It can be a big challenge to go plastic-free with kids, especially when it comes to buying gifts for them. Shevonne Hunt, Kinderling Conversation host has shared 10 brilliant ideas on plastic-free gifts for our little ones.
1. Sprout Pencils
These pencils are super cool!. Once the pencil has run out you can turn it around, stick it in some soil and voila! You have a mint, thyme or other plant curling it’s way out of a pot! You can buy them in singles or packs. $6.95 for a single,$16.95 for 3, or $33.95 for a pack of eight.
2. Sunkit Print
This fun little kit allows kids to create a unique nature print. Children collect flora from around and about, put it in the special paper then hold it up to the sun. After some time the heat will create a special outline of the plant that was enclosed within. $13.00 will give you 12 sheets to play with.
3. Little Gardeners Grow and Create Pot Mini Sunflower
As I have nothing resembling a green thumb I love these little kits. They come with the pot, soil pellets, seeds, and the pots are made from 100% recycled materials. They are $9.95 ea. There is also a stack of cute little “grass growing heads” to choose from.
4. Farm Animal Croquet Set
This may look suitable for very small children but judging by the hand-eye coordination of some older kids, they’d still get a kick out of this. It’s something that gets them outside, and the animals are pretty cute.
5. The Little Paper Ball Run
Shevonne first saw this little beauty at her sister’s place (her children were six and four at the time) and it was giving them hours of fun. This one probably needs an adult to help out in construction, but then it can keep children amused while the parent goes off for a cuppa. $21.00.
6. Moulin Roty Castle Shadow Puppets
Moulin Roty is a gorgeous French toy brand, normally falling on the expensive end of the spectrum, but these cute little shadow puppet sets are affordable at $25.95. Shevonne loves the idea of recreating the magic of a shadow puppet show, shining a torch on the wall just before bed.
7. Djeco Fairy Puppets Craft Kit
If you search you might find a similar kit of dinosaurs if fairies aren’t quite to your taste. Djeco has an incredible range of beautiful craft activities for kids. Most little girls would love putting their fairy together (and it doesn’t look too taxing for the adult involved) $14.95.
8. Oxfam Set of Two Christmas Mice Friends
If the child is a fan of soft toys, this is such a great choice for them. While these two little cuties have been released for Christmas, hopefully they’re still there after the holiday passes. They are beautifully made by artisans in Vietnam for $19.95.
9. Le Toy Van – Construction Set
This one has slipped over the $25 budget but it’s worth it. For those kids who don’t go for crafts or gardening style toys, this set of wooden diggers and the like will keep them playing for hours in the dirt. This set includes 5 construction vehicles with functioning parts: a lifting crane, scoop, roller, digger, tip-up truck, and two traffic cones. $29.95