As a baby develops into a toddler, and then to a young child, they begin to want to do things in the same way as the adults around them.
The Landscape Dinner Set (1) provides the child with a grown up place setting with plate, bowl, beaker, and cutlery but maintains the amusement which will encourage the child to eat well.
The use of fun shapes and bright colours (2 - 4) encourages children to use their cutlery properly. The construction set (2) has a pusher instead of a knife to aid the child in loading the fork or spoon with food.
Throughout the exhibition, but primarily in areas relating to food and drink, objects on display are labelled as BPA, PVC, and or Melamine free.
BPA free: It is thought that Bisphenol A (BPA) a chemical found in some plastics can leach into food or drinks from containers and bottles. BPA has possible effects on the brain, behaviour and prostate gland of foetuses, infants and children. It has also been linked to increased blood pressure.
PVC free: Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has been noted as a human carcinogen.
Melamine free: It has been found that melamine does not migrate from melamine formaldehyde (MF) tableware into most foods. However, when highly acidic foods are heated, the amount of melamine that migrates out of the plastic can increase. Melamine can cause problems in the kidney.
There is much debate about the level of risk that these chemicals pose to the health of the public.