How Eco-Friendly Puzzles Promote Children’s Development and Safety

Here at The Little Woodpecker, we know from first-hand experience that eco-friendly toys are not only a fun way for your little ones to get creative and start learning from an early age, but that using eco-friendly materials is also better for them in terms of their health, safety, and environment. 

To help you understand more about why we’re so committed to creating eco-friendly toys, we’ve compiled a guide to some of the benefits they can have for your children, as well as noting some of the not so nice side effects of using non-eco materials.

Non-toxic paints

We’re sure that as soon as you hear the word ‘toxic’, you immediately start thinking of toxic waste and other nasty things that you wouldn’t want anywhere near your home, let alone in your children’s bedrooms. It might surprise you to learn, then, that toxic paints are still frequently used in order to decorate children’s toys. One study even showed that one of every three children’s toys tested out of 1,500 contained potentially harmful levels of lead, arsenic, and other dangerous chemicals. This is alarming news, especially when you consider how prone babies and toddlers are to putting their toys in their mouths.

When you’re a parent, you want to do everything in your power to protect your kids, which is why The Little Woodpecker only uses non-toxic paints and dyes to decorate their puzzles and toys. There are a variety of non-toxic paints available, including ones made from natural ingredients such as plant oils and others made from clay and soy. Allergies and sensitivities to these kinds of paints are uncommon, and are far better for your baby’s health than their toxic counterparts.


We all know the importance of recycling old and used items. Most homes have dedicated bins for their glass, paper, and plastic. However, did you know that in some cases recycling can actually do more harm than good? Plastics are complicated structures, making them much more difficult to recycle, which is why it’s always worth checking yoghurt pots to see if they’re suitable. Plastic toy manufacturers often use polyvinyl chloride, more commonly known as PVC, in order to make their goods. PVC is a known human carcinogenic, and acute exposure can cause headaches, dizziness, and drowsiness.

Unfortunately, this dangerous material can’t be disposed of by recycling. Attempting to recycle PVC is not 100 per cent effective, and can cause damage to the recycling equipment being used. Even when PVC is incinerated it produces dioxin, a chemical that can cause skin lesions if we’re exposed to it for too long. This leaves us with little choice but to throw it in a landfill.

Eco-friendly toys avoid the use of PVC, and instead use materials that can easily be recycled. This method of production is better for the environment, and helps to create a better world for your child to grow up in.

Wooden puzzles

Puzzle games are fantastic for developing your child’s physical, cognitive, and emotional skills. Your children are able to learn how to hold the pieces and make them fit into differently shaped gaps, solve basic problems on their own, and learn that patience will often be rewarded. Puzzles help children to understand their surroundings, they develop shape recognition, and they improve memory and hand-eye coordination. On top of that, they’re bright, colourful, and the designs are always creative.

Not only are these puzzles great for children of all ages, but when they’re made out of wooden materials with rounded edges, they’re much safer for little hands to play with. Sharp edges are, of course, a hazard for young children. This is why The Little Woodpecker’s puzzles have safe wooden edges to put your mind at ease.

At The Little Woodpecker, we know that you want the best for your children and for the environment that they grow up in. That’s why we’re committed to creating eco-friendly toys that will not only aid your children’s development, but won’t have a negative impact on their health or surroundings. To find out more about our wide collection of toys, puzzles, and musical instruments, you can get in touch with the team today.