That surely will be the question in the minds of those of us who will be searching for baby and childrens' toys this season. In the wake of so many toy recalls due to high levels of lead - or other dangerous substances - I'm thinking of doing an "old fashioned" Christmas for Ella this year.
I'll start with a few assorted sizes of large cardboard boxes. They're always fun to play in - her Buela can safely cut out little windows and doors, maybe even connect some of them to form a winding tunnel or maze to crawl through. We can get some waterpaints or washable non-toxic markers to draw on them. We'll have all kinds of fun! When the boxes ineveitably begin to fall apart, they will make excellent material for the garden - which Ella and I will enjoy in the Spring.
A roll of butcher paper and edible finger paints that we make ourselves will make for some really creative and sloppy fun. Don't worry Adam and Katie, Ella will be wearing a special Old Shirt Smock, so no clothes will be harmed in the making of her artwork. I can't wait!
Plus, none of my knitting contains lead or any other hostile ingredients, so it will all be safe. I hope to make at least one knitterly bunny for the Bunn, in addition to some fun knitted hats to keep her little noggin warm this Winter.
What about you? How do you plan to provide safe fun for the children in your lives?