Buy Eco Friendly Christmas Gifts for Kids This Year
Buying presents for kids can be almost as much fun for the adults as for the kids who receive them. Almost.
But should we be buying more “stuff” for them?
Or should we be buying eco friendly Christmas gifts for kids?
Eco friendly Christmas gifts for kids don’t waste precious resources to manufacture, only to be tossed aside and take up space after the holiday.
My sister-in-law spent 3 weeks travelling in Africa. She had a great holiday, and one of her reflections was “it was the children who made the biggest impact on me. They ran around barefoot, with no toys and so they made games out of whatever was around them. They had nothing, yet they seemed happier than our kids at home with all the latest gadgets and expensive games. They seemed to appreciate – and enjoy – life more”.
It’s my belief that expensive gifts don’t make children happier.
Perhaps, what kids really want from you – and will remember – is your time and attention.
But if you want to buy presents for them as well, here are my top picks for eco friendly Christmas gifts for kids.
These 50 quality wooden blocks are made from rubber trees which no longer produce latex, and the producers have many green accolades. The pieces are coloured with water-based non-toxic dyes, and teach children shape and colour recognition as well as creativity.
Make sure they’re Comfortable with Renewable Energy
This wooden bi-plane is easy to build and runs on solar power! You don’t need batteries, just put it in the sun and it will begin to go. Renewable energy is the future, so make sure kids are familiar with it now.
Get Them Reading and Learning
It’s very important to get children reading. Combine the benefit of a good book with some fun ways for kids to learn about green living on a daily basis with What Does It Mean to be Green?
Have Fun, Teach Awareness and Compassion
This fun and fact-filled board game shows how our choices can affect the lives of animals. Be the first player to save 5 animals. Fur and Feathers teaches counting, reading, comprehension, compassion, responsibility and sharing. A portion of the proceeds goes to support rescued farm and domestic animals. It’s suitable for children of 6 and upwards, although 4+ can also play with adult help.
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Let Them Do It Themselves
This DIY Lip Balm Kit makes 10 lip all-natural balms. Easy to use, it will appeal to many ages.
Teach them about Ecology
Here’s a great way to show kids how everything works together in Nature! It’s a (self cleaning) fish tank, which also grows food. The fish waste feeds the plants, and the plants clean the water.
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