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Plastics in Toys - what is the harm?

By Cornel Heydenrych
on May 02, 2015

... Phthalates are a family of chemical substances that have been in use for more than half a century. Phthalates are not chemically bound to the plastic resin polymer (they're just "mixed in"), therefore they are free to migrate or leach out under certain conditions (e.g. during sucking or chewing). There are quite a few phthalates (plasticizers) commonly used in toys and each one has it's own properties and effects on the environment and human health.

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Grimm's Large Wooden Rainbow

By Darla Porcupine
on March 21, 2015
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Paramount Pick:  Grimm's Large Wooden Rainbow

A powerhouse plaything for pint-sized and parent-sized people
Grimm's Large Rainbow RingsThe Grimm’s Large Wooden Rainbow is a powerhouse plaything. It is perpetually picked off the shelf, a perennial favourite that pleases both pint-sized and parent-sized people (and porcupines). Providing an panoply of possibilities for imaginative play, while also fostering logical thinking and encouraging dexterity, the Grimm’s Large Wooden Rainbow is a positively perfect Pick of the Week!

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Happy Birthday Mr. Longfellow: Introducing Poetry to Children

By Theodore Bear
on March 15, 2015

Books of Beauty!

March 24 is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Birthday. He would be 205 years old in 2015, and I think that is a cause for celebration. I can't think of a better way to mark the day than to read some of his poems. Reading poetry to children helps to expand their vocabulary, teaches them new ways to arrange words, and develops creativity and enhances visualization skills, since children must use their imaginations to picture the images being painted by the words.

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