Are There Toys That Are Made in the USA?

Although the majority of toys are made overseas, there are still some toy companies manufacturing their toys right here in the United States.  One such company is Green Toys.  They are also unique because their toys are eco-friendly – hence the name Green Toys.  This company takes recycled milk jugs and makes their toys out of them.  What a fabulous idea!  Way back when – before my time – the milk man would deliver glass bottles of milk to your door.  There used to be those little boxes that would be by the door where they would leave the new bottles full of milk and take back the empty bottles.  What a system!  Now, we go to the store and buy milk in the plastic jugs and all those go back to be recycled – hopefully.

Green Toys line includes:

Baby toys – teethers, stackers, sorters and more

Bath & Water toys – planes, boats, submarines and more

Vehicles – rockets, planes, cars, and more

Kitchen Play – food sets, dish sets, tea sets and more

Building – tool sets, etc

Active & Outdoor Play – jump ropes, sand toys, planting kits and more

Green Eats – plates, bowls, tumblers and more

 

Green Toys Tug Boat

Green Toys Tug Boat

 
Green Toys Bowl

Green Toys BowlGreen Toys Vehicles

Shop the entire line of award winning Green Toys at http://www.cowandlizard.com/brand/green-toys
 
Happy Day!
the folks at Cow & Lizard
 

 

Pasta and Pizza – an Irresistible Combination

My kids love Italian food and of course they could eat pizza almost every night.  Anything with pasta and red sauce disappears quickly from their plates also.  So, if you could combine the two, wouldn’t it be irresistible?  Surprise your family with this delicious crock pot recipe that will fill your house with mouth-watering aromas.  Lots of vegetables hidden in it also – Moms will be pleased that their kids are getting their daily servings of vegetables and not even knowing it.

Pizza Pasta Bowl Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 14 1/2 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 26 oz jar marinara sauce
  • 4 ox sliced pepperoni
  • 1 cup chopped bell peppers
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni or penne
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  1. Pour tomatoes, marinara sauce, pepperoni, peppers, onions, water, seasonging, mushroom and uncooked pasta into crock pot
  2. Mix together
  3. cover crock pot and cook on low for 5-6 hours
  4. when serving, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese

It can’t get much better than this – a hot meal that kids will gobble up that takes less than 10 minutes to prepare.  It leaves you more time to spend with your kids doing something fun.

Pizza Parlor by Green Toys

Pizza Parlor by Green Toys

Kitchen play with eco-friendly toys made in the USA by Green Toys.  Their play food is dishwasher safe, food safe and stackable. 
 
Pretend and play pizza parlor with stackable pizza toppings to create the unltimate pizza pie.  http://www.cowandlizard.com/product/pizza-parlor

Chicken Wraps – Kid Will Love This Hot Lunch

Kids just love pigs in a blanket – is it because they like hot dogs, or maybe they think the name is silly or perhaps because it is so different than your ordinary sandwich for lunch.  What ever reason, it is always wonderful for parents when their kids eat a good lunch without complaining or picking it apart.  Here is a twist on the Pig in a Blanket recipe that I am sure your kids will eat up and enjoy every bite.

Chicken Wraps

Ingredients:

  • Dipping Sauce

                   1/2 cup sour cream

                   1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • Wraps

                     1 oz. envelop ranch salad dressing dry mix

                     2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

                     1 can refrigerated flaky biscuits

                     grilled chicken strips (either freshly grilled or pre-cooked )

                     2 Tbsp. butter

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350
  2. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray
  3. add 1 Tsp. ranch mix and oil to a bowl and mix well
  4. separate the biscuit and put on the cookie sheet
  5. using your fingers, shape each of them into a 6″ oval
  6. spread ranch mix on the top of each
  7. place about 3 chicken strips crosswise on each biscuit
  8. bring the ends of the biscuit over the chicken so that they overlap
  9. pinch them together to seal
  10. melt the butter and brush the top of the biscuits with it
  11. measure 3 tsp. of the dry ranch mix and sprinkle over the biscuit tops
  12. bake the wraps for 18 to 22 minutes or until light golden brown
  13. while they are baking, make the dipping sauce – put sour cream, mayo and the rest of the dry ranch mix into a bowl and mix well
  14. serve the chicken wraps  with the dipping sauce

You can experiment with the seasoning – perhaps your kids like a Mexican flair and you can use taco seasoning instead of ranch.  Mix it up – it is always fun to try something new.  As they used to say in an old commercial – “Let’s get Mikey to try it!”.

