Green Toys Tugboat and Sand Play Set
I find the seemingly endless string of recalls of toys manufactured overseas alarming and apparently so do many other parents who are becoming increasingly interested in eco-toys. One company that has led the way in this trend toward kid-safe and earth-friendly manufacturing practices is Green Toys. Their products are made in the USA using 100% recycled milk jugs and without the use of harmful BPA’s, phthalates, and PVC’s.
Two of my favorite items from Green Toys are their Tugboat and their Sand Play Set. These sturdy gems are perfect for the bath as well as the beach. And, because they are dishwasher safe, you can take them on an outing, toss them in the dishwasher to clean and then put them in the tub for your little one to play with during bath time.
This tugboat is marketed as a bath toy, but it can be used in many different settings. In addition to the beach, the tug can be used during water play in a backyard kiddy pool or on the floor of the kitchen. Simply fill a large mixing bowl or plastic storage bin with water and let your little one play with the tug and other favorite water toys. This is a great to keep kids occupied while cooking dinner and being close by helps ensure safety as well.
There’s only one thing I would change about the tugboat and that is, I would make it so that it could be taken apart. This would make it easier to give the tug a thorough cleaning. As any parent knows, bath toys have a tendency to get a little funky if not washed from time to time.
One way around the cleaning issue with the tug is to create a mild bleach solution to submerse the tug in. Let the tug soak in the solution for about 30 minutes. Then, run the tug through the dishwasher to remove any bleach residue.
Like all Green Toys products this set of sand toys is highly durable – which is good, since they take a real beating out in the sun and weather. Kids can have fun building a sandcastle, digging a mote and then pushing the tugboat around in the mote. And, if you have the Green Toys Dump Truck they can use it when creating the mote to tote out the excess sand.
There really isn’t anything I would change about the Green Toys Sand Play Set. I love the gender-neutral colors and the solid construction of these eco-toys. And because these sand toys are designed to last you can hand them down to either boy or girl siblings, cousins, or friends. And, when they do eventually wear out the toys can be placed in your recycle bin rather than in your garbage can. It feels great knowing these toys aren’t headed for the landfill anytime soon.
If you like the Green Toys Tugboat and the Green Toys Sand Play Set, then you might want to check out some of their extensive line of eco-toys. They also offer toy tea sets, tool boxes and trucks. All constructed of safe, recycled materials that don’t contain BPA’s, phthalates, or PVC’s.