With a precocious 4 year old niece to shop for not only a Christmas present, but also her birthday too it can be a challenge to find gifts that are meaningful, and not some plastic junk that even her 1.5 year old little sister can break in a flash. Fortunately she loves books, but that will only work until she is 5 and really starts to remember all her gifts and who gave them to her. I’ve always preferred to give experiences to people as gifts i.e. trip to the spa, visit a museum exhibit, whale watching, tickets to a show etc. but she is still too young for that and it isn’t as much fun to rip open a skinny envelope as it is a box.
Here is my selection of fun, eco-conscious or hand crafted toys for tots.
I grew up with Play-Doh, but it has a petroleum additive to give it that smooth feel as well as Borax to prevent mold. Plus its nice and salty for a great afternoon snack 😉 just kidding! Here is an alternative eco-dough made with natural and organic fruit, plant, and vegetable extracts from annatto seed, beets, blueberries, carrots, paprika, purple sweet potato, red cabbage and spinach.
Manzanita Modular Everything Structure, transforms into whatever your child can think up. Boat, castle, house, spaceship, etc Made from a very high grade 3/8” birch plywood, an eco-friendly, durable material.
Recycled Recycling Truck – Each truck is made from 100% recycled milk jugs, and even boasts features like a movable bed and open/shut rear door. From Green Toys
Earth Smart Crafts shows a girl how to make fun and trendy accessories to wear, items to decorate her space, and gifts to give—all with stuff that might normally end up in the trash.
These amazing stickers from Box Play for Kids are designed to cover up milk containers, mac n cheese boxes, cereal boxes and more to turn a piece of recycling into a fun play object. Eco-friendly, 100% recycled, custom-designed stickers.
Finally we have the toy that is not only entertaining but promotes health and exercise….the jump rope
Made by Green Toys, the handles are made from 100% recycled plastic and 100% cotton rope. Perfect for your energetic child 🙂
Happy Cyber Monday y’all!