Why Choose Natural and Organic Toys?

As each of us strives to live more eco-friendly lives, we find more and more areas in our daily life to make some of those changes. Raising kids is a big responsibility, and one challenge is teaching our children how to live in a way that they impact our planet in a positive way. Organic living is just one way to help save the environment while protecting the health and welfare of our family. This all begins with the choices we make during our kids childhood years – including letting them play with organic toys, natural toys, wooden toys and open ended toys. Giving our kids toys that are organic is a proven and safer step to a greener lifestyle.

The toys made from organic products are simpler toys. They don’t have all the bells and whistles that their factory-made plastic counterparts have, but the simplicity of the toys encourages children to engage in creative playtime and use their imagination. The colors might not be as flashy and bright, but they are sturdier toys and more pleasing to the child’s touch.

Some of the beloved toys you can find are the soft animals children enjoy sleeping with at night. Organic dolls and cloth animals are made from organic cotton as well as other natural fibers. A major benefit of toys with natural fibers is that they are easily washed in a washing machine.
Some of the first toys parents can find for their baby are organic rattles, teething rings and blocks. These toys are made of wood and left in their natural state or stained with an organic paint. There is no need to worry about kids chewing on them because they have no lead or chemicals. With recent scares with the toys imported from China that contained lead paint and harmful substances, more parents are looking for organic and natural types of toys so they feel sure their children are protected.

Visit us at www.earthkidsplace.com to find the safest toys for your children to enjoy.

By Simone for Earth Kids Place

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Does your child have a place for imaginative play?

Imaginative play is an important part of childhood. Not only is it fun for children but it is also an essential part of learning and developing. Children learn about themselves, about their world, and lay the groundwork for their future through imaginative play. Yet too many children are not encouraged to use their imagination through play. There are three essential ways you can encourage imaginative play in your child — by providing the place, the time, and the supplies. 

Does your child have a place for imaginative play? Is there somewhere, even the corner of a room, where they can build a block city or shape play dough monsters? Can they assemble all their stuffed animals into a school or all their cars into a parade? While children should be encouraged to pick up after themselves sometimes it takes a while to build the city of their dreams and they want time to play with it again. Try to strike a balance between your need for order and their need for imaginative play. Give them a day or so to create a complex setting for their imaginative play before forcing them to put away their toys. 

Does your child have the time for imaginative play? It is amazing how many young children have a very full schedule. While many of these activities are likely required, such as school or day care, and many are also desirable, such as sports or clubs, it is also important that children be given the opportunity for free, unstructured play that allows the opportunity for imaginative play. It is not desirable that every moment of every day be structured and planned. Children who are not given the opportunity to exercise their imagination run the risk of losing the ability to use it at all. 

Does your child have the supplies for imaginative play? As we know from our own childhood that imaginative play does not require extensive and elaborate supplies, but children do need access to objects they can use. A complex wardrobe is not necessary but a few items can be helpful. A bath towel might be a king’s robe or a super hero’s cape or swaddling for a baby. A cardboard tube from wrapping paper might be a sword, the container for a secret map, or a spyglass. A cardboard box might be everything from a treasure chest to a race car. Provide a few basic supplies and try not to be too suggestive in their use. Children will do better if allowed to give their imagination free rein without your interference and control. 

Imaginative play can be a wonderful opportunity for your child to not only enjoy their childhood but also to learn and grow as people by trying on different roles such as parents, cooks, police officers, and firefighters but also to experience safe adventures as pirates, explorers and paleontologists. Imaginative play should be encouraged in children by allowing them the place, the time, and the supplies for imaginative play.


By Deanna Mascle - Researcher, Teacher and Writer

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