Are these the latest danger gadgets parents are being warned about?
Fidget Spinners were a hit with children across Devon earlier this year and in some schools they were even banned – and now there is a new toy which is set to be the latest craze.
Fidget Spinners come in a variety of colours and can be bought for as little as £2.99. Although the must-have toy of 2017 has been responsible for a number of accidents and injuries.
However the latest “toy” craze is far more menacing – handheld mini-crossbows, or toothpick crossbows, which have been manufactured as kids’ toys in China, The Guardian reports.
Worried parents want them banned before they take off amid fears a child could end up blinded.
However, more serious damage could occur if the toothpick gets substituted for a needle or nail and could be strong enough to shatter glass.
Worryingly, according to the Shanghai Daily newspaper, the items are also selling out fast.
The Shanghai Daily said: “The ‘toothpick crossbow’ toy has spread across China like wildfire among the nation’s primary and middle school children.
“The unusual shooting toy may be very small but it is powerful enough to puncture a balloon and pierce cardboard. And when the toothpick is swapped for a metal needle it becomes a dangerous weapon.”
This story was first published on the Plymouth Herald.