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Green Toys For Tweens

Updated on July 10, 2014

Give Green Toys and Gifts For Tweens and Teens!

It's hard to decide what to give tweens on special occasions, and even harder if you are striving to be environmentally conscious in your gift-giving. Birthdays, holidays and other occasions are a great time to encourage your tween or teen's interest in environmental issues, and giving eco-conscious gifts is one way to model good behavior and conscious consumerism for the young person in your life. Here are some great suggestions on green, eco-friendly toys for tweens that you can feel great about giving!

SCIENCE TOYS

Make Your Own Wind Turbine!

Check out this Renewable Energy Science Kit! Build a working wind turbine to harness power out of thin air. Wind is one of the most promising sources of clean, renewable energy available today. Wind energy has been used for centuries to pump water and crush grain in windmills, and is now increasingly being used to generate electricity to power our modern world. First, assemble a wind turbine complete with electric generator, adjustable rotors, and wind speed indicator. Then, conduct more than 20 experiments with your wind turbine, including experiments with different numbers of rotor blades, different blade angles and profiles, different wind speeds, different gear ratios, and so on. Use the wind turbine to generate mechanical power to lift a heavy weight or generate electricity to light up an LED and charge a rechargeable battery. During the experiments, you will learn the physics of force and motion as it applies to wind power technology. Learn how to measure and calculate the different forces acting on the rotor blades by breaking them down into vectors. Discover how the sun makes the wind, providing us with an endless source of energy. Read about different types of wind turbines and windmills. The full-color, 32-page experiment manual offers illustrated instructions and scientific information.

Build Your Own Solar Car

Bring science to life with this build your own solar car kit! Easy to assemble with just snapping and screws (no glue required), this car will bring home the lessons of alternative energy - plus, it's fun to drive!

Green Your Yard with the Gothic Garden

Create your very own Gothic Garden when you sprout gothic plants from graves. They start sprouting in five days. Water only once every two months, and the plants last for years with minimal care.

Grow your own Graveyard Gothic Garden with plants of witches, the undead and unholy. The Gothic Garden celebrates plants that are strange, ugly and sharp. You simply plant the seeds in the plots you have created with Blood Rock and Headstones, water them and step back to watch your creations flourish.

This complete kit celebrating the macabre contains everything you need to create your own authentic Graveyard Gothic Garden including: five color seeds packs, Tombstone Plant stakes, Book Rock, assorted skulls and spiders and graveyard unnerving decals. The booklet includes detailed sprouting, growing and care information as well as the Gothic history and lore of the included plants.

GAMES

Xeko Mission: Costa Rica - The Eco-Adventure Game

Costa Rica is the setting for the newest journey in the Xeko adventure because of its biodiversity and 12 distinct ecosystems. Discover the fascinating and beautiful lands and waters of Costa Rica and help protect its strange and wonderful animals. From the hammerhead shark and manatee to the colorful array of rare and exotic frogs and turtles, Costa Rica is positively jumping with amazing critters. Globetrotting adventure, eye-popping illustrations, and challenging strategy make Xeko a favorite with kids.

The Xeko Mission: Costa Rica Starter Set comes packaged in a collectible storage box that contains an oversized play mat with a poster on the back, 48 cards for a 2-player game, two learn-to-play guides, two limited-edition sketch cards, and a bonus CD that contains a Xeko screen saver and other goodies.

* Winner of Creative Child Magazine's Top Toy of the Year 2006

* Printed on recycled materials using soy-based inks - 4% of net game sales are donated to Conservation International

Pandobo Bamboo Balancing Game

All natural, beautiful bamboo and a delightfully challenging game for all ages. With Pandabo you want to be the last to finish. Players take turns adding sticks on top of Panda. The more sticks added the more difficult to maintain balance. Be careful if they fall on your turn, otherwise you are out of the game. For 2-4 players. 1 Bamboo Panda, 24 sticks in three shapes and 1 dice

ART TOYS

Natural Modeling Clay

This modeling clay features earthy colors outside of the typical Play-Doh spectrum, is made of all-natural, non-toxic ingredients, and is dyed with ingredients like turmeric and spinach.

Soy Crayons

Clementine Art Natural Crayons - 6 Color Pack
Clementine Art Natural Crayons - 6 Color Pack

* No chemical dyes or other additives

* Washable with soap and water

* Certified non-toxic

 

OUTDOOR TOYS

Green Toys For Outdoor Play - Jump Rope and Eco-saucer

Enjoy the outdoors, get exercise, and play with these environmentally safe toys made from recycled materials and with no no phthalates or BPA.

Eco-Balls

Sewn by adult stitchers, these balls are high quality (and high visibility!) Perfect for play at the beach or in the park! And a Fair Trade volleyball means the adult workers who produced this ball received a fair wage - at no extra cost to you! Eco-certified and certified Fair Trade. Union-made and vegan.

BOOKS

Eco-Friendly and Green Reading For Teens and Tweens

For the environmentally conscious tween or teen, these books will provide ideas, activities, and ways that they can make a difference and help build a better world. Great for summer reading too!

What's your favorite green toy?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I loved the solar car, I hope to see more of the green and eco-friendly toys in stores.

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      I like the soy crayons

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      What fun ideas. I like the solar car. Blessings!

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      ladykida 5 years ago

      I like the gothic garden!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Green toys are such an excellent idea, this is a really great Lens, wonderful ideas and information, thank you!

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      paintingsgalore22 6 years ago

      This is very educational. I did not know there are such things as green toys, until now. Thanks.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Soy crayons sound interesting -wonder what their texture is like

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      chuckyklost13 7 years ago

      Green toys are great Christmas gift ideas.

      eco friendly toys

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      rwoman 7 years ago

      Great ideas! I know I will be back to make some Christmas purchases for my tween

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      BetsiGoutal1 7 years ago

      Great ideas! New angel blessing for a new month, comin' atcha. :)

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      Hi Jen, just got some Angel wings and returned to give this great green toys lens a blessing.

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      Nathalie Roy 7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I kinda love the Gothic Garden lol, fun idea:=)

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      woodtoys 7 years ago

      Wow! I didn't even know about these toys until finding them here. Thanks for making this lens!

      I especially like the gothic garden.

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      dandan594 lm 7 years ago

      I really enjoyed your lens and i think the best green toy is either the soy crayons or the wind turbine. faved!

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Terrific group of Green, eco-friendly toys. I wouldn't mind making the Wind Turbine myself! Think I could use it instead of the air conditioner on these hot summer days.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      This is a great collection! I'm sure kids would be thrilled by them.

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      A marvellous selection! As a homeschooler, I really love the wind turbine. Looks educational and fun!

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      LoKackl 7 years ago

      With a grandson having just turned 11, I can really appreciate this lens!! Wonderful ideas. I'll be back soon to order! Squidoo Angel Blessed.

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      I like to give the kids creative or educational toys with a green twist. Watercolors or the soy crayons are cool; the Gothic garden is really unique and could tie in with all sorts of books. Love this lens - faved.