A Fun Treat for Columbus Toddlers

We spent our beautiful, sunny, and warm Saturday afternoon going for a leisurely walk around downtown and the short north.  We had a nice lunch at ZPizza which offers organic, all-natural, and gluten-free food.  We stopped in a few local shops and learned about Everybodyrides, a program where local retailers in the Short North provide bikes for people to borrow to get around town then return when done, a greentastic concept!  Read more about Everyonebikes here.

Before we made it downtown we stopped at one of our favorite local toy stores, Larson’s, in Upper Arlington.  They sell many wooden and safe toys for kids and babies.  They have a wide selections of all types of toys and games.  We were looking for train tracks to put around the castle that Greg built with his friend Shane for Jack for christmas.  While checking out I noticed a sign that said they offered a free gift for any customer turning 2!  It was a oval train track by Nuchi with 2 colorful dinosaur train cars, valued at $19.95.  I was pumped!  I love Nuchi trains, it is a great company with high standards for safety.

Nuchi is a subdivision of the Little Little Little Toy company or the little3 toy company .  The little company was started by Peter Reynolds, former president of BRIO’s American subsidiary.  He split from brio due to a personal conflict.   I spoke directly with Nuchi and despite being made in china, which I’m not crazy about, they comply with the American and European safety standards ASCM 963 and EN71.  They could not guarantee zero ppm lead but said they do extensive testing and are always well under the standards listed above.  They aren’t designed to be replica’s of existing trains but have a more playful, and colorful look, enticing children’s imaginations.  According to TD monthly, this is a great up and coming company.  Nuchi trains are compatible with brio and thomas train sets.

The free train set Larson’s is giving out is the perfect size for little hands.  It is so hard to find anything for free, let alone a high quality train set!  I recommend any parents of a 2 year birthday boy or girl to pay a visit to Larson’s!

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    Patty said,

    What a wonderful blog! I enjoyed visiting today. There is so much information on going green these days. I’m a green mom too and my husband and I own EcoMech Geothermal – Green Company. We help families to go green at their own pace – Great work on this blog!!

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    You have a great blog. I am based in the UK and am often looking around for green info from real parents. I love wooden toys particularly wooden toys with safe organic finishes and water based paints like Plan Toys. Not only are wooden toys safe, eco friendly and durable but they inspire young minds to be creative and develop imagination skills which are vital for a happy and healthy life.
    Keep it up.

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    Lindsey said,

    My son got a Nuchi set for Christmas last year from his grandparents and we LOVE it! Really cute set, high quality, and the tracks are compatible with Target brand (so we could buy more of those without spending a fortune). My son loves trains but I didn’t want to only buy the Thomas characters (which are so pricey), so I’m really happy we found the Nuchi brand.


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