A parent’s job has always been difficult. But this holiday season it seems you need a team of elves with PhDs to find out where the toys you’re buying came from and what chemicals might be lurking inside them. Of 1,500 popular toys tested by HealthyToys.org, 1 in 3 were found to contain significant levels of toxic chemicals such as lead and arsenic.
GoodGuide has assembled a team of science elves and partnered with leading nonprofit groups around the country — such as HealthyToys.org, the Center for Health and Environmental Justice, Healthy Child Healthy World, and the City of San Francisco — to identify safe toys and toxic toys on store shelves.
Our Holiday Guide to Safe Toys includes only toys that are free from chemicals of concern such as lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, bromine, and phthalates. Hopefully, they’re also fun for your kids! We’ve searched for everything from safe dolls to safe puzzles, from safe arts and crafts to safe action figures.
You can also find out whether the toys Santa (or Grandma) already left under your tree are free from toxics by going to GoodGuide.com and searching for toys by name or category. Come back often, as we post the latest toy recalls to keep you up-to-date on the safest toys.