8 Themed Children's Gardens that Teach Kids How to Grow Food & Revel in Nature

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Prafull Oorja in India Helps Children with Special Needs via the Healing Practice of Yoga

by 06/25/14   filed under: kids health

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Those who have ever practiced yoga are undoubtedly familiar with its many benefits, both physical and emotional. A full-body meditation, yoga keeps practitioners in the present moment by focusing on breath work and postures, which in turn brings about a great sense of inner peace, as well as a strong, healthy body. Children also benefit a great deal from a regular yoga practice, and many kids with special needs respond amazingly well to both the physical exercise and focus that yoga can bring. Prafull Oorja, run by two American women living in India, is making an enormous difference in the lives of countless children with special needs.

Madeleine Sears and Sowmya Ayyar have spent several years studying and fine-tuning yoga for kids with all manner of disabilities, including fusing therapeutic facets like music, dance, and art into the practice to keep the children interested and engaged. The Prafull Oorja team works with children who have cerebral palsy, autism, arthritis, and a wide range of other physical and mental health issues, helping them develop a stronger mind-body connection, as well as focus and calm. They organize bi-weekly yoga classes for youngsters at the Tamahar Trust for Children with Special Needs in Bangalore, and teach children’s bi-weekly yoga classes at the Bubbles Centre for Autism as well.

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Cyantraniliprole: A Highly Toxic New Pesticide is Coming Soon to the U.S. Food Supply

by 06/24/14   filed under: food, health & body, news, toxins

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Never one to shy away from poisoning the food supply, the United States government is all set to introduce yet another doozy of a pesticide into the American food supply. Cyantraniliprole, recently approved for widespread use by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a super fun new pesticide that will be allowed in foods ranging from almonds and berries, to leafy vegetables, onions, and milk. Beyond Pesticides notes that Cyantraniliprole, “Is a systemic insecticide that works by impairing the regulation of muscle contractions causing paralysis and eventual death in insects.” However, like all pesticides, cyantraniliprole also has the ability to impact mammals with the EPA noting that repeat doses have resulted in “Consistent findings of mild to moderate increases in liver weights across multiple species (rats, mice, and dogs).” Plus, the EPA has said that cyantraniliprole also alters the stability of the thyroid and is considered highly toxic on acute and oral contact basis for bees. Of course as is well known, the bee population has already suffered a lot, so yet another toxic bee killer is something we certainly don’t need. Regulations for cyantraniliprole are effective as of February 5, 2014. If you don’t want to ingest this, or other pesticides, consider buying organic. Also, you can join up with organizations like Healthy Child Healthy World to advocate for pesticide and chemical reform.

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World's First Bike Share for Kids Debuts in Paris!

by 06/24/14   filed under: green family, green kids

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Vélib, a bike share service in Paris is now the first in the world to offer bike shares for kids as well as adults. Bike shares are fairly commonplace now, but thanks to the new P’tit Vélib’, adults with kids are no longer limited to having to get around town in a car or having to buy expensive bikes. The service was launched by the Mayor of Paris with the hope of educating young Parisians about the use of environmentally friendly transportation from an early age. This initiative is also the perfect way to let children learn how to bike safely in and around a city.

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Barbie Lands Her Toughest Job Yet - as a Tech Entrepreneur

by 06/23/14   filed under: green kids, green toys

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We’ve seen architecture Barbie, President Barbie, Sports Illustrated Cover Model Barbie, Doctor Barbie and I think we all remember Ballerina Barbie from when we were kids. In fact, all-in-all, Barbie has held more than 150 jobs down since her debut over 55 years ago. Now though, she may be taking on her toughest job ever — as a Tech Entrepreneur. The new Entrepreneur Barbie is available in four ethnicities and carries all the key essentials of a start-up entrepreneur, including a tablet, smartphone and briefcase. She’s dressed for the next big tech pitch, in a sophisticated signature pink dress, though some luxe details like a glam necklace, cool clutch and elegant hairstyle, may be a bit over the top, and seriously, where’s her reusable coffee mug for all those late nighters? There are clearly some well-known tough aspects of being a woman (or anyone) in a tech career, still, Mattel says they hope Entrepreneur Barbie will help inspire a new generation of female entrepreneurs and CNN notes that she even comes with a marketing back story in which Mattel partnered with eight real-life female entrepreneurs to serve as “chief inspiration officers.” What do you think? Will you buy your daughter (or son) the new Entrepreneur Barbie? Let us know in the comments.

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Australia's Victorian Opera Offers 'Relaxed' Performances for Children with Autism and Sensory Disorders

by 06/23/14   filed under: kid friendly, parenting

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As autism diagnoses continue to rise around the world, beneficial opportunities are becoming more common for children and adults on the autism spectrum — from animal therapy to a cooking system designed to help organize and prep meals. The most recent endeavor we’ve come across that caters to those with ASD takes place at a fairly unlikely venue — the opera. At the Victorian Opera in Melbourne, Australian kids and performers are taking part in a new pilot program designed to make opera more accessible to children with sensory and communication disorders, autism, and Down Syndrome. Instead of the usual dramatic performance setting, the opera house creates a toned down version with the volume lowered, performers who introduce themselves beforehand and who don’t wear make-up, lights dimmed but not completely darkened, a narrator explaining the plot, and the ability for little opera goers to move around or even leave the auditorium for a break in the action. For children with autism spectrum disorders, these changes make a vital difference and offer them a door into the wonderful world of the performing arts.

