Winnipeg Shops Ranked on Violent Toy Selection

Children's Toys

Winnipeg stores were inspected by volunteers last week to determine if they’re carrying violent children’s toys this Christmas.

Project Peacemakers organized their annual inspection to weed out toys that promote violence, and then grade each of the 13 stores they visited.

“Regardless of where you decide to shop, there are sections and toy brands within some stores that should be avoided,” said Dianne Cooper, chair of the board for Project Peacemakers.

“Both Lego and Playmobil brands have stock that encourage warlike play, but also have many non-violent and constructive options, such as Lego’s “City” line. Other good brands are Tonka and Home Depot.”

This year’s rankings:

Excellent: Ten Thousand Villages, Toad Hall, McNally Robinson, Humboldts Legacy, Scholar’s Choice and Manitoba Children’s Museum.
Commendable: A Child’s Place
Acceptable: Walmart (St. Vital), Target, Kite and Kaboodle
Needs Improvement: Toys R Us, B.J.’s Toy Store
*Inspectors were refused permission to inspect toys at the Kenaston Walmart.

Project Peacemakers encourages people to look into alternative gifts, such as gifts of time and/or the arts. They also suggest taking your child to the theatre or ballet instead of gift-giving.