Michelle of Honest & Truly!, 5 Minutes for Mom contributor, shares her thoughts on this sponsored post for Green Toys and their Rocket with Red Top. We were compensated to write this post, and all opinions listed are those of the writer.
Before the wee ones were born, I loved buying gifts for the small children of my friends. I would buy all the “latest and greatest” toys. I would check to be sure that they were age appropriate, but that was about the extent of my due diligence.
Once the wee ones were born, I realized how many other factors should have – and very quickly did – factor into my decisions about what toys to purchase. Fortunately, there are plenty of options that are good for children and the environment available, like the Rocket with Red Top from Green Toys.
Green Toys has a mission of creating toys that are fun for children to play with that are both safe and good for the environment. It isn’t just that their packaging is made from all recyclable and recycled materials and printed with soy ink. That part is easy.
Their toys are created using recycled milk jugs – the same ones you toss into your recycling each week, wondering where they go. They have created toys using almost 18.5 million milk jugs so far. The raw materials come from the USA, and they are all manufactured in California, one of the strictest states when it comes to toy safety. So of course there is noBPA, phthalates, PVC or external coating in their toys.
The Rocket with Red Top ($24.99) is a perfect example. It encourages the use of a child’s imagination, as there are no directions or batteries. The child directs the action with the rocket ship and its accompanying two astronauts. As your child blasts into space, the space ship is able to detach the cone piece, just like a real shuttle. It has a main booster and three auxiliary fin boosters, making it easily recognizable as a rocket with plenty of room for creativity with however your child wants to play.
There are plenty of fine motor areas with the rocket, as well. The rocket has a large door that flips down to double as a set of steps up into the main cavity, while the detachable nose cone capsule has its own door that opens to reveal buttons and dials, perfect for little hands to manipulate. It is beneficial to your child while being a ton of fun to play with.
And when the fun is all done and it’s time to clean up, the rocket and all its parts is dishwasher safe, so you know that it’s truly been cleaned, especially when you later discover that Johnny who came over for a playdate now has the latest crazy illness circling the area.
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Michelle may never stop running around Chicagoland, but she always makes time for the important things in her life – her wee ones, cooking, reading, and spending time with friends – and of course, writing. You can see what she’s up to on her blog Honest & Truly! or on Twitter where she tweets as @HonestAndTruly.