Eco Friendly Gifts for Kids
Environmentally Friendly Gift Ideas
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~ Native American Proverb
Shopping for Environmentally Friendly Gifts
Recently buying gifts for my daughter has become more complicated. She is very concerned about our environment and the impact of irresponsible consumerism. She has requested eco friendly gifts for every occasion. I am so proud of my daughter's altruism and I want to support her passion for helping the environment but I will be honest, finding environmentally friendly gifts can be a challenge.
I figure if I'm having this problem many of you probably are, too. I decided to share some of my finds so that your holiday shopping can go easier. I have found that it can be a little more expensive to buy green but in my opinion it's worth it to save our planet. Maybe we should all be embracing minimalism, too?
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Eco Friendly Construction Toy
Mondo Bloxx 40 Pack Brick Block Set are made with recycled paper. It's a sturdy toy that will provide hours of playtime. After all don't people say "forget the toys, give the kids a cardboard box and they'll be happy." Your kids will be happy playing and creating with these blocks! Ages 18 months - 8 years old.
This Melody Glockenspiel with Mallets is eco-friendly, fun for kids, and beautiful to listen to. Introduce making music to young children. This toy is sturdy enough to hold up to hours of play time. Ages 18 months and up.
Environmentally Friendly Art Supplies
You help develop so many skills when you encourage young children to explore art. Fine motor, creativity and problem solving are all part of art and craft projects. With young children we worry about exposure to non-toxic materials so we prefer to use eco-friendly products. Recommended for ages 2 years and up.
Eco-Friendly Gifts from Plan Toys
Plan toys are wooden toys that are safe for your little ones while providing them with a stimulating, sensory experience. PlanToys Plan Preschool Bee Hive Preschool help develop fine motor skills by matching a bee to hive by using the pincer grasp or forceps. Kids can stack, make pretty patterns, practice finger strength with this vibrantly colored wooden toy. Ages 12 months - 6 years.
Our children love playing with cars. They don't know that while they are playing they are developing hand-eye coordination, focus and language skills. This Wooden Race Track Car Ramp Racer With 4 Mini Cars eco-friendly toy is made of high quality wood, BPA Free and stained with bright non-toxic water-based paint. Fully tested to the highest U.S. ASTM F 963 and European EN71 toy safety standards. Ages 24 months - 6 years
Shapes and Pretend Fun!
This construction themed Wooden Shape Sorter Toys for Toddlers Learning Sort and Match for 1 2 Year Old is super cute and will provide hours of pretend play. It is fully tested to the highest US ASTM and European EN71 toy safety standards. Ages 18 months - 4 years
Get in touch with nature and travel through a forest to see some amazing animals! Give this attractive wooden Animal Playset to your kids and watch the creativity and pretend play explode! Ages 36 months - 12 years
Sustainable and Socially Responsible Toys
The Story: Organimals by Ultimate Green Baby are made with organic cotton by mothers living on the outskirts of Istanbul, Turkey, where unemployment is rampant. Many of these women are refugees, with a significant number coming from Syria, who have no other source of income. This community of moms is empowered to produce these toys by a supportive training center which teaches them the skill sets and allows them to either work from home or the training facility. They are encouraged to bring their children to the facility which is fully equipped with a play area, toys, books and a baby facility fostering a safe, happy, active and social environment for the children while their moms crochet, wind yarn and learn the art of making these delightful toys. Ages 6 months - 12 years
Beautiful Wooden Games
Games can make fantastic eco-friendly gifts. HABA Animal Upon Animal - Classic Wooden Stacking Game is fun for the whole family (Made in Germany) All beech and birch wood used in HABA production comes from sustainable forestry. Recommended for ages 3 years and up.
First Orchard Cooperative Game is designed to foster social skills and understanding of game rules, develop color recognition skills and teach counting by ones. Working as a team, the children try to pick the fruits from the trees before the raven reaches the end of the path. If the players succeed in harvesting all the fruit before the raven reaches the orchard, they win together! Ages 2 - 7 years
Monza - A Car Racing Beginner's Board Game is a fun board game to play with your 3 to 6 year old children that will exercise their minds as well. Older siblings and parents in the family will enjoy playing the game, too. It also teaches patience, taking turns, and the basics of board gaming. Ages 5 and up.
Recycled Plastic Toys
We are learning to cut down on buying plastic items but when we do we try to buy responsibly sourced plastic. This Green Toys Recycling Truck is made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Best for Ages 3 to 10.
This Green Toys House Playset features an expansive, multi-leveled house, bright yellow convertible, two mouse characters, staircase, bed, bathtub, table, and two chairs for endless creative play. Best for ages 3 - 8 years
With the Green Toys Build-a-Bouquet Stacking Set, budding florists can create countless floral arrangements while saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This is a great toy for both boys and girls. Ages 3 years and up
Have fun playing BeginAgain Don't Dump Dumpty with the kids! The game features number identification, simple gameplay and rules, and is great for developing fine motor skills and basic math. It is a wonderfully eco-friendly gift. Wood is sustainably harvested from Rubber Trees to make all of the wooden pieces and playsets, while the sap of the tree is converted into the natural rubber bath toys. Any products that contain plastic have been created using recycled plastics as well as bioplastics made from sugar, wheat and corn. Good for kids ages 2-10 years old
Explore STEM with DIY Wooden Model Solar Car Kits to Build . A Safe and Eco-friendly Building Toy: CPC certified, non-toxic and made of real wood and lab tested safe materials. Wood puzzle pieces develops fine motor skills and painting the car your way encourages creativity. Ages 8 years and up.
LEGO has high ambitions for its sustainability program
While LEGO is still not perfect they are going in the right direction. LEGO's new blocks are 98% polyethylene, made from sugar cane. While these 'sustainable' plastics don't require oil for their production, they won't minimize plastic waste as they are not biodegradable. Fortunately, we never throw away our LEGO. It is a toy that you can keep and pass down to future generations.
Ages 4 Years and up.
Give the Gift of an Eco-Friendly Experience
Sometimes the best gift that you can give a child is an experience. Here is a list of environmentally friendly adventures that you can do with the kids.
- Make houses and rockets from cardboard boxes. We had fun making a Gratitude Village.
- Go bird watching.
- Make homemade bubbles.
- Use recycled materials to make a DIY Tic Tac Toe Game.
- Make a Stomp Catapult with recycled wood.
- Make a Soda Bottle Cartesian Diver Toy.
- Make an Upcycled Cardboard Model Ship.
- Go to the library.
- Take a trip to the museum.
- Give the gift of green family vacation experiences.