There is nothing better for baby’s development than eco-friendly toys made from natural materials. Wooden toys and other toys made of natural materials provide a rich sensory experience for the developing child. These eco-friendly toys for toddlers boost development naturally.
My husband and I were determined to stay away from conventional plastic toys as much as possible and instead looked for organic and eco-friendly green toys made by companies we could stand behind. We like to vote with our dollars and sense around our house.
We looked for eco-friendly toys that we both liked and also met the many developing needs of our daughter. Our family is particularly fond of Waldorf, Montessori, and Reggio Emilia inspired toys. We found some great toys made by some eco-friendly companies, with most being made in places other than China — yeah! We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
If you’re looking for Eco-Friendly Baby Toys see 18 Eco-Friendly Toys for Baby’s First 18 Months. There are pull toys and walkers that your tot will love!
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1. Plan Toys Electro Bus Ride On (12 months +)
This Electro Bus is a wonderful first ride on toy. It features a stable base, handle grip and storage compartment. The wheels are what make eco-friendly this ride on superior. Tots can ride and turn around with ease.
2. Green Tones / Melody Glockenspiel with Mallets (12 months +)
The Melody Glockenspiel with two wooden mallets features a streamlined, child-friendly design with 8 precision tuned bars arranged in a C pentatonic scale to provide pleasing sounds no matter which notes are played.
Studies show that music is beneficial for critical cognitive development in children. Imagine a thick forest with no clear pathways through it – this is like the developing brain of a child. Now visualize the pathway being forged, neurologically, every time you musically interact with your child. The “music channel” is similar to the “language channel” in that it needs to be stimulated every day in order to grow and be strong.
3. Green Toys Dump Truck (12 months +)
Made in the USA from 100 percent recycled plastic milk containers, this award-winning, eco-designed toy truck has no metal axles and a workable dumper that encourages motor skill development. The recycled plastic is very sturdy and I think this toy will last a very long time. I love that if it ever breaks beyond repair it can be placed in the recycling bin instead of the garbage can!
4. Wishbone 3 in 1 Original Bike (12 months +)
Unlike any other running bikes, the Wishbone bike evolves with a child’s different stages of development. It starts at age 1 as a trike, converts to a running bike as the child grows, and by four to five years old, the wishbone frame is flipped, making the Wishbone Bike one of the largest running bikes on the market. With it’s environmentally sustainable design and innovative 3-bikes-in-1 feature, this really is the ultimate pre-bike.
5. PlanToys Plan Preschool Walk N Roll, Push and Pull (18 months +)
Plan Preschool toys are suitable for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers and are designed to enhance child development during these years. All Plan Toys are made using chemical free, kiln-dried recycled rubberwood and designed with water based non-toxic colors as accent.
My daughter loves this toy! While the wheel turns, the wooden ball inside hits the panels and creates a sound not nearly as the popper I used as a child. I actually like it because its soft melody lets me know where she’s roaming. I love that this toy can be anything your child imagines it to be. My daughter vacuums, mows the lawn, and rides her song horse–haha!
If you’re looking for an awesome stand-up push toy for beginning walkers see 18 EcoFriendly Toys for Baby’s First 18 Months.
6. Hape Switchback Racetrack (18 months +)
Cars jump from track to track in Switchback Racetrack by Hape as they zoom down the speedway to the finish line. Two cars can be sent down the track so toddlers and preschool children can race to their heart’s content. Included are two, three-inch long cars with spiral spinning graphics on their wheels. This toy has durable child safe paint finish and eco-friendly solid wood construction.
Use the wand(with safe, breakaway cord) to guide each colored marble into the turtle’s matching section of shell. This quietly wonderful travel toy builds coordination, dexterity, concentration, and problem-solving skills while reinforcing color recognition. This turtle maze is made of wood and plywood, finished with non-toxic, water-based paint, and capped with a transparent, acrylic top.
We keep this in our car. It is fantastic for travel because the pieces are contained. I’m amazed at how deeply my daughter can focus while playing with this toy.
8. Uncle Goose Classic ABC Blocks with Pull Wagon – Made in USA (24 months +)
This set of 28 wooden blocks features carved letters with fancy scroll borders and simple non-toxic ink drawings. Individual blocks feature four sides with different colored letters. One side has a number, one side has a picture and spelling of the object below it, such as an owl or duck. They’re made of basswood that’s cut from industry-owned and managed land in Michigan.
My daughter stacks these, builds things with them combined with other blocks, and uses them in all sorts of other imaginative ways. They have been food, money, phones, you name it! I love the wagon that these blocks come with. My daughter loves to load it up and pull her blocks and all sorts of other toys around in. If you’re looking for another pull toy see 18 Eco-Friendly Toys for Baby’s First 18 Months.
9. Eco-friendly Wooden Numbers Puzzle – Fish (Wood Frame Box) (24 months +)
Includes 11 easy-to-grasp pieces in a wooden frame box. This environmentally friendly puzzle enhances little learners’ problem solving, number and color recognition skills while developing their hand-eye coordination.
