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Solar-Powered Toys for Girls and Boys

Updated on May 11, 2015
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Having Fun with the Sun!

After you're finished buying your kids all that unhealthy, unproductive junk they've been driving you crazy over this holiday season (X-Boxes, candy cane's, DVD's, video games, cigarettes, alcohol, so on, so forth) why not throw in a few educational and environmentally friendly goodies to even things out a little? Believe it or not, your kids will thank you for it -- both now and when they're multimillionaire designers of the first solar-powered rocket ships.

The following toys are fun, novel ways of teaching children all about how solar energy works and how easily it can be incorporated into our daily lives.

Alternative Energy Kit - For children 8 years and older

Magic kits and Lego's are so dated, why not get the kids something fresh this year? Something new? something with the potential of training them to build the kind of green products the world will someday be powered on? They'll get all the fun of of building a Lego Death Star with the added bonus of being pioneers for the future of green living! Your very child's future may depend on this product. And you do love your child, don't you? Don't you?

With the Snap Curcuits Alternative Energy Kit, your kids will have over 40 tools (safe tools, don't worry) at their disposal, each capable of constructing 129 different green projects (including LCD lights, digital wind lights, a light emitting diode, and a water wheel!). Each project will teach them both the valuable uses of alternative energy and how the energy works. Lego's? Psh! We don't need no stinkin' Lego's.

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Solar Roller Coaster

Growing up, I dealt with quite a lot of toy roller coasters. And do you know what I learned? Electrical shocks sting.

Why not spare your kids the dangers of my childhood by purchasing them this solar powered roller coaster this Christmas? It requires no batteries to hassle with and none of those pesky electrical hookups which are very likely to singe off your child's hair (trust me, it happens). After a little bit of assembly, all you need to do is place the roller coaster in the sunlight and watch it go!

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50' Solar Bag

Yes, I know, a black balloon that floats when exposed to sunlight may seem like a pretty lame and pointless invention. But you're just not looking at the big picture, man -- the really big picture! This baby is humungous!

When this massive tube of blackness begins rising to the sky, it will absolutely mesmerize your children; while at the same time teaching them the basic principles of solar energy (not to mention, it will fool your neighbors into believing they've seen a UFO). And if you're not into having a gigantic black bag floating around your backyard, but you still enjoy the basic idea attributed to its design, you can simply cut the sucker up and voila! You'll have a ton of small solar bags to work with!

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Solar-Powered Learning Laptop

This is for the little guys and gals who just can't wait to be big guys and gals!

Designed to look the spitting-image of a big-kids laptop, this solar-powered learning tool will have the kids pounding away at the keys as soon as they get their sticky little fingers on it. In doing so, they'll not only be learning a little bit about the benefits of solar energy, but they'll also be kept busy with letter, number and shape identification games, word spelling games, counting games, and a whole variety of other fun and educational activities.

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Solar-Powered Construction Set - These aren't your grandpa's erector sets...

With the choice of five different solar-powered models, including a helicopter, a car, a bike, a windmill, or an oil derrick, this is a great toy that makes a fun project for the entire family to join in on.

While the advertising for this is a bit misleading (the helicopter model doesn't actually fly) the finale outcome of the models isn't really the point (although they are cool and do function on some level). The point is that this really is a fun toy for both you and your kids that will bring you both closer together as you struggle and persevere to put it together.

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Solar Flier

This solar-powered airplane is actually good for both kids and adults. The kids will have a blast as they watch the planes propellers begin to spin from the power of the sunlight, causing the plane to go around in circles; while the adults will get a kick out of keeping the airplane on their desk or mantle as a conversation piece.

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Solar-Powered Recycled Can Robot - Turn those old cans into futuristic robots...

With this mini science kit, you and your kids can turn any recycled soda can into a powerful solar-powered robot.

It's no Frankenstein (it's not even much of a WALL-E) but it is a fun, neat, environmentally friendly way of teaching the little ones the benefits of solar energy and the perks of recycling.

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Solar-Powered Double Rainbow Maker - Have a rainbow in your living room!

Solar-powered and endlessly entertaining, this double Rainbow Maker from Kikkerland sends a cascade of brilliant rainbows around the room on sunny days. The unit features a suction cup mount so it can attach to any window or glass door in the home, and its motor requires sunlight but no batteries to operate.

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Solar Beads - Beads that change color in the sunlight!

These cool solar beads contain photochromatic dyes that react to UV light and cause the normally white beads to change into vibrant colors when exposed to the Sun or UV emitting black light. Then, when removed from sunlight, the beads revert back to white!

With this bag of beads you can make bracelets, necklaces, anklets, heck! You can literally make anything under the sun!

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    • lesliesinclair profile image

      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      It's good to hear about solar powered toys. I especially like the alternative energy kit - nothing like learning by doing.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I never knew there were solar powered toys before. Thanks for enlightening me.

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      I like this lens, until reading it I had not thought about solar powered toys, but it's great, we need more things done by solar power. Think green.Thanks for sharing. Blessed.

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      I like this lens, until reading it I had not thought about solar powered toys, but it's great, we need more things done by solar power. Think green.Thanks for sharing. Blessed.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Solar toys are eco-friendly and fun. It's hard to beat that!

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      festivehomedecor 6 years ago

      Awesome lens!

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Very cool. Love the floating bag (don't know why, but I do!) and the beads that change color. I really didn't know that solar-powered toys were on the market -- just hadn't thought about it -- but glad to see so many.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very nice and eco-friendly topic and toys!

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      Sure to be a delight for many!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      I really like the idea of their being more solar power toys for purchase. Let's face facts, if they can power a calculator with solar power than there are many small toys which can also use this same technology one would think...great article on this important green topic.