Sustainable Parenting

Best Eco-Friendly Pretend Play Toys

Sustainable And Non-Toxic Wooden Toys For Fun And Healthy Pretend Play

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Pretend play is crucial to a young child’s development because it helps them practice emotional and social roles that they’ll have to put to use in real life; imaginative play is also a great way for children to learn problem solving skills.

Pretend play toys are basically toys that aid imaginative scenarios, which your child acts out. Some examples are pretending to be a chef and cooking with a pretend stove, or fixing a toy car using pretend play tools and workbench.

While there are many fun pretend play toys on the market, many of them are plastic, and made with toxic paint and adhesives.

Plastic toys will also never biodegrade. That’s why wooden pretend play toys are a better, more environmentally friendly choice when shopping for your child.

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All of the toys in this article are sustainable, made from ethically sourced material, made with nontoxic paint and adhesives and are shipped in compostable packaging.


The brand PlanToys, for example, are made from “sustainably harvested rubberwood trees that can no longer produce latex paired with surplus sawdust chips that are thermally reprocessed to form a durable wood, and finished with E-Zero non-formaldehyde glue, and non-toxic water-based dyes”—PlanToys

EverEarth is another brand showcased in this article that use sustainable and environmentally friendly materials to create their toys—like beechwood.

Below you’ll find a few amazing pretend play toys by these eco-friendly brands that are not only non-toxic, recyclable and biodegradable, but made with exquisite details that kids will love and appreciate.

Pretend Play Waffle Set

Plantoys

This fun and sustainable Pretend Play Waffle Set from PlanToys is sure to bring on the smiles. The set includes a wooden waffle, fruit slices, syrup, and a pretend play waffle iron. 

Pretend Play Vet Set

Plantoys

Have an animal lover in the family? Encourage them to share their love of animals with PlanToys’ Pretend Play Kids Vet Set! With medical equipment like a vaccine bottle, bandage, collar, and 2 x-ray films – that all fit into a teal vet bag – this pretend play set is perfect for encouraging empathy in your little one!

Multi-Use Kid’s Play Center

Plantoys

Puppet show? Lemonade stand? Pop-up kitchen? Wherever your little one’s imagination takes them, this Multi-Use Kids Play Center from PlanToys will support it! It comes equipped with everything your kiddo might need; fabric curtains, chalkboards, storage space, and even a pretend stovetop. 

Pretend Play Dentist Kit

Plantoys

Make trips to the dentist a little easier by making your little one a dentist with PlanToys’ Pretend Play Kids Dentist Kit! This non-toxic, responsibly sourced wooden kit contains all the essentials to teach your kid about the importance of dental care – like a toothbrush, dental tools, and tool belt.

Pretend Play Fire Station Set

Plantoys

Heat up playtime with the Pretend Play Fire Station Set by PlanToys! This wooden pretend play set comes with 15 accessories to deck out the fire station – including a fire dog, hydrant, tools, medical kit, and more. Great for encouraging imagination, storytelling, and learning about the important work of our firefighters! 


Pretend Play Doll Stroller

Plantoys

Get your little one outside and moving with the Pretend Play Doll Stroller from PlanToys! This stroller encourages children to participate in make-believe play and develop communication skills by making conversations when taking a stroll with their dolly. The stroller can be used facing forward, or face-to-face for multiple ways to play! 

Little Cooks Kitchen Play Set

EverEarth

Playing chef has never been easier than with the Little Cooks Kitchen Playset from EverEarth! This charming and handsome playset is everything a kiddo could need to lose themselves in the joy of cooking. Plus, it’s made exclusively from FSC Certified Beechwood!

Pretend Play Refrigerator

Plantoys

Complete the play room’s kitchen with the Pretend Play Refrigerator by Plan Toys! Featuring freezer and fridge areas and an adorable faux ice maker, this piece encourages imagination and doubles as extra storage for toys and games.

Carpenter Play Set

EverEarth

With the Carpenter’s Playset from EverEarth, kiddos will have everything they need to lose themselves in imaginative crafting! Complete with a variety of fun tools and accessories, this playset features everything a little woodworker could hope for. Plus, it’s made exclusively from FSC Certified Beechwood!

Pretend Play Stove

Plantoys

Encourage imagination and a passion for cooking with the Pretend Play Kitchen Stove by PlanToys! Your mini-chef will enjoy using both the stovetop and oven for any and all pretend food creations. 

Pretend Play Shopping Cart

Plantoys

Take playtime anywhere with the Pretend Play Shopping Cart from PlanToys! With reinforced rubber wheels paired with a large roomy compartment that can transport and store tons of toys, this wooden shopping cart is fun to push around and play with. 

Pretend Play Pirate Ship

Plantoys

Transport the imagination to world of open seas and dueling ships with the eco-friendly Pretend Play Pirate Ship Set from PlanToys. Featuring a pirate, prisoner, crew member, treasure chest, cannon, ladder, and a small boat; this pirate ship provides never ending space for your little ones storytelling to run wild.

Pretend Play Microwave

Plantoys

Encourage imagination and a passion for cooking with the eco-friendly PlanToys Pretend Play Microwave! Featuring realistic knobs and a swinging door, this toy is perfect for mini chefs in the making!

Pretend Play Contemporary Dollhouse Set

Plantoys

A sustainable spin on the classic dollhouse, this Pretend Play Contemporary Dollhouse from PlanToys includes everything your little one needs to build their perfect, modern home. The two-story dollhouse comes with furniture and accessories and even a tiny ladder to get up to the second floor! 

Pretend Play Carpenters Work Bench

EverEarth

Pretend play has never been so fun! Encourage your little one to get crafty with the Kids Play Workbench from EverEarth. Complete with a workstation, level, saw, wrench, and other play tools, you’ll have a little handy man (or woman) on your hands in no time!

Pretend Play Kitchen Sink

Plantoys

Encourage imagination and a passion for cooking with the PlanToys Pretend Play Microwave! Featuring realistic knobs and a swinging door, this toy is perfect for mini chefs in the making!

2 replies »

  1. All the toys are just awesome! The most amazing fact that they are biodegradable. I like the carpenter work table the most.

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