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Top 14 Green Toys: Play the Eco-Friendly Way (page 2)

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Updated on Apr 2, 2014

Toys for Elementary-Age Kids

Sweater Puppets When it comes to feeding a child's imagination, nothing beats simple, open-ended toys. These hand-crafted puppets are just the ticket. Owner and designer Josh Title constructs each puppet from washed secondhand sweaters, which means that each puppet is as uniquely adorable as the child who brings it to life. Using recycled materials instead of new ones also means that this company and its customers leave a much smaller footprint on the planet. Plus, ten percent of the profits go towards a nonprofit helping children in need. Though these puppets run a bit steep at $35 a pop, this product's artisan quality and play value far exceed the price tag. (Cate&Levi, $35)

Butterfly Garden Kit Ready to sow the seeds of environmental awareness? Start with this ready-to-post package containing everything your child needs to make a beautiful butterfly garden! Zinnia, Sweet William, Aster, Candy tuft, and Marigold seeds germinate right in the bag, and can be replanted outside when the time is right. Gardening is a lesson in the wonders of science, and gives kids a greater appreciation of nature and their responsibility to protect it. An additional bonus? A portion of the proceeds go to organizations that fund breast cancer research. (Blooms for a Cause: $7.99) 

Canvas Storybook Got an amateur author or artist on your hands? Give him a blank canvas...literally. This eco-friendly cloth book inspires kids to come up with unique stories and create innovative illustrations that go beyond basic pencil sketches. High-quality tools like bright acrylic paints, hand-dyed patterned fabrics, delicate ribbons, and glass and wood beads put creativity at your child's fingertips. As story building works the imagination, cutting, painting and beading strengthens hands for writing. Minimal packaging and 100% post-consumer waste materials make this fun project easy on Mother Earth. Going green never looked so good! (Artterro, $22.99)

Panda's Pick Mancala Mancala, the ancient counting game where each player tries to collect pieces in their cups, is a great logic builder. This version is eco-tastic because it's made out of bamboo: one of the most sustainable materials in the world. It's organic, biodegradable, and regenerates quickly--growing as much as 75 feet in 45 days! The game's playing pieces are simple stones of different shapes and colors. Minimal packaging is another eco-bonus, and while it doesn't include instructions for the game of mancala, finding directions online is a snap. (Schylling, $8.99)  

Snap Circuits Green Alternative Energy Kit Calling all future engineers and the parents who love them! Do you have a kid who takes apart your gadgets, just to get a peek at what's inside? This kit lets her get elbow-deep in electronics, safely, while leaving your gear intact! Packed with real circuits and components that snap together like LEGO onto a plastic grid, this green version of the popular toy inspires kids to explore alternative ways to generate electricity. Kids can charge a battery using solar energy, juice a digital clock with a can of soda, work a hand crank, make a radio powered by the wind...and over 100 other cool eco experiments. A snappy way to explore green science! (Elenco, $69.95) 

For more ideas on eco-friendly parenting, check out our Earth Day page.

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