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New B. Toys Are Making a Big Impact

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A new toy company that launched earlier this year is garnering lots of attention not only for their creative, thoughtful playthings for kids, but for the manner in which they are made and sold.

B. Toys, launched in June, feature a line that feature toys appropriate for kids ages 6 months through 10 years of age. Ranging in price from about $12 through $25, each piece is eco-friendly, packaged in containers that are either recycled or recyclable -- my favorite is a box that can quickly turn itself into gift wrap.

The best part? The toys are fun too.

I had a chance to take a look at Pop-Arty (compare prices), a 500-piece jar of assorted, colorful beads, great for making snap jewelry and One Two Squeeze (compare prices), ten soft blocks that feature hand-sculpted pictures on each side.

I handed the big jar of beads over to my nearly 7-year-old a few days ago and I think she's hasn't stopped playing with them yet. She has been having so much fun just creating -- some of her pieces she's saved, but the majority of them she wears for a little while and then starts over again. Toys are supposed to entertain kids, and these are definitely living up to their end of the deal. And with a price of $17.99, it's an amazing value too.

My 18-month-old son was very interested in the blocks as soon as he saw the package. The bag that holds them is clear (and made from recycled materials), so he was able to see the bright colors before we even took them out of the bag. He liked looking at the pictures on the sides of the blocks and stacking them -- I liked that when they fell, there was no chance they were going to hurt him.

Which of your child's toys is your favorite?

Images: B. Toys

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