10 DIY Indoor Forts & Play Spaces

by 09/19/14   filed under: eco play, green kids, how-to

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Magnetic Activity Books Offer Plenty of Unplugged Creative Fun

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Improving Birth's Photo Project Brings to Light Birth Traumas Women Suffer

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Glob Face Paints are Certified Organic & Safe for Halloween & Dress-Up Fun

by 09/18/14   filed under: halloween, health & body

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Got kiddos who would like to paint their faces this Halloween? Need a safer face paint solution for birthday parties? Skip the scary ingredients inherent in nearly all face paint options on the market and opt for Glob face paints. Glob has got your kids faces covered, so to speak, with their new brightly colored, safe face paint collection. Glob’s natural face paint pack come in a palette of  hues that can be mixed to create new colors — all of which are made with certified organic ingredients. These face paints are free of artificial dyes and harsh chemicals and they’re safe for both body and facial applications. Paints are also titanium dioxide free, paraben free, non-nano, petro-chemical-free, talc-free, cruelty-free and made in the USA using botanical extracts like beetroot and tumeric. The paints come in minimal packaging and you get a handy bamboo applicator too. Additionally, check out our guide to safer, less toxic cosmetics to find some great face painting options. And learn how to make homemade face paints here.

+ Natural Face Paints $16.00

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HOW TO: Make Flavorful, Refreshing Fruit, Vegetable & Herb Infused Water Drinks

by 09/18/14   filed under: healthy recipe, how-to, recipe

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Chronic Exposure to WiFi in Schools May Not Be Safe for Kids

by 09/18/14   filed under: education, health & body, kids health, news

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In June 2014, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in Washington, D.C. issued a statement intended to reassure schools and parents about the safety of WiFi for students in schools. However, the Campaign for Radiation Free Schools (CFRFS) disagrees that on-going WiFi is safe for kids, and they have released a counter-statement declaring this. The CFRFS paper, Critique of NAIS Statement (pdf), notes that professional comprehensive reviews of current studies show that there are indeed plenty of risks for kids exposed to excessive wireless technologies. CFRFS also points out that the NAIS statement failed to recognize that, “several governments around the world are recommending limiting wireless radiation exposure to children, and banning WiFi in schools, or that teachers unions representing hundreds of thousands of teachers are questioning the safety of WiFi, and recommending schools be hard-wired.” Keep reading to see the other reasons why CFRFS thinks that kids, teachers and other school staff shouldn’t be chronically exposed to wireless radiation and why they feel NAIS should retract their previous statement and offer up a more realistic picture of long-term wireless exposure risks.

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CDC Says 90% of U.S. Children Eat Too Much Sodium Daily

by 09/17/14   filed under: food, health & body, news

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According to new statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 9 in 10 U.S. children (a full 90%) are eating way more sodium than recommended for a healthy diet. CDC research shows that kids are eating an average of about 3,300 mg of sodium a day before salt is added at the table, but that the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that children eat less than 2,300 mg per day. Worse, the CDC reports that around 1 in 6 children ages 8-17 years has raised blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke later in life. Kids who are overweight and eating too much sodium are at an even higher risk for heart disease. The rise in sodium intake is likely due to convenience prepackaged foods and fast food, all of which tends to be overladen with salt. The CDC points out that some of the highest sodium food items are the very ones kids love, such as pizza, cheese, chicken nuggets, canned soup, bread, cold cuts and sandwiches. Luckily, the CDC also notes that parents can help lower their kids sodium intake with just a few small steps, including:

  • Serving fresh, whole foods early on, as kids develop a taste for salt (or not) when they’re young.
  • Serve a diet rich in fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables without added sodium.
  • Read and compare nutrition labels and choose the lowest sodium food options you can.
  • When you go out to eat, request nutrition information from the restaurant so you can make lower sodium choices for the whole family.

