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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Elizabeth Street

SAFE AND SUSTAINABLE KIDS' TOYS THAT THE LITTLE ONES CAN ACTUALLY CHEW ON

Aug 15, 2013

Safe and Sustainable Kids' Toys That the Little Ones Can Actually Chew On

When I was a child, classic toys such as the colorful corn popper and Mr. Potato Head were part of every kid’s toy box. The kids' toys served the purpose of captivating a child’s attention, and there was no question what they were made out of: plastic.

The most common words I hear in my Berkeley mommy circles besides “organic” are sustainable and green. Nowadays, there are many sustainable toys that provide children similar experiences to the old school ones, but are constructed with better materials, non-toxic paint and more compelling design. If fellow mothers are frowning upon the orange Goldfish I share with kids instead of Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies, can you imagine what’s going in their heads when children put plastic toys in their mouths?

At our household, we have a large, diverse collection of toys. While I’m not as uptight as my husband on what enters our kids’ toy chest, my husband must approve all toy acquisitions mostly because of aesthetics (appearance is important). In our search for functional and stylish toys, the sustainable ones often have the best design, and appeal to the visual and tactile senses or improve fine motor skills such as dexterity and hand coordination.

Here are a few of our family favorites that intrigue and hold our little ones’ attention—and look good, too.

By Eunice Park

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