New parents are often bombarded with advice from well-meaning veterans in the parenthood game. By far the most frequent piece of wisdom has to do with stocking up on bulk batteries for toys and other gadgets. While you may have started a special battery fund to keep your kids amused and happy, you might want to reallocate those funds. There's a new brand of toys that rely on kid-power – not battery-power – to keep them moving.
The award winning Sprig Toys Adventure Series are battery-free vehicles that contain an internal generator that is powered by your kids' pumping action. Not only are the Sprig Toys Adventure Series super fun, they are also super safe. Sprig vehicles aren't painted, so you don't have to worry about exposing your little ones to toxic paint and harmful chemicals. The vehicles are made of Sprigwood, a proprietary bio-composite of recycled wood and reclaimed plastic. You can see the little bits of wood in each molded vehicle which has a fresh, pine scent – a nice change from the unnaturally-colored, chemical-laden toys to which most kids are accustomed.
According to HealthyToys.org, children are exposed to a variety of chemicals used in the materials of the plastics, paints and fabrics of their beloved playthings. While all these substances may not be harmful, it is a good idea for parents to pay particular attention to toys that children may put into their mouths. Unfortunately, most parents learn quickly that that covers just about everything. It's even important to be mindful of your older children's toys, especially when you have a younger child in the house.
Sprig Toys are appealing to parents on many levels. They are an eco-friendly, kid-safe choice, saving you money and keeping batteries out of landfills. Better yet, they teach kids cause and effect, showing them that their own kinetic energy can power a four-wheeling vehicle. The Sprig Adventure series is comprised of a large Discover Rig ($59.99) as well as the "Sidekick" line of smaller pump-action powered vehicles, which include the Rally Racer ($28.99) car and Baja Scout ($28.99) dune buggy. The Adventure Series have received a plethora of awards including the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award 2009; Creative Child Magazine 2008 Preferred Choice Award; Dr Toy 100 Best Children's Products for 2008; iParenting Media Award; and National Parenting Center 2009 Seal of Approval.
The Sprig Adventure Series vehicles are available for purchase from Shopatron.com.