1 Dec 2022


It's summertime in Australia! That means a lot of sun, surf and sand … not to mention, days spent outside playing from country to coast.

If you have little ones, it can often be challenging to find the right toys that are safe, durable and most importantly, plastic-free and planet-friendly.

We’ve compiled a handy list of eco-friendly toy ideas to help get you started.

1. WWF board games, puzzles and toys

Jigsaw puzzle pieces
Jigsaw puzzle pieces © Photo by Hans-Peter Gauster on Unsplash

A fun and challenging puzzle is always great during the rainy summer days (or days when you’re sheltering from the heat). WWF has a collection of FSC certified puzzles and toys. Challenge the kids to a fun Miombo Tumble Tower game or piece together a montage of wild tigers on a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle (if you shop online with Axis Toys a percentage of the sale price goes to WWF conservation programs).

2. Ethical kitchen and tea play sets

Growing Kind has a range of 'pretend play' toy sets for children aged 3 yrs and up, including this beautiful wooden tool set. While Little Earth Nest will give kids a magical tea party experience with their incredible a range of themed eco-toy kitchen sets. 

3. Children's eco-friendly books

Toddler rummaging through eco-friendly books. Photo by Brina Blum on Unsplash

Biome is known for their environmentally friendly products and that includes their collection of educational and eco-friendly books! Another great book is Amy's Balancing Act - an inspiring story about the importance of clean energy and diversity. Introduce and teach the kids the importance of protecting the environment this summer.

4. Environmentally friendly crafts

For kids that like to get a little crafty and creative, you can’t go wrong with a nature activity book along with Honeysticks Crayons. They’re handmade from beeswax and completely palm oil free! Another option are these handmade biodegradable eco crayons that are plant based and toxin free. Or, you can save the trouble of packing up lots of pencils and get a rainbow-coloured pencil that’s forest-friendly.

5. Organic and eco-friendly soft toys

Baby with soft toys= books and wildlife toys. Photo by li tzuni on Unsplash

Little kids love their soft toys – many becoming their best friends and personal confidantes. Teddy Bear Treasures sells a range of cute and organic soft toys.

6. Kids 'no nasties' makeup

We all know kids love to dress up once in a while! Flora and Fauna sell handmade vegan makeup sets that are natural and safe for kids.

7. Reusable water bottles – in the form of animals!

Get your kids on their #ReduceYourUse journey with these fun reusable water bottles!

8. Wooden outdoor and beach games

Kids under an umbrella at the beach. Photo by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen on Unsplash

Gather the kids around for a fun outdoor game! Some great options include the Finska wooden tossing game and the Rope Quoits set. It’ll definitely be a hit with the kids, and an activity the whole family can enjoy whether you’re at the beach, park or in the backyard.

The Growing Kind's outdoor play range is another surefire way of getting the youngsters outside whilst being kind to our planet! Allow them to explore their senses with the Outdoor Wooden Sensory Set, or have fun at the beach building sandcastles with this eco-friendly Baby Bucket Set.

Know a kid learning how to ride their first bike? This wooden Wishbone 3-in-1 bike is also a great gift idea! It grows with your child, converting from three wheels to two as your child grows and levels up in their bike riding skills. The wheels are made from post-consumer recycled plastic.

9. Adopt a Native Animal

A native animal adoption is the perfect gift for kids. There's different animals to choose from including a koala, platypus or turtle! When you adopt a native animal, you'll receive a gift pack that includes a cuddly toy and adoption certificate. Plus we will send exclusive updates across the year about how your monthly donation is making a difference and helping protect these precious, iconic animals and their homes.