Toys give children the resources they need to learn and be creative; they help foster development and are supposed to be fun. With so many options on the market, it is hard to decide which are the safest. Tea sets are very popular with children because they love to pretend. The pretend play allows children to use their imaginations and enriches their learning experiences. When purchasing a tea set, it’s important to select a set that is free of harmful chemicals and breakable parts to ensure a safe environment for your child. There are several tea sets on the market that have been tested and reviewed, making them safe choices.
Green Toys Tea Set
Made from recycled milk containers, the tea set by Green Toys is free of phthalates and BPA, which are chemicals commonly found in plastics that are claimed to be toxic to infants and children. BPA has been declared toxic in Canada, which banned its use in baby bottles. The set is FDA-approved for use for eating and drinking. Included in the set are four cups and saucers, a teapot, sugar bowl, creamer and four spoons.
Schylling Children's Tin Tea Set
The Children’s Tin Tea Set by Schylling has been tested by Healthystuff.org and found to have no levels of lead, chlorine, cadmium, arsenic, mercury or bromine. When compared to other sets, this set had the lowest levels of all tested toxins, making it the safest in the study. Included is a teapot, four cups, saucers, plates and serving tray. This set is recommended for children ages 3 and up due to its small parts.
Land of Nod “Taking the Queen to Tea” Set
Porcelain tea sets are popular for older children, as the sets give a more authentic feel and look. Made by Land of Nod, the Taking the Queen to Tea Set is a colorful porcelain set that has been tested for durability and is lead-free. The set can be used for drinking and is dishwasher-safe. The 13-piece set includes four cups and saucers, a teapot, sugar bowl, creamer and lids.
Plan Toys Natural Wood Tea Set
An alternative to plastic, tin and porcelain sets is this wooden tea set by Plan Toys. The set is made from eco-friendly, natural rubber wood and is finished with non-toxic products. Included in the set is a teapot, two cups, saucers, spoons, sugar bowl, creamer and tea bags. The set is durable and suitable for children ages 3 to 8. Being constructed of wood, this set is not waterproof and therefore should not be exposed to liquids, and is not dishwasher-safe.