Some metallic toys, low-cost jewelry present health risks for young children

3/5/2014

We know that babies and young children often put non-food items in their mouths, a behavior that occasionally leads to swallowing of foreign objects. Metallic toys and low-cost jewelry often contain toxic substances such as lead and cadmium. Do these objects present a health risk for young children? “We observed that cadmium and lead contamination, both very toxic metals, are a major problem, especially when it comes to metallic jewelry and toys. Copper, nickel, arsenic and antimony were also present in some samples,” explains the author of a new article.

Source: Science Daily

Available at: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140305125241.htm

What the Research Says: Gender-Typed Toys

The holiday season is a time of year when many families and programs are thinking about new toys. But what makes a good toy for a young child? NAEYC asked one researcher about what her work tells us about toys, children, and play.

Judith Elaine Blakemore is professor of psychology and associate dean of Arts and Sciences for Faculty Development at Indiana University−Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Her primary research interest is the development of gender roles.

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children

Available at: http://www.naeyc.org/content/what-research-says-gender-typed-toys