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13 child article submissions by the Mothering community.

Lead in Christmas Lights, Toxic Decorations and Toys - Why Natural Materials are a Good Idea

    Christmas decorations and toys - they seem harmless enough, with nothing but festive moments and good intentions behind it all. Sadly, from christmas lights to garlands to toys, they are not as innocuous as they may seem.  Many contain heavy metals like lead, flame retardants, and other endocrine disruptors like BPA and phthalates.  Often these things are made with PVC, which is damaging to both the environment and people in many ways.   I encourage everyone this holiday season to take a closer look at what materials their decorations and toys are made of and... read more

Mothering's Natural Toy Guide 2013

  Welcome to Mothering's 2013 Natural Toy Guide: a collection of the highest quality natural toys and gifts available this holiday season! We've carefully selected each item based on its superior materials, uniqueness, value and, of course, its fun-factor. Check out the items found in all guide categories below for our full review, pricing information and where to buy.    Looking for our Toy Giveaway? Find it at the bottom of this page!   Top Picks for 2013 The choice wasn't easy, but we've settled on our very best picks for 2013! We hope you love... read more

Top 20 Toy Picks for 2013 | Mothering Natural Toy Guide

  Top Picks for 2013 The choice wasn't easy, but we've settled on our very best picks for the 2013 holiday season based on quality, uniqueness and value. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do! Don't miss the other categories in this year's guide or our big toy giveaway! Find them both here.       YOXObot Orig This is by far one of the coolest toys to hit the market in a long while. Everything you need to create a 17" tall robot, or a seemingly endless array of other inventions, are included in the box. Designed to get kids building in seconds, just pair the... read more

21 Toys Under $21 | Mothering Natural Toy Guide 2013

  21 Toys Under $21 You don't need to spend a fortune to grab high quality toys for your little ones. Here are our favorite gifts under $21. Don't miss the other categories in this year's guide or our big toy giveaway! Find them both here.     Botanical Pocket Press This super simple, made the the USA botanical pocket press is perfect for nature hikes and backyard explorations. Replaceable, heavy duty rubber bands apply pressure to create long lasting pressed plants. Easy to use for kids of all ages and an excellent price!   $7.95 at Down to Earth... read more

Toys to Splurge On | Mothering Natural Toy Guide 2013

  Toys to Splurge On Looking for that super special "big" gift that will last for years to come? Here are some great gifts worth spending more on. Don't miss the other categories in this year's guide or our big toy giveaway! Find them both here.       Bamboletta Doll Bamboletta Dolls are some of the most highly sought after dollies on the market. Unsurpassed in quality and created from 100% natural materials, these sweeties are handmade by a small team of moms and dads with lots of love and attention. Each lovely girl or boy is a completely unique, one of a... read more

Dolls, Doll Houses and Other Little Friends | Mothering Natural Toy Guide 2013

  Sweet and Special Friends Snuggle, laugh and play with this delightful selection of dolls, little friends and their fanciful homes. Don't miss the other categories in this year's guide or our big toy giveaway! Find them both here.       Sweetpea Heavy Doll Filled with 4 pounds of millet and dressed in real newborn baby clothes this unique baby doll is as close as your child will ever get to having their own real baby to love. Any toddler or older child will just adore snuggling up with their little sweetpea. Very well made from all natural materials, these... read more

Arts and Crafts Gifts for Kids | Mothering Natural Toy Guide 2013

  Get Creative! You'll adore these creative craft kits and art supplies--constructed using the safest and highest quality materials on the market. Don't miss the other categories in this year's guide or our big toy giveaway! Find them both here.     Pied Piper Pirate Map Craft Kit What child doesn't love the mystery of pirates? Now they can create their very own pirate map with this neat kit that includes everything they'll need, including the wax seal. Once finished, the map can be used for hours of imaginative play.   $22 at Hazelnut Kids. Read or Share... read more

Rattles, Teethers and Stackers for Babies and Toddlers | Mothering Natural Toy Guide 2013

  Shake, Rattle and Roll From natural and organic rattles to fun stackers and cars -- this category is full of gifts perfect for babies and toddlers. Don't miss the other categories in this year's guide or our big toy giveaway! Find them both here.   Wooden Rainbow Grasping Bead Toy What a fun and colorful grasping toy for little hands! Bright, attractive beads can be rolled around to encourage their developing motor skills and keep them interested. Made from maple with safe, non-toxic stains.   $20 at Nova Natural Read or Share Reviews for This... read more

Toys for Imaginative Play | Mothering Natural Toy Guide 2013

  Your Child's Imagination is the Limit Delicate fairy wings, delightful wooden kitchens, whimsical mobiles and more to spark the imagination of children of many ages. Don't miss the other categories in this year's guide or our big toy giveaway! Find them both here.     Ferry Boat with Mini Cars Bathtub Toy Make bath time fun in a whole new way with this unique ferry boat with cars from Green Toys. All Green Toys are constructed from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs here in the USA so you can feel great about purchasing this item for your little one.   $19... read more

Special Mentions | Mothering Natural Toy Guide 2013

  Special Mentions These items didn't meet all of our natural material or manufacturing qualifications, but they still deserve some attention for their dedication to eco-packaging, educational quality and/or contributions to non profit work supporting kids. Don't miss the other categories in this year's guide or our big toy giveaway! Find them both here.   Click through on each product to read our full review and discover more about what makes each toy special.    What Makes it Special: Eco-Packaging and a Donation to Free the Children     What Makes it... read more

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