Families visiting Green Festival Chicago 2011 could learn about many great products for kids including crocheted Pocket Disc toys handmade by cooperatives of Guatemalan women. These soft and brightly colored throwing discs make safe indoor and fun outdoor toys and can be used to play a variety of creative games.
About Pocket Discs
The original Pocket Disc began its life as a potholder crocheted by the third-grader daughter of the company’s founder as a school project. Because the young girl had not mastered the art of crochet, the finished object was round, but had edges that curled up and a mysterious and growing hole in its center. Its story might have ended there, except that one day someone tossed the handmade disc across the room and realized its potential as a throwing toy.
After refining the design of the toy, Phd Productions partnered with cooperatives of Mayan Guatemalan women to pay them a fair wage in exchange for their weaving skills. The business began with only 10 ladies making Pocket Discs, but in three years that number has grown until 350 women are now turning out these beautiful handmade outdoor toys.
Though all of these throwing discs are made from 100% cotton, they come in two versions:
- Classic Pocket Discs are meant for indoor use. They are lighter and thinner and their colors may not be colorfast, making them harder to wash and not suitable for younger kids who might chew on them. They generally retail for around $10.
- Sports Pocket Discs are heavier, colorfast and washable, and totally suitable for outdoor play. They generally retail for around $15.
The designs and patterns used for Pocket Discs will appeal to everyone from young kids and tweens to college-aged kids. Some look like swirled lollipops or flowers, while others are decorated with iconic yellow smiley faces or peace signs. From monochromatic Yin-Yang and other black and white patterns to Rasta yellow/red/green patterns to sunny pink/blue/green patterns, there are Pocket Discs to fit every personality around.
A safe substitute for hard plastic frisbees that could injure children if they clonked them in the head, Pocket Discs can be used for many tossing activities and games, including bowling, juggling, and indoor golf. The company is collecting a list of other uses, ranging from seat at an outdoor event to drink cozy. Our young companion at the Green Festival discovered that they also make great hats.
Pocket Discs at Green Festival Chicago 2011
Along with piles of both versions of this soft disc toy, Phd Productions is also displaying some other handmade crocheted products at Green Festival Chicago 2011. On Saturday, visitors could view and purchase a variety of soft balls and footballs, as well as bags of different sizes and colors.
Chicago families can look for these fair labor toys at local toy stores such as Becky and Me Toys, Geppetto’s Toy Box, and My Favorite Toy Store, or check them out at the online PHD store.
While at the festival, families can learn about other ecofriendly kids’ products like Mr. Ellie Pooh elephant dung paper products and Imagine Greenwear kids clothing and visit the booths of Chicagoland stores that sell ecofriendly and fair trade products.
Boys and girls can also enjoy enriching and educational play at the Green Kids Zone.
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