My daughter loves puzzles and this is one of her favorites.
10. Wonderworld Little Tool Box (24 months +)
The Wonderworld Little Tool Box is a great first tools set to play and practice for little hands and fingers. The Little Tool Box set includes a saw, screwdriver, wrench, hammer, bolts and more. The Little Tool Box doubles as a handy storage box with carry handle when flipped over.
This is a fantastic little tool box. My daughter loves to get it out whenever we are building or working on anything. “I got me tools” she says happily.
11. Petit Collage Nesting Blocks, Garden ABC (24 months +)
A great introduction to garden life. Ten durable nesting and stacking blocks combine bright graphics with a classic developmental toy. Learn your ABCs and numbers. Each nesting block contains 10 cubes printed on 5 sides with vegetable based inks and measures close to 3 feet tall when fully assembled. Made with 80% recycled content.
These have been a favorite in our house for a long time. I thought stacking them and knocking them all down would get old. It hasn’t yet.
12. Grimm’s Wooden Toddler Preschool Puzzle, Sailboat (includes 7 Block Pieces for Stacking) (24 months +)
This beginner’s puzzle by Grimm’s is a piece of art. It consists of 7 colorful pieces that fit neatly into the included wooden tray. It’s a great way for little ones to learn how things fit together.
My daughter also uses them as building blocks or suits her fancy. This is a great toy for encouraging independent imaginative play. The wooden pieces are sanded to eliminate any sharp edges and hand dipped in an eco-friendly child-safe, water-based color stain to give them their vibrant colors.
13. Plan Toys Wooden Animal Memory Game (3+)
This game consists of 24 wooden pictures tiles with 12 different kinds of animals. Test children’s memory and find the most animal pair to successfully win the game. Great for 2-4 players.
This set includes 10 Little Dwarfs (without beards), each in a different vibrantly colored outfit. Each doll’s skin and clothing are 100% organic cotton (Oeko-Tex certified), and each has quartz sand in the base to allow them to stand upright without support. Also available in a Set of Rainbow Dwarfs with beards.
You’ll notice that Waldorf dolls have minimal facial features and just a hint of an expression. This allows the child to use their imagination and inner picturing capacities. A Waldorf doll can easily be imagined to be happy or sad, laughing or crying, unlike more conventional dolls with rigid plastic faces and fixed expressions.
I love these little dolls as much as my daughter does. She carries them around with her everywhere talking to them and having them do things — so cute!
Made of high-quality wood and eco-friendly paintings. These pattern blocks help develop a toddler’s creativity, imagination, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, and problem-solving skills.
16. Plan Toys 50 Unit Blocks (3+)
Blocks are a great way to stimulate children’s interest and desire to build things. This set consists of 12 shapes and a total of 50 blocks. This is a great set of blocks that we love to combine with our other sets to build and create all manner of structures. I’m sure the pieces will soon become many things as her imagination takes the helm.
Early Explorer – Play Station & Stool Set This kid-sized wooden table and stool create a perfect place for playing, working or snacking. Keep art supplies in the seat so everything is close at hand when you need it. Shelving on each side is great for storing coloring books, pads of paper or works of art! Durable child safe paint finish and solid wood construction. We don’t have this yet, but we want it!
18. Rustic Wooden Tree Fort (3+)
Our Tree Fort is a magical woodland wonderland where all of our miniature dolls and animals want to live. Each fort is unique and made from salvaged tree branches. Common features include a 20″-diam. base, three additional platforms of varying sizes, 12 story-building branches, seven stackable stair pieces and a solid staircase, two balconies, a rope ladder, a crow’s nest, a swing, a bridge, and a well with a bucket. This enchanting fort is wonderful for open-ended play. Each tree fort comes with assembly instructions. Greenery not included.
Dollhouses inspire a child’s imagination. They also promoting their physical and intellectual development. The green dollhouse with furniture is an amazing, energy conscious inspiration. The energy-efficient design includes a wind turbine, a solar cell panel, and an electric inverter for generating electricity, a rain barrel for collecting rain. There is also a bio facade, which uses the natural cycle of plant growth to provide shading, and a blind that can adjust to the amount of sunlight and air circulation. Recycling bins are also included with the house. This dollhouse also comes with furniture for five rooms: Living room, kitchen, bathroom, children’s bedroom and master bedroom.
This sweet little car and train set can connect directly to Thomas, Brio, Leggo and other popular sets. It is toddler safe and made with eco-friendly wood. It encourages group play, creative thought, manual dexterity, and sharing. The best thing about this track is the versatility. One piece of Tobo Track can do what several individual pieces of a conventional wood train track can do. Tobo Track can curve left, or curve right, straight or “T.” They are all made the same. This can really stimulate creation because you can make any kind of configuration.
These eco-friendly toys for Toddlers provide a rich sensory experience for the developing child. Toys made of natural materials boost development naturally and promote imaginative play.
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