These environmentally friendly greeting cards feature art from the award-winning game I Cherish Planet Earth. They are printed in the USA on recycled paper using vegetable inks. Each card comes with a “Geolope,” an envelope made from recycled surplus maps. The $2 pack contains eight cards.
This 20-song CD includes original songwriting by Charlie Hope. Themes include positive approaches to naptime, learning about the joys of having a new child in the family, and discovering the limitless possibilities we all have inside of us. It comes in eco-friendly packaging. It features "melodic music that is appealing to both parents and children, from an independent singer/songwriter," Margaret Wilson, president of Challenge & Fun, told TDmonthly. Launch date: June 15, 2009. ― This is one of the most popular CDs at Kazoodles, in Vancouver, Wash., said owner Mary Sisson.
Parents and children can enjoy this classic memory game together while learning new ways to be an earth-friendly inhabitant of Mother Earth. I Cherish Planet Earth is all about appreciating and preserving nature and our planet. It is a celebration of Earth's life and beauty and a call to be active in creating a sustainable future for all. It includes a 32-page, full-color story book, 48 game pieces, and a cotton storage pouch. The game is made in the USA with recycled paper and vegetable inks. Launch date: 2009.
— “I Cherish Planet Earth” earned praise from Slee of Paisley and Pretties for presenting its eco-friendly message in an affirmative way as opposed to the scar-tactics used by other environmental products. Of the messages in the book and game, not only do they help children to internalize a deeper sense of connectedness to the planet, but they also encourage meaningful thought and positive ecological action. — Jeralee of Babes and Kids Review found the product to be even greener than advertised because it includes not only a memory game, but suggestions for several other games that can be played with the kit. Her daughters eagerly embraced these alternate games, even more so than the basic memory game. Jeralee also loved the watercolor illustrations, although their complexity and muted colors made the matching game difficult for her young daughter.
Kids can get hopping clean with this 6” x 8-3/4” terrycloth puppet bath mitt. The mitt comes in two sizes: one for adult hands and one for kids to make bath-time extra fun. Other Challenge & Fun Furnis Puppets include the duck, the elephant, the horse and the bear. — "We just recently got hand puppets/bath mitts from Challenge & Fun. … They have a lot of organic and basic stuff. We did really well with the bath mitts," said Sarah Green, manager of Kids At Heart in Portland, Ore., in spring 2007. — Kids at Heart sells three to four wash cloth puppets per week, which accounts for 40 percent of their bath-toy sales, added Green. — "The design is quite fun and the quality of the cotton is thicker than most on the market, so it has a nicer feel to it," said Rob Wilson, director of marketing for Challenge & Fun. He added that the cotton is OKO-TEX-certified, which means it's "extremely clean" and "the next best thing to organic."
Twenty-four 2” carded squares make up this classic matching game that features charming watercolor images of classic tools by Victoria artist Carrie Kendall. “The artwork gives this product a look and feel that is very distinct and appealing,” Rob Wilson of Challenge & Fun told TDmonthly. Launch date: January 2007.
These small but challenging puzzles are a quality version of a puzzle sometimes found in cardboard. They also remain challenging to solve again and again. Often solved more easily by the preteen set than by adults, Pocket Puzzles can make a great gift for just about anyone.
Bibros are fun to try and beautiful to look at, made of three different types of wood. Players manipulate pieces into flat two-dimensional and upward three-dimensional designs. The puzzle comes in a cloth bag and with a booklet of design ideas.
The Balance Board Labyrinth Junior allows children get to do a puzzle standing up. They balance on the board and shift their weight to maneuver wooden balls through the grooves, an excellent physical motor skill development game.
DeNoest Jewelry is generally made of beads from coconut, shells, glass, and some have Swarovski crystal and/or wooden figures. They come with a nickelfree clasp.
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Lana Natural products are made from 100% organic cotton. Lana controls the process from the cotton fields to the home workers who sew these adorable creatures, so that kids can have confidence in the quality and the earth friendly organic certification of these products. Goosey goose is very lovable and has a neck that is just the right size for little hands to hold. Made with 100% cotton, the goose is filled with pure wool and is washable.
Children and adults have so much fun with this balance board that they are unaware of how good it is for them. While they maneuver the balls along the groove they are developing balance, coordination, determination and patience. Move the balls from the outer circle to the middle, or for a little easier goal...move the balls from the inside to the outside. Made in the USA from durable plywood protected with an attractive laminate. Can hold adults up to 275lbs.
Distributed in the United States by Challenge & Fun Inc., this organic dragon is so soft, kids’ll forget that he breathes fire in his spare time. German-based Lana oversees the entire production of the doll, from the weaving and dyeing to the actual hand-crafting. The outer fabric is made of 100 percent cotton. The inside is filled with pure wool. — “The dragon is one of our best sellers,” said Alex Goedrich of Maulika in Carlsbad, Calif. — “Lana Organic toys are original. They look a little different,” noted Jason Oliver, chief operating officer of Oompa Toys in Los Angeles. “The dragon is one of the top 5 better selling Lana Organics.” — Pacifier, in Minneapolis, is getting ready for Christmas by ordering a number of Lana Organic toys, said owner John Witthuhn.
Distributed in the U.S. by Challenge & Fun Inc., what kid could resist a gangly little piglet like this? Stuffed with pure wool, his outer skin is made of 100 percent cotton. All Lana Organics are organic, handmade and manufactured in Germany by home-based moms. — The Lana Organic line sells best online for Alex Goedrich of Maulika, whose brick-and-mortar store is in Carlsbad, Calif. — “The pig is one of our top-2 selling Lana Organics,” noted Jason Oliver, chief operating officer of Oompa Toys, based in Los Angeles. Number one for his online store is the Gray Goose. — Lana Organics are certified by international organic organizations. The German-based toys are made at home by moms under the company’s guidance.
The little three-dimensional figures joined to the wooden booklet and the pictures glimpsed through the peepholes bring every page in this series to life. In this way, the child's motor functions are developed while playing this game.
Children (5+) and adults will enjoy this game of coordination and balance. Manuever the balls from the outer circle to the middle, or for a little easier goal...move the balls from the inside to the outside.
These dolls are designed to capture a mother´s scent, comforting children at bedtime and other times when they need calming. Constructed from 100% cotton terrycloth and filled with pure wool, every inch of the doll is soft and safe for babies. Babies will love to chew on the soft knots that form the doll’s hands and feet. Available in primary colors, pastels, stripes or, for certain models, in 100% organic cotton. - Aire Norell