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10 Eco Toys for the 2009 Holiday Season

  • Nov 15, 2009
As you may suspect, I have a bit of an obsession with Eco-friendly toys. I have simple criteria - no toxic paint and no plastic. My material of choice? Wood, FSC certified in a perfect world. This list will give you ideas of low-tech toys for various age and price ranges. I put them in order of age. I hope it helps find the perfect gift for your kids, nephew, niece, or at least gives you some ideas.
1
Haba Stacking Balls
For the smallest on your list, these make a great gift. It is a ball and stacking toy in one. It is one of those toys that grows with the child and will be great even into toddler years. $24-$35, 6+ months
2
Hugg-a-Planet
Teach your kids geography and have fun doing it! It is a soft ball that has the globe on it and is actually labeled with more than 600 places. $25-$90 all ages
3
Waddling Badger Dog Pull toy
Don't know what it is with babies, but they love to push and pull things. This dog would see a lot of love from a baby! $50, 2+ years
4
Zoo Babies Wooden Cube Puzzle Blocks
I had similar blocks when I was little and I still remember how much fun they were! Hm, maybe that is why I am so creative? $24, 2+ years
5
Haba Play Cooker
Works for boys or girls, this will bring hours of fun for a toddler. Pretend play is how I remember spending my childhood, copying whatever my mother did... $58, 3+ years
6
Plan Toys Eco Dollhouse with Furniture
If you really want to splurge and it will not hurt your wallet, this is THE dollhouse for an earthy Eco girl. I never had a dollhouse when I was little, I built one on bookshelves. If I could have one now I wouldn't mind one of these! $250-$275, 3+ years
7
Automoblox
Boys like cars. These cars are not your average cars, the fun part is that kids can use their imagination and build their own dream cars with interchangeable parts. Yeah, they're made in China, and there are some plastic parts. The accessories attach to a wooden block, which is the body of the car. $10-$45 each, 3+ years
8
Constructor Starter Crane Construction Set
This would please any boy on your list. Better than LEGOs, perhaps more realistic? $23, 4+ years
9
Chamelion Wooden Creative Puzzle
Aren't those colors beautiful? A wonderfully made puzzle will get creative juices flowing. Not just for kids, you'll find yourself making some art as well! Does anything bad ever come out of Germany? Well, Hitler maybe, but not toys ;) $90, 10+ years
10
MOOV Construction Toy Set
I am not really an advocate for expensive toys and I think that less is more. This thing is pretty cool [but insanely expensive], especially for kids who love to build and make stuff. Imagine the satisfaction of building your own bike or crane - pretty cool! Made in Netherlands. The sets vary and start at about $280, ages 5-12

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December 20, 2009
Some nice choices here for concerned parents. Enough with all the electronic stuff and batteries!
 
November 17, 2009
I responded to another tech-toy list by asking for an anti-tech toy list. And here it is! Thanks for the ideas.
November 18, 2009
You're welcome and thank you for the comment!
 
November 16, 2009
Awwww, such classic toys!  I'm sure all the parents in the Green Living Community will appreciate this.  Thanks for sharing, Anastasia! :)
November 16, 2009
Thanks Debbie!
 
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