"TV rots the senses in the head! It kills the imagination dead! It clogs and clutters up the mind! It makes a child so dull and blind, he can no longer understand a fantasy, a fairyland! His brain becomes as soft as cheese! His powers of thinking rust and freeze!"
— An excerpt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, 1964.
Toys and children are inseparable. But while they are your child's best friends, they can also be your child's worst enemy — that is, if you pick the wrong playthings (eg: toys with small parts that can detach from the toy and pose a choking hazard, or those with sharp edges that can cut and bruise).
If you're shopping for toys as a gift for a child, here are some things to keep in mind:
Choose energy-efficient household appliances
THE appliances that heat or cool are the big energy guzzlers. The iron, kettle, water heater, refrigerators, and air conditioner use a lot more energy than appliances like radio, TV and lights. So anything that increases the efficiency of these appliances by even a little can provide significant savings.