Clockwise from top left: Smiling Tree Toys' Organic Playground Set ($95), Green Toys Tug Boat ($13), EverEarth 53 Piece Organic Farm Play Set ($60), Sprig Dino Adventure ($20), Kid O Memory Match ($30), Wonderworld Little Green World ($25), Plan Toys Musical Band ($46), Haba Click Clack Ball Track ($126), B.Toys Alphaberry ($13).
It's a green, green world and we're loving it! If you're using Earth Day as the starting point for turning your lil one's toy box green, don't think you will be kissing color goodbye. Though many natural products are free of bright colors, these fun finds will continue to inspire tots while keeping them safe from the hormone disruptors often found in plastic and rubber toys.
Two is twice the fun! Toddlers are constantly on the move, and keeping them still for more than a few moments requires engaging toys and activities. From a play kitchen where a wee one can whip up an imaginary dish to a first trike, these picks should keep any kiddo occupied!
Budding chefs can whip up something tasty with Smart Gear's Wooden Cooking Center ($170), which includes a stovetop, oven, and sink. Melissa and Doug's Car Carrier ($15) allows tots to load and move the four included cars, and the set matches up with all wooden train tracks for added fun. Kid-O's Bilibo ($30) is a seat, a hat, a step stool, a hiding spot, or whatever your tot makes of it — that's the beauty of this creation. P'kolino's Multi-Solution Shape Puzzles ($20) have a different final outcome each time, making them fun — and interesting — for more than the standard two minutes. The Wishbone Bike ($250) grows from a trike, to a first running bike, into a big-kid balance bike, with little more than a flip of the body — meaning lil ones can use it for at least two years.
Scrub, a dub, dub, get phthalates and BPA out of the tub! Many bath toys are made with plastics and rubber containing hormone disruptors that are ingested once lil ones get their hands (and mouths) on them. We've rounded up some goods that are safe for splashing around.
To protect the goods from mold, clean the toys with an eco-friendly cleanser or homemade solution.
If you have a lil scientist or artist on your hands, perhaps you should arrange to have one of these Kid O kid-friendly projectors ($60) on tap. Wee ones can take their artwork or local finds and place them under the simple white machine for a big screen adventure on their own bedroom wall. Magnifying the image five times, youngsters can marvel at the magnificent colors of a stargazer's petals or create a slideshow to share with their families. Mom and Dad, bust out the popcorn and get a front row seat for the best show in the house!