Kids can add their own personal touch to Oeuf's new Play Collection table and chairs

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Oxford Junior Dictionary omits many nature words, removes "acorn" in favor of "broadband" in an alarming sign of the times

by 01/15/15   filed under: green kids, kids health, news

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Oxford University’s latest Junior Dictionary has omitted numerous nature-related words pertaining to plant and animal species, including “acorn,” “blackberries,” and “minnows”– a move that has several notable artists and writers “profoundly alarmed.” In an open letter detailing increased rates of obesity, lower life expectancies, and simply fewer opportunities to play outside for children today, author Margaret Atwood and others voiced their worries about this young generation and their increasing disconnect with nature. One of the most gripping statements in the letter is as follows:

“We recognize the need to introduce new words and to make room for them and do not intend to comment in detail on the choice of words added. However, it is worrying that in contrast to those taken out, many are associated with the interior, solitary childhoods of today.”

While the writers recognize that the dictionary omissions aren’t causing the nature deficit problem, they suggest that inclusion of these plants and animals will help shape the way that kids learn about and understand the world around them. The group, which includes poets, naturalists, and academics, implored the Oxford University Press to reinstate the omitted words as a show of support for “natural childhood.” A spokesperson for the press responded that they have no immediate plans for another edition to be published in the near future and commented that the junior dictionary still contains around 400 nature-related words.

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BPA alternative linked to hyperactivity & abnormal brain cell development

by 01/15/15   filed under: baby feeding, green maternity, green pregnancy, health & body, news, prenatal

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The most common chemical used as an alternative to bisphenol-A (BPA) products could be just as bad for humans as BPA itself. A new study by the University of Calgary shows that bisphenol-S (BPS) is also responsible for abnormal growth in brain cells. Researchers are now concerned that BPS, once thought to be a safer option than BPA, might actually be worse. The new findings on BPS show that it causes the same abnormal growth in neurons that spurred manufacturers to ditch BPA in the first place. The real trouble is that the levels of abnormal brain cell development are actually higher than those caused by BPA. Researchers monitored prenatal cell activity in zebra fish, who share 80% of their genes with humans, and they didn’t like what they found.

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7 of the most amazing slides in the world

by 01/14/15   filed under: eco play, green family, green kids, kid friendly

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HOW TO: make decadent vegan chocolate mousse topped with candied pecans

by 01/14/15   filed under: how-to, recipes, vegan cooking

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LEGO enthusiast Thomas Poulsom's special edition LEGO Birds set is flying off the shelves

by 01/14/15   filed under: green design, green toys

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Back in 2012 we reported on bird and LEGO enthusiast Thomas Poulsom and his amazing idea for a LEGO set of detailed bird specimens. Now, thanks to LEGO Ideas, a website that allows creative LEGO builders to submit design proposals, Poulsom’s designs, once just an idea, have been brought to life and are available for purchase! Poulsom, who tells LEGO that he has been building LEGO structures since he was five years-old, also says, “The birds are a big challenge to build, building something to look organic from LEGO bricks is not easy, but it is a great challenge and one I enjoy very much. I like to think of LEGO as the best puzzle in the world.” He also advises other wanna-be LEGO designers to, “Have an original idea and put lots of effort and passion into the project.” You can learn more about Poulsom’s journey to LEGO designer, and his love of birds in his LEGO Ideas interview. You can also see more of his design process on his Flickr bird pages, and watch a video of Poulsom and his extraordinary LEGO birds after the jump!

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Girl ditches LEGO juice bar kit instructions to build this mighty robot instead!

by 01/13/15   filed under: eco play, green kids, green toys

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Watch the world's largest Rubik's Cube get solved!

by 01/13/15   filed under: eco play, news, video

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If you grew up struggling with the classic 3x3x3 Rubik’s cube, this video may give you a headache. Brilliant YouTuber Kenneth Brandon spent 7.5 hours over the course of five days working on the world’s largest Rubik’s Cube. The 17x17x17 cube probably gave him carpal tunnel, but Brandon triumphed over the beast. Watch his success in the time-lapse video after the jump!

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Photographer fashions everyday objects into whimsical floor scenes so kids can defy gravity

Photographer fashions everyday objects into whimsical floor scenes so kids can defy gravity

TweetEmail By using the floor as a canvas to create the backdrop for his photographs, Holleben is able to fashion scenes that would otherwise be impossible if shot vertically.…

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Film loving parents recycle cardboard boxes into imaginative movie scenes starring their baby boy

Film loving parents recycle cardboard boxes into imaginative movie scenes starring their baby boy

A move from New Zealand to Sydney, Australia meant an onslaught of boxes for the Mackies, as they packed up their lives and transported all of their belongings across country lines. As…

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A NASA astronaut suit enables a disabled boy to walk for the first time

A NASA astronaut suit enables a disabled boy to walk for the first time

TweetEmail For three year-old Georgie Craig, learning to walk hasn’t been categorized as a normal developmental milestone: it’s the result of hard work and the…

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9 new high-tech gadgets for modern-day parents

9 new high-tech gadgets for modern-day parents

Bluetooth-enabled Pacif-I This pacifier looks like most of its low-tech counterparts, but it has special powers. The Pacif-I connects via Bluetooth to a smartphone or tablet, allowing…

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Pope Francis once again tells mothers to breastfeed their babies in public without worry or hesitation during baptism service

Pope Francis once again tells mothers to breastfeed their babies in public without worry or hesitation during baptism service

A year ago we reported that Pope Francis encouraged mothers to breastfeed their babies during the infants’ baptism service in the Sistine Chapel. Cut to today’s service,…

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HOW TO: Make a vegan, gluten-free, protein packed quinoa breakfast bowl with berries & coconut milk

HOW TO: Make a vegan, gluten-free, protein packed quinoa breakfast bowl with berries & coconut milk

1. Gather the ingredients 1 cup of quinoa 2 cups of water 1/3 cup coconut milk (or almond milk) 1 cup frozen or fresh berries 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 tablespoons coconut flakes 1/2…

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Noli Noli handmade wooden toys bring sustainable charm to playtime

Noli Noli handmade wooden toys bring sustainable charm to playtime

Each wooden toy is made in the USA, handcrafted out of all natural solid wood that is locally sourced in New York or recycled from local furniture businesses. Noli Noli has a great…

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Artist transforms her two year-old's sketches into fantastical watercolor paintings

Artist transforms her two year-old's sketches into fantastical watercolor paintings

The collaborative pieces fuse the adorable child-like strokes of two year-old Eve, with Oosterman’s classic figurative painting style. Eve’s drawings are made using a black ink pen…

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New York City bans all single use Styrofoam products in school cafeterias & citywide

New York City bans all single use Styrofoam products in school cafeterias & citywide

Beginning July 1st, 2015, the trash cans of New York City will be less crammed with Styrofoam cups, clamshells, packing peanuts, and other single use, non-recyclable Styrofoam products…

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HOW TO: make dairy-free nacho 'cheese' from potatoes!

HOW TO: make dairy-free nacho 'cheese' from potatoes!

1. Gather the ingredients 2 cups of diced potatoes 1 cup of diced carrots 1/2 cup of water 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil 2 tsp. of salt 1 tbsp. of lemon juice 1/2 cup of…

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