With parents and adults concentrating on sustainability and going green, teaching our children is important to preserving our actions. When we want to teach them something new, it is sometimes hard to gain the attention of our children. However, the toy companies have geared toward sustainability, recycling and renewing our natural resources. This makes teaching our children about sustainability not only easy, but enjoyable. So when choosing this year’s Christmas gifts, consider these toys that teach sustainability, recycling, and our responsibility to conserve our planet.
Uberstix Scavenger Recycling Series:
Kids love to build, almost as much as they love to tear down. With this set kids get to explore the other uses of household items. The kid includes a list of recyclable household materials your child must find and use to build their craft. With two models to choose from, your child can build a pirate ship or a UFO just by collecting everyday household items and following the directions to build. When they have found the pieces and followed the directions, they have a fully functioning toy that taught them how to recycle.
Eco Friendly Wooden Eco House:
This new age doll house is the epitome of sustainability. The eco-friendly house is made of recycled wood, comes complete with rooms and a family. The theme of the house is entirely environmentally conscious to include recycling, rain water collection, a wind turbine and solar panels. Children can play all day while learning how to create renewable energy and recycling. It is a great set to teach your child how to go green.
3 in 1 Solar Powered Transforming Robot:
As a child I loved The Transformers and wish I had one like this. This kit teaches your child about solar power. The robot runs completely on solar panels that your child installs as he or she builds the bot. Once it is completed, the robot transforms into 3 fun toys automatically. From robot to scorpion to tank, this bot is a great way to teach about the power of the sun.
Wind Power 2.0:
This kit is suggested for older children ranging from 10-15. Your child uses the 133 piece kit to create a wind turbine to charge batteries in order to power their own creative models. The kit includes a wind turbine that connects to a charging station for the batteries. Once the batteries are charged, your child can use them to power the models created from the remaining pieces. The kit includes 8 designs for your child to build or they can use their creativity to build their own designs. This is a great way to teach your child how to harness the power of the wind.
The kit includes a manual to teach them how to connect the turbine to the charging station, build the models and even includes the rechargeable AA batteries. If they complete all 8 models the fun continues on as they will have a great understanding of what is needed to create their own working models. It teaches sustainability, green power, and creativity, all in one toy.
So whether your goal is to teach sustainability, green energy, recycling, or creativity, the toy industry has provided the right tools. These toys can inspire children of all ages, and even adults who want a better understanding of renewable energy. Teaching our children how to sustain our planets resources is imperative to the future of the environment.
Writer Angie Pomilia is also a content contributor for Brainz, a topical website urging us to learn something new and share it with others — whether it’s a list of the best dollhouses for girls or “14 easy meals every guy should know how to make.”