Earth Day with Littles

Earth Day. The day the whole world supports environmental protection and we all vow to never again brush our teeth with the water running and think about maybe starting that compost pile. It can be hard to go green – half the time we don’t know how we are contributing to the ecological footprint and for the other half we don’t know how to change it.

We put together a few tips to enjoy with your children, to hopefully make it a little easier and maybe even a little fun!

  1. Walk or bike to school
    Just leaving the car at home for one day can have a big impact on both the planet and your health. Kids tend to open up more on a walk, so the conversation flows easier than it does in the car with the radio on. Here are some tips for talking with your toddler.
  1. Plant a small vegetable garden
    Little girl in clover fieldWatching something grow that you planted yourself, is one of life’s simplest pleasures. The sense of accomplishment and pride also means little ones might even eat what they planted.
  1. Get rid of the plastic sandwich bags
    Wean Green makes these awesome glass containers in all sorts of sizes and colors. We switched our sandwich bags out a long ago and now our little ones take a sort of bento box with them to school, filled with small tastes of different foods. Check out Weelicious when in need of ideas for kid-friendly lunches.
  1. Reusable Bags
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    Our very own Wet & Dry Bags are one of the easiest ways to go green. Available in petit and grand sizes, they can be used for all manner of things such as a toy bag on-the-go (coloring book and crayons, read-along books, or filled with those tiny Shopkins that are so easy to lose), packing for travel (great for underwear, shoes or swimsuits) and even as a liner for this cute Cult Gaia bag.
  1. Recycle!
    You know that old comment about how kids get more fun out of cardboard box, than the toy that was inside it? Well, it’s true! With more and more people shopping online, those boxes are a-plenty and kids just love them! This is a great article with ideas on what to do with those boxes. Imaginations will go wild and the iPad will be forgotten…at least for a couple of hours.

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It’s Read Across America Day…and Dr. Seuss’s birthday.!

To celebrate, we are talking kids books! There are so many wonderful books that can capture a little ones imagination and they will quickly have their favorites that they will want to read night after night. It’s important to foster their love of reading from an early age, because lets face it, they have many years of reading ahead of them! Here are several tips to help with that, along with some favorite book suggestions from our staff.

  • Add reading to your little one to their nightly routine – if you create the time, you can actually get them into bed a little earlier and they will even look forward to it. When they start complaining about bedtime, change the subject by asking them “what book would you like to read tonight? What about the one with the great big turnip?” and before you know it, they will be telling you their book choices.
  • Let your child see you relaxing and reading. It may seem like the wrong thing to do, like maybe you are ignoring them, but if your child sees you reading a book, they are more likely to follow suit and take time for themselves in the same way.
  • Find books that educate your child about different times of the year –put them away when its no longer that season and rotate them back in the following year. Halloween, Holidays, Summer etc.
  • It’s never to early to begin, so begin reading right away – it’s a great way to bond and is something to talk to your newborn about when you run out of oohing and aah-ing!

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Little Babies:
1.: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr.
2.: The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
3.: Moo, Baa, La La La! By Sandra Boynton
4.: Oh, the Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Seuss

Older Babies:
5.: Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Toddlers:
6.: Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman

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A gift guide to cherish

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We have curated a list of our all-time favorite gifts for that special someone on your Christmas list. Below you will find useful, yet delightful gifting options for the deserving people in your life. Merry gifting and happy holidays!

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Today is Child Health Day

Have you ever tried to catch a leaf falling from a tree? It’s near impossible, but when you do its beyond fun! We’ve heard its good luck too, so grab your kids and enjoy Child Health Day, while listening to their excited chatter and giggles as they try to do the impossible! ­

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Child Health Day – what you need to know.
Who: Everyone
What: To promote the year-round health of children in the U.S
Why: The American Federation of Labor and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs called for a proclamation by the President to declare the day…but who needs a reason?
When: Since 1928, and now observed the first Monday in October..
How: Take part in any activity that contributes to a child’s health: a walk in the park, an outdoor game. Just have fun with it!