8 Great Recycled Gifts for Kids

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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. A small amount of your purchase through any of these links goes to us to keep the site going and continue to promote recycled products and provide recycling information. Good habits start early, so help your kids understand the long-term good they will do by reducing and reusing while having fun!

Sweater Animals

Artist Josh Title makes these cute animals from reclaimed wool sweaters. Each animal (a green alligator, pink elephant, blue hippo and red dog) is fuzzy and textured and sewn onto a natural cotton canvas, then stretched and framed in a wood frame. Super cute decorations for a kid’s room.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!

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.Green toys: plastic truck made from recycled milk bottlesGrowth Chart

Watch your kids (or friends’ kids, or nieces, nephews, grandkids, etc) grow! Mark their growth with cool leaf cutouts or a fabric pen on this chart which is screen printed by hand with toxin-free dyes on 100% organic cotton. One-inch increments are already printed along the side. All packaging material, including boxes and labels, is made from recycled materials.

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.

Customizable Clock

Time to be creative! Made from 100% thick, recycled chipboard cover, this clock is a fun, DIY art project for kids that comes with three non-toxic crayons.
Paper Making Kit

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.Make your own recycled paper kit

A Cardboard Boxrecycle a cardboard box

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.

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