GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 30

Even cloth toys, such as baby blocks, may have painted features that contain lead. plus) ranging in price from $4 and up, and sturdy vintage bunny “paper dolls” made from sturdy board die-cut figures and clothing (3 years-plus, $16.95). Craftsbury Kids offers a super cute lead-free and PVC-free “Sophie baby giraffe” teething toy for infants ($18.95) that’s handmade in the French Alps: www.craftsburykids.com. 3. Choose toys with nontoxic finishes. game devices may be made from or may contain polycarbonate plastic (“PC”) parts. PC plastics are synthesized with the chemical BPA (bisphenol-A), a synthetic estrogen hormone that many research scientists regard as being a reproductive, developmental and neural toxicant that may adversely impact human health. PVC plastic (polyvinyl chloride) products—regardless of how cute that doll, “squirty” bath toy or vinyl baby book is on the outside—don’t deserve a place on our shopping wish lists. PVC products are inherently “brittle” by nature and must be stabilized during processing with chemical additives such as lead or cadmium to make them more durable and more resilient. With regard to lead exposure there may be no safe level of exposure for infants and children. Additionally, further additives (that currently are of concern) are necessary to make PVC products flexible. This means if we fill the holiday stocking with plastic toys that are soft, pliable and/or fragranced, our grandchildren will collide with phthalates, commonly used plasticizers (softening agents) and scent fixatives that are rapidly gaining recognition as endocrine disrupters. 2. Avoid polyurethane foam. Playthings made from or containing polyurethane foam (PU foam), such as squeezable “stress” toys, contain hazardous volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including the neurotoxin toluene that can off-gas from foam-filled products. Additionally, products made from polyurethane foam are highly flammable and therefore may be treated with toxic flame retardants. Some animal studies suggest that halogenated flame retardants suppress the immune system and may be neurodevelopmental toxins, endocrine disruptors, and carcinogens. Some creative alternatives to PU foam-filled toys: Some healthier plastic toy options: Green Toy’s phthalate-free and BPAfree recycled plastic tea sets and small garden tools are available for purchase online: www.kangarooboo.com. Other options that range from low to pricey can be found online from Quiet Hour Toys: www.quiethourstoys.com/. Some affordable choices include tiny cloth dollhouse dolls (for ages 3 years- A Kathe Kruse Rainbow Baby natural cotton “teething doll” with beechwood ring that’s polished with a natural finish of beeswax for infants ($13.99), available through Oompa Toys: www. oompa.com/baby-toys/item/KK22252/ Kathe-Kruse-Rainbow-Baby(Lavender). html?oompaItem=Kathe%20Kruse_Rainbow%20Baby%20(Lavender). Kate’s Caring Gifts offers stuffed animals produced by Rock Hills Estate. Choose from teddy bears, frogs and bunnies filled with lavender—all natural and said to encourage relaxing sleep. (3 yearsplus, $19.90): www.katescaringgifts.com. Knit strawberries made from plantdyed wool (for discerning chefs) are from Whimsy by Jess Nicole at Quiet Hour Toys (3 years-plus, $4): www.quiethourstoys. com/product_info.php?products_id=1060. Even cloth toys, such as baby blocks, may have painted features that contain lead. Therefore, we should look for product descriptions that specifically indicate that the toy has been painted or finished with nontoxic lead-free paints, natural oils or botanical-based dyes. Grands who are enchanted by wood toys will find lots of eco-friendly options online. The Green Party Goods store offers a full line of “planet friendly products,” including wood toys that have been painted with all-natural vegetable dyes. Prices range from low to moderate, and offer grands a wide variety of choices ranging from a tiny spin top or alphabet train ($1.50) to bumble-bee-handle jump ropes to wood racing cars and planes to European-made dollhouse-size furniture: www.greenpartygoods.com. Fake-food fun: a delightful basket of 15 different beechwood food items, including fruits, a roll and cheese made by the German company Haba (3 years-plus, $21): www.kangarooboo.com/product/ details/705-Haba-Basket. Haba also offers a winsome bunch of wood carrots (3 years-plus, $6.50): www.kangarooboo. com/product/details/680-Haba-Bunchof-Carrots. For baby grandchildren, there are “bee” maracas filled with beads made from recycled rubber wood and decorated with nontoxic paint (18 months-plus, $6.50): www.kangarooboo.com/product/ details/721-Plan-Toys-Bee-Maracas. 4. Avoid “toy” or costume jewelry. Many small novelty jewelry items are made from lead and/or decorated with lead-based paints because these items are not officially classified as toys, thus falling outside U.S. toy safety standards. When in doubt, don’t buy it. For more to the story click here. 30 GRAND NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2008
http://www.craftsburykids.com http://www.greenpartygoods.com http://www.kangarooboo.com/product/details/705-Haba-Basket http://www.kangarooboo.com/product/details/705-Haba-Basket http://www.kangarooboo.com/product/details/680-Haba-Bunch-of-Carrots http://www.kangarooboo.com/product/details/680-Haba-Bunch-of-Carrots http://www.kangarooboo.com/product/details/680-Haba-Bunch-of-Carrots http://www.oompa.com/baby-toys/item/KK22252/Kathe-Kruse-Rainbow-Baby(Lavender).html?oompaItem=Kathe Kruse_Rainbow Baby (Lavender) http://www.oompa.com/baby-toys/item/KK22252/Kathe-Kruse-Rainbow-Baby(Lavender).html?oompaItem=Kathe Kruse_Rainbow Baby (Lavender) http://www.kangarooboo.com/product/details/721-Plan-Toys-Bee-Maracas http://www.kangarooboo.com/product/details/721-Plan-Toys-Bee-Maracas http://www.kangarooboo.com http://www.katescaringgifts.com http://www.quiethourstoys.com/ http://www.quiethourstoys.com/product_info.php?products_id=1060 http://www.quiethourstoys.com/product_info.php?products_id=1060

GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008

Grand Magazine - November/December 2008
Grand View
Contents
Isn't It Grand?
Grand Central
Ask Grand
Grand Gestures
Just So We Know
Full House-Full Heart-Full Time
First, Serve
On the Cover: Vice President-Elect Joe Biden
Incredibly Hip High-Tech Gifts
Foreign Exchange
Home (and Hungry!) for the Holidays
Being the Peace
Reunions
Together Time
Read Aloud
Grand Bazaar
Resources
Grand Finale
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - Grand Magazine - November/December 2008
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - Cover2
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 1
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - Grand View
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 3
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - Contents
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 5
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 6
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 7
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 8
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 9
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 10
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 11
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - Isn't It Grand?
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 13
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 14
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - Grand Central
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 16
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 17
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 18
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 19
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 20
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 21
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 22
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 23
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - Ask Grand
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 25
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - Grand Gestures
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 27
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - Just So We Know
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 29
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 30
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 31
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - Full House-Full Heart-Full Time
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 33
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 34
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 35
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - First, Serve
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 37
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 38
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 39
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - On the Cover: Vice President-Elect Joe Biden
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 41
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 42
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 43
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - Incredibly Hip High-Tech Gifts
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 45
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 46
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 47
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - Foreign Exchange
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 49
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 50
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 51
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - Home (and Hungry!) for the Holidays
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 53
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 54
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 55
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 56
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 57
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - Being the Peace
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 59
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - Reunions
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 61
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 62
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 63
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 64
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 65
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - Together Time
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 67
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - Read Aloud
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 69
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 70
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 71
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - Grand Bazaar
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 73
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 74
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 75
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - Resources
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 77
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 78
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 79
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - Grand Finale
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 81
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - 82
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - Cover3
GRAND Magazine - November/December 2008 - Cover4
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/2020fall
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/2020fall_v2
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/2020summer
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/2020spring
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/2020winter
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20191112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20190910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20190708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20190506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20190304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20190102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20181112_drm
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20181112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20180910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20180708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20180506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20180304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20180102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20171112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20170910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20170708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20170506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20170304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20170102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20161112_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20160910_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20160708_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20160506_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20160304_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20160102_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20151112_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20150910_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20150708_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20150506_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20150304_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20150102_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/201401112_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20140910_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20140708_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20140506_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20140304_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20140102_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20131112_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20130910_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20130708_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20130506_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20130304_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20130102_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20121112_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20120910_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20120708_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20120506_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20120304_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20120102_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20111112_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20110910_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20110708_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20110506_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20110304_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20110102_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20101112_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20100910_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20100708_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20100506_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20100304_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/201001_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/200912_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/200911_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/200910_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/200909_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/200908_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/200907_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/200906_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/200905_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20080910_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/200904_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/200903_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/200902_v3
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grand/20081112_v6
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com