Toy Insider Senior Editor Jackie Cucco joined CT Live in Hartford to show off great new toys that teach kids about environmental sustainability. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below.
Kids can explore eco-science with these fun and Earth-friendly projects reusing materials! Studies show that when kids are having fun or making discoveries during an experiment, they are more likely to feel motivated and rewarded while learning. These positive experiences help stimulate the brain to develop various skills. The kit includes more than 15 experiments!
Meet the Woodland Friends, a construction set that includes our first ever blocks made from plant-based plastics. This set includes 70 big building blocks, all made from sugarcane-based polyethylene, a renewable raw material. It also comes with 100% recyclable and FSC-certified packaging, made from both recycled and sustainably-grown materials.
Kids can use the included play drill to attach colorful bolts to the fire truck. The set comes with three figures — Firefighter, Fire Chief, and Dalmatian Dog — and accessories. The eco-friendly packaging unfolds to become part of the play experience.
With this kit, kids can build a kaleidoscope, fill its drum with colorful trinkets, and explore a sequence of patterns, designs, and colors. The project teaches kids the fundamental STEM concepts.
Teaching the concept of culture and how our differences make us unique, kids can dig up gemstones and learn relatable, cultural facts about each country where the gemstones are found. The reusable package turns into a World Culture display box for kids to teach others about how gemstones are used worldwide. This product will be available on Feb. 19.
Parents can assemble these pop-up playsets in less than five minutes and fold them flat for easy storage. Each set is made with a durable, eco-friendly, StrongFold cardboard material that can hold up to 50 pounds. Available in slides, play cars, kitchens, and more.