5 Cool Eco-Friendly Toys

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Toys made from sustainable materials can be more environmentally friendly than their traditional counterparts. Pictured: The Hape Offroader

With summer officially up-and-running, you may be looking for ways to help keep kids who are out of school entertained and engaged during the upcoming break.

Earth911.com went out to hunt for some environmentally toys that might help with this dilemma and found some cool products that combine eco-friendly materials with sustainable ideas. There are tons of other wonderful products out there, but we thought you might like these suggestions to jumpstart the green kid in you!

Hape Toys E-offroader

This cool off road car is sure to bring hours of enjoyment to aspiring racers in the family. Made with bamboo, which grows rapidly at almost a foot per day, the car features non-toxic, water-based paints for safety and durability. Who says green toys can’t go vroom?

Cardboardesign Rocket

The eco-friendly rocket is made of rugged 100 percent  recycled cardboard and fiber. Its pieces fit together like a puzzle, allowing easy assembly. And the best part? Decorations are not included on the blank rocket, allowing kids to customize their rocket. When playtime is over, the rocket can be stored in its shipping box. Cardboardesign also makes other customizable toys, such as a castle, airplane, playhouse and lemonade stand.

4M Soda Can Robug

The Robug is a fun way to teach kids about reuse. It turns an old soda can into a “bug” that can move around the room using vibration, complete with wings and legs for decoration. If your kids are into science experiments, the Robug combines ecology with a bit of robotics for a cool, introductory lesson.

miYim Jane Goodall Gorilla

This little gorilla, made from natural and organic materials, is a great way to contribute to a cause and enjoy an eco-friendly toy. A part of the proceeds from each toy will go to the Jane Goodall Institute, and each miYim collectible is housed in a handmade box crafted from recycled materials that’s meant to be reused.

Hape Toys Greenhouse

This mini greenhouse, made from birch plywood and bamboo, grows real plants or herbs. Although soil and seeds aren’t included, we love its ability to help kids learn about plants. Recommended tip: Pick seeds for plants that grow locally in your area to help educate kids about the ecology in their own backyards. Or, grow herbs and add them to a favorite dish!

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