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Teaching kids about where things come from, where they go, and what happens to them when you throw them away is one of the most important lessons. Recycled toys are part of this learning process, so take a look at this sampling of some fun gifts for kids. Good habits start early, so help your kids understand the long-term good they will do by reducing and reusing while having fun!
Recycled Gifts for Kids: Natural Playdough
Eat your fruits and veggies and sculpt with them too. Handmade in Portland, Maine, this sculpting dough is dyed with beets, spinach, paprika, carrots, purple sweet potato, red cabbage, blueberries and tomatoes. Yum! There’s also a version of Eco Dough that’s gluten free.
Recycled Toy Truck
This toy truck is made from 100% recycled plastic milk containers. All Green Toys products are 100% made in the USA, in the state of California that has strict toy safety and environmental laws in place. These toys contain no traceable amounts of phthalates or BPA. All Green Toys products also come packaged in recycled corrugated boxes with no plastics, cellophane or twist-ties, and are 100% recyclable.Growth Chart
Continuing our highlights of recycled gifts for kids, watch your kids (or friends’ kids, or nieces, nephews, grandkids, etc) grow! Mark their growth on this growth chart which is composed of recycled wood fibers and finished with low VOC paints. One-inch increments are already printed along the side.
Recycled Board Games
BrainBox has an entire series of challenging memory games made with recycled materials. Colorful, illustrated, durable cards help memorization skills and increase kids’ knowledge Check out other great games made by the Green Board Game Co.
Time to be creative! Made from 100% homegrown potatoes found at your house or in your garden, this potato clock is a fun, DIY project for kids that comes with a digital clock, instructions and everything you need (minus the spuds) to run it. Fully compostable!
This hands-on kit teaches the art of recycling and lets you make your own recycled paper. Afterwards, decorate it and hang up your art! Kit includes supplies to make different patterned and textured bookmarks, greeting cards and more.
A Cardboard Box
Finally, the best for last of the recycled gifts for kids. Hey, think of a cardboard box as a bonus gift! If you’ve ever bought a large new appliance for your family, you’ve probably seen your kids be more excited about playing in the box than investigating that new oven/dishwasher/microwave. For an easy, simple, effective toy, place box upside down to make a fort. Turn packaging into part of the play experience.