While exercising your tot's brain is important, so is exercising his body. Everyone, including babies and toddlers, can use more movement in their lives, especially when they're just learning to scoot across the floor. Exercise shouldn't be dull though. You can help create a life-long love of active play and movement for your little one by investing in safe, non-toxic toys that help encourage crawling, walking, running, rolling and other movements. Following are seven of our favorite eco-friendly 'get moving' toys for tots.
This adorable and mesmerizing rolling turtle is sure to be a hit with your little one. Carefully made in Germany with hardwood and non-toxic finishes, this beautiful and unique rolling turtle cruises along the floor as his striped multicolored ball whirls and spins. Children can push Mr. Turtle forward by his head or push his tail to make him go.
Bowling is a great way to get kids moving, and there’s no better tot-sized bowling set than these sweet Bowling Buddies, a Giggle exclusive. Soft enough even for baby, this bowling set helps a tiny tot learn to throw, set up pins in a line and allows opportunity for the development of social skills. This Bowling Buddies Set is also safe and non-toxic, made of 100% certified organic cotton.
This perfectly balanced Walker’s Wagon allows toddlers to stay upright as they learn to toddle along. Later, once he’s steady on his feet, your tot can push and pull all his favorite toys and stuffed friends around with him. Crafted of gorgeous solid birch or beechwood with a safe linseed oil-based finish, this wagon is lovely, heirloom quality and made to last for generations. Unfortunately, you’ll have to fill it with your own blocks — they’re not included.
Organic Terry Ball
All babies and toddlers need a fun and safe ball. The Organic Terry Ball will motivate your baby to crawl and walk, as you roll the ball across the floor. Later this soft ball will help your tot work on hand-eye coordination as she learns to catch and toss. The Organic Terry Ball is soft enough so that babies can grasp the ball in either her hands or even her mouth as she crawls off to play.
Little Sapling Organic Truck Traveler
It’s no secret that we love Little Sapling here at Inhabitots. Their toys always impress us with their safety, quality and eco-friendliness. Best of all, many Little Sapling toys will help encourage active play both indoors and out. The Organic Truck Traveler set, for instance, will encourage babies and toddlers to roll, push, follow and later balance as they attempt to stack the boulders. Made with local maple and walnut wood, this set includes two fun rolling trucks along with some fun boulder/mountain structures. Each piece is sanded satin smooth and finished with a light local beeswax and organic jojoba oil coating.
I Love My Planet Toys Pull Along Elephants
Cruising just got more fun with the mama and baby set of Pull Along Elephants from I Love My Planet Toys. Made with baby-safe natural rubberwood and organic cotton, this set of elephants will delight your child. Babies can push this mama and baby team along, or crawl along as you pull them. Later, your walker will love to get moving as his elephant pals follow along behind.
Kaiku Design Stroll Kart Rolling Toy
As beautiful as it is fun, the Stroll Kart Rolling Toy from Kaiku Design is part of a wonderful collection of push and pull rolling toys that will really get your tot moving. Made with formaldehyde-free baltic birch and non-toxic paints and finishes. The Stroll Kart comes with a fun cotton-poly soft bucket insert to toss toys and stuffed pals into, plus non-marking soft urethane wheels to keep your floors scuff-free.