The holidays are coming and we are all looking for the great toys to give as gifts. I’ve always leaned towards wooden toys as I love their looks, durability, and choices for ‘green’ living.
Checking out these types of toys are really important for me this year as my nephew and his wife are adopting four children from a home that showed neglect and abuse. Making this Christmas the best for those kids are top priority in my family. I’m choosing a toy from PlanToys to send to the 3 yr old child. This type of toy has been a hit with my kids and grand kids growing up so I know it is the perfect gift for any child.
The set comes with two wooden fishing poles, 6 wooden fish, and a washable circular blue pad to imitate the look of water. The six fish are arranged on the pad and then the youngsters can take the pole with hook on the end and fish for the color fish of their choice. It keeps them occupied for an amazingly length of time by themselves or they can share the fun with a sibling or friend.
Sometimes the simplest toys are the best. I remember a time I searched and purchased an elaborate toy and then my 8 month old baby daughter choose an oatmeal box for her favorite toy rather than the toys with all the bells and whistles!
The Fishing Game may look simple but my grand kids spent many an hour fishing with a set they had like this one and would even take it out to the sand box and fish from there. It was the favorite ‘go to’ toys in the toy box.
This toy provides so much more than just entertainment. As an adult I like that this can even be used as a bedroom decor on a stand or book case. Fishing Game by PlanToys also packs an educational wallop that will teach color recognition, coordination and the self-esteem by accomplishing a task. I use to sit with my grand kids and have them fish for my color requests. “Can you catch the red fish for grand ma?” I knew they were identifying and learning their colors by playing that type of game with them.
Providing this toy for your child is also teaching them to be aware of caring for our planet. Teaching a child to be concerned for the environment is never a lesson taught to early.
Of course these toys are wooden and trees are used but Plan Toy seeks to restore balance in the natural habitat and reduce global warming through their ongoing reforestation program.
Another interesting fact about this company is that they use wood from rubber trees that no longer provide latex. Here is how the company explains the process:
“The sap from the rubber wood tree is the world’s primary source of natural rubber. After about 25 years, the latex yield decreases and the trees are usually cut down and burned. Instead of wasting this valuable resource, building our toys from rubber wood helps preserve the delicate balance of our eco system. There is no deforestation involved in the harvesting of rubber wood, as felled trees are replanted with new ones. Rubber wood is an Eco-friendly, sustainable, high quality wood. The paper used in our packaging is recyclable which further reduces waste and our plants use state of the art solar energy. Our plants use state of the art solar energy and biomass (fuel from biodegradable organic material).”
They didn’t stop there and to make sure everything was used by these trees they took another step.
PlanToys took leftover sawdust and wood chips from their toy production and mixed it with “E zero” glue. A high density fiber is created with some pressure molding. This is better than medium density fiber because it’s stronger and more durable. It’s safe because the wood is not treated with heavy chemicals and the glue is free from formaldehyde. That is so important with children using the toys and possibly putting it in their mouth.
These are really great toys and I’m so glad I’ve found them and learned about the steps they take to make their products safe for their customers and for our environment. PlanToys has a wonderful assortment of toys so travel on over to their site and see if they have something already on your holiday list to purchase.
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