We would all love to help the planet but what if we could save ourselves a good deal of money while doing this? This is an issue that is especially important for the parents of any growing family these days. Not only is money often short when there are kids to feed and clothe; it could also be that having children makes you start to think more about helping to look after the planet more.
One area in which many parents spend far too much money and may also unwittingly damage the planet is with their choice of new toys for their children. It is fantastic to be able to give them lovely new toys but while all of the plastic that is used in making those expensive new toys may look good it doesn’t exactly help the planet. How about using any of the following tips to get greener toys for them in the future while you spend less money at the same time?
Recycle Your Old Toys
Do you have some old toys stored away from your own childhood? If you do then what could be better than passing them on to your children for them to enjoy?
That has got to be better than leaving them there gathering dust in the attic while you go out and buy new ones. If you haven’t seen your old toys in a long time then it could be a lovely trip down memory lane for you when you see them again.
Of course, the most important aspect of all is that they need to give hours of fun and entertainment to your children. In this respect, the good news is that older, simpler toys often have a very high educational value. Why not dig out a few of your old favourites and see how well received they are by your children. It is a marvellous feeling to be able to pass on special toys in this way and maybe your child will make sure that they reach the next generation of kids as well.
Make Your Own
Have you ever tried making your own toys at home to save money and go green? To be honest, this isn’t as difficult to do as you might think that it is. If you aren’t very creative or simply haven’t ever done this kind of thing before then you will find lots of online sites to help you out with the process. To make this a truly environmentally friendly approach you could look to recycle old items you have around the house as the basis of the new toys.
For example, you could make wooden blocks out of just about anything you have lying around and then get a bunch of old pieces of chalk to draw things on them and make buildings or objects with funny images.
Rather more ambitious is the project to make a garden slide but you will find online guides showing you have to do this. Old curtains or bed sheets can also be used to make fun tents the kids will love playing in. Once you get into the habit of doing this you will find that there is no limit to what you can make at home. If your child is old enough then they get even more out of these toys by helping you make them in the first place.
Buy Second Hand Toys
If you have ever looked for baby toys sale items then you will know that there are some bargains to be had from, time to time. However, you can save even more money and increase your green credentials by looking at second hand sale items on the internet. A great idea for getting great value deals is to go to a site such as Post Ad, Gumtree, or any other classified ad company for that matter, and look for bargains there. In this way you can take your pick from a wide range of baby toys sale items at low prices. You could also use this sort of online approach to sell the toys your family no longer needs. In this way, you will pass on the benefits of second hand toys to other parents with the same idea of keeping down costs and being environmentally friendly too.