8 themed children's gardens that teach kids how to grow food & revel in nature

by 03/12/15   filed under: food, gardening, green kids

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New wearable pregnancy monitors can help your baby listen to music or track his heartbeat

by 03/12/15   filed under: baby gadgets, gadget, gear for parents, health & body, parenting

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Maternity fashions and trends are pretty consistent, and it’s pretty safe to say that most expectant mothers enjoy the excuse to go shopping and find ways to show off their growing baby bumps. Most of those moms-to-be probably don’t have wearable technology in mind, though, when it comes to their pregnancy wardrobe. Good thing there’s no shortage of designers and engineers staying on top of the needs we didn’t even realize we had! Nuvo-Group, a specialist in the pregnancy wellness industry, unveiled the designs for three pieces of mama-specific wearable technology at the Wearable Tech Show in London this week.

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Engineering students use a 3D printer to create affordable bionic arms for kids

by 03/12/15   filed under: humanitarian design, kids health, news

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A team of engineering students and graduates at the University of Central Florida is making a difference in the lives of children — one bionic arm at a time. Using a 3D printer and lots of ingenuity and problem-solving expertise, the students found a way to create an electronic arm complete with a muscle sensor, enabling children without elbows, arms, or hands to use their biceps to make the prosthetic move. Each electronic limb takes 30-50 hours to create and costs around $350 to make, with cost of the limbs being covered through donations. Just as a reference, traditional prosthetics for children can cost up to $40,000 and are often not covered by insurance. So far, the UCF team has made electronic arms for five kids and is currently working with three more, although their services are in much higher demand. Each arm is personalized to reflect the child’s personality and interests, such as an obsession with Transformers or Frozen. One of our favorite parts of this all-around feel good story: through their nonprofit Limbitless Solutions and the 3D volunteer network E-Nable, the students uploaded their design for others to use for free.

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6 green alternatives to plastic Easter basket grass filler

by 03/11/15   filed under: green family, green holiday ideas for kids, parenting

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DittoHouse's engaging & modern pillow covers and blankets are made from recycled cotton

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The four female Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court rule in LEGO form

by 03/11/15   filed under: art

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The four female justices in Supreme Court history just got the LEGO superhero treatment from artist Maia Weinstock . Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan, dubbed the ‘Legal Justice League’ by Weinstock, are custom-designed, complete with distinguishing hairdos, and are shown in both a Supreme Court replica and a library. Although you can’t buy the set (apparently LEGO has a “no politics or political symbols” rule), we love the idea that Weinstock is celebrating women who broke through the glass ceiling of the legal system and that the set was created to inspire girls and women to aim for high-ranking positions in the legal world. Weinstock’s LEGO figures are a humorous and approachable way to teach kids about gender inequality, so we hope LEGO bends their rules and puts this creative collaboration into production. In the meantime, can we discuss how ridiculous it is that only four women have served on the Supreme Court during its 225 year existence?

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Ontwerpduo Rockid resting space lets parents and baby rock together

by 03/10/15   filed under: eco decor, green baby, green design

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Here’s a clever idea we wish was available on a mass market scale – a dreamy and restful rocking chair and cradle all in one. Baby sleeps while mama reads and rests, both rocking together. This adorable cradle + rocking chair pair, Rockid, was dreamed up by the savvy design team Ontwerpduo, made with coated birch ply wood. The cradle softly swings along with the chair, lulling everyone into a more peaceful place. As Baby outgrows his sleeping space, the team notes that the rockid can be reconstructed into a rocking chair.

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Manhattan's Elements Preschool will feature nature inspired early learning experiences for urban children

by 03/10/15   filed under: architecture, green education

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Elements Preschool is literally and figuratively planting seeds for a brand new nature-based urban preschool set to open in September 2015. Located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the preschool will blend bright and airy classrooms with a landscaped outdoor area, allowing children to experience classes that flow smoothly between indoor and outdoor experiences. Elements Preschool uses the New York common core curriculum for their kids, but also combines the core classes with nature-based classes inspired by the forest school model, making for a well-rounded educational experience for young children. The space will be very unique due to about 3,500 square-feet of outdoor space — a surprisingly large amount for an urban school. Plus, this won’t be just another outdoor area. Elements will offer, in essence, a series of ‘outdoor classes’ offering varying levels of nature experiences, such as the Woodland Walk, where children can experience a deciduous forest, a fruit and veggie garden the kids can use for growing and learning, dirt hills and even an outdoor observation center.

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Kids can build and program their own KIBO robot using building blocks instead of computer screens

Kids can build and program their own KIBO robot using building blocks instead of computer screens

Meet KIBO: a robot kit designed specifically for children ages 4–7 years-old. Created to encourage open-ended play, KIBO allows children to program their robot using a building…

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10 ways to entertain your toddler at home without toys

10 ways to entertain your toddler at home without toys

1. Water Play When it’s warm out, we do this one almost every day. I have a couple of large metal mixing bowls that I fill with water, and I give him measuring cups, washcloths,…

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Vodafone rolls out stellar global policy, giving moms 16 weeks maternity leave with full pay -  even in the U.S.A.

Vodafone rolls out stellar global policy, giving moms 16 weeks maternity leave with full pay - even in the U.S.A.

The telecoms group Vodafone is currently in the process of initiating an awesome global policy on maternity benefits, even in places they’re not required to do so legally, such as…

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The Art In Island Museum in Manila invites visitors to interact with 3D paintings

The Art In Island Museum in Manila invites visitors to interact with 3D paintings

Instead of halls with art hanging on the walls, the Art In Island Museum is set up for interaction. Paintings of grandiose sizes stretch over the walls, ceilings and even on the…

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MilkBarn's burp cloths are so cute that you won't mind the spit-up

MilkBarn's burp cloths are so cute that you won't mind the spit-up

Spit-up comes part and parcel with babies — so why not equip yourself with some seriously drool-worthy burp cloths to dab your little one’s tiny pout? MilkBarn’s…

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Color Pebbles wooden dolls add a fun & fashionable flair to Easter baskets

Color Pebbles wooden dolls add a fun & fashionable flair to Easter baskets

TweetEmail Step aside Peeps, because Pebbles are coming to this year’s Easter Baskets. Color Pebbles from Rock and Pebble are tiny (2.1 inches to be exact) wooden dolls…

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TogetherFarm Blocks are like LEGOs you snap together to create an instant garden plot

TogetherFarm Blocks are like LEGOs you snap together to create an instant garden plot

Creating a custom garden on your rooftop, balcony or in your backyard just became a lot less intimidating. Constructed entirely of food-safe recycled plastic, TogetherFarm blocks are…

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TOTEMS stackable blocks make mix-and-match fun for all ages

TOTEMS stackable blocks make mix-and-match fun for all ages

TweetEmail Artist and industrial designer Dino Sanchez’s work features clean lines, minimalist style, and a zen vibe. He brings this same sensibility to his first…

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Captivating children's book "Curious Critters Marine" showcases stunning photography and fascinating facts about ocean dwellers

Captivating children's book "Curious Critters Marine" showcases stunning photography and fascinating facts about ocean dwellers

TweetEmail David FitzSimmons is a photographer, writer, and professor, and his Curious Critters books combine his expertise in all these areas to make for a stunning,…

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Study finds link between Autism Spectrum Disorder and BPA

Study finds link between Autism Spectrum Disorder and BPA

TweetEmail BPA is under constant scrutiny for its role in numerous health issues. It is best known for being an endocrine disruptor, and the FDA recommends that children under…

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