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Plastic Toy Clutter Beware

Plastic Toy Clutter Beware

Those with young children around, in particular, can have a tendency to hate plastic toy clutter. Poor quality plastic toys and trinkets can invade a space, quickly taking up room, and it can also be a reminder of wasteful consumerism. As someone who has loathed my share of I will break in an hour or less plastic toys, the following artists with a strange approach to recycling them is sort of captivating to me. Oh Barbie. She has taken an abstract turn with these jewelry designs from Margaux Lange. An early love of the Barbie doll and all her infinite and imaginative adventures… read more

Recycling Lessons At Home

Recycling Lessons At Home

Fun family recycling projects can be done with many household items. While being creative you can also incorporate a lesson about the importance of reusing. Empty containers can be turned into a great array of objects. Kids can save milk jugs and plastic bottles of different shapes and sizes and turn them into birdfeeders. Adults can assist in cutting out an entryway with no sharp edges for feathery friends to enter. Kids can help insert or glue on a perch and decorate the bird home. Secure it to a favorite tree or post, fill with seed suited for native birds and… read more

Responsible Toys for Preschoolers

Eco-friendly toys

Many articles have been dedicated to eco-friendly gadgets and technology for adult consumers. There are also lesser-known solutions for children, to promote conscious living at an early age. One of the best places to find affordable ‘green’ toys is Amazon.com. Most of the toys on the list are either made out of sustainable bamboo, or were created using 100% recyclable material. Either way, these make excellent education tools on the importance of maintaining a responsible lifestyle. Explain to your children how recycling saves the environment by reducing landfill and keeping energy usage lower. The first on our list is a Green Toys eco-friendly… read more

Solar Showcases Its Fun Side With 3 Neat Toys

Solar Showcases Its Fun Side With 3 Neat Toys

The field of solar gear has manufactured some clever products. Toy merchandise that has dipped both its feet in the solar pond has created some entertaining items. Below are a few interesting models that show what can happen when solar turns up the amusement meter. Though there are many remote control and toy cars that are powered by the sun, this solar powered racing car requires construction and attaching the solar panel before you can juice it up. The build it yourself car features an adjustable panel and a battery backup. It is fairly powerful, and can race along and… read more

Cat Toys That Don’t Cost The Earth

Recycled Cat Toys

Pet owners spend a small fortune on toys for their pets each year, buying manufactured playthings that are surrounded in packaging and often shipped overseas, contributing to global warming and other environmental problems. A more environmentally friendly option is to give discarded household objects a second life as cat toys. The Humane Society of the United States  recommends the following items as safe and fun for cats: plastic shower curtain rings, ping pong balls, plastic practice golf balls (the kind with holes), paper bags (without handles), empty cardboard toilet paper or paper towel tubes, and cardboard boxes with doors and… read more

Playing With Design

Playing With Design

Kids can accumulate lots of toys. Artists are always coming up with new ways to use old materials, and the following are a few examples of those who have incorporated both new and old for interesting interior accents and exhibition pieces that give reusable design a playful edge. Ryan McElhinney has combined a functional way to repurpose toys. Taking the basic desk lamp and adding an element of spirited liveliness, the Toy Lamp was born. Forming recycled toys around the lamp, he fuses them and finishes off the final assembly with a glossy coat.            … read more

Toys Made From Recycled Plastic Milk Jugs

Toys Made From Recycled Plastic Milk Jugs

Not a fan of plastic toys? If you have children around, you may find that plastic playthings are a little hard to completely steer clear of. However, there are plastic options for toys that don’t make as much of an environmental dent. Toys that are made from milk jugs are becoming a popular alternative to newly produced ones. Many companies are offering items that are constructed from 100% recycled plastic milk containers as a more eco friendly option to traditional substances used for toy making. The plastic used to produce milk containers is called high-density polyethylene (or HDPE) and is… read more

Teaching Green Values

Teaching children to be greener

The choices we make in our home and in our lives will forever affect our children and all of the following generations. Here are a few ideas for ways to help your child be more environmentally aware. 1. Toy Swaps: Children outgrow their toys quickly. In order to reduce waste and save a little money in the process, set up periodic toy swaps. Parents and their children can take old and unwanted toys to swap out for newer, more age-appropriate toys. If you can’t do a toy swap, find a consignment toy shop in your area. It is better for… read more

Solar Powered Toys

Solar Powered Toys

There are many items that teach solar power along with promoting fun. Kids of all ages can learn about science, green energy and how solar power really works by seeing it firsthand. The following are a few ideas for play where solar power’s fun side definitely shows up. There are an ever increasing assortment of solar powered robots, remote control cars and even kits that allow you to build your own solar propelled designs. The OWI 6 In 1 Solar Kit from Edmund Scientifics is a miniature solar building set with interesting combinations. It can be turned into six different small-scale… read more

Buying Smart Toys

Fun with cardboard boxes

Kids have been known to sometimes opt for playing with the box a toy came in, turning it into all sorts of resourceful constructions, much to the dismay of the gift giver. Playing with ordinary things like boxes that can be turned into countless other items just by adding a little imagination actually encourages free play, which is important in all stages of growth. A lot of money can be wasted on toys with good intentions, only to find the pieces quickly get lost or it is set aside after just a few minutes. While it doesn’t take fancy toys to… read more