We must find a way to save Christmas! Is this The Year Without a Santa Claus? With all the news about lead paint in toys, toys with choking hazards, the prized Aqua Dots toy causing comas, Curious George’s cute little face has lead paint, and sock monkeys have needles in them.
No, you don’t have to give all the kiddies on your list coal for Christmas this year. But you will have to do some research to find something safe. Here’s a list to help you get your own creative juices flowing and give you some hints.
- Etsy is a great place to find home-made toys and crafts on the Internet.
This little birdie is by Allilson
- Buy American-made toys. This is a great list, but still, it doesn’t hurt to double check what you see. Toys from Back to Basic Toys are a safe bet. And Simply Green Living has also compiled a list. Any book from China Berry, or Barefoot Books.
- Spend time with your child, and help him/her make something this cute. This one was made by Hop Skip Jump and loved ones.
- Make a poster of your child.
Pottery Barn Teen is selling large sports posters for kids rooms. Take this one step further, and have a photo of your child blown up poster size for his own room.
- Who can resist Sock monkeys? Hand-made of course. You don’t want your little loved one getting poked by stray needles.
- Give great memories
Picture Frames filled with photos of your child with his best friends, playing his favorite sport, or with Mom and Dad.
- Whip up a batch of home-made marshmallows.
- Magazine Rack.
You’re constantly telling her to clean her room, so give her the tools to do it. This magazine rack came from Pottery Barn Teen.
- Bulletin Board
A Bulletin Board already loaded with their favorite memories.
Turn your child’s small wooden blocks, match box cars, starfish, or hair barrett’s into thumbtacks with epoxy glue and a package of magnets. You could also buy a small package of wooden letters at a craft store to use for magnets.
- A Scapbook
Kids love to hear about themselves. Put together a simple Scrapbook of their life so far. One for them to keep, in their own room.
- Turn a paper bag into a book.
- Yarn Dolls
Very fast and simple to make.