14 Plastic Free Building Toys – Alternatives To Legos
Do you have a child who loves building with legos but you don’t want to buy any more plastic bricks. No fear, there are lots of other options of plastic free construction and building toys which will satisfy your children’s need to construct but not add any more plastic to the environment.
This article includes lots of suggestions for kids and teens of all ages. Some are really envionmentally friendly and made of recycled cardboard. Others are made of wood, some from sustainable, renewable resources. And there is a bonus suggestion at the end to make use of the legos your may already have without having to buy any more.
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Wooden Marble Run
It’s so well made that it will stand the test of time and be passed down to siblings or if not given or sold to another child to prolong the lifetime.
Have super fun building all kinds of marble runs and then running marbles down them.
Mondoo Bloxx (made out of recycled cardboard)
Kids will love building all kinds of life size structures with the blocks. Stack them up and knock them down, build a bridge, table or a house. Super fun!
Robotime DIY House Project
You follow the picture instructions to build the kit. The package contains everything needed including wood, fabric, paper-cut, glue, pigment, tweezers and a brush. Robotime make tons of kits like this so there are a lot to choose from.
3D Wooden Dinsoaur Puzzle
There wooden pieces are pre-cut. Kids and adults can follow the instructions and assemble the dinosaur.
Haba Building Blocks
The blocks are made of solid, natural, untreated beech wood that comes from sustainable forestry in Germany.
They are beautifully made and designed to stand the test of time, so generations can play with the blocks for years to come.
Cardboard Fantasty Fort
Once finished with make a storage box out of 6 of the panels for easy storage.
Tegu Magnetic Blocks
The company that makes the blocks also try and bring social change to Honduras where the blocks are made. It’s one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere and has one of the highest unemployment rates. By making the blocks in Honduras the company has brought jobs, opportunities and changed the lives of many people.
Paper Nano Building Kits
The Paper Nano Kyoto Temple Building Kit is a classic example of Japanese architecture and design. The kit is quite challenging so is a good choice for teenager and adults. Patience and attention to detail is required.
A lot of good tips can be found by reading the reviews to help when building the temple.
Paper Nano Garage
The final project is 5.5 by 3.5 inches; each kit comes with detailed instructions and a display shadow box
Ugears 3D Puzzle
Once completed you can spin the theatre. By spinning the wheel you can see how heroes of the theater follow each other: Prince, King, Castle, Dragon, Witch, Jester, The Princess and the Treasure Chest. It is quite mesmerising to watch
Wooden Plank Set
The planks are made sustainably with renewable resources. It’s made of New Zealand pine wood.
Wooden Domino Set
A domino set encourages creativity and open ended play. Haba toys are consistently well made and designed to last so will pass onto other siblings and will last throughout the generations.
Bonus Suggestion: Books
Why not make use of legos and cardboard that you already have rather than buying more. The books below have lots of ideas of projects to work on.
This lego book will help you turn your box of bricks into amazing, movable toys, machines and gadgets
Out of the Box: 25 Cardboard Engineering Projects for Makers
Why not use cardboard boxes as a building material instead of recycling them straight away. This book gives 25 interactive cardboard model projects that engage kids’ creativity.
Kids can bring old cardboard to life and build recycled creations they can play with, sit in, and wear.