This is the last video in my crochet salad play food series, the crochet onion. This just might be the easiest part of the whole salad! Check out the crochet lettuce, and the crochet cherry tomato if you missed them. If you keep scrolling down there is a video and a free crochet pattern for the play food onion.
I know you’re probably sick of hearing me talk about it, but go read this article on the dangers of plastic in toys and you’ll see making your own toys isn’t just about saving money, it’s about keeping your kids safe.
“Think about it. Plastic toys often contain PVC (Polyvinyl chloride), Phthalates , BPA (Bisphenol A ) which is an endocrine disruptor that can mimic the body’s own hormones has been known to leach. Many synthetic and even some organic cotton based soft toys are filled with petroleum based polyfill which children sleep with and often suck on when teething” Melinda- Ecotoys.com
Our home isn’t plastic free by any means, but we are trying to be really careful about everything we buy from this point on. One of the easiest places to start is with younger children. They haven’t watched enough TV to know that they want a Barbie Doll, or a Power Ranger action figure. They can grow up thinking your toys are “normal” and cool.
The more we try to keep plastic out of our lives, the more simple our lives become. Birthdays don’t have to revolve around buying a big pile of plastic toys. Choose to buy or make toys that will last and encourage your child’s imagination. We still have legos (because my kids LOVE to build things) but we also have Lincoln logs, and building blocks.
Crochet Onion Pattern
With an H crochet hook and the white yarn:
Chain 25 and join with a slip stitch
Ch 1, and SC in each space all the way around, join with a slip stitch, cut thread, tie off, and hide
Switch to purple yarn.
Ch 1, 2SC in each space all the way around, join with a slip stitch, cut thread, tie off, and hide
What are some of your favorite environmentally friendly kids toys?