Play Time Interrupted

I’ve spent the last couple of days knowing that I have something to say about his whole huge toy recall. But what? What to say that hasn’t already been said? You all know that like 72 gazillion toys are being recalled. Not just because of the lead paint issue but also because of magnets, magnets that can fall off and can be popped into little mouths. Or eaten by your pets. It’s just no good.

I myself have spent the past day or two searching through toys for an endless number of tiny little parts and pieces that go with toys that have been recalled. I have gathered them up, collected them and in a couple of instances removed them from my daughter’s hands. I know that her cousins, friends and her preschool had many of these toys within their walls as well.
With that I encourage you to do two things:

1) Check toys. If you are a parent, guardian, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher or daycare provider check to see if the toys the children are playing with are affected by the recall.

2) Keep in mind that we have a choice when giving kids something to play with. Check out one of Portland’s many toy stores that peddle less mainstream toys. By that I mean toys that will not fall apart after they have been played with twice. Finnegan’s is my favorite but there are so many more all over the city.

If I want to stay super local and not leave Sellwood Westmoreland I stroll on over to SpielWerk to find something a little out of the ordinary.

If you have a favorite local toyshop leave it in the comments so others will have a cool place to look for playthings that just may be a little safer and more imaginative than the ones that are being pulled down from shelves and snatched from the hands and mouths of babes nationwide.

2 Comments so far

  1. David (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 1:43 pm

    I swallowed a small magnet as a child, and I have been slowly migrating northward ever since.

  2. JT (unregistered) on August 18th, 2007 @ 10:54 am

    Melissa and Doug toys are made in the US and are wood toys that have no lead paint. My son loves them. They are fun, well designed, durable and not toxic.

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