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Eco-friendly toys for Earth Day

Earth Day is the perfect time to talk to your children about protecting the environment. Teaching kids not to litter, to recycle and to not waste materials may sometimes be challenging, but adding toys to the mix makes it fun, said Laurie Schact, a Toy Insider Mom based on Long Island. "Some eco-friendly toys are made with all organic and natural products while others are made with recycled materials without the chemicals," she said. Here are 20 toys that teach kids about the world, nature and how we can all make a difference.

Kinderfeets (Kinderfeets), ages 2 and up An eco-friendly
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Kinderfeets (Kinderfeets), ages 2 and up
An eco-friendly push bike made from the wood of fast-growing birch trees. Every tree used is replanted. It also uses EVA airless biodegradable tires and comes in six different chalkboard finishes, allowing kids to write or doodle on their bikes. ($109; kinderfeets.com)

Organic Fruit Rattles (Uncommon Goods), ages 6 months
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Organic Fruit Rattles (Uncommon Goods), ages 6 months and up
These colorful, fruit-shaped rattles are knit from super-soft organic bamboo fiber. The inside of the watermelon, strawberry, banana, pear and orange slice are jingly rattles. ($45; uncommongoods.com)

Zeenie Dollz (Zeenie Dollz), ages 6 and up
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Zeenie Dollz (Zeenie Dollz), ages 6 and up
A new line of eco-friendly dolls are made of non-toxic recyclable material. Each Zeenie possesses a secret identity and unique eco-power that protects the environment. For example, Zennia is Mother Earth, Lina is Defender of the Rainforest and Kazumi is Guardian of the Polar Region (there are 6 total). Three percent of every sale will be giving to the World Wildlife Fund. ($39.99; zeeniedollz.com)

Curvy Click Clack (Plan Toys), ages 3 and
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Curvy Click Clack (Plan Toys), ages 3 and up
Kids will enjoy the "click clack" sounds this toy makes as the glass marbles ride the curves and wind down the tracks. The track features speed bumps and grooves. The marbles are made of recycled glass that are lead-free. ($50; amazon.com)

Bookmaking Kit (Artterro), ages 8 and up Kids
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Bookmaking Kit (Artterro), ages 8 and up
Kids can make four small single-signature books with 100 percent recycled handmade paper and decorative beads. Plus, the recycled box turns into a frame for your child's finished artwork. ($19.95; artterro.com)

My Natural Eco Teether (Greenpoint Brands), ages 6
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My Natural Eco Teether (Greenpoint Brands), ages 6 months and up
This infant teether is 100 percent toxin-free, plant-based bio material made from corn and is BPA-free. The fun animal shape makes it easy to grip. ($10.99; amazon.com)

Around The World Discovery Box (Green Kid Crafts),
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Around The World Discovery Box (Green Kid Crafts), ages 3 and up
This subscription earth-friendly kit is delivered to your door featuring a new theme of activities each month. Each box contains three projects encouraging kids in nature and the environment. ($29.95; greenkidcrafts.com)

Veggie Sidewalk Chalk (Uncommon Goods), ages 1 and
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Veggie Sidewalk Chalk (Uncommon Goods), ages 1 and up
Colorful chalk cylinders made of garden-fresh organic ingredients, like hibiscus, turmeric, paprika and spinach, and are 100 percent organic. The set comes with five organic colors: Orange, Yellow, Purple, Pink and green. ($12; uncommongoods.com)

Eco-Bonk (Eco-Bonk), ages 2 and up An earth-friendly
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Eco-Bonk (Eco-Bonk), ages 2 and up
An earth-friendly alternative to the classic bonking toys that bob, but don't fall down. It's made from biodegradable vinyl and stands 36 inches tall when inflated. Choose from Emma the owl, Noah the whale, Lily the gibbon or Abigail the elephant. ($69.95; amazon.com)

