LEGO enthusiast Thomas Poulsom's special edition LEGO Birds set is flying off the shelves

by 01/14/15   filed under: green design, green toys

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Back in 2012 we reported on bird and LEGO enthusiast Thomas Poulsom and his amazing idea for a LEGO set of detailed bird specimens. Now, thanks to LEGO Ideas, a website that allows creative LEGO builders to submit design proposals, Poulsom’s designs, once just an idea, have been brought to life and are available for purchase! Poulsom, who tells LEGO that he has been building LEGO structures since he was five years-old, also says, “The birds are a big challenge to build, building something to look organic from LEGO bricks is not easy, but it is a great challenge and one I enjoy very much. I like to think of LEGO as the best puzzle in the world.” He also advises other wanna-be LEGO designers to, “Have an original idea and put lots of effort and passion into the project.” You can learn more about Poulsom’s journey to LEGO designer, and his love of birds in his LEGO Ideas interview. You can also see more of his design process on his Flickr bird pages, and watch a video of Poulsom and his extraordinary LEGO birds after the jump!

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Girl ditches LEGO juice bar kit instructions to build this mighty robot instead!

by 01/13/15   filed under: eco play, green kids, green toys

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Watch the world's largest Rubik's Cube get solved!

by 01/13/15   filed under: eco play, news, video

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If you grew up struggling with the classic 3x3x3 Rubik’s cube, this video may give you a headache. Brilliant YouTuber Kenneth Brandon spent 7.5 hours over the course of five days working on the world’s largest Rubik’s Cube. The 17x17x17 cube probably gave him carpal tunnel, but Brandon triumphed over the beast. Watch his success in the time-lapse video after the jump!

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Photographer fashions everyday objects into whimsical floor scenes so kids can defy gravity

by 01/13/15   filed under: art

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Film loving parents recycle cardboard boxes into imaginative movie scenes starring their baby boy

by 01/12/15   filed under: art, green design, green family

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A NASA astronaut suit enables a disabled boy to walk for the first time

by 01/12/15   filed under: kid friendly, news

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For three year-old Georgie Craig, learning to walk hasn’t been categorized as a normal developmental milestone: it’s the result of hard work and the innovative use of a NASA spacesuit. Georgie, who was diagnosed with Global Development Delay at age 1, struggled to learn to walk and to communicate until his parents discovered an alternative therapy involving a Therasuit, originally used by astronauts to help rebuild muscle strength after returning from outer space. The challenging and rigorous play therapy helps Georgie train his brain, reflexes, and muscles to work together to help him walk. Since he began using the spacesuit last month, Georgia has made tremendous progress, including taking eleven unaided steps on Christmas Eve. His parents are hopeful that Georgie will continue making strides (literally) in his treatment and that he will begin making verbal progress as well. Unsurprisingly, this therapy is expensive, so if you’d like to support Georgie and his family and follow his progress, visit Georgie’s JustGiving Page.

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Image © Paul Macnamara/Rossparry.co.UK

 

9 new high-tech gadgets for modern-day parents

by 01/12/15   filed under: baby feeding, baby gadgets, gadget, gear for parents, kid gadgets, news

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Pope Francis once again tells mothers to breastfeed their babies in public without worry or hesitation during baptism service

by 01/12/15   filed under: breastfeeding, news

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A year ago we reported that Pope Francis encouraged mothers to breastfeed their babies during the infants’ baptism service in the Sistine Chapel. Cut to today’s service, wherein the beloved Pontiff baptized 33 infants, during which he took the time to reaffirm his supportive stance on breastfeeding in public. According to NBC News,  the Pope said, “You mothers give your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them, don’t worry.” Pope Francis veered from his prepared text to tell the mothers to comfort and nurse their babies. His written homily made mention of the phrase “give them milk,” and the Pope changed the wording and instead used the Italian word, “allattateli,” which translates to “breastfeed them,” mentioning that mothers should not hesitate to do so.

What an amazing endorsement of breastfeeding in public on a global level, from one of the most famous people in the world. A message that desperately needs to be broadcast in a day and age where the act of nursing a child in public still receives harsh criticism and censorship.

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HOW TO: Make a vegan, gluten-free, protein packed quinoa breakfast bowl with berries & coconut milk

HOW TO: Make a vegan, gluten-free, protein packed quinoa breakfast bowl with berries & coconut milk

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Noli Noli handmade wooden toys bring sustainable charm to playtime

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Artist transforms her two year-old's sketches into fantastical watercolor paintings

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New York City bans all single use Styrofoam products in school cafeterias & citywide

New York City bans all single use Styrofoam products in school cafeterias & citywide

Beginning July 1st, 2015, the trash cans of New York City will be less crammed with Styrofoam cups, clamshells, packing peanuts, and other single use, non-recyclable Styrofoam products…

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HOW TO: make dairy-free nacho 'cheese' from potatoes!

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REK Bookcase Jr. grows to accommodate your child's burgeoning book collection

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Wondering how to make room for your tot’s ever-growing tower of treasured tales? The REK Bookcase Jr. is both smart and beautiful — with a classic aesthetic that will earn…

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Tangeez are color-changing LED building blocks designed for illuminated play

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There’s something about glowing, colorful lights that fascinate children, regardless of age. Combine the beauty of illuminated hues with the fun of building blocks, and you have…

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6 eco-friendly, inspiring films your whole family will enjoy

6 eco-friendly, inspiring films your whole family will enjoy

TweetEmail 1. Babe Babe was the first movie my son ever watched, and it’s still a family favorite. The film depicts life on a farm, mainly from the point of view of animals.…

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CedarWorks Rhapsody indoor playsets and playhouses bring active play inside all winter long

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TweetEmail Beautiful Modern Playhouses The playhouses in the Rhapsody line are simply divine. Some models come complete with amazing details such as a full wall chalkboard for…

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Researchers declare this one major parenting factor will affect your child's entire life

Researchers declare this one major parenting factor will affect your child's entire life

TweetEmail Parents today are hyper-aware that the parenting decisions they make could have lifelong effects — and a recent study published in the Child Development…

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