When making purchasing decisions for our family, I take many factors into consideration. Whenever possible, I support local businesses. I look for items Made in the USA. I place a high value on quality, and of course look at the cost. When it comes to buying toys, I look at it the same way. Green Toys recently sent over some of their new products to review. I love the packaging Green Toys uses—minimal. Plus, it’s recyclable and completely devoid of the twists and anchors that so many toys come with. That makes them easy to open and allows you to get straight to playtime!
Brendan got his first 2-seater, a Red Race Car by Green Toys. This sporty little number is recommended for ages is 1 and up. It arrived just after his first birthday and he quickly pounced on it! It’s withstood the pressures of my little guy leaning over it and banging it on the floor, even the occasional taste taste (yes, everything STILL goes in my little guys mouth). I love that it has a “Recycle Arrow” on the hood, like NASCAR went Green. The Green Toys Race Car retails for $7.99 and can be purchased here.
Kieran got right to work assembling our ‘dinner’ with the Pizza Parlor. It even comes with a Pizza Parlor order form with both pictures and words so she could take our orders. It comes with an amazing number of toppings: cheese, pepperoni, onions, green bell peppers, red tomatoes, green tomatoes and on and on. The design of the crust and the toppings is such that each layer will stack firmly on the other (I hate when the cheese slides off my pizza….real or fake!).
Additionally, you even get the take-out box and a pizza cutter. The recommended age is 3 and up. There were no small pieces in the kit, so I didn’t worry about my 1 year old playing near it, as long as the note pad was out of his reach. This kit also meets FDA food contact standards and is dishwasher safe. The Green Toys Pizza Parlor retails for $24.99 and can be purchased here.
We recently had a bout of rain here in LA (I’m as SHOCKED as you are). We tested the Indoor Gardening Kit during one such storm, and it was great to have a traditionally outdoor activity to do inside. I had my husband help Kieran out with this one, since it is the running joke in the family that I have a “black thumb”. Yep, any plant I touch will, more often than not, suffer an untimely death. Although this is recommended for ages 5 and up, Kieran is not quite 4 and had a great time planting the seeds with her daddy. It will also be a great learning experience for her as we check in on the progress of the seeds over time. The first set of sprouts will take 5-7 days to come up, so I’ll update you on their progress at a later date. The Indoor Gardening Kit includes:
- Peapod-shaped Planter Tray
- 3 Planting Pots
- 3 packs of organic seeds (Teddy Bear Sunflower, Basil, Zinia) with easy-to-follow planting instructions.
One thing to mention, the planting process is done in 2 parts, so make sure to have another activity planned to do while the water is soaking into the soil. The Green Toys Indoor Gardening Kit retails for $19.99 and can be purchased here.
All pieces are non-toxic and BPA, PVC and phthalate-free.
Green Toys Inc. makes an awesome line of classic children’s toys constructed from recycled plastic and other environmentally friendly materials. This helps reduce fossil fuel use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improving the overall health and happiness of the planet. Their products are proudly made in the U.S.A. from 100% recycled plastic milk containers. They have won numerous awards since the inception of their company—and for good reason! For more information on Green Toys and their products, visit their website.
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