Play Nice


by the Rodale’s team

If you have a little munchkin running around, chances are your house is filled with toys. And if you’re an organic-loving mom or dad, you’re probably very careful about what your kiddos eat, and even what they wear. But have you ever taken a moment to consider where your child’s toys come from? What they’re made of? So many of today’s toys are chock-full of harmful chemicals and dangerous toxins that we wouldn’t want anywhere near our homes, let alone in our children’s hands (or, let’s face it, in their mouths).

To help you keep toxins out of your child’s playtime, we’ve carefully curated a fun collection of nontoxic, earth-friendly toys that will have your children playing safely. Because we care where our toys come from, we care how our toys are made, and we certainly care how our toys make you and your kids feel—the goal being happy and healthy!

Here’s a peek at our selection to get your ecofriendly imagination going!

Kids Water Landing Net


This fun set includes a landing net, a fish, a turtle, a starfish, and cups—made using water-based dyes, non-formaldehyde glue, and planwood, a high-density fiber composite from certified-reclaimed wood. Kids will enjoy experimenting with different water flows by dumping, filling, and reversing through the cups. The possibilities are endless!

Veggie Baby Finger Paints


Made from organic veggie-based ingredients, let your little artist’s creativity fly with these vibrant finger paints. Just add water to the powder-based colors, shake them up, and create! These vegan paints are free of wheat, sugar, and preservatives, so they are safe for curious mouths.

Kids Veggie Crayons


Get your kids doodling with these veggie-based crayons that are free of petroleum and other toxic chemicals. Made with organic fruit and vegetable powders, these crayons come in five bright and happy colors. Plus, the square shape makes them easy for little hands to grip and fun for stacking and building.



Your kids will love digging in and getting creative with this earth-friendly dough in fun, vibrant colors. Made with organic fruit, veggie, and plant extracts and essential oils, this play dough stays soft and pliable and has a fresh aroma.

Musical Band Set


This well-built rubberwood band set will occupy drummers-in-training for hours, while building their coordination, musical sense, and fine motor skills. Made of high-quality materials and painting with water-based non-toxic colors, the set’s combination of drums, cymbal, and guiro make for top-notch sound.

Daydreamer Tree Swing


This backyard swing seat is made of old-growth pine that was once a floor joist in a 19th-century home, use it to reclaim the ritual of daydreaming on a summer or autumn day.

Find even more earth-friendly toys at Rodales!

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4 Responses to Play Nice

  1. Bill August 23, 2014 at 8:17 am #

    Clicked the link. That swing costs $200.00. An old board with manila rope!
    It truly is a daydreamer’s tree swing.

  2. Alice Green August 23, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    SO Happy to see that kids’ toys are not forgotten in our effort to keep chemicals out of their growing little bodies!!! Thanks to Rodale and all who work for our kids!

  3. Tracy Herz August 27, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

    The swing is great. I hadn’t seen that yet.

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