You might be wondering what kind of pet is pink in color. Yes, it is pink, it lives in water, it is lifeless yet it is growing. It is neither a pig nor a fish. It is called colored growing.
It is a toy actually, a pink fly impostor, but RJ said it is her pet. She changes the water everyday and checks it regularly. It was as small as the one on the right when RJ bought it.
After 72 hours it expanded because it soaked up all the liquid. According to the package, it will expand up to 600% and if you’ll remove it from water, it will shrink to its original size. Having one will definitely give the kids that fun and amazing experience. But the question is…is it safe for the kids?
The colored growing toys are from China. It can be dinosaur, different animals or insects. They are made of hard spongy and expanding polymeric materials. It has no lead so it may be safe for the big kids but not for the small ones. Colored growing toys pose a risk of choking because after 72 hours in water the toys expand in different dimensions. The small parts maybe detached from the toy as well as the rest of it. They fit into small cylinders but may expand more than 50%. As per Europe’s consumer affairs, the products do not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71 so it is banned in most European countries.
There was a warning on the package though that it is choking hazard and it has small parts so it is not for children under 3 years old. But still we should guide and look after our children while playing with these toys. As parents, we must use our own judgment in choosing which toys are safe for our kids. It is also our responsibility to choose the activities that are fun yet safe for them. RJ is already eight years old and already knows what to do with her toys so I do not think I should worry much about these colored growing toys.