If you’ve ever shopped for outdoor summer toys for kids, then you’ll know that most of them are made from cheap plastic. This is frustrating for parents who want to minimize their kids’ exposure to plastic, and who are concerned about the entire life cycle of the product. Many plastic toys have short life spans, turning brittle with wear and age, and they cannot be recycled once broken.
The following list features unusual, beautiful, and eco-friendly toys that are utterly unlike anything you’d find at a local box store. These are primarily non-plastic, made from recyclable, biodegradable, or repairable materials. Some are perfect for the backyard, the park, or the beach. May these provide inspiration for what summer play can be.