Earth Day is the perfect time to teach kids about the importance of being eco-friendly, and toys can be a great way to do this. BeginAgain’s Balance Boat: Endangered Animals Edition teaches kids about the environment on multiple levels.
This beautiful wooden play set develops dexterity, patience, and pretend-play skills in kids ages 3 and up, and gives them a break from the hard, shiny plastic that surrounds them on a daily basis. Kids can stack the brightly colored animals as high as they can, balancing them on top of the chunky 6- by 12-inch wooden boat. Kids can learn about endangered animals, such as tigers, pandas, and whales, and they can even take the animal pieces with them for on-the-go play. Made from eco-friendly rubber wood with non-toxic, child-safe stains, each of the 16 pieces in this play set is double-sided and 1 inch thick. BeginAgain will take its eco-stance one step further by donating 1 percent of the proceeds to an endangered animal charity selected via social media each month.