Natural eco-friendly toys for preschoolers make great gifts for birthdays, Christmas, or any other occasion!
When choosing toys I most often pick Waldorf and Montessori inspired toys made with natural materials. Toys made with natural materials such as wood, silk, and organic cotton provide a rich sensory experience for the developing child.
I have provided several options in many categories so you could choose the ones you think your child will like best.
If you are looking for eco-friendly baby toys or eco-friendly toddler toys click on the links. Be sure to pop over to have a look at our recommended toddler toys, it contains several options for children 3 years and older that your preschooler will LOVE!
We also have a list of wonderful open-ended toys for pretend play that I highly recommend for preschoolers. I hope you find these lists useful when purchasing toys for your kids.
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Natural Eco-Friendly Toys for Preschoolers
Lacing & Threading Toys
Lacing toys are wonderful for developing the fine motor muscles in the hand. Fine motor skills help prepare the child for writing and handwork such as art and crafts. These lacing toys also develop hand-eye coordination, dexterity, and problem-solving skills.
Shapes, Sorting, Colors and Matching
These toys are good for helping your children learn colors and shapes. They also teach early math concepts and help children develop their memorization skills.
You can also make your own DIY Rainbow Peg Dolls.
Grimm’s Geometric Block Pairs Waldorf Set – Wooden Triangle, Square & Circle Blocks to Match and Stack
Puzzles are wonderful for keeping little one’s busy as they develop hand-eye coordination, fine motor, and spatial skills. They also help your little one develop logic as they work to find a solution.
When children work on puzzles they are literally training their brains to problem solve. Successfully completing puzzles leads to feelings of confidence. Below are some durable (and beautiful) wood options.
These number puzzles help your children learn to recognize numbers as they work. Once a child knows how to count these puzzles become easy to solve.
Alphabet puzzles help children learn letter recognition and the order of the alphabet as they play.
The wooden animals that make up this puzzle can also be used in pretend play.
Grimm’s Waldorf Puzzles
I love Grimm’s puzzles because they are so beautiful. When sitting on shelves they look like gorgeous works of art. These types of puzzles help develop logic and prepare the brain for future math and geometry skills.
The best part about these puzzles is that they can also be used as blocks for building and pretend play. There are many more amazing options than I have shared here. Highly recommend.
This is a puzzle and blocks. We keep our out of the tray displayed on my daughters toy shelves as the rainbow, fire, wave, and cave.
Unique Block Sets
Blocks are used to develop hand-eye coordination, spatial skills, and STEM Skills. They also help build dexterity and problem-solving skills, develop the imagination, and inspire creativity. I have provided a few beautiful options.
If you’d rather make some of these yourself see DIY Rainbow Colored Wooden Blocks.
This set can be used in many creative ways. One of our favorites is setting up domino runs and creating elaborate patterns with them.
Nesting boxes can be used in many ways. They make great houses for pretend play when stacked on their sides. They can hold small toys and animals, and help children begin to discriminate size.
This rainbow stacker is extra-large and can be used to create bridges and tunnels of all kinds. For another similar natural colored version of these large arched blocks see toys for pretend play.
Crafted from 11 different types of wood this 66 piece set come complete with cylinders, cubes, triangular prisms, rectangular prisms, arches and more!
These are the eco-friendly version of Magna-tiles. Our family has a lot of fun constructing things with these blocks. You can create things that can’t be made with regular blocks because they are magnetized.
This is one of our families favorite toys. It comes with a booklet that shows you how to set it up in multiple ways. Once your child begins to figure out how the pieces work they can begin to create their own marble runs.
Doll House Play
Doll houses are also wonderful for pretend play. To see a few other amazing options that we love (including a rustic tree fort and an environmentally friendly home with a windmill) see toddler toys and toys for pretend play.
This sweet little family pet set is another favorite in our home.
There are families of other races available. Click on the link to find more options.
Animal and Barn Play
Playing with animals and barns is another form of pretend play. To learn more about pretend play see 15 Open-Ended Toys for Pretend Play.
A place to play with everything. This is the perfect eco-friendly table for block, marble, car, train, and dollhouse play. We rotate what is on our table weekly to keep things fun and interesting.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Planes, trains, and automobiles are great for pretend play. Use them with blocks on the play table above to increase the possibilities. To learn more about pretend play see 15 Open-Ended Toys for Pretend Play.
There are many more train options available from plan toys. I have included one more below. Click through to see them all.
There are a lot more train accessories available. Click through to see more options.
There are many more sets available. Click through to see the others. You can find another type of eco-friendly car and train track in eco-friendly toddler toys.
Play kitchens are always a favorite pretend play activity. For another option and to learn more about the benefits of pretend play see open-ended toys for pretend play.
Pans, Utensils, Tableware & Food
There are many more options than I have provided. Here are a few basics to get you started. Click through to find many more.
This is great for the beginning carpenter in your family.
This easel is light, portable, and can be used both indoors and out. To see the best art supplies for kids click on the link.
These natural eco-friendly toys for preschoolers make great gifts for birthday’s, Christmas, or any other special occasion!
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- 2o Eco-Friendly Toys for Toddlers — — There are several toys in this post that would also be great for toddlers and preschoolers!
- 15 Open-Ended Toys for Pretend Play
- Natural Materials for Pretend Play
- The Ultimate Eco-Friendly Gift Guide for Kids
- Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffers for the Whole Family
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