Why handmade toys are great for kids
Most kids these days are absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a toy to play with, but when it comes to choosing quality, safe and ethical toys for your children, here at Little Hathi we believe that handmade toys are by far the best!
There have been many worrying headlines in the news recently about the dangers of plastic in toys. The most common concerns are the toxic chemicals that are contained within the plastic, like BPA (bisphenol A). Studies have shown that this could be linked to heart disease and diabetes. Another worry is phthalates, which are used to soften plastic and make it more pliable. This group of chemicals were considered so dangerous that many are restricted in the use of toys in the EU. Certain phthalates are linked to cancer, eczema, allergies and kidney damage.
You can read more about studies on phthalates here
And, if you need any more reasons to spoil your kids with fabulous handmade toys then they are usually more environmentally friendly because they are not mass-produced and have travelled far fewer “toy miles”. They often support charitable initatives and encourage independent and local cottage industries.
Ok, so some handmade toys may be slightly pricier than their mass-produced imported pals from the far-east, but, they are much more likely to last longer and are often so well crafted that they can be passed between siblings and even kept for future generations.
And, who would disagree that the handmade toys available from independent toy shops and artisans are some of the most beautiful, quirky and loveable toys around. They are cute, adorable and packed with personality, unlike their mass-produced factory made counterparts.
At Little Hathi, we sell the finest ranges of ethical handmade toys in the UK. A selection of our fabulous toys are handmade by an ethical co-operative in Bangladesh, and are knitted or crocheted and then stuffed with love and character. From knitted rattles for babies, to gorgeous princess dolls, magical unicorns and friendly dinosaurs, there’s something that every child will adore.
We also stock a fabulous range of organic cotton toys and rattles, and of course, all our toys are tested to meet safety regulations.
If you’d like to join in the handmade revolution, and stock our fabulous range of ethical toys, then come along and check out Little Hathi’s fabulous range here