Both Ebay and Amazon are without a doubt two of the most popular destinations on the internet for parents who are looking for fun and educational toys for young children. But with the ever increasing trend of utterly useless, if not downright dangerous, crap being sold on these marketplaces every day, how can we make sure that the toys we purchase for our kids are indeed safe for them? This video, while not about children’s toys, is a perfect example of what I mean when I say that the internet is filled with cheap, useless and harmful junk.
Not every toy is safe
Every now and again we get to see news reports and articles on how yet another batch of children’s toys made out of cheap and toxic materials gets pulled from the local supermarket or an online store. And while the safety inspectors are doing the best they can in order to keep our children safe, there are just way too many of these items being sold to us everywhere making it virtually impossible to regulate or control them all.
You can make a difference
At the end of the day, we, the consumers, are the only ones capable of actually making a difference if we only cared enough about our children to stop supporting the fake merchants out there who are not interested in our children’s safety and care only for their own quick profits at the expense of others.
Friction powered toys for kids (3 set)
ThinkGizmos is a professional provider of children’s toys for all ages and one of their latest listings on Amazon is a cool, colorful and extremely fun friction powered toy set consisting of three different vehicles: A cement mixer truck, A street sweeper and a Harvester truck.
The “push and go” truck set for kids
When looking for a gift for your toddler this Christmas, you should definitely consider this fun and educational toy’s set consisting of three casual every day machines because all of ThinkGizmos’s toys are made out of a non-toxic and recyclable plastic that isn’t harmful for a toddler.
And although the manufacturer has labeled the product suitable for children as young as 18 months and up, it’s still advised to not leave your kid unsupervised when playing with any of these toys due to the potential of a choking hazard because of smaller bits and pieces that can come off from the toys.
Friction toys for toddlers: teach ’em about physics!
While your 18 month year old toddler probably wouldn’t understand the concept of kinetic energy, a friction toy can be a great subject matter around kids a little bit older.
For example as you’re “pumping up” the vehicle you could tell them that the flywheel inside the car stores some of the kinetic energy of the initial acceleration and propels the toy forward after you release it. (source).