Posts Tagged ‘Toys’

An entire DIY community for kids!

Did you know that 65 percent of kids entering school this year will end up working in careers that haven’t even been invented yet? According to Cathy N. Davidson of Duke University, that means the need to be creative in life is essential. The new site DIY.org makes it easy and fun for kids to start enhancing their creativity skills early on. The website and app presents a multitude of projects kids can create at home. Once they complete the project, they earn virtual skill patches, similar to a Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts badge. They can share photos or video of their project to further enhance the feeling of pride of a job well-done. The projects range from easy and homemade, like making pickles or a smoothie, to medium-skill such as making an animal mask or rock collection, to complex, such as knitting a scarf or even making your own bicycle fenders.

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Life Edited Simplifies Our Lives

Having just made a major move, I spent the last two months getting rid of most of my belongings, selling stuff, giving stuff away. It was a big realization for me of just how much I had accumulated in such a short amount of time. I had the space, so naturally I filled it. While it was very therapeutic to unload physical stuff, it was also very cumbersome. I made a decision to really start really thinking about my future purchases. Before buying anything new I would ask myself, is this going to take up a lot of space? Will I really use this? And is it worth the money? Buying for my new life, I hope to keep things pretty trim.

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Harmony at Home: My Five Favorite Eco-Friendly Musical Instruments

My toddler Lulu’s making a racket these days. She thinks she is the missing band member of Quiet Riot (yeah, you heard me, I said Quiet Riot) and she is definitely making me “feel the noize”! While researching eco-friendly musical instruments, I stumbled upon these very cool (and green) music makers:

Wonderworld Rainbow Sound Blocks – $35 – These bright and colorful eco-friendly blocks are made from from environmentally friendly rubber wood, strictly using non-toxic paints, dyes and lacquers. The red, yellow, blue, green, and purple transparent colored blocks are hollow and filled with beads that produce different tones.

Your kids are going to love packing, unpacking, stacking and sorting this award winning toy (Winner of the Silver Practical Pre-School Award in 2006, and National Parenting Publications Award in 2001). [read more]