Camp Google: four FREE weeks of science activities and adventures for kids starts today!

by 07/13/15   filed under: eco play, education, green education, kid friendly, kids entertainment

Starting today, July 13th, and continuing for an entire month, your child can go to camp absolutely free and without worry of homesickness. Camp Google, an online learning opportunity geared for kids ages 7-10, has four themed-weeks including ocean, space, nature, and music. The camp aims to answer questions such as “Why do guitars have holes?”, “How do fish talk to each other?”, and “Where does lava come from?” through hands-on activities.

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So-called "safer" plastics linked to health problems in children

by 07/12/15   filed under: green family, health & body, kids health, news, parenting, toxins

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They’re called diisonoyl phthalate (DINP) and diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP), and it doesn’t matter whether you can pronounce their names properly: just know that you should avoid these chemicals which are commonly found in plastic wrap, soap, cosmetics, and food containers. A recent study of 1,329 children ages 8-19 published in the medical journal Hypertension, found a link between increased levels of the two chemicals and increased blood pressure. Another study reported that increased concentrations of DIDP and DINP were linked with an increase in insulin resistance. Ironically DIDP and DINP were introduced to be “safer” plastic alternatives, filling in for DEHP , which has been banned for a decade in Europe but is still allowed in the United States. Phthalates, which are commonly used as “plasticizers,” have been linked to numerous potential health issues, including several that involve metabolic functions. According to the article as well as to a variety of health organizations, you can limit you family’s exposure to these chemicals by washing kids’ bowls and cups by hand in lieu of using the dishwasher, avoiding plastic containers with #3, 6, or 7, not microwaving plastic food containers, and not using plastic wrap to cover foods in the microwave since the heating and cleaning processes can allow these chemicals to leach into foods.

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Ride off into the sunset on this humongous Tyrannosaurus Rex-shaped bike

by 07/10/15   filed under: kids entertainment, news

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Apparently, you can find almost anything on Craigslist, including a rideable Tyrannosaurus Rex-shaped bike that’s 8.5 feet tall and 12 feet long. Designed and created by an engineer/bicycle fabricator, “Sue” has a head that works like a marionette and includes a working jaw, arms that attach to pedals, and a comfortable cruising speed of 7 mph. Although we might suggest your little one learn on something a bit more appropriate for his size, we are pretty sure you would be the envy of all your co-workers when you lock Sue in next to the other Schwinns on the bike rack. The T-Rex bike was actually designed for special appearances such as parades, where she can wave at her adoring fans, “answer” questions, or even snap at unruly crowds. Although Sue isn’t quite as tough as the T-Rex we’ve come to know and fear, and the immensity of her awesomeness comes with a $2,000 price tag, we think the look on our child’s face when this T-Rex makes an appearance at her soccer game would be priceless.

via Laughing Squid

 

The Outside-In Bench invites kids to examine nature & behold the beauty of a tree

by 07/10/15   filed under: green design, green kids

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by 07/10/15   filed under: architecture, green family, green kids

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by 07/09/15   filed under: craft, diy kids crafts

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by 07/09/15   filed under: eco play, green gifts, green kids, kids entertainment

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Seven year-old girl's stand for equality featured on T-shirts whose proceeds benefit LGBT youth

Seven year-old girl's stand for equality featured on T-shirts whose proceeds benefit LGBT youth

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Pirasta's giant coloring posters guarantee hours of artsy fun for the entire family

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LAST DAY TO ENTER TO WIN a twin size organic cotton mattress worth $494!

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10 super fun DIY outdoor games!

10 super fun DIY outdoor games!

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Volvo's front-row child seat concept puts a new spin on family road trips

Volvo's front-row child seat concept puts a new spin on family road trips

Car companies are constantly devising new ways to entice parents to buy their vehicles — but that usually means installing features like a built-in entertainment system or…

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Rhiannon Logsdon's fairytale photography captures children's wildest dreams

Rhiannon Logsdon's fairytale photography captures children's wildest dreams

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Kupp drinking glasses for kids are a green, non-toxic alternative to plastic cups

Kupp drinking glasses for kids are a green, non-toxic alternative to plastic cups

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Black Girls Sew offers a sewing camp that teaches girls creativity and resourcefulness through fashion design

Black Girls Sew offers a sewing camp that teaches girls creativity and resourcefulness through fashion design

There are camps for literally every interest these days, and we’ve got the ideal option for New York City’s mini-fashionistas and makers-to-be: Sew Green Summer Camp. The…

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