HOW TO: Exercise with baby in tow as a busy, exhausted parent!

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Yoga Joes: Classic Army Men Toys Swap Guns for Yoga Mats to Become Mindful Action Figures

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6 super easy green New Year's resolutions your family should implement in 2015

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This awesome igloo was made from 500 recycled plastic jugs!

by 12/31/14   filed under: craft, diy kids crafts, eco play, education, kid friendly

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We spied this amazing igloo on parenting website Diary of a Working Mom, and we thought it would be a great project for a summer camp, childcare facility, school, or even a communal backyard. The blogger’s children’s daycare asked for used milk or water jugs, collected more than 500, made a cardboard base, and built this fun and educational igloo. We love that this cozy “home” makes good use of old jugs and is big enough to fit numerous little kids. So if you happen to have 500 or so milk or water jugs stashed somewhere, give constructing one a try. It’s a great lesson in architecture and recycling and could easily segue into learning about Inuit culture. The site doesn’t include instructions, but here’s another “jugloo” with suggestions for how to build it. If you’re a few hundred shy of that impressive count, a smaller version could be made into a jugloo for dolls and stuffed animals.

+ Milk/Water Jug Igloo from Diary of a Working Mom

 

Dad commissions 23 artists to make unique portraits of his 8 month-old son as a stellar gift for his wife

by 12/31/14   filed under: art

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Top 6 editors' choice stories of 2014 - Help us choose the winner!

by 12/31/14   filed under: green kids, news, poll, recipes

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It was no easy feat, but we have chosen our top 6 favorite Inhabitots stories of 2014 — and we need your help deciding which story was the best one of the year. We were all captivated by this 5 year-old girl’s paintings which have caused people to dub her “the next Monet,” and we also loved learning from our resident kinder-gardener, Petey, how we can all quite easily grow our own lemon tree! See these stories and more below and vote for your favorite!

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This skateboard is made of tree bark!

by 12/30/14   filed under: green design

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Eco-conscious skateboarders will flip for this plant-based skateboard that’s made from a panel of tree bark. The work of Monsieur Plant, a.k.a. Christophe Guinet, an artist firmly grounded in the natural world, this sweet ride is a one-off that was designed as a display –  but we think the concept is cooler than a kickflip. Guinet, who spent time in the city and country while growing up in France, became enamored of plants and flowers when he was a teen, and this passion has resulted in beautiful and whimsical works that offer a meditation on the natural world and its relation to fashion and design. So while you or your kids are unlikely to get your hands (or feet) on this natural skateboard, you can still appreciate its rugged beauty and future potential. Take a few minutes to witness some of Guinet’s other nature-inspired works and installations including sneakers made out of and growing flowers.

+ Natural Skateboarding

via This is Colossal

 

Clever dad turns his 3 year-old daughter's funny statements into art -- and he'll do the same with your kid's musings

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Top 6 green kids design stories of 2014 -  What impressed you the most?

Top 6 green kids design stories of 2014 - What impressed you the most?

From a tiny wrist phone for kids that resembles something from a James Bond movie to a revolutionary 3D printed prosthetic hand, in 2014, many ingenious and innovative green designs…

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CreaChairs let kids design their own furniture that doubles as a cute creature

CreaChairs let kids design their own furniture that doubles as a cute creature

TweetEmail Furniture design for kids often falls into two equally frustrating groups: the “too beautiful to actually use” variety and the affordable but poorly made…

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MIT scientist links autism to Monsanto's Roundup and predicts HALF of U.S. children will be autistic by 2025

MIT scientist links autism to Monsanto's Roundup and predicts HALF of U.S. children will be autistic by 2025

MIT research scientist and author Stephanie Seneff has studied autism for almost a decade, and her recent presentation regarding rising autism rates included a dramatic and…

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Top 6 green parenting stories of 2014 - Which one did you like best?

Top 6 green parenting stories of 2014 - Which one did you like best?

TweetEmail Modern day parenting is no cakewalk. Constantly shifting insights gained via ever-evolving research, an increasing reliance on technology, and the hovering paranoia…

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Top 6 most popular Inhabitots stories of 2014 - Vote for your favorite!

Top 6 most popular Inhabitots stories of 2014 - Vote for your favorite!

We can’t believe it’s already time to bid farewell to 2014! Over the past year we’ve seen a variety of standout stories that have delighted us, entertained us, made…

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4 ways to recycle your Christmas tree

4 ways to recycle your Christmas tree

Each year more than 25 million coniferous trees are cut and sold as holiday decorations and all of those firs need to be disposed of once the holiday is over. As you could guess,…

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Faux Moccs are adorable handmade vegan moccasins for tiny toes

Faux Moccs are adorable handmade vegan moccasins for tiny toes

Moccasins, as a soft-soled shoe, protect young feet while still allowing them the freedom to develop and move like bare feet. Kortney says each pair is made with love for all life in…

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HOW TO: recycle holiday cards into next year's gift tags

HOW TO: recycle holiday cards into next year's gift tags

TweetEmail Step 1: Gather Holiday Cards & Packaging Have your children collect all of the holiday cards that are displayed on your mantle and the gift packaging…

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HOW TO: Make raw, vegan cake balls from juicing pulp

HOW TO: Make raw, vegan cake balls from juicing pulp

TweetEmail Raw and Vegan Fruit and Veggie Pulp Cake Balls 1. Gather the ingredients. 1 large organic apple 2 medium-large carrots 2 Tbsp raisins (divided) 1 Tbsp shredded…

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Australia's LEGO Christmas tree is over 30 feet tall and made from 1/2 million LEGO and Duplo blocks!

Australia's LEGO Christmas tree is over 30 feet tall and made from 1/2 million LEGO and Duplo blocks!

LEGOs are on most kids’ holiday wish lists, but while “Santa” is deciding which set to buy, kids can be inspired with an amazing, seasonal Australian LEGO Christmas…

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