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Alternatives to Plastic Beach Toys!

June 29, 2010

Looking for non-plastic alternatives to summer toys like beach balls? While here are a few options that will still hold an exciting appeal.  There is  limited option of summer beach toys to dig in the sand with that do not contain plastic. I suggest though heading to your local hardware store where you can pick up miniature gardening tools that include shovels, rakes and forks an alternative to plastic sand building kits! These can act as castle building tools, can help in digging holes and are fun to mess around in the sand with. I also suggest over sized Lego wooden blocks as sand box toys that can be used for creating towns,sculptures, and treasure hunts in the sand. An activity older kids might enjoy is a scavenger hunt for natural beach rocks and shells. You can then use these, rocks and sticks, to play tick-tack toe with and also  x’s and o’s. For beach balls I would suggest natural rubber volleyballs, and soccer balls as well hacky sack balls which you can order both online or find at your local toy/sports shops. If you are really in desperate need of  inflatable pool toys there are websites online like EverEarth which though have not completely eliminated plastic are a better alternative than most toy store inflatables!  EverEarth has a line of inflatable toys like miniature pools for the beach,  as well as water and indoor toys which are made of Thermoplastic Polyurethane which is biodegradable, phthalate free,  durable but you must remember still contain plastic! This is the EverEarth link and all of their products are easily ordered offline. Also locally within, Powell River,  eco toys  can be found at Ecossentials  featuring all kinds of recycled & alternate plastic items from frisbees to pea shooters made from old skate boards.  Hopefully this  will be  helpful for anyone with young kids looking for plastic free fun at the beach!

Amelia Pond

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 21, 2010 6:44 pm

    Nice post

  2. August 23, 2010 3:33 pm

    great suggestions!

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