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TDmonthly Goes Inside ... Sparrow, Los Angeles

Eco-Friendly Toys and Clothes Comfort Parents and Kids

When Terrie Owen became pregnant with her daughter and couldn't find the kinds of eco-friendly, organic toys and products she wanted, she realized she'd stumbled onto a business. She opened Sparrow to provide other concerned parents safe, well-crafted and environmentally sound toys and clothes. In the video below, hear Terrie talk about her experiences opening the Los Angeles store, then scroll down to see some of her best sellers.

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Kids can release their inner Robinson Crusoe with this building set. The natural wood pieces can fit together in a number of ways to build the perfect island getaway.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26785      (added 1/27/2010)

Age Range: 3 to 6
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Musical Toys
Wooden Toys

Little kids can Pollywolly doodle all day on this wooden banjo
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26790      (added 1/27/2010)

MSRP: $24.99
Age Range: 3 to 10
Gender: Girls
Category: Creative Activities
Arts & Crafts

This CALAFANT Dollhouse comes complete with balcony and two big rooms on the backside. All doors open. Made from recycled material and is 100% biodegradable. Decorate inside and outside, create wallpaper and pictures. Ideal in size for play with 3" dolls and animals. Assembled product is approx. 15" x 7" x 16"
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24031      (added 6/5/2009)

MSRP: $18.00
Age Range: 0 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts

These little cuties have been individually custom-molded from nontoxic wax crayons. Their faces are then hand-carved into their egg-shaped bodies, one egg at a time. They are ergonomically shaped for little hands, although they are great for all ages. They stand on their own and come in a half-dozen egg crate. Also sold individually. They measure 1.25" wide x 1.6" high.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26787      (added 1/27/2010)

Kids can learn about colors, numbers, stacking and nesting with this set of wooden nesting boxes.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26788      (added 1/27/2010)

Age Range: All Ages
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush

These soft hand-knit toys encourage open-ended play.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26789      (added 1/27/2010)

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