"The Land" is a documentary about the nature of play, risk and hazard on an adventure playground

by 04/06/15   filed under: eco play, green family, green kids, parenting

The Land (Teaser) from Play Free Movie on Vimeo.

We previously featured The Land, a Welsh “adventure” playground on Inhabitots, and readers were captivated by the concept. In an overprotective world where kids are barely allowed to walk to school, ride a city bus, attend a sleepover or venture outside to the park sans parents, The Land is an utterly refreshing departure from the norm. At The Land, a kid can run free, climb trees, light fires, use a saw, or a hammer and nails and jump over (or into) muddy puddles. Now a new documentary film from director Erin Davis is highlighting this innovative adventure playground. The Land is all about the nature of play, along with the common risks and hazards kids should face in childhood. The film documents the belief that kids are empowered when they learn to manage risks on their own and encourages parents to allow children to take said risks.

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7 egg-cellent ways to upcycle your plastic Easter eggs

by 04/05/15   filed under: craft, diy kids crafts

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Tom's of Maine and Terracycle team up to help you upcycle your old toys for FREE

by 04/05/15   filed under: eco play, green family, green toys

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Spring cleaning is calling loudly to many of us; it feels so good to purge all the old and unusable things from our lives, including toys. According to a recent Tom’s of Maine study, in attempts to declutter and streamline their homes, 55% of parents frequently chuck out old toys, with that waste going directly to landfills. So we’re pretty thrilled that in honor of Earth Month, the company is teaming up with Terracycle to help you and families all over America recycle broken and unusable toys for free! That’s right, they’ll take even those nearly-impossible-to-recycle items like stuffed animals, random puzzle and game pieces, and remote control vehicles. You can request a free recycling box here and then place it in your child’s school, daycare, or any other community gathering place. Once the box is full, the goods get shipped back to Terracycle (via an enclosed, prepaid shipping label) where they get transformed into something new and useful, such as a park bench or a pet food bowl. So purge away; Tom’s of Maine and Terracycle will happily and responsibly take that one-eared elephant and that nowhere-close-to-a-full desk set of playing cards off your hands.

+ Tom’s of Maine and Terracycle’s recycling effort

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6 flower-inspired arts and crafts projects to welcome spring

by 04/04/15   filed under: art, craft, diy kids crafts, eco play, how-to, kid friendly, kids entertainment, parenting

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PlanetBox launches BottleRocket water bottle as the perfect fit for their waste-free lunch systems

by 04/04/15   filed under: green kids

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Just when I thought I couldn’t be any more smitten with my kids’ PlanetBox lunch boxes for being totally easy to pack due to their streamlined, waste-free design, the company has just launched a new reusable water bottle that fits perfectly inside their lunch box Carry Bags. The BottleRocket water bottle had heretofore been the missing piece in this stellar system. Its debut doesn’t disappoint. Made of 18/8 food-grade stainless steel (with no interior lining), the 11 ounce BottleRocket is double-walled and vacuum-insulated to keep drinks cold for up to 12 hours. It has a sturdy, leak-proof cap with a latch to secure the lid closed. I love that it has a silicone spout so no plastic components touch my child’s mouth — (even though the plastic is free of BPA, lead and phthalates). The bottom of the bottle unscrews and comes off, making it super simple to clean — and all components are dishwasher safe as well. My daughter has tried a slew of reusable water bottles since she started school and none have worked out due to one problem or another ie: leaking, cap breaking off, straw getting corroded. I have every confidence that the BottleRocket will stand the test of time and hold up to the wear and tear of daily trips to school. It comes in an array of colors that match the PlanetBox Carry Bags. Mission complete.

RELATED | GREEN REVIEW: PlanetBox Lunch Box

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Private lactation pods to be installed in Newark and LaGuardia airports for moms who need to breastfeed or pump on-the-go

by 04/03/15   filed under: breastfeeding, news, parenting

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Traveling with little ones can be more than stressful, but add in a lack of private and clean spaces to breastfeed or pump, and it’s a wonder more families don’t skip flying altogether. Two New York area airports (Newark and LaGuardia) are installing lactation “pods” by this coming Mother’s Day, with the purpose of filling a rather noticeable breastfeeding-friendly travel void. As of November 2014, only 8 out of 100 airports surveyed met the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, which calls for “a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.” The “other than a bathroom” clause is key, since many breastfeeding and pumping moms have to use less-than-sanitary, loud, and crowded bathrooms as a default nursing space. The new private pods, which feature cushioned seats, also include thoughtful elements such as a fold-down table and a power outlet for breast pumps as well as room for luggage. Each of the two airports currently has plans for one lactation pod, but we hope that heavy demand for the pods means that more airports will consider making travel more mama, baby, and breastfeeding friendly.

