Japanese preschool designed to collect rainwater to delight puddle jumping kids

by 06/26/15   filed under: architecture, green kids

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Minimalist Ovo high chair by Micuna evolves into a desk chair for your older child

by 06/25/15   filed under: green baby gifts, kids furniture

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The beautiful and eco-minded Ovo High Chair is the perfect high chair for babies starting at six months-old — and given its thoughtful design, it evolves so that it can be used until your child is around six years of age! Ovo is made with solid beech-wood that comes from sustainably managed forests. The Micuna Ovo high chair also features a smooth round ABS plastic tray that’s removable and washable plus has a nice edge to prevent overflow and spills, a comfortable footrest that helps your little one remain balanced, and an imitation leather strap that’s smooth, safe and won’t rub into your baby’s skin.

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LivKids allergy bracelets keep kids safe in style

by 06/25/15   filed under: food, health & body, kids health

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Study finds that smoking around toddlers is as damaging as smoking while pregnant

by 06/25/15   filed under: health & body, kids health, news

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As if anyone needed an excuse to quit the filthy habit of smoking, researchers have found that smoking around your toddler could have the same effects as smoking while pregnant. A study from the University of Montreal and CHU Sainte Justine Research Centre linked secondhand smoke to not only the expected lung problems, but also to child weight gain. The study showed that kids who had been exposed to secondhand smoke from ages 2 to 10 had waist sizes 3/5 of an inch to a whole inch larger than their peers with non-smoking parents.

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LEGO is investing $150 million to ditch plastic & start creating their blocks with sustainable materials

by 06/24/15   filed under: eco play, eco toddler, green kids, green toys, news

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LEGO has announced a plan to develop sustainable manufacturing materials that would allow the toy company to ditch plastic forever. The Denmark-based company is investing millions to create a Sustainable Materials Centre to employ over 100 people who will carry out the search for a better building block. The company aims to identify a sustainable plastic alternative by 2030.

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Handmade wooden Avakai Dolls use smart technology to communicate with each other

by 06/24/15   filed under: eco play, gadget, green design, kid friendly, kid gadgets, kids entertainment

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NYC students celebrate the end of polystyrene trays with a giant puppet show

by 06/24/15   filed under: education, green education, green kids, news

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Last month, we reported that the six largest school districts in the U.S. would be switching to compostable plates to replace the polystyrene trays they have been using for decades. New York City schools are among that group, and the new eco-friendly plates have already been introduced in many schools in the city. On June 22, students held a celebration in Union Square featuring larger than life puppets to commemorate the ousting of polystyrene trays from their cafeterias.

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HOW TO: Make bonfire banana boats with melted dark chocolate

by 06/23/15   filed under: cooking, how-to, kid friendly, recipes, vegan cooking

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Novella Crib has an extended life as a toddler bed, day bed and reading nook

Novella Crib has an extended life as a toddler bed, day bed and reading nook

If you’re looking for a crib with more uses and a longer life than many typical baby cribs, than Novella Crib by Nursery Works may be just the ticket. This aesthetically…

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Green spaces around schools linked to smarter, more attentive kids

Green spaces around schools linked to smarter, more attentive kids

Spending time in nature gives most of us a feeling of peace and wholeness with the earth as well as a mood boost, but those feel-good emotions are usually not enough for scientists who…

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10 hearty vegan camping recipes for your adventures in the wild

10 hearty vegan camping recipes for your adventures in the wild

1. Cauliflower Chickpea Coconut Curry Chickpeas, cauliflower and coconut are a match made in heaven. Stew them together with curry spices and fresh cilantro and you have a delicious…

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Photographer's 'Idiot Box' series captures telling images of children's faces while watching TV

Photographer's 'Idiot Box' series captures telling images of children's faces while watching TV

The Australian-born photographer and mom to a four year-old isn’t opposed to television, but she was intrigued to ask, “Should we exhibit more caution about the role of…

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Costs of environmental health conditions in California children = $254 million annually

Costs of environmental health conditions in California children = $254 million annually

Want to put a price tag on the havoc that preventable environmental hazards such as air pollution, pesticides, and common chemicals wreak on our children’s health? The Public…

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HOW TO: Make a mouth-watering vegan Philly 'cheesesteak' sandwich for dad this Father’s Day

HOW TO: Make a mouth-watering vegan Philly 'cheesesteak' sandwich for dad this Father’s Day

1. Gather the ingredients a long bread roll half an onion a few mushrooms a few dried mushrooms a bunch of fresh parsley some pickled cucumber chili peppers Vegan cheese: almond…

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Australian court overturns ban on mother breastfeeding her child after getting a tattoo

Australian court overturns ban on mother breastfeeding her child after getting a tattoo

A 20 year-old Australian mom was banned from breastfeeding her 11 month-old child by an Australian Federal Court Circuit Judge this week because she recently got a tattoo. Getting…

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HOW TO: Make a refreshing body spray to spritz on between summer adventures

HOW TO: Make a refreshing body spray to spritz on between summer adventures

1. Collect your supplies. 3-4 oz spray bottle 2 Tbsp alcohol-free witch hazel 2 drops lemongrass essential oil 2 drops lemon essential oil 2 drops tangerine or sweet orange…

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HOW TO: Make ready-to-eat veggies & noodles in a jar in 10 minutes

HOW TO: Make ready-to-eat veggies & noodles in a jar in 10 minutes

1. Gather the ingredients 1 mason jar with lid 1 packet of rice noodles Vegetables: 1 spring onion 1 carrot half small red cabbage a bunch of fresh parsley 1/2 cup of…

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Silly, rambunctious playtime with dad has developmental benefits for kids

Silly, rambunctious playtime with dad has developmental benefits for kids

Moms who are the primary caregivers for young ones can often feel frustrated with dads and how they seem to parent differently. Dads are notorious for arriving on the scene, usually…

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