Nine hot 'green' toys for your kids

Toys featured in the segment:

  • WHAM-O's Eco-Disc
    Made from earth-friendly Sprigwood, a bio-composite of recycled wood and reclaimed plastic that gives the toys a fresh, wood-shop scent and visible wood "flecks."
    >> website $4.99, ages 5+

  • Sprig Dolphin Explorer Boat
    Perfect for bath time, this boat really floats and is the winner of 2010 Specialty Toy of the Year award. Made from earth-friendly Sprigwood. Adventure Guide character, accessories and dolphins are dishwasher safe (top rack) for easy cleaning.
    >> website $19.99, ages 3+

  • Sprig Garden Keeper Set
    Playset includes Sprigwood pots with drain holes for sand or garden play, seed-infused recycled paper flowers for planting and Bee character. Dishwasher safe (top rack) for easy cleaning.
    >> website $7, ages 3+

  • ImagiPLAY LacingScapes
    This natural twist on a traditional lacing game features plants and animals that live near the water. Kids can create and re-create an ocean or pond scene. Made from plantation grown rubberwood after the tree is finished producing rubber sap.
    >> website $19.99 each, ages 3+

  • ImagiPLAY Eco Yo-Yos
    One of the world's oldest toys goes green. Our classic yo-yo features opposite images including a panda and bamboo and the Eastern and Western hemispheres. Made from plantation grown rubberwood after the tree is finished producing rubber sap.
    >> website $6.99 each, ages 6+

  • My Natural Dr. Seuss Eco-Plush Toys
    Made from all-natural cotton and colored with plant extracts and minerals using the PureWaterWash process.
    >> website $9.99, safe for all ages

  • miYim Organic Stroller Toys Love Bug Chimes and Vegetables are safe for teething, made from organic cotton and colored with plant extracts and minerals.
    >> website $7.99 to $12.99, safe from birth

  • Clementine Art Natural Modeling Dough and Paint
    Dough is strawberry, lemon and lime scented, made with natural ingredients and plant-based colors. Set of six paints are colored with Mayan mineral earth pigments and are free from chemical dyes and petrochemiclas. Long-lasting, natural and washable.
    >> website $9-$12 per set.

  • Clementine Art Natural Markers A set of six vibrant and quick drying markers colored with plant and mineral pigments.
    >> website $7 per box
About Dennis Claussen:

A very creative professional, Dennis Claussen has spent the last ten years in the toy business, working in design, packaging, licensing and operations. Before joining WHAM-O in 2009, Claussen was Vice President at JAKKS Pacific, where he started the Creative Services Department and ran several departments.

As a designer, he has received numerous Graphic Design USA awards for his work on consumer products of all kinds.

About WHAM-O:

Emeryville-based WHAM-O is going green in 2010. It recently acquired Sprig Toys, a young eco-toy company known for its products made from Sprigwood, a bio-composite of recycled wood and reclaimed plastic.

WHAM-O also just announced that 50 percent of manufacturing of the iconic Frisbee will return to the United States this year, reducing WHAM-O's carbon footprint.

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