You probably would rather spread Christmas cheer this year than lead poisoning or toxic plastics. But unfortunately there are plenty of dangerous toys lurking on store shelves. Check out these eco-friendly toy options instead.
Magnetic Mosaic This is the most popular bamboo toy on Amazon right now: Magnetic Mosaic. It promotes pattern and color recognition using non-toxic and child-safe materials like bamboo. Put one under your tree for about $21.
Pizza-loving kids will have fun making and serving their custom pizza pies with the Pizza Parlor toy set from Greentoys.com. It's $27.99 and contains no BPA, PVC, phthalates or external coatings. All of the toys sold at greentoys.com are made from recycled plastics. To date they've repurposed more than ten million plastic milk jugs. Plus, everything is made in the USA.
Now you don't have to panic if your little one puts a crayon in their mouth. That's because eco-crayons are handmade with organic fruit, plant and vegetable extracts from things like beets, carrots and red cabbage. A pack of six colors is $9.99 at ecokidsusa.com.
Childhood artwork serves as the inspiration for the Aminal doll collection, each made with 100% organic materials inside and out. Choose from about a dozen designs including Dinasor, available at littlegreenduckling.com for $22.
Eco-Friendly Wooden Eco House
Move over Barbie Dream House-- there's a new property in toy town! The Wooden Eco House from Wonderworld is not only earth-friendly, but it promotes green activities, educating children about the importance of recycling, saving energy and planting trees. The house comes equipped with solar panels, rain water barrels and a bicycle. The Wooden Eco House is $149.99 at toysrus.com.
By Alison Storm
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