Chalet Dollhouse with Furniture (Plan Toys), ages 3
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Chalet Dollhouse with Furniture (Plan Toys), ages 3 and up
This eco-friendly dollhouse features a larger unit with three levels and a smaller unit with two levels, which can be arranged and rearranged in various ways. The skylight roof comes with two movable staircases. The set comes complete with five sets of furniture including a living room, bathroom, kitchen, children’s bedroom and master bedroom. ($250; plantoys.com)

Eco Crafts Scrapbook (Alex Toys), ages 6 and
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Eco Crafts Scrapbook (Alex Toys), ages 6 and up
An environmentally-friendly scrapbook includes all the materials you need to design and decorate, including stickers, colored pencils, wooden buttons, ribbons and more. Paper shapes and frames highlight photographs and letter stickers call out special moments or names. The set includes zig zag scissors, stickers, paper shapes and frames, printed paper, buttons, craft sticks, glue, ribbons and twine cords. ($22; alextoys.com)

Mod House (Urban Canvas), ages 6 and up
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Mod House (Urban Canvas), ages 6 and up
This 105-piece modular build-and-play set is made from recycled cardboard and comes complete with connectors, movable walls, reversible furniture and a four-person family. Plus, the surface is crayon erasable. ($55; urbancanvas.com)

Ferry Boat (Green Toys), ages 3 and up
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Ferry Boat (Green Toys), ages 3 and up
This two story vessel comes with two Mini Fastback cars and a slide out ramp to load up the spacious bottom level that can accommodate up to four mini-cars. The open top deck features two small benches and eleven widows. It's made from 100 percent recycled plastic milk jugs without BPA phthalates, PVC or other external coatings. ($24.99; greentoys.com).

Rolling Raindrop (Wonderworld), ages 1 and up The
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Rolling Raindrop (Wonderworld), ages 1 and up
The colors on this fun toy are made from natural botanical extracts such as flowers and leaves. ($11.99; wonderworldtoys.com)

Eco-Build A Block Set (eco-kids), ages 2 and
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Eco-Build A Block Set (eco-kids), ages 2 and up
The 100 percent recycled cardboard blocks come packaged in a reusable carrying case. The four unique sizes enable kids to use them as is or add an artful touch for hours of creative play. The set includes two extra large boxes, four large, eight medium, and 16 small boxes. ($39.99; ecokidsusa.com)

Pure Nature Magic Leaf Ball (Haba), ages 6
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Pure Nature Magic Leaf Ball (Haba), ages 6 months and up
Made with organic cotton and filled with polyester, this fun toy comes with many colors and ridges to engage little ones. ($23.99; habausa.com)

Organic Cotton Giraffe Blankie (Uncommon Goods), ages newborn
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Organic Cotton Giraffe Blankie (Uncommon Goods), ages newborn and up
This organic giraffe security blanket is all-natural and chemical-free, with no chemical dyes that might irritate baby's skin. ($18; uncommongoods.com)

Natural Shape Sorter (Wonderworld), ages 18 months and
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Natural Shape Sorter (Wonderworld), ages 18 months and up
The colors on this set are made from natural botanical extracts such as flowers and leaves. It includes six different geometric shapes and color blocks to let children play and learn by sorting them in the matching shape holes in the box sorter. ($19.99; amazon.com)

Pirate Ship-Shaped Puzzle (Maple Landmark Woodcraft), ages 3
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Pirate Ship-Shaped Puzzle (Maple Landmark Woodcraft), ages 3 and up
This puzzle includes interlocking pieces cut from hardwood plywood. Each puzzle measures 10 inches high and 13 inches long. Each puzzle comes shrink-wrapped with a drawstring pouch for easy storage. ($14.99; amazon.com)

Eco-Coloring Book (eco-kids), ages 2 and up Each
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Eco-Coloring Book (eco-kids), ages 2 and up
Each coloring book has 48 coloring/activity pages and 16 blank pages for individual creativity. The book is printed using recycled FSC-certifed paper and soy inks, wind power and Rainforest Alliance certified. Pair it with eco-markers made from fruits, plants and vegetables. ($9.99; ecokidsusa.com)

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