Non-Plastic, Battery Free Toys For Kids Of All Ages.

There has been much debate over just how safe, or unsafe, the plastics used in baby bottles and children's toys are to our children. Never one to throw caution to the wind, I made the decision to look for toys that were not only non-plastic, but battery free as well.

Short of going to specialty stores, and paying an arm and a leg for toys my toddlers would eventually outgrow, I searched high and low for fairly reasonable priced toys that I felt would be a safer alternative to their plastic peers.

How thrilled was I, when I stumbled across a brightly colored Melissa & Doug alphabet puzzle in my local arts and crafts store. Not only was it a great price - one wooden alphabet puzzle set me back $13 - it was both educational and entertaining.

An added bonus was it's durability. We've had this puzzle three years now, and it's still in such great condition, that we were able to pass it down to her younger sibling!

In addition to finding a limited amount of their products in the stores (A.C. Moore, Target, Toys R Us) the majority of their unique, often back-to-basic toys can be found on their website (www.melissaanddoug.com). There are literally hundreds of wooden and soft play toys provided for children of all ages.

From at home play that encourages developmental and motor skills, to educational toys used in the classroom, if you can imagine it, they've got it.

CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) compliant, any parent can feel secure about the safety of their children whom they're purchasing for. Among the 800 toys offered, some include:

1.) wooden puzzles

2.) wooden pull-along toys

3.) giant stuffed animals (from bears to zebras)

4.) wooden food play

5.) wooden and soft toys for infants and toddlers

6.) puppets and theater sets

7.) outdoor play

8.) dollhouses, castles, and stables

Depending on what you're searching for, prices range from as low as $4, to as high as $100.

So parents, if you're looking for great non-plastic, battery free children's toys, check out the Melissa & Doug brand - you won't be disappointed.

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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California

Thanks Veronica, great hub to pass on to young mothers. I especially appreciate the info on where to purchase the toys in your hub.


Benny Faye Souglass 7 years ago

thanks your hub toy safety it was very educational especially for those with littles ones. thanks for the info, I'll pass it along to my children. Godspeed, creatvieone59


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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

Thanks Veronica for sharing this really useful info on childcare and parenting, especially on toys. Wooden puzzles, wooden pull-along toys, giant stuffed animals, wooden food play, soft toys for infants, puppet sets, doll houses and castles are really good and safe for our kids. My daughter is just 23-month-old now and I started giving her different toys to play since she was six month old. Now on her second birthday on 6th of October, I will present her some more gifts like these. Thanks for the safety concern for the kids Veronica.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

It should be criminal that corp. America can put these toxic products on the market that are harmful - while we have to clean up the painful repercussions.

Fortunately, we are taking control over our lives once again. If they want my money they are going to have to give me a safe product!

Thanks for the hub - I can share it with others!


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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia Author

I'm glad I could share this information with others. Safety in my home and for my children is a major concern for me.


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jim10 7 years ago from ma

Thanks for the great toy suggestions. These types of toys are much better for kids to develop their imagination.


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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks for your feedback jim10! Thanks for joining my fan club!


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Sarah m Marie 7 years ago

very good information. Thanks!


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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks Sarah m Marie. I think it's important to find healthier alternatives for our children, even when it comes down to what they play with.


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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

Excellent hub Veronica. I am some information relating to Good Safe Toys for 6 to 24 month old kids. Can I share it over here so that other visitors can find it easy to get the information. If yes, please leave it or delete it. Here is the link: http://hubpages.com/hub/Good-Safe-Toys-for-6-to-24...


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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia Author

No problem, I'll add a link for it!

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