As you decorate your Christmas trees this holiday season, consider saving one by buying one of these eco-friendly toys:
1. Treasure Hunt Objects and Shapes Game (Begin Again Toys) $25
Give the treasure map to your pirate and let the hunt begin! Your little explorer will loved this game that features 5 game ideas that introduce and teach shapes and objects with unique tactile game play. The game board is also a great map for role-play adventures! Just when you think the fun is over, flip the natural cotton game board over to play a game of checkers. This 65 piece game set is complete with treasure map game board, 20 game cards, 20 matching game pieces, and 24 natural rubber treasure coins. The company uses – materials whenever possible and always reduce, recycle, and seek improvement. They also give 1% to the community.
2. Cooperative Games (Peaceable Kingdom) $15.99
Instead of playing against each other, cooperative games encourage the players to work as a team. Kids learn to share, make decisions together, and trust one another. Cooperative games encourage inclusion and build confidence. Game titles include Mermaid Island, Race to the Treasure, Lost Puppies and Hoot Owl, Hoot! Games are made using sustainable and eco-friendly materials like FSC and recycled papers, soy-based inks, and corn-based plastics.
3. Pink Tool Set (Green Toys) $27.99
Go green, pink and purple with this adorable tool set! Your little girl can start construction on her dream dollhouse and any other odd jobs around the house with this pink toolbox filled with lavender and light green tools. Constructed from 100% recycled plastic milk containers, the 15 piece set includes a tool box, phillips screwdriver, flat screwdriver, hammer, saw, wrench, pliers, 2 two-hole connectors, 2 nails, 2 bolts, and 2 nuts. Also available in blue, green and yellow.
4. Express Your Element (Uncommon Goods) $20
This notebook lets children express their essence, while leaving them open to reinventing themselves as often as they want. The flexible cover is made from a recycled rubber compound and covered with small holes, and it comes with a packet of 100 “elements” (including letters, numbers and icons) that can be popped in and out. Decorated with names, messages or pictures, this notebook is the perfect size for journaling, taking class notes or recording dreams.
5. 3-in-1 Bike (Wishbone Design Studio) $229-$249
This innovative design will take your child from trike to bike! It starts as a baby walker and transforms into a tricycle and eventually into a 2-wheel balance bike. The lightweight design is super-stable and made from kiln-dried, preservative-free plantation birch, organic cotton and recycled packaging.
6. Dr. Suess’ The Lorax (Universal Pictures) $14.99
This big screen version of Dr. Suess’ classic tale The Lorax comes to life with bright colors, big name actors and a pro environmental message. The movie follows a boy on his quest to find the one thing that will win him the girl of his dream. To find it, he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. You can also toss in a copy of the original book for your little reader.
7. Sow and Grow (Gift Republic) $16
Kids love to grow their own plants. These colorful gift boxes allow them to learn about nature and have fun while growing their own mini gardens. Boys can grow their own Wild West and monster garden; girls can grow flowers to attract fairies and butterflies.
8. Smiling Wood Balancing Toy (Smiling Tree Toys) $37.00
Naturally colorful hardwoods make this all natural balancing toy both lovely to look at and a great learning tool for little minds of all ages over 18 months. The Smiling Wood Balancing Toy is made with local and/or sustainably sourced hardwoods, recycled packaging materials, natural cotton bags, and other earth-friendly materials.
9. Suspend Family Game (Melissa & Doug) $16.99
A family game of tricky hangs and steady hands! Try this hanging balance game and you’ll be hooked! Suspend comes with 24 notched, rubber-tipped wire pieces to hang from a tabletop stand. Sound easy? Try adding another piece! Each time a bar is added, the balance shifts, the difficulty changes and the incredible midair sculpture transforms. Can you add all your game pieces without making it fall? This tricky game for 1-4 players is a test of steady nerves and steady hands.
10. Organic Designer Clothing (GreenEdge Kids)
If you want to give the gift of style, check out this website featuring 40 eco-friendly fashion brands for boys and girls. These organic designs feature eco fabrics like hemp, organic cotton, and recycled materials. Virtually all of their products are made in the USA, under fair labor practices.