HOW TO: Dye Easter eggs naturally with your kids

by 03/20/15   filed under: eco toddler, green family, green holiday ideas for kids, green kids, how-to

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The Patchery custom-made clothing for kids: you design it, they sew it!

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8th graders create a 'Frozen' inspired 3D printed robotic hand for a 6 year-old girl

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Six year-old Ariah, a student in California, has received a new prosthetic hand inspired by a Disney movie, and amazingly designed and created by a group of eighth-graders. Students at the Deer Creek Intermediate School in Wisconsin heard about Ariah, who was born without a right hand, and decided to dedicate their robotics class to making her a prosthetic gift. Inspired by Ariah’s favorite movie Frozen, the students created a working blue and turquoise hand that bears the name “Queen Ariah” on the cuff.

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Wearable rope vest turns parents into the most popular and portable jungle gym in town

by 03/19/15   filed under: eco play, kid friendly, kids entertainment, parenting

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Our kids climb all over us all day long: while waiting to pick up big brother at school, in line at the grocery store, even at the park despite there being loads of available play equipment. The moral of this story: you may want to go ahead and invest in AthleTitti, a rope vest created by a Japanese student graduating from Tokyo’s Tama Art University that takes the concept of “active parenting” to a whole new level. The vest, which looks like some type of odd hybrid between a corset and a ropes course, allows kiddos to climb on, get a grip, and keep crawling all over you without pulling a hole in your favorite shirt or (raise your hand if this has happened to you) grabbing your ponytail for leverage. All kidding aside, we think this rope vest is genius for kids who constantly need to be moving around, rainy or snowy days when tots still need to fulfill their quota of activity, or even enticing independent and adventurous tots to stay close by.

+ AthleTitti wearable jungle gym vest

via Toyland

 

LEGO Club Magazine is doling out beauty advice to young girls and parents are rightfully outraged

by 03/19/15   filed under: green kids, news, parenting

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LEGO is now offering beauty advice to young girls, and attempting to teach them about getting the “right” haircut for the shape of their face. How did “a toy for a girl, a toy for a boy” become “beauty advice for a girl, empowering confidence for a boy?” LEGO, arguably American kids’ favorite toys, has taken an ugly turn and parents everywhere are taking note. In the March-April edition of the LEGO Club magazine, targeted at kids ages 5-12, LEGO marketing geniuses thought it necessary to include detailed beauty advice for girls to help them achieve the cutest haircut for their face shape—for their tender, elementary-aged faces.

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The Children's Woodshop Bus has been traveling around San Diego since 1974 to teach kids woodworking skills

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HOW TO: Make vegan, organic marshmallow Peeps for Easter

by 03/18/15   filed under: cooking, food, green family, green kids, how-to, recipe, recipes, vegan cooking

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Father photographs daughter dressed-up as heroic black women after they study their lives and stories

by 03/18/15   filed under: art, education, kid friendly, news, parenting

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Announcing the winners of the 2015 Fairy Tales competition - where architectural projects are inspired by fictional stories

Announcing the winners of the 2015 Fairy Tales competition - where architectural projects are inspired by fictional stories

Incredibly, this year Blank Space, an online architectural platform, received a whopping 1,200 participants from 65 countries for the 2015 Fairy Tales competition. The winners, along…

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Hansa stuffed animals are an ethical alternative to live bunnies, chicks and ducks this Easter

Hansa stuffed animals are an ethical alternative to live bunnies, chicks and ducks this Easter

TweetEmail If your little one is obsessed with the idea of receiving a sweet Easter animal this spring, make sure you give him or her one of these realistic Hansa stuffed toys…

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HOW TO: Make creamy vegan baked potato soup

HOW TO: Make creamy vegan baked potato soup

1. Gather your ingredients and bake the potatoes. Ingredients: 3 large white organic potatoes 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 medium onion 2 cloves garlic 1 tsp sea salt freshly ground black…

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LEGO pledges $8.2 million to UNICEF in support of children's rights and better business practices

LEGO pledges $8.2 million to UNICEF in support of children's rights and better business practices

TweetEmail Promoting the importance of early learning through play is one of the LEGO company’s tenets, and The LEGO Foundation just stepped up their philanthropic game…

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The Natural Egg Dye kit lets you color eggs naturally with fruits, herbs and veggies, minus the hassle

The Natural Egg Dye kit lets you color eggs naturally with fruits, herbs and veggies, minus the hassle

TweetEmailDyeing your eggs naturally with berries, veggies, and other kitchen pantry items is fun and crafty, not to mention safer than using toxic, food coloring dyes, but…

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Perfectly patterned organic bunnies to nestle into Easter baskets

Perfectly patterned organic bunnies to nestle into Easter baskets

TweetEmailThese cuddly bunny pals from Apple Park are made from 100% organic cotton and organic cotton fiber filling, and any child would be delighted to find one in his/her…

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Family rescues a magpie that becomes their loyal friend & frequent houseguest

Family rescues a magpie that becomes their loyal friend & frequent houseguest

The Blooms initially intended to simply help the magpie get back on her feet, and release her back into the wild. But nurturing formed a bond between the bird and the Blooms that has…

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6 vegan Easter candies for your little bunny's basket

6 vegan Easter candies for your little bunny's basket

Mama Ganache As you saw above, Mama Ganache has the perfect vegan Easter basket for your little honey bunny. And they also offer a huge selection of other chocolate vegan Easter treats…

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Fair Trade bunny dolls are an ethical Easter gift

Fair Trade bunny dolls are an ethical Easter gift

The perfect size for a child to cuddle, these sweet hand-crocheted bunny dolls offer delight on Easter morning. Made with cute lop-ears, adorable clothing and friendly faces, either…

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Help stop Mattel's talking Barbie doll from eavesdropping on children and threatening their privacy

Help stop Mattel's talking Barbie doll from eavesdropping on children and threatening their privacy

TweetEmailAs we reported in February, Barbie may finally gain a voice of her own via voice recognition technology that is processed in “the Cloud.” As we noted before, this…

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