The typical 3-year-old is easy as pie to please because toddlers are curious and love just about everything. The average 3-year-old learns primarily through exploring of her world, using all their developing senses. Now, language development is taking off in a big way and your little one is really beginning to understand how much fun stories and music can be. Lastly, 3-year-olds are at a stage where they're trying to develop logical thinking skills and social skills too, thus, this is a great age for puzzles and early childhood games. Thankfully, it's getting easier to find a green birthday gift that also meets the developmental needs of your tot. Keep reading to see our eco-friendly birthday gift suggestions for your growing toddler.
Pandabo Game from Hape
The Pandabo Balancing Game offers younger kids a chance to learn about balance, cooperation and is super adorable to boot. Made of sustainable bamboo, colored with water-based paint and coated with natural beeswax, this game is certified child-safe and non-toxic.
Camden’s Kitchen from Camden Rose
At three, kids don’t know that cooking and cleaning are often chores to be done, they just think it’s big fun to pretend to be an adult, doing adult tasks. A play kitchen set is a marvelous way to encourage this sort of imaginative play, and the perfect luxury birthday gift. One of the best eco-friendly play kitchens on the market is Camden’s Kitchen from Camden Rose. This beautiful kitchen set is crafted from solid ash wood, collected from the thousands of trees infected with the Emerald Ash Borer. The set includes functional knobs and doors, a swivel faucet and removable stainless steel sink. This kitchen comes with an outstanding low price, considering the amazing quality. Plus most kids play with their play kitchens for years, so it’s worth it to buy a quality sustainable play kitchen set. However, if you’re on a super tight budget, check out these DIY play green kitchen play sets. Don’t forget the eco-friendly play food!
Sprig Dino Adventure Rig
This fun dino set is part of the Sprig Adventure Series and is awesome for little ones who are just getting into prehistoric fun. Really though, it’s hard to go wrong with any Sprig play set. From their sand toys to their story building toys, all Sprig toys are kid-powered and created with Sprig’s exclusive Sprigwood bio-plastic, made from bits of recycled plastic and reclaimed pine. Best of all, Sprig toy sets are affordable and can be combined with other sets to extend the fun and play value.
PlanToys Plan Preschool Eco Recycling Game
Your child will love to have his very own age-appropriate board game with bright colors and little recycling tokens. The PlanToys Plan Preschool Eco Recycling Game will help teach your three-year-old about recycling, conservation of natural resources and helps promote a sense of environmental awareness in your tot. All PlanToys are made with clean, natural rubberwood, E-Zero glue, water-based, non-toxic colors. The game includes a dice, a play mat, 4 recycled bins, 4 figures and 16 pieces of recyclable waste token. For 1-4 players.
Educo All Season Dollhouse with Furniture
A dollhouse will allow your child to role play, plan and dream, but sadly, many dollhouses are costly. Not the Educo All Season Dollhouse with Furniture though. This dollhouse is an incredible value if you’re looking for a perfect starter dollhouse. Most dollhouses don’t come with furniture, unless you pay extra, but this one comes with enough furniture for five rooms (kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, kids room and living room). The spacious, open design allows young children access to the various rooms easily. Both the dollhouse and furniture is made durably, from sustainable woods and certified child-safe, water-based colors.
Kathe Kruse Waldorf Wooden Puzzle
Part puzzle, part building blocks and all gorgeous, Kathe Kruse Waldorf Wooden Puzzles are amazing little works of art that your child will love. These puzzles explore three-dimensional puzzle play and allow your child to break away from the original design and create a fabulous structure all their own. Each puzzle is expertly handmade in Germany with lindenwood and beautiful watercolor glaze. Puzzles come in designs such as Blossom; Fish; Bird; Dream House and more.
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