We spend a lot of time talking about sustainability and design, but it’s important not to overlook the value of experiential learning — especially for kids. That’s why we love this Solar Powered Helicopter. The blades of the propeller have compact solar panels that store energy while the copter sits on a window sill, and then use it to make the propeller spin. It’s a simple lesson in the natural power of the sun.

We also love this helicopter because it’s designed like a classic kid toy, with simple wooden shapes and primary colors (not like so much of the neon plastic junk out there today). Available in natural and bright colors, at only $32.00 each, how can any kid resist?

+ Solar Helicopter