Top 10 Eco-Friendly & Educational Toddler Toys

With Jaxon’s second birthday coming up, I have spent a lot of time researching toddler toys lately. It is absolutely amazing all of the options out there but it can also be very overwhelming. So I wanted to put together a list of my to 10 favorite toys for toddlers that are both educational and eco-friendly.

Lately I have been on a mission to reduce our families plastic waste. You would be amazed at how many cheap plastic toys can find. But the thing about cheap plastic is that it is also easily breakable- which doesn’t mix well with a naturally destructive toddler. I have found that spending the extra dollar or two for a wooden toy means it will last much longer!

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  1. KidKraft Kitchen Farm to Table

This adorable little kitchen is the perfect way to let your little one spend more time “in the kitchen” with less of a mess- a mini kitchen just for them! Jax loves his little kitchen and makes me a “snack” several times a day. It is so sweet to see your little one practicing life skills in a kitchen built just for them.


2. Coogam Wooden Shape & Color Clock

No matter what stage your toddler is at, this little clock is the perfect learning toy! Starting with matching the shapes, then learning numbers & colors, all the way up to telling time!

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3. Gleeporte Body Puzzles

Puzzles are great for developing a toddler’s reasoning skills! Especially these wooden peg puzzles with very large pieces that are easy for them to handle. I love these both because they also include parts of the body- which are both relatable to children and also educational!


4. Melissa and Doug Cleaning Set

We have actually had this cleaning set since Christmas (Jax’s birthday is in June) but I just love them so much I had to include them! He helps me clean up everyday using his little cleaning set. Plus it actually works fairly well and I’m happy to have the help cleaning up all this dog hair.

5. Melissa and Doug Stacking Train

We have also had this one for a while and we LOVE it! There are endless possibilites for how your little one can assemble this littel train. I will pull this out when I need to cook dinner and I have about half an hour of toddler entertainment!

6. Top Bright Race Track

We’ve recently added this little toy to our collection and it is the most fun! Watching him carefully line them up at the top and scream “Ready, Set, GOOO” is the best. Jax squeels with excitement every time a car races down the track!


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7. My Little Garden

How sweet is this?! I am obsessed! We have a real garden in our yard and Jax loves to help me every day. It would be perfect if he could “grow” and pick his own garden anytime!

8. Melissa and Doug Food Groups

You can’t have a play kitchen without play food! This set from Melissa and Doug is full of variety plus anything that comes with its own organizing crates is a WIN in my book!


9. Melissa and Doug Building Blocks (100 count)

Since the train set has been such a hit, our next investment will be in a full block set! I love the colors of this one. I can image afternoons full of building castels and forts with Jax!

10. Kiddie Lark Doctor Kit

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Going to the doctor is just part of life, so why not normalize it, right? Playing with different “doctor tools” can help your little one become more comfortable with going to the real doctor. The best part for me is pretending to be the “sick patient” and laying on the floor while Jax “doctors” me and I get to rest haha!


Published by snackswithjax

Sarah is the creator and mom behind "Snacks with Jax", a social media community of over 85,000 parents/caregivers, where she shares her son's meals, nutrition information, and evidence-based tips for feeding children. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist with a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition emphasizing in Wellness from Texas Woman's University and years of experience as a culinary instructor working with ages 2+. She has coached hundreds of parents & caregivers through the journey introducing solids to babies and also navigating picky eating with toddlers and older children. Her focus is on establishing a life-long healthy relationship with food for children while also empowering, encouraging, and educating their adult caregivers.

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