Green Toys Divided Plate
Green Toys Divided Plate

Try serving the Chicken Wrap on this divided plate by Green Toys.  You can use one of the sections for the dip, one for the wrap and the other for a piece of fruit.  The Green Eats children’s dinnerware is made of 100% recycled milk jugs right here in the USA.  They are free of BPA, phthalates, PVC, melamine, and external coatings.  They are dishwasher safe and come in a choice of 4 colors – orange, yellow, green and blue.  Check out the entire line of children’s dinnerware by Green Toys at http://www.cowandlizard.com/category/children-s-dinnerware

 

 

 

Green Toys – The World’s Most Environmentally Conscious Toy Line

 As a small, family-owned children’s toy and clothing store competing in the huge world of ecommerce, we like to distinguish ourselves by the unique products we have in our store, Cow & Lizard.  One such company with a compelling story is Green Toys.  They are an environmentally and socially responsible manufacturer of toys and tableware.  Their products are made from eco-friendly raw materials here in theUSAwith a mission of making products that are safe, fun and good for the earth.  Green Toys uses 100% recycled plastic milk jugs to manufacture their non-toxic, food-safe toys and tableware.  By using 100% post consumer recycled plastic; they divert these materials from going to landfills and reduce their carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions. 

            The manufacturing process begins with empty plastic milk jugs that are collected from curbside recycling.  These are then cleaned and shredded into small flakes.  These flakes are colored with mineral based colorant which is food safe.  This raw material is used to manufacture the toys and tableware in theUSA.  All parts are inspected by hand and the assembled products are also inspected on site as well and tested by an independent third party.  All relevant safety standards are either met or exceeded.  Their products are also packaged using only recycled and recyclable materials, with no plastic, cellophane or twist ties and printed with soy inks.  With safety of the highest priority for Green Toys as well as for parents, you can be assured that these eco-friendly, US made products are not only safe, but also fun.

            The Green Eats line of tableware from Green Toys is a safe, environmentally responsible alternative to plastic tableware.  The tableware contains no BPA, phthalates, melamine or external paints or coatings; they meet FDA requirements for food contact, and are dishwasher safe.

            Their line of toys are known for classic designs but in eco-friendly materials with the boasting rights of the “world’s most environmentally conscious toy line.”  From baby toys to outdoor toys, the ever growing line of Green Toys has a great selection to choose from.  My First Green Toys offers colorful, ultra-safe toys for little hands to hold.  Babies can also be environmentally responsible from day one.  The next time you need a gift, browse our selection of Green Toys at Cow & Lizard – it will be a “green time”!

 

Green Toys

Green Toys

Green Toys are Eco-Friendly

Green Toys are known for classic designs in eco-friendly materials.  And oh yeah – a healthy dose of Good Green Fun.  Those are the ingredients for Green Toys, the world’s most environmentally conscious toy line.

Green Toys Pizza Parlor

Green Toys Pizza Parlor

 

Play Food:  Dishwasher Safe – Food Safe – Stackable

 

Green Toys Build A Bouquet

Green Toys Build A Bouquet

 

Be Creative:  Build and Construct

 

Green Toys Stacker

Green Toys Stacker

 

Babies can start being environmentally responsible from the get-go.  Green Toys colorful, ultra-safe My First Green Toys line meets FDA food contact standards, and are easy for tiny hands to hold.

 

 

Green Toys Tabletop Set

Green Toys Tabletop Set

 

A complete line of eco-friendly, dishwasher safe tableware for kids, Green Eats redefines the term “clean plate”.  Made from 100% recycled plastic, Green Eats tableware has no BPA, phthalates or melamine.  Meets FDA food contact standards.

 

Safe, eco-friendly, US Made Good Green Fun!

