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Healthy Children's Toys

10/7/2009 12:00:00 AM

Tags: toys, health, plastics, paints

When I was a young girl, I remember my favorite toys lasting for years. They had their fair share of dings, scratches and personalized haircuts, but part of why I liked them so much is because they lasted so long—they were a part of my entire childhood. 

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Take care of your Legos and they can last a lifetime. NH Archives. 

Before buying a toy, the first consideration should be its health. We’ve seen a lot of recent news about unhealthy plastics and paints in inexpensive children’s toys. Making sure any toy you select is healthy should be your number one priority. 

Second, take into account its entire lifecycle. Toys and games such as Lincoln Logs and chess sets can last throughout childhood. Also ask yourself, “Is it recyclable?” Incredibly durable toys can get passed along through thrift stores or family hand-me-downs. Those that do go out the door should be recyclable or biodegradable whenever possible. 

Poppywood Toys and Natural Play offer naturally finished and reclaimed-wood toys. Leather and wool are great alternatives to synthetic dolls and artificial dyes. Toys made of certified organic cotton are better for your children and the environment.



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