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Functional Fun: The Best Solar Powered Toys For Toddlers

Finding eco-friendly, solar-powered toys no longer has to be a far-off wish. Or a reality wherein the toys don’t actually work well.

I’ve found some of the most brilliant designs in toys for little ones that run on the wonders of solar energy!

You’ll find a wide selection of toys for the many stages and skill sets of toddlers as well as lots of fun spring-themed in and outdoor activities.


  • Batteries Not Needed! 1 of 25
    Batteries Not Needed!
    Click through this amazing collection of eco-friendly toys suitable for a range of ages and activities; both indoors and out!
  • Pretend and Play: Calculator & Cash Register 2 of 25
    Pretend and Play: Calculator & Cash Register
    A great way to introduce your toddler to counting, adding and subtracting and money. A cute addition for grocery, market, kitchen and other such role-play activities.
    Available via Amazon, $35.70
  • Eitech Beginner Solar Set Helicopter/Aircraft Construction Set 3 of 25
    Eitech Beginner Solar Set Helicopter/Aircraft Construction Set
    This is an activity that will require parental assistance, for toddlers 3 years and up. I know my little guy would love helping his daddy or I put this together!
    Available via Amazon, $34.99
  • Solar Powered Lucky Calico Cat 4 of 25
    Solar Powered Lucky Calico Cat
    An adorable little kitty for your animal loving toddlers. Its white fur is made of weaved and textured chirimen silk fabric and spotted with black and white calico markings. A panel provides the power to the cat's white tail that wags side to side!
    Available via Amazon, $54.45
  • Solar Balloon 5 of 25
    Solar Balloon
    This huge 2.5 metre solar ballon will have your little ones clapping and running about with joy if they are anything like mine.
    Available via Mad About Science, $8.95
  • Educational Solar Powered Spider Robot Toy Gadget 6 of 25
    Educational Solar Powered Spider Robot Toy Gadget
    When exposed to sunlight, this squiggly little spider will start to shake and quake! A great demonstration of solar power - this would be a fun toy for out in the garden or the sandbox.
    Available via Amazon, $16.99
  • Solar Power Motion Toy – Owl 7 of 25
    Solar Power Motion Toy - Owl
    Owl lovers (me) rejoice! A sweet little bedside owl that wakes with the sunlight along with your toddler.
    Available via Amazon, $27.99
  • Solar Powered Start Up Laptop 8 of 25
    Solar Powered Start Up Laptop
    I know, right? And it actually looks half decent.
    Available via Amazon, $9.99
  • Solar Mini Biplane 9 of 25
    Solar Mini Biplane
    Another great find that you can build with your kids.
    Available via Mad About Science, $9.99
  • Solar Flower Toy 10 of 25
    Solar Flower Toy
    The solar panels charge with the sun to cause this flower to grow out of the little pot and flap it's leaves and dance around. These make a sweet birthday part favour or simply a cool little toy to introduce your toddler to solar power and the way that plants grow.
    Available via Amazon, $20.99
  • Solar Happy Hopping Frog 11 of 25
    Solar Happy Hopping Frog
    So cute! Another sweet toy for in or outdoor use. Especially in the garden!
    Available via Amazon, $28
  • Solar Powered Flying Fluttering Butterflies 12 of 25
    Solar Powered Flying Fluttering Butterflies
    More fun accessories for the garden. I know my little girl loves butterflies and would get great enjoyment from these fluttering about when we're outside playing or gardening.
    Available via Amazon, $12.95
  • Solar Powered Helicopter 13 of 25
    Solar Powered Helicopter
    Cute and simple.
    Available via Bang Good, $8.25
  • Solar Roller Coaster Race 14 of 25
    Solar Roller Coaster Race
    This is an excellent beginner building kit designed to teach how solar power is used to drive a small motor.
    Available via Amazon, $7.95
  • Solar Powered Table Lamp 15 of 25
    Solar Powered Table Lamp
    A cute idea for their reading nook, or their bedside table.
    Available via Ikea, $19.99
  • Solar-Powered Double Rainbow Maker 16 of 25
    Solar-Powered Double Rainbow Maker
    Because, obviously. No explanation needed on the awesomeness of this.
    Available via Amazon, $40
  • Solar Powered Lights Fairy Jar 17 of 25
    Solar Powered Lights Fairy Jar
    A fun accessory to bring along on a camping trip, sleepover, or for use in forts. Also comes in pink, yellow and blue.
    Available via Amazon, $29.50
  • Engino Solar Powered Cars 18 of 25
    Engino Solar Powered Cars
    Solar powered lego cars?!?! PSH!
    Available via Amazon, $64.80
  • Alphabet Sound Puzzle 19 of 25
    Alphabet Sound Puzzle
    We have this puzzle and it's been a long-standing favourite with both of our little ones.
    Available via Melissa & Doug Toys, $19.99
  • Mini Solar Racer 20 of 25
    Mini Solar Racer
    Works both under solar and artificial light.
    Available via Amazon, $19.44
  • World’s Smallest Solar Powered Cars 21 of 25
    World's Smallest Solar Powered Cars
    A cute trio of cars like the ones in the previous slide. You can't very well race alone, right?
    Available via Amazon, $34.95
  • Solar Driven Sidecar 22 of 25
    Solar Driven Sidecar
    Have fun pulling this away from your man as opposed to you toddler! Made in Switzerland by Naef Toys.
    Available via Fawn & Forest, $99
  • Fire Truck Sound Puzzle 23 of 25
    Fire Truck Sound Puzzle
    Another puzzle that talks and works from the natural light that filters throughout your home without even trying! We have this one too and it still works a few years later (hand-me down).
    Available via Melissa & Doug, $12.99
  • MotoTec 24v Solar Electric Go Kart 24 of 25
    MotoTec 24v Solar Electric Go Kart
    A splurge, most definitely, but pretty darn cool and not much more than all those other souped up motorized mini vehicles for little ones.
    Available via Amazon, $500.84
  • Elenco 6 In1 Educational Solar Kit 25 of 25
    Elenco 6 In1 Educational Solar Kit
    Another fun learning kit to build! This time combining robotics with solar energy.
    Available via Amazon, $25.30

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Selena is a crafty, culinary mom. Regular writer here and on Disney Baby. Part-time mischief maker, all the time geek. Proud of her Anishinaabe roots.

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