My family recently went down south to Missouri (or is it Missoura?) for a wedding, and brought back some lovely gifts for Frankie. From the St. Louis Zoo, he got a t-shirt (made from recycled materials!) and two board books about animals. My kid is nuts about pictures of animals already!
And my brother and sister-in-law sent my parents back with this adorable German wooden pull toy for Frankie, fresh from their trip to Europe.
It’s already on display on his bookcase, just waiting for someone to start walking.
I love these wooden toys – they remind me of the ones my father used to bring back from his business trips overseas. Somehow, Europeans seem more open-minded when it comes to non-plastic toys. I heard that the standards for toys are tougher in Europe, and that they are more conscious about lead, mercury, etc. in their toys.
I’ve already told most of my family that we would prefer small, wooden toys to the over-sized plastic toys that are everywhere, not only because of the chemicals inside plastics, but also because they are annoying and take up a lot of room. And they have too much colors, too much sounds, just too much in general. As my sister-in-law Allison says, they cause ADD. A few plastic battery-powered gadgets have made it into our lives, but they are small and play music and THAT’S IT, and besides Frankie loves them. I’m not a complete toy Nazi, am I?
Anyways, thanks to our family for the wonderful “green” gifts for Frankie.