Dear Toy Manufacturers :: Knock It Off With The Tiny Pieces!

Dear Toy Manufacturers,

I have a 4 year old son. He has gone through several toy phases throughout his short lifetime. When he was one, he was into anything that rolled, especially balls and emergency vehicles. When he was two, he was all about Thomas the Train and construction vehicles. At three, race cars consumed his play time. Now that he is four, he loves action heroes. Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, and Batman are just a few of his favorites. The problem with these action toys, dear Toy Manufacturers, is that they all seem to shoot very small things like laser beams, discs, and darts.

I understand shooting discs out of a Bat Bot is very appealing for a 4 year old boy. He mainly ignores the remote control, which to me is the most fun part of the Bat Bot, and instead shoots the laser discs (which are only slightly bigger than a quarter) under the couch, behind the play kitchen, between the couch cushions, and basically anywhere except in plain sight. This means that roughly 4,365,1248 times a day I am asked/begged/demanded to “help” him find the discs. When it comes to a four year old boy (or often a forty year old man, if we’re being honest), “helping” him find anything translates into him hopelessly looking for the missing object without moving a single thing while good old Ma over here is on her hands and knees searching under furniture, lifting cushions, and, you know, actually looking for the item instead of bemoaning its disappearance.

The same scenario goes for every blasted thing Imaginext makes:

Shark Pirate Ship: “Where did those red darts go? Oh, the cannon ball rolled under the couch again?”

Power Rangers Blue Tricerotops Zord: “You lost the blue darts again? Wow, color me surprised.”

And, don’t get me started on the Ninja Turtles. Toy Manufacturer People, what is with all of the tiny weapons? Can’t you just create the toy mold with the weapons already in the figures’ hands? Does each Ninja Turtle really need twenty weapons, each smaller than the next?

Another problem with the minuscule pieces is younger children. If my four year old were the only kid in town, the microscopic pieces would be a nuisance, but not a threat. I also have a 18 month daughter who still loves to put things in her mouth. Because of that, I have to keep a small dish on my mantle. Throughout the day, I scan the floor for tiny pieces and stick them in the dish so my daughter doesn’t find them. How big is the dish? Tiny, of course. A 6 ounce dish can hold roughly one million toy accessories.

At least fifty times a day, I remind my son to pay attention when he shoots objects out of the toys. I remind him not to aim near furniture. I remind him not to shoot his sister. I remind him to pick up the pieces when he is done playing with them. I am so tired of thinking about these little pieces of plastic! I would ban the toys completely if they didn’t give me 20 minutes of peace from time to time so I can get work done. My life would be so much easier if toys were manufactured without these accessories.

So, Toy Manufacturers, for the love of mothers everywhere, please knock it off with the teeny, tiny pieces!


A Frustrated Mom



Marie is the owner of Little Hometown, a company specializing in locally themed baby swaddles and apparel. Prior to opening her business, Marie was a professional event planner turned stay-at-home mom. She spent nearly a decade living in New York City, where she met her husband, Jeff (a New England native). Early in their relationship, Marie told Jeff that New Orleans is the only place where she would want to raise her children. As soon as she got pregnant, they started shopping for houses. They moved back in December of 2012, welcomed their son in 2013 and their daughter in 2015. Marie now spends her days entertaining her kids with silly songs, desperately attempting to stay organized, and balance her life as a work-at-home mom.


  1. Hi Marie,

    When your baby ingests something – it’s really a nightmare. A month ago, my nephew swallowed a staple wire from a gun tacker and isn’t coming out yet. We had him on an xray and the object was visible in his stomach. We can’t do another xray for at least six months and we are still waiting for it. The doctor said to watch out if there are darkening in the stool or other abnormal reactions of the child but thankfully and blessedly there are no such signs. Although still apprehensive, we are all positive that the metallic object will just be dissolved by the gastric juice in time.

    King regards,

    Leah (I’m Doing book reviews at my site and I hope you can check my blog too. 😉 )


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