Inspire growth through sustainable gifts that encourage active learning and creativity! Rather than gifting the hottest new gadget or plastic toy, look for gifts that will not only be fun but will have a long-term effect on a child’s memory and growth!
In this gifts guide, we’ve rounded up our top picks, sure to spark your child’s imagination and curiosity!
7 Gifts for Kids
Water Garden 2.0
A garden, a fish tank, and a huge learning opportunity, the Water Garden 2.0 is the ideal gift! Perfect to educate little ones about closed-loop ecosystems, this kit is easy to use and, in as little as 10 days, you could be enjoying microgreens and fresh herbs.
The set includes a coupon for a betta fish, a 3-gallon tank, 3 months worth of seeds and everything else needed to get started growing, caring and enjoying.
Easy to operate, the fish waste fertilizes the plants and the plants clean the water (meaning fewer water changes required). It’s a great way to help explain how we’re all interconnected!
Ready to learn more? Download the free online curriculum to learn all about the science behind aquaponics.
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Window Nest Box
We’ve all seen bird nests, but have you ever wanted to peek inside without disturbing the inhabitants? With this window nest box, that easily adheres right onto your windowpane, you can get an inside look!
Your entire family will enjoy observing the natural habitats of your new avian pals. Get excited waiting for eggs to hatch, watch as the baby birds emerge and are fed before getting the strength to fly on their own.
The handmade, ethically-sourced box provides a comfortable home for birds and an exciting behind-the-scenes look into the fascinating life of these feathered friends.
Tobo Toys Upcycled Play Tracks
Let your child explore engineering and planning while enjoying car and train sets with these beautiful hexagon-shaped building tracks. Since they are not linear, your children’s creativity is not limited by traditional boring tracks that only go in a circle. With these upcycled tracks, they can build outward in any direction they choose!
Customizable stickers allow them to transform the tracks into an entire landscape for hours of play and learning! Already have a traditional train track set? Not to fret, adapter pieces allow kids to connect these new pieces to old play tracks for even more fun options!
While they may look like plastic, these tracks are actually made from sustainable, upcycled injection molded wood, manufactured in Tennessee. The shape is designed for little hands to easily manipulate, making this the ideal toy for all the little learners on your list!
Recycled Wool Puppet Kit
Encourage your child to create their own toys! These beautiful animal puppets take on a life of their own, once put together.
Not only will this gift teach them how to sew, but it will be a fun bonding opportunity. Plus your kids will feel pride crafting something with their own two hands! Since all of the materials are ethically sourced, reclaimed wool, you can feel good knowing the hours of fun you’re providing aren’t harming the environment.
Choose from a cat, monkey or giraffe – or get all three and put on your own puppet show!
Bamboo Builder Marble Run
Enjoy hours of fun building tall structures and watching the marbles fly through! Three-dimensional thinking, problem-solving, early engineering and physics properties will be learned while kids craft their own “marble-run metropolis.”
Each set consists of hand-crafted, carbonized tracks, sustainable wood powder super spirals and bamboo cylinders that can be arranged into an infinite number of marble run courses! This is one gift they’ll enjoy playing with over and over again. Appropriate for children ages 4 and up.
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Organic Mushroom Farm
Invoke your child’s wonder with a Mushroom Farm kit and grow delicious oyster mushrooms perfect for topping pizzas, mixing into salads, sprinkling on tacos or giving soups a little more flavor! Right before their eyes, kids will experience the delight of watching the first mushroom “pin” and expand into a cluster of home-grown organic treats!
Just add water and, in as little as ten days, you’ll have an entire crop of delicious mushrooms! Plus each box can produce up to two crops for twice the fun!
Picky eaters are always more excited to taste veggies they grew themselves, expanding their palates. Give them this gift to allow the pride of growing something to lead to including mushrooms into your mealtime arsenal!
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Complete Windowsill Garden Kit
Excited about these gifts, but can’t choose? Try the Complete Windowsill Garden Kit and you don’t have too!
With the Complete Windowsill Garden Kit, which includes an Organic Tomato Self-Watering Planter, 3 Garden-in-a-cans, and an Organic Mushroom Farm, teaching children about farming is easy.
Let them get their hands dirty and watch how different plants grow. After all, understanding where food comes from is key to developing lifelong healthy habits.
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Are you giving your kids the gift of learning this year? We’d love to see their crops and creations! Feel free to tag us @backtotheroots!
– Jan S.
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