Classic Wooden Airplane and Helicopter Toys are Solar-Powered


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Wooden toys are simply classic, and when made from FSC wood they're a very green and safe option for kids. But today's kids' toys often have a gadgety gimmick. These wooden helicopter and airplane toys by BERTYandMASHA on Etsy keep all the classic and add some cool with subtle solar power. Watch them whirring in the video after the jump.

The designers write on their Etsy page, "This wooden airplane needs just a little sun or a strong light to spin its propeller. The stronger the light, the faster it will spin. There are no batteries and no switch, which makes it very reliable. It will be a lot of fun for children from the age of 5, and for adults as well. It gives a first experience with renewable energies, and unlike most solar toys this is made from solid chestnut wood. The wooden figure is made of beech."

No batteries, no switches, nothing very complicated -- and it teaches about the power of the sun for providing energy -- all in a wooden toy with a timeless style.

The toys are priced at about USD$108, which is very expensive. But considering the toy is likely to last a long time without plastic bits breaking off or batteries going dead, it seems reasonable.

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