Sunday, March 10, 2013

Safe Nurseries + Safe Equipment = Welcoming & Effective Ministry . . . Toys!

All week I've been talking about being certain our nurseries are safe. One area we tend to not think of when it comes to nursery safety is toy safety. Far too often the toys in our nurseries are "cast offs" - toys church kids have "outgrown" so their parents donate them to the nursery. It is essential for you to develop a nursery toy policy - and stick to it. If someone wants to donate a toy to your nursery, check it carefully to be sure there are no missing or loose parts, jagged edges or small parts. Check to be sure it is age appropriate - follow the age range each toy is rated for, do not put toys in your nursery for older children. Each toy is marked for the appropriate ages it is designed for – follow these age ratings closely! Go on-line to be sure there are no safety alerts or recalls for the toy. If you find any of these things apply to the toy being donated - throw it away.

There is no shortage of toys for babies on the market . . . I've had the opportunity to review a number of toys which are great for the nursery! Today I'm sharing some of my favorites, and tomorrow I'll share some special reviews which I'm also having some give-aways for! So, for today, consider some of the following –

HaPe Toys International -
    Zoo Animals Knob PuzzleEduco Tunnel Mountain Wire Maze
  • for ages 1+
  • HaPe/Educo pays close attention to designing safe toys which are easy to clean and appropriately rated for each age level.
  • I love how these toys are made from quality wood and uses bright colors!
  • I reviewed a number of their Wood Puzzles - Zoo Animals Knob Puzzle 0px !important; padding-bottom: 0px !important; padding-left: 0px !important; padding-right: 0px !important; padding-top: 0px !important;" width="1" />, Number Matching PuzzleABC Matching Puzzle and  20&link_code=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969" target="_blank">Emergency Vehicles Peg Puzzle - and mazes - Spring-a-Ling and Tunnel Mountain
  • HaPe/Educo toys encourages hand/eye coordination, fine motor skills, animal, number and letter recognition and counting skills
Sassy Baby –
    Sassy Earth Brights Wooden Cherry Tree Rattle
  • Ages birth and up
  • Sassy pays close attention to designing safe toys, easy to clean and appropriately rated for each age level.
  • Colors, textures and sounds engage little ones
  • Toys focus on developing skills/coordination and provide ideas on how to engage children
  • I particularly like their earth brights natural wood rattles
Weldon Blue Butterfly Dog - 11"

Douglas Toys -
Folkmanis -
  • super soft and plush - these puppets look like stuffed toys!
  • realistic design and fabrics - I've reviewed many of their puppets including the American Alligator, Two-Handed Bear, and my all time favorite, Basset Hound!
  • encourages imagination, creativity, interactive play, nurturing play and confidence

Fisher Price – Little People Play sets
    Little People A To Z Learning Zoo Playset
  • Ages 1-4
  • Easy to clean and appropriately rated
  • Colors, sounds, animals, people and a variety of settings allow children to develop their imagination, play interactively with others and role play
Whoozit Grabbitz Ball

Manhattan Baby/Manhattan Toy –
Playskool –
Little Tikes Fold Away ClimberLittle Tikes –
Step 2 –
    Step2 LifeStyle Custom Kitchen
  • Made in the USA
  • Ages 1 ½ +
  • Doorway Playhouse fits in a doorway or stands alone – the child-size door provides a fun “entrance” for toddlers and “boosts” imagination!
  • Ages 2+
  • Lifestyle Custom Kitchen is the perfect size for toddlers and includes a variety of accessories for imaginative fun!
PlayHut –

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. You have a wonderful blog! Keep it up!