The toy and game business is a multi-billion-dollar industry, and many of its production practices are questionable–from the origins of materials and safety standards to the way workers are treated on the manufacturing side.
Let’s face it, kids love variety; they often get bored with the toys they already have and want new ones. As parents–and especially as green parents–we need to be more creative and eco-conscious to avoid falling into the consumer toy trap just to keep kids happy.
We’ve picked a few cool ideas for inexpensive and eco-friendly homemade toys, games and play ideas for creative fun for both kids and their parents.
More creative playtime ideas (especially if you don’t have time to make your own toys)
- Hold a toy exchange among friends;
- Recycle old toys through your local charity, daycare center or church;
- Don’t keep all toys available at all times; hide few once in a while and give them to your child when he asks for new ones.
Here is a list of materials or products you can start collecting for your “home toy factory”
- flat stones and pebbles
- toilet paper rolls
- plastic bottles and bottle caps
- cardboard egg cartons
- cardboard boxes
- colorful kitchen sponges
- old socks
- laundry clips