15 Eco Friendly Toy and Gift Ideas for 4 Year Old Girls
This list of eco friendly toys for 4 year old girls is made up of toys and gift ideas that are more eco friendly than most of the plastic toys marketed for kids this age.
It consists of toys and gifts that are either
1.) made from recycled materials
2.) are sourced from wood from a sustainable, renewable source.
3.) are made of materials which can easily be recycled or will decompose.
Some of the toys and gifts are made from recycled plastic which is saving it from landfill. Others are made of recycled cardboard or cardboard which can easily be recycled. Some toys featured are also contributing to building better lives for the people that are involved in manufacturing them.
This list isn’t intended to be perfect but it is a good start for researching toys and gifts that may be a little better for our environment. I hope you find some ideas that align with your values.
Montessori Phonetic Reading Blocks
Kinderfeets Wooden Balance Board
The Kinderfeets Wooden balance board is a very versatile toy which has so many open ended ways to play. Use it as a wobble / balance board but also use it to slide for your toys, as a see saw, a step stool, a boat, a resting place, a doll bed, a puppet stage, a tunnel and much more!
It was created to help children develop a sense of balance, stimulate their vestibular system, and gain a deep sense of awareness of their body and body parts.
It uses ecologically friendly stains and lacquers and timber that is also FSC certified.
Easy Playhouse Fairy Castle
The Easy Playhouse Fairy Tale Castle is most possibly one of my most favorite toys on this list.
It’s very eco friendly because it’s made out of recycled materials and of course can be recycled once finished with. It is really easily assembled and kids love playing in it. They can color in the outside and put their own unique design on it. A fab toy for imaginative and creative play.
Tegu Magnetic Wooden Blocks
Tegu magentic wooden blocks is a 14 piece wooden block set. The blocks have magnets embedded in them so are safe and easily stick together leading to less frustration in the building process. The blocks are made in Honduras from sustainably sourced hardwoods and they are naturally safe: no lead, no plastic, non-toxic, a water-based lacquer finish and no small parts.
Tegu is an excellent company who have changed the life of many people and you are really supporting something special if you purchase their toys. They employed people in Honduas, a poor nation where there is 30% of unemployment and little opportunity so it gave people jobs and helped transform their lifes.
Petit Collage are a fab company that make eco friendly toys and items for the preschooler age range. They make this ice cream backpack. It’s durable, eco-friendly and easy to clean. It’s made from 100% natural cotton canvas coated with a protective, solvent-free and biodegradable sugar and corn polymer. Once you’ve finished with our hard-wearing bag it won’t end up as land-fill.
Mermaid Floor Puzzle
This Mermaid floor puzzle is also made by Petit Collage.It’s made with recycled paper printed with non-toxic environmentally friendly vegetable based inks. It’s packaged in a keepsake carrying box with a soft cotton rope handle. The puzzle features 24 large pieces which are perfect for little hands.
Mondo Cardboard Blocks
Mondo Cardboard Blocks are made out of recycled cardboard. They are oversized blocks so are really fun for kids to let their imagination loose and build some lifesize structures. They are strong, easy to assemble and when finished with will be easy to recycle or decompose. No plastic blocks hanging around for years!
The Cardboard Box : Make Robots, Princess Castles, Cities, and More!
They say all kids really want is the cardboard box a toy comes in. Now the Cardboard Box Book really makes that a reality. Get really eco friendly and use a cardboard box as the main toy. This creative book shows kids that by using easy-to-find art and craft materials, the ideas, templates and stickers included in the book, and most importantly, a ton of imagination, simple cardboard boxes can be transformed into a robot costume, a princess castle, a circus, and so much more.
Garden In A Box
Planting seeds is great fun for young children. A packet of sunflower or cress seeds can on it’s own can be a great gift.
This garden in a box has a fully packaged seeds growing kit, including 10 types of beautiful flower. It also comes with a sturdy magnetic cardstock tracking board with “Stepping Stone” growing chart allows kids to track the growth of the seeds to flowers while providing instructions and milestones on the way. The kit also includes customizable wood plant name sticks and name stickers.
Green Toys Gardening Set
This green toys gardening set is made of recycled plastic from milk bottles. The set includes watering can, rake, shovel, two packets of real seeds, and activity guide so is great for getting young children outside and gardening.
Make Your Own Masks
The Make Your Own Masks set includes everything needed to assemble 6 masks: 1 each punch-out owl, fox, deer, bear, rabbit and raccoon mask, 80 stickers, and 6 elastic strings. Just add color.
The masks aer made from recycled paper printed with vegetable inks.
Green Toys Play Doh Set
Green Toys make a play doh set made out of recycled plastic. The play doh is made with organic flour. This set is designed to be a cake making set, so there is lots of imaginative play to be had.
Eco Art Pad
Many 4 year old girls love drawing and coloring. Th Eco-pad is perfect for their drawings and is made of 100% recycled paper.
What am I Card Game A Family Guessing Game
4 year olds love playing simple games. Petit Collage has made a game which is fun for the whole family.
Players wear silly glasses and one player will put a card in the slot on his or her glasses. He or she then has to ask the other players questions to see what animal or object that they are.
The playtime is around 15 minutes. The game is made out of recycled materials.
What am I Card Game A Family Guessing Game
Memory games are fun, simple, easy to play and quick. This makes it memory games a perfect choice for 4 year olds.
The eeBoo Life on Earth memory matching game is made from 90% recycled greyboard and is printed with safe, soy-based inks.