The ten best eco toys

JOHN LEWIS: This garden box encourages children to learn about growing and caring for plants. It contains seeds for cornflower, sunflower, cosmos and nasturtium, plus wooden plant markers, a dibber and colouring pencils for the box. £12.95, johnlewis.com
GREEN TOYS: Cruise across the bathtub with this colourful tugboat toy, made entirely from recycled plastic milk containers. Push the boat under the water, watch as it fills the hull, then pour the water from the spout using the handle. £9.99, idealworld.tv
WONDERWORLD: The Wonderworld Eco House, made from sustainable rubber wood, educates children on environmental issues and how they can save energy. The open-plan house features solar panels, recycling bins, electric bike, wind turbine and water butt. £99, toysrus.co.uk
NIGEL'S ECO STORE: Made from recycled cardboard, this surprisingly robust rocket playhouse is suitable for toddlers to seven-year-olds, and can be individually decorated and folded away when not in use. £32.95, nigelsecostore.com
THE SOURCE: Budding scientists will love the six-in-one Solar Kit, which allows youngsters to create six solar toys - a solar windmill, revolving plane, airboat, car, puppy and plane. £12.99, find-me-a-gift.co.uk
FRANCK & FISCHER: Franck & Fischer produce hand-made, organic, eco friendly, fair-trade toys. Their Noah Elephant Pull along, with wheels made of rubber wood is enchanting. £45.99, beandrops.co.uk
EARLY LEARNING CENTRE: The new Big City Heavy Duty Dumper Truck has a tipping back, detachable wheelie bin, lights and sounds. It's a great way of teaching tots about recycling. £30 elc.co.uk
BIOVIVA TYRANNOSAURUS ECO KIT: Kids aged 6-12 will have great fun recreating a dinosaur that spans over 50cm and can adopt around 20 different positions. All parts of the kit are sustainably sourced. £17.25 notonthehighstreet.com
WISHBONE: Made from sustainably-grown wood, the Wishbone Bike has no pedals and is propelled by the young rider's feet. It converts from a three-wheeled trike suitable for just-walking toddlers to a two-wheeled bike for older children. £175.95, bouncyhappypeople.co.uk
GREEN TOYS: Young children like nothing more than to make you a (pretend) cup of tea. This 17-piece set made from recycled milk bottles gives them a chance for them to do it the eco-friendly way. £21.95, ethicalsuperstore.com

Whether it’s learning about nature by growing their own garden or having an out-of-this-world time in a recycled rocket, turn your kids green this summer...

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Source: Independent



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