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"We Don't Eat Animals" is a kid-friendly book series that supports and explains humane, plant-based living

by 04/03/15   filed under: books, education, green education, green family, green gifts, green kids, kid friendly, parenting, vegetarianism

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Before she became an author and an illustrator, Ruby Roth was an elementary school art teacher. Her previous experience, combined with her passion for veganism, make her the ideal creator of an approachable, honest, and super kid-friendly book series that introduces animal rights, human education, and plant-based eating. Whether you are transitioning your family to a vegan diet, want to share some basic humane education with your child’s class and inspire some little activists in the process, or simply care to add more books that support a kinder, more empathetic lifestyle to your family’s library, Roth’s three “We Don’t Eat Animals” books are a great addition to your library. 

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Sharenting: Are you sharing too much about your kids’ lives on social media?

by 04/03/15   filed under: green family, parenting

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Navigating social media as a parent in the digital age is a moving target. New terms are even being coined for the process, such as the term “sharenting,” which is “used to describe the overuse of social media by parents to share content based on their children.” The rules of the game change on an almost daily basis, and it’s difficult to foresee how today’s actions might impact your family’s future, either in the short- or long-term. The best strategy is to think carefully about what your “social media philosophy” is as a parent, and establish some guidelines for yourself, however casually, to follow in your daily life. So, how do parents decide what kind of information to share on social media? For many, it’s an impulse. We’re just as likely to post our lunch to Instagram as we are to share our daughters’ spelling bee triumph on Facebook. So, how do you determine what is appropriate to share, what should be kept private, and what is a downright no-no as far as granting public access to your kids’ lives?

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Kaiser Permanente launches large-scale research study into the causes of autism

Kaiser Permanente launches large-scale research study into the causes of autism

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that remains somewhat shrouded by mystery and continues to baffle parents (and parents-to-be) around the world. The numbers of new childhood…

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Petite Marin lovingly repurposes men's cotton dress shirts into classic caps, bonnets and tea dresses

Petite Marin lovingly repurposes men's cotton dress shirts into classic caps, bonnets and tea dresses

Petite Marin’s Rachel and Melina note that high-quality men’s cotton dress shirts are made from the finest cotton available. This makes them particularly durable and…

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Cincinnati Reds hit a home run by opening a stellar nursing suite for moms in their baseball stadium

Cincinnati Reds hit a home run by opening a stellar nursing suite for moms in their baseball stadium

Reportedly, the nursing suite came to fruition after Cincinnati Reds chief operating officer Phil Castellini learned that female fans were having trouble finding cozy places to…

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Miami Museum invites children with disablities for a day of art-making on April 4th

Miami Museum invites children with disablities for a day of art-making on April 4th

On April 4th, Miami’s Patricia and Philip Frost Art Museum FIU invites families and children with special needs to All Kids Included- Arts for All, an Accessible Arts Experience. The…

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Seriously souped up Mega Man-Pram designed for men who are embarrassed by dainty strollers

Seriously souped up Mega Man-Pram designed for men who are embarrassed by dainty strollers

In news we wish we’d never heard, ŠKODA has unveiled a new “vRS Mega Man-Pram” specifically designed to eliminate the uncomfortable position many dads feel they face…

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TREND: Microbrew for babies who want to kick back with a cold one

TREND: Microbrew for babies who want to kick back with a cold one

TweetEmail It’s hard to be a baby. Like, really hard. At the end of a long, stressful day, many of us enjoy kicking back with a special beverage to unwind. Now, you can…

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Wearable breastfeeding tent keeps nursing moms covered-up in public

Wearable breastfeeding tent keeps nursing moms covered-up in public

Breastfeeding moms are certainly going to be happy campers now that they can discreetly feed their little ones in the great outdoors (or amongst the highly judgmental public) with…

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HOW TO: Make a flower garland crown for little nature lovers

HOW TO: Make a flower garland crown for little nature lovers

1. Gather your materials. Flowers (real or fake, as many as you need. I recommend buying several different varieties and plenty of them since this craft can be addictive) Floral…

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Petit Collage's adorable tin canister puzzles double as coin banks

Petit Collage's adorable tin canister puzzles double as coin banks

TweetEmail These gorgeous tin canister puzzles from Petit Collage have a crafty little design secret: the tin canister that houses the puzzles also does double duty as a coin…

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Mom illustrates ‘Super-Soft Heroes’ coloring book to show boys that they should freely express their emotions

Mom illustrates ‘Super-Soft Heroes’ coloring book to show boys that they should freely express their emotions

Mom and cartoonist Linnéa Johansson understands the challenges of raising boys in a world full of gender stereotypes. In an effort to teach her children, and others around the globe,…

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