7 fun and sustainable kids toys

Whether they're into pretend play or messy outdoor fun, these plastic-free toys are sure to make any kid smile.

Last updated: 22 May 2023

Keen to reduce your family’s plastic consumption? We get it, this can feel tough, particularly when you have kids, as so many toys are made of plastic.

However, with plenty of eco-friendly and wooden toy options available, Kiwi kids don't need to miss out, and we've rounded up some of our favourites for every kind of kid.

1. A wooden tool set or work bench for the budding builder

Inspire their creative side with these realistic wooden toys.

One of the easiest ways to find plastic-free playthings for your kids is to search our wide selection of wooden toys and models. The Le Toy Van wooden toys are a crowd favourite among Trade Me parents, stocking a variety of quality toys from cake mixers and dollhouses to fire trucks and work benches.

2. Ramps and climbing frames

Wooden climbing frames let your little ones improve motor skills and build confidence.

A staple in Montessori, these wooden climbing frames haven't changed a whole lot in 100 odd years since they were first created. Great for little ones 6 months and up to improve motor skills, climbing confidence, physical strength and even problem solving.

3. These locally-made flower presses

Garner an appreciation of nature while protecting the planet.

Know a little explorer who loves the outdoors? These adorable flower presses are made lovingly right here in New Zealand and make a perfect prezzie for kids and adults alike!

4. A mini stroller or highchair for your little one's little ones

Let their imaginations run wild!

Ideal for those kids who are doll obsessed, a wooden stroller is the perfect sustainable gift for children. Strollers and highchairs aside, Hape offer a range of quality kids' toys for every interest and obsession.

5. A playhouse that's begging to be customised

Let the kids play house in your backyard.

What better way to encourage the kids to play outside than their very own playhouse? Just grab some paint and a simple cubby house can be transformed into an ice-cream shop, fairytale cabin or monster's den in a single afternoon.

6. A handmade mud kitchen for messy outdoor play

You’ll be being offered yummy mud pies in no time.

Got a couple of grubs to buy for? Get them making mud pies for the whole whānau with these mud kitchens, some of which come complete with hooks, shelf, elements and knobs.

7. This multi-purpose balance board for active imaginations

Indoor play has never been so fun.

Is it a seesaw? Is it a slide? Is it a balance board? Answer: It's all three – and more! Let your child's imagination take over with one of these Dutch designed kinderboards – the possibilities are endless.

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