Eco Friendly gifts for kids…

This year it seems more important than ever to start really thinking about the waste we create during the holidays. The biggest of that being from the amount of toys that are bought only to be thrown away a short time later. Here are a few gifts ideas I found that will help alleviate this problem by reusing materials to create these fun, imaginative toys.

1) Tree blocks. I found this one at picklebums.com, a blog written by a very creative mom.

home made tree blocks

 

2) I found this on Realsimple.com, a sailboat made out of a milk carton…

Sailboat

 

3) Play Dough. My mom made this with my son George the last time she came to visit and he absolutely loves it!

Here is a recipe I found at the Prepared Pantry

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups warm water
1 1/2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 cup salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
food coloring

  1. Mix all the ingredients together with a whisk until completely combined.
  2. Cook over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, for three or four minutes or until the mixture changes consistency, becomes thick, and loses its stickiness.  Dump onto waxed paper.
  3. Knead the play dough for a few  minutes or until smooth.

Store in a covered container.  This product does not require refrigeration.  It is non-toxic.

4) Finger paints. Here is a recipe I found on Pinterest:

I'm sure this is much more cost effective...and kid friendly!

These are less toxic then what you’ll find at the store and you can put them in baby food jars as a fun way to reuse them, maybe make some cute labels with your kids names on it.

5) And of course, the all time classic, card board box creations!

These ideas from Childhood101.com are great…

Post image for Dramatic and Imaginative Play: Cardboard Box Project Round Up

We’d love to hear from you! What are some eco-friendly gift ideas you have for your kids this year?

Sincerely,

Hilary

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