NEW Mini Vehicles form Green Toys

mini police car

mini police car

 

New mini vehicles for big time fun!  Also available in taxi, ambulance and red fastback.

The Green Toys Process

  • empty milk jugs are recycled
  • milk jugs are cleaned and shredded into flake
  • raw material and mineral based colorant are food safe
  • manufactured in USA
  • each part is carefully inspected by hand
  • all  manufacturing, assembly and distribution occurs within a 30-mile radius of US headquarters
  • post-consumer, recyclable packaging with not plastic films or twist ties
  • on site inspection and third party testing throughout production
  • safe, eco-friendly, US made Good Green Fun!

 

Green Eats

Green Eats Children's Dinnerware

Green Eats Eco-Friendly Tableware for Kids

available at http://www.cowandlizard.com/brand/green-toys

The Green Eats line of recycled, reusable tableware from Green Toys offers a safe, environmentally responsible alternative to traditional plastic tableware.  All Green Eats products are made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic, promoting recycling and increasing the overall health and happiness of the planet.

  • no BPA, phthalates, melamine or external paints or coatings
  • meets FDS requirements for food contact
  • dishwasher safe
  • like all plastics, so not use in microwave
  • made from 100% post consumer recycled plastic
  • recycled/recyclable corrugated packaging with no cellophane or twist ties
  • made in the USA
  • Energy savings – pm average, every pound of recycled plastic used in Green Eats:  saves energy equal to 3000 AAA batteries. saves enough energy to power a TV set for 3 weeks, saves enough energy to keep a laptop computer running for a month

Eco Train Station by Plan Toys

Eco Train Station by Plan Toys

Eco Train Station – wooden toy by Plan Toys

  • demonstrating the concept of emission free, renewable energy
  • the station is powered exclusively by solar cells
  • passengers can ride to the station by bicycle and then transer to the electric train
  • the set also includes two train cars with figure and a bicycle
  • a garbage bin and a clock are attached to the station
  • a green toy by a green company
  • social
  • imagination
  • creative
  • language & communication

this wooden Eco Train Station toy is available at http://www.cowandlizard.com/product/plancity-eco-train-station

Eco Home by Plan Toys

Eco Hom Wooden Play Set by Plan Toys

Eco Home by Plan Toys

  • wind turbines, solar panels and a living roof are clean sources of energy used in the PlanCity Eco Home
  • a power storage system and a grey water tank for non-potable water add realism to the eco-play theme
  • the set includes two figures, an electric scooter and furniture for two rooms
  • children will learn about living in a house that generates and saves energy for future use – the solar panels on the roof produce energy from the sun that can be saved for use later in the power storage system
  • the Eco House is designed with a grey water tank to store rain and reuse it for watering plants, washing and other non-drinking purposes
  • the electric scooter that runs on saved electricity from the power storage system teaches about energy saving transportation
  • add extra fun with Eco Town, expansion tracks and Road & Rail sets to build a larger town

this green wooden toy by Plan Toys – a green company – is available at http://www.cowandlizard.com/product/plancity-eco-home-wooden-play-set

    the folks at Cow & Lizard

Daily Activity Play by Plan Toys

Daily Activity Play by Plan Toys

DAILY ACTIVITY PLAY

  • Fine Motor
  • Coordination
  • Language and communitcation
  • There are 3 pattern cards (School, Community and Home), 6 figures, 9 elastic bands, and a wooden board
  • Children can create their own designs or follow the pattern cards to make patterns and pictures.  For example, from hospital to school or Daddy to Mommy.  They can also create their own stories while playing with the cards.
  • Pick a colorful elastic band to include a wider range.
  • This toy helpd to develop hand-eye coordination, fine motor skill, bilateral coordination, counting and patterning abilities.
  • Forms the basis of daily living skills such as putting on socks, opening a zip lock bag, etc.

Available at http://www.cowandlizard.com/product/daily-play-wooden-toy

Browse for wooden baby and toddler toys by Plan Toys at http://www.cowandlizard.com/brand/plan-toys .  Made from kiln dry, chemical free Rubberwood.  E-Zero glue.  Water-based, non toxic colors.

   the folks at Cow & Lizard