RELATED | 7 Heart Healthy Foods & How to Incorporate Them into Your Family’s Diet

+ Reducing Sodium in Children’s Diets

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CONTEST ENDS TONIGHT! Win $100 from The Ultimate Green Store in Inhabitots’ Pinterest Contest!

by 09/17/14   filed under: competitions, contest, education, food, green education, green family

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It’s here! Back to school season is in full swing and we want to help green your routine. We’re offering up the chance for TWO LUCKY WINNERS to win $100 worth of back-to-school essentials from The Ultimate Green Store! The two winners will have their ultimate green kid fully equipped for the upcoming school year. We’re looking for the best and brightest ideas to lower your tot’s environmental footprint. Two grand prize winners will each receive $100 to spend on eco-school supplies, and will get to choose from items like upcycled backpacks, BPA-free lunchboxes, stainless steel reusable water bottles, tree-free recycled pencil sets, and much more. The deadline for all submissions is September 17th at 11:59PM ET. Read on to learn how to enter!

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Schoolyards with Natural-Terrain Reduce Children’s Stress by Providing a "Peaceful" and "Calm" Environment

Schoolyards with Natural-Terrain Reduce Children’s Stress by Providing a "Peaceful" and "Calm" Environment

TweetEmail A recent study from the University of Colorado Boulder has demonstrated that schoolyards with natural terrain and trees, dirt and water features reduce…

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Dino Pet is a Living, Bioluminescent Pet That's Fueled by Dinoflagellates!

Dino Pet is a Living, Bioluminescent Pet That's Fueled by Dinoflagellates!

TweetEmail A living dinosaur toy that emits a soothing, glowing light and puts on a wondrous show at night? Sign us up for a Dino Pet! The bioluminescent 3D-printed apatosaurus…

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School in England is Fingerprinting Students in the Lunch Line to Monitor Their Diets

School in England is Fingerprinting Students in the Lunch Line to Monitor Their Diets

In what’s proving to be a controversial move, the Redhill School in Stourbridge, England will be fingerprinting their students in order to help reduce long lunch lines and to…

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Kids Can Build Creative Forts Indoors or Outside With PL-UG Den Building Kits

Kids Can Build Creative Forts Indoors or Outside With PL-UG Den Building Kits

The Story of PL-UG PL-UG is the creation of two friends (both named Ben) who have awesome childhood memories of building dens in the garden. When combined with a background in toy…

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Colorful & Notched Kaleidos Blocks Take Building to a Whole New Level

Colorful & Notched Kaleidos Blocks Take Building to a Whole New Level

TweetEmail Kaleidos is an award-winning “ColorToys” set of wooden blocks from Brinca Dada that not only allows children to discover an array of hues as they…

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Get a Behind the Scenes Look at Sesame Street at The New York Public Library's Special Exhibit

Get a Behind the Scenes Look at Sesame Street at The New York Public Library's Special Exhibit

TweetEmail You won’t need to ask for directions to get to Sesame Street anymore. The beloved show that taught you and your kids your ABCs and 123s is making its way to the…

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MIT Researchers are Trying to Develop a Breast Pump That Doesn't Suck

MIT Researchers are Trying to Develop a Breast Pump That Doesn't Suck

On Sept 20th-21st, 2014, 150 parents, engineers, designers and healthcare providers will gather at the MIT Media Lab for the Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon. Other than finding…

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BPA-Free Seedling High Chair Has Adjustable Settings to Accommodate Babies in All Their Feeding Stages

BPA-Free Seedling High Chair Has Adjustable Settings to Accommodate Babies in All Their Feeding Stages

TweetEmailThe Seedling High Chair by OXO is a great find because not only is it safe, easy to use and stylish, it will also accommodate your child from ages 4 months to 3 years…

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Adooka's Vibrant Organic Baby Layette Collection Supports Small American Businesses

Adooka's Vibrant Organic Baby Layette Collection Supports Small American Businesses

TweetEmail When we see clothes hanging in the store or on a scrollable screen, we miss out on the lengthy and involved process to the final product, a road that includes steps…

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Surprisingly, Steve Jobs was a Low-Tech Parent and Many Tech CEOs are Advocates of Kids Going Screen-Free

Surprisingly, Steve Jobs was a Low-Tech Parent and Many Tech CEOs are Advocates of Kids Going Screen-Free

It’s not a stretch to assume that Steve Jobs, dubbed, “the master evangelist of the digital age” tossed technology at his kids like candy falling out of a pinata.…

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