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Top Eco-Friendly Toys for Preschoolers


Whatever the occasion, if you're looking for eco-friendly toys for a preschool-age child in your life, there are a lot of great products on the market today. To get you started, here's a list of some of the newest and most popular ones, sure to make your preschooler smile (and all priced under $50):

1. Green Toys Cookware and Dining Set

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Made in the United States from 100% recycled milk jugs, this green cookware and dining set is designed to encourage pretend play and help children develop gross and fine motor skills. The play set meets Food and Drug Administration food contact standards and does not contain BPA, phthalates or PVC.

The 27-piece set includes a stockpot with lid, skillet and four complete place settings with forks, knives, spoons, plates, bowls and cups. This award-winning toy is designed for children ages 2 and up and it's even dishwasher-safe.

2. Kapla 100 Box

These natural wooden blocks are laser-cut from hardwood, giving them a precise cut that provides strength and stability beyond most ordinary building blocks. These blocks are so sturdy that they can even bear weight once constructed.

Simple enough for a preschooler to use and designed for children ages 3 and up, these blocks can be used to build more advanced structures as children grow older. They come in a sturdy wooden container with a lid for storage that includes several building ideas on its cover that can be made with the set.

Because of their precision, these blocks are ideal for math, engineering, architecture and art projects.

3. BeginAgain Artist On the Go!

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This 21-piece kit contains everything a budding artist needs to make colorful drawings. It includes storage space for two wood pencils, 12 crayons, a 6" ruler, four drawing stencils and a 50-page 6"x9" drawing pad in a convenient 8"x10" carrying bag. Made in the United States, the kit is recommended for children ages 3 and up.

The majority of the products in this kit are made from eco-friendly, plant-based materials. The carrying bag is made from cotton, the crayons are made of soy, and the drawing pad, ruler and stencils are made of recycled paper.

Designed for travel, the kit is easy to bring along to keep kids entertained at restaurants, airports car trips or playdates.

4. Hape Magnetic Mosaic

Hape's Magnetic Mosaic allows kids to make artistic creations by arranging colorful bamboo tiles on a magnetic metal board. Designed for children ages 3 and up, this award-winning toy is made mainly of bamboo and features non-toxic finishes.

This open-ended design set helps children learn patterns and colors, as well as understand sequencing. The set includes 24 magnetic square and triangular-shaped bamboo tiles and a 8 1/2"x8 1/2" magnetic framed board.

5. Wonderworld Work Bench 'N' Box

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The Wonderworld Work Bench 'N' Box is a portable tool box and mini work bench in one. Designed for children ages 3 and up, this colorful carpentry set includes a hammer, screw driver, wrench, nuts and bolts. This sturdy set's nuts and bolts are even designed to withstand over-turning without breaking.

Made in Thailand from rubber wood, this product uses non-toxic paints, dyes and lacquers and formaldehyde-free glue. Its packaging is also made from at least 70% recycled paper.

6. PlanToys Animal Memo

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PlanToys Anmal Memo game includes 24 wooden tiles featuring pictures of 12 different kinds of animals. Designed for children ages 3 and up, the game helps children develop logical and problem-solving skills. It can be played with 2-4 players.

Like all PlanToys, this set is made from the wood of rubber trees that no longer produce latex. The company also uses only non-toxic, water-based dyes for their toys and recycled materials and natural inks for their printed materials.

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