Strong Enough for Kids
Last year I spent a lot of time with my best friend and her two children. Her son is four and her daughter is now two, and when I was at their home during the summer we would spend a long time in their back yard. We could sit and chat and the kids could play; it worked out perfectly. They have two favorite back yard toys: one is what they refer to as their “back yard park,” and the other is their water table. Both of these toys provide the kids with seemingly endless hours of entertainment and exercise. After all, they have a lot of energy to burn.
While watching the kids play it occurred to me that I wanted to know how these toys were created. I had no idea whether they came straight from some plastic toy-making machine, or if there was something more complicated going on. Where did this little, plastic slide and gym come from? How do they make sand and water tables? I asked my friend but she was a clueless as I was.
So I went home and did some research just to get a basic idea of how these sturdy, possibly indestructible, toys were made. I found out that these little sources of childhood joy are made using a rotomold. A rotomold, very simply, is a machine into which plastic resin is poured then heated and rotated until the plastic takes the form of the mold. This process is excellent for making children’s toys because it creates seamless products. No seams usually means there is not a possibility for sharp edges; therefore, there is less chance of cutting little fingers. Rotomolders can produce super-strong plastic products which are ideal for children’s toys, since kids can be rough on their toys. So, using rotomolded plastics are an excellent way to make sure your kids’ toys last for years.