Battery: It’s one of the first words kids learn, right after "NO!" and "MINE!" and "GIMME!" If a toy moves or makes noise or has any potential for fun whatsoever, then certainly it requires batteries. Or does it?
Perhaps all some toys need are a little sunlight, like these solar-powered wooden helicopters available at Plastica. Place one in a patch of sunshine and watch the propeller spin. Sadly, it doesn’t actually lift off, but kids and adults alike will be fascinated to see solar energy in action.
An energy-efficient and environmentally-sound toy – amen! Now here’s hoping it will be a small step in helping the next generation break free of fossil fuels. Or at the very least, end our dependence on Duracell. –Julie