Friday, December 7, 2012

Choosing Safe Toys

Every Holiday season parents spend time and money searching for the perfect toy.  No matter what toys you plan on purchasing, one thing's for sure, you want to give your children great quality products that provide a fun and safe play experience. 

Here are a few tips to ensure that the gifts you give this year bring cheers and not tears.  

1. Stay Age Appropriate
Always check the age range listed on the package of any toys you purchase.  The age suggestion takes several things into account, from the difficulty of use to any potential choking hazards.  

My First Sticky Mosaics® uses special oversized tiles specifically for our youngest crafters.

2. Look for Specific Safety Callouts  
Review all the packaging carefully for any product specific warning. 
• Kits that contain craft materials should say the materials are nontoxic.
• Painted toys should state that all paint used is lead free
• Stuffed toys should be washable
• Plastic wrapping can be suffocation hazards and should be discarded immediately 

3. Check for Recalls
It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on recalled products.  A simple Google search can prevent a future injury.
4. Get Messy
Just because a toy is deemed a little risky, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t purchase it.  Baking sets, bath toys, and science kits can be educational and rewarding.  Depending on the age of your child, these kits simply require some adult supervision and are sure to result in a great bonding experience. 
Make Pulsar Powerballs™with your children for an afternoon of safe bouncing fun!


1 comment:

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