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12 Year-Old Uses LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Set to Build a Braille Printer for the Blind

by 06/23/14   filed under: education, green design, humanitarian design

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After transforming his LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit into a braille printer for the blind, 12 year-old Shubham Banerjee is now receiving invitations from the White House. The seventh-grader was formally invited to join the ranks of notable world-class engineers and inventors at the White House’s first ever Maker Faire, celebrating brilliant minds creating for humanity. Typical braille printers run upwards of $2,000. However, Banjeree’s “Braigo” (braille + LEGO)—a completely open sourced design available to all—will put braille printing into the hands of those who typically can’t afford it. Not bad for someone who doesn’t even have a driver’s license.

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Moulin Roty's Large Tool Box Set Boasts 14 Real Woodworking Tools

by 06/22/14   filed under: diy kids crafts, green gifts, green kids

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Moulin Roty’s Large Tool Box Set is not one of those silly plastic tool sets for kids. This dream of a tool set was designed with the highest quality REAL tools in kid-friendly sizes for kids who are truly interested in woodworking crafts. The kit contains 14 of the most essential woodworking tools, including a hand saw, hammer, gimlet, sanding block, plane, pliers, mallet, chisel, Phillips screwdriver, flat screwdriver, c-clamp, ruler, square ruler, and a spirit level, all packed beautifully into a lovely wooden carrying case. Adults and children can use this tool set together to create meaningful wood pieces that will last for years. This heirloom quality tool collection does require direct adult supervision as it’s a working tool kit with sharp-edged pieces.

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Aleva's Plant-Based Nursing Balm is a Lanolin-Free Nipple Soother for Vegan Moms & Babies

Aleva's Plant-Based Nursing Balm is a Lanolin-Free Nipple Soother for Vegan Moms & Babies

Breastfeeding is such a lovely time to bond with baby, but many infants take a few days or weeks to get the hang of it, during which time a mother’s sensitive nipples really…

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Photographer Herman Damar Captures the Pure Spirit & Joy of Children Reveling in Indonesian Village Life

Photographer Herman Damar Captures the Pure Spirit & Joy of Children Reveling in Indonesian Village Life

TweetEmail Damar is a self-taught photographer living in Indonesia. Inspired by daily life in the village in contrast with the more modern ways of Jakarta, Damar decided to…

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HOW TO: Make Sushi Shaped Like Adorable Panda Bears!

HOW TO: Make Sushi Shaped Like Adorable Panda Bears!

1. Gather the ingredients 2 cups of sushi rice nori algae pickled ginger 3 cups of water 1/2 cup of rice vinegar 1/4 cup of white sugar 1 teaspoon salt 2. Wash the rice Wash the…

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HOW TO: Make Homemade Sunburn Soother to Heal & Repair Your Skin

HOW TO: Make Homemade Sunburn Soother to Heal & Repair Your Skin

TweetEmail 1. Collect your ingredients and supplies. 4oz (½ cup) filtered water 2 black tea bags 2oz (¼ cup) aloe vera gel 2 Tbsp alcohol-free witch hazel 1 tsp Vitamin…

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HOW TO: Make Fruit and Vegetable Infused Water in Mason Jars

HOW TO: Make Fruit and Vegetable Infused Water in Mason Jars

TweetEmail What you will need: Fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs Water Mason Jars Reusable Straws Fruits and vegetables to use: I prefer goodies straight from the garden…

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HOW TO: Make Pretty in Pink Pasta Using Beetroot as a Natural Food Dye

HOW TO: Make Pretty in Pink Pasta Using Beetroot as a Natural Food Dye

TweetEmail1. Gather the ingredients leftover pasta of any shape 1 beetroot 1 garlic clove extra virgin olive oil fresh oregano RELATED | HOW TO: Make Bright Pink Hummus…

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Printeer is a Kid-Friendly 3D Printer That Turns Drawings into Tangible Objects

Printeer is a Kid-Friendly 3D Printer That Turns Drawings into Tangible Objects

TweetEmail 3D printing is an amazing, innovative advancement that’s ideal for teaching kids about technology and engineering all while having fun and using their creativity…

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30 Homemade Popsicle Recipes to Cool You Off This Summer

30 Homemade Popsicle Recipes to Cool You Off This Summer

Strawberry Popsicle Recipes Strawberry Cherry Lemonade Popsicles: Blend 2 cups strawberries, 3-4 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, 1 1/4 cups pitted cherries and 1/4 cup agave nectar. Pour in…

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10 Ways to Entertain Your Toddler at Home Without Toys

10 Ways to Entertain Your Toddler at Home Without Toys

TweetEmail1. Water Play Now that it’s warm out, we are doing this one almost every day. I have a couple of large metal mixing bowls that I fill with water, and I give him…

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MUSE School in Los Angeles will be the First Entirely Vegan School in the U.S.

MUSE School in Los Angeles will be the First Entirely Vegan School in the U.S.

TweetEmailLocated in beautiful Malibu Canyon between Malibu and Calabasas, California, the MUSE School is anchored on 22 breathtaking acres abutting the Santa Monica Mountain…

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