Let me start by telling you just how hard it was to get Austin to look up and semi-cooperate for a photo; he was too busy building. Since phasing out many of our plastic toys (his tools where favorites), he has missed building things with tools. This 60-piece construction set from PlanToys® has filled that gap!
I have been searching out wooden toys for a while trying to decide which road to head down. PlanToys® is a green company that uses green materials so I was ready to see what my children thought. The problem was now deciding! That is not an easy task for a 4-year old and soon to be 3-year old. After scouring the website and looking at almost every toy they offer we narrowed it down to a few (just wait to you see what Addie ended up with)!
Plan Toys are made in Thailand. As a company, PlanToys® practices the “FOUR R’s” of green living: Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
Their manufacturing processes are designed to reduce waste and save energy by using alternative energy sources. Plan Toys uses solar energy and low emission bio-fuels to power the machinery that kiln-dries the wood and the finished toys. Biomass is also used in the curing and plywood molding process. This form of energy helps reduce electricity usage and waste. PlanToys® will soon be using a Biomass Steam Turbine Generator.
We reuse materials, and have introduced innovative methods to recycle paper and other products. The Construction set is made from Kiln Dy, chemical free Rubberwood. They use E-Zero Glue with water-based, non-toxic paint. Not only do they use many recycled materials, you can even recycle your toys if you ever can’t find another child that would LOVE them! Even the packages are printed with soy ink and water-based ink.
PlanToys® has proved it is possible to maintain superior quality standards while steadfastly following a path of environmental and social responsibility.
The construction set is designed to help your child develop motor skills, enhance concentration and improve their hand-eye coordination. This construction set comes complete with a wooden screw driver and wrench to allow your little one to build whatever they can imagine and then take it apart and start over, helping to stimulate their imagination and creativity.
The parts are brightly colored and large enough that any child 3 + up can enjoy and easily handle them. The day we opened the package, Daddy helped Austin build a forklift and they also build a Firetruck (instructions are included) but he hasn’t stopped there. My children have developed strong imaginations and can pretend for hours on end. He used his Firetruck to put out fires, build a windmill, water tower and even a school bus.
Addie has really enjoyed playing right along side her brother. She still has a little difficulty getting them apart but I am amazed at how well she can get them all put together.
I love that PlanToy®s not only creates great imaginary, educational fun toys but that they do so with the environment and safety of our children and planet in mind. They are truly a wonderful company and I am so excited to have found them.
After three decades in business PlanToys® are now available in over 59 countries. You can order PlanToys® from Amazon and are found at many green online retailers. The 60-Piece Construction set retails for $60. Be sure to take a look at all the amazing Green Toys that PlanToys® offers over at their website. Our next step will be the PlanCity! Be sure to follow PlanToys® on Twitter and like them on Facebook to keep up to date with all the new and exciting toy news!
I am so excited that PlanToys® will be a sponsor in the Noise Girls For the Family event! You won’t want to miss all the amazing items that will be offered. Come back on September 1st to enter for your chance to win. Be sure to follow PlanToys® on Facebook and Twitter to get a head start on the giveaway entries.
Disclosure: I was provided with the above toy to review. All opinions are 100% those of myself and my children. (Clearly we love PlanToys!)