening of toys, I was excited to come across Green Toys’ Sand Play Set ($22) at Giggle the other day. Since providing my tot with her own shovel, rake, bucket and sand mold, I have the peace of mind that the products are made from recycled plastic milk containers and are environmentally safe and phthalates-free.
All of Green Toys products are made in California, from milk jugs discarded by the state's residents so there is no need to worry about overseas plastic regulations. According to the company, every pound of recycled milk jugs used in making their toys saves enough electricity to keep a laptop computer running for a month. And the set comes in recycled corrugated boxes that are 100 percent recyclable.