Designer Produce

Designer Produce

Artists can be inspired by the most interesting materials that many consider just ordinary items. The work of Sarah Illenberger provides a good example. Her series entitled Strange Fruits brightly represents the ingenuity of fruit and vegetable art. She whimsically presents spectacular produce inspired replicas, taking the everyday and twisting it with the surreal. Her rubies made from beets are simple yet so naturally shiny you may want to try carving out one or two. Also, this familiar toy inspired sample may have household members cutting up chunks of fruits to make their own, which would be much easier to… read more

7 Free Environmental eBooks for Kids

7 Free Environmental eBooks for Kids

Keeping kids engaged during downtime can sometimes be a challenge. Reading is great for helping young minds stay busy and actively learning. The following are 7 free environmentally based eReads that are fun and educational. From freekidsbooks.org, these downloadable pdfs are entertaining stories with informative messages. Lumberjack Mack The tale is about a lumberjack that loves his wood cutting job, until he runs out of trees to chop down. Learning an important lesson from the forest animals, he then understands the need to replace his resources. Moonhag and the Monster Monkey This is a short story about the beauty of… read more

It’s True, Nature Does Nurture Us

Nature Nurtures Us

Researchers are perpetually interested in how our environment influences us. Studies have shown that continual lack of exposure to natural surroundings can negatively impact one’s mood as well as health. The science behind the significance of ecological presence points to the fact that some modern settings humans spend their time in are far from natural, and that this disconnect from nature can greatly affect us. Dr. Frances Kuo has investigated how experiences in nature influence children. After administering assessments to groups of children, some living by patches of green and some who lived in areas surrounded only by concrete, it was… read more

Nurturing Ecological Awareness in Children

Nurturing Ecological Awareness in Children

If you have the opportunity to be around children, or are a parent yourself, then you probably know that they are like little sponges, soaking in absolutely everything. Kids see things we as adults sometimes don’t notice, and they are also very mindful about things that are going on around them. They are even aware of environmental issues. Early child development is a time of continuous physical, mental and social growth. Children love to learn new things and often are not afraid to be excited about their accomplishments. As adults, we pride ourselves as being the teachers and role models,… read more

Toys Made From Recycled Plastic Milk Jugs

Toys Made From Recycled Plastic Milk Jugs

Not a fan of plastic toys? If you have children around, you may find that plastic playthings are a little hard to completely steer clear of. However, there are plastic options for toys that don’t make as much of an environmental dent. Toys that are made from milk jugs are becoming a popular alternative to newly produced ones. Many companies are offering items that are constructed from 100% recycled plastic milk containers as a more eco friendly option to traditional substances used for toy making. The plastic used to produce milk containers is called high-density polyethylene (or HDPE) and is… read more

All Grown Up? But What About All This Stuff?

Repurposing Baby Items

If you have had a new one enter the household, you are probably aware of how fast they tend to grow out of things. From baby gear to clothes, the time spent in them can be short-lived. Often baby’s things can be reused in a different way to extend their life and usefulness. For instance, everyday necessities like baby wipe containers can be turned into nifty organizational tools that can be labeled and easily cleaned off. Whether round or rectangular shaped, they can be repurposed to fit where they are needed. Using them as portable carriers for pencils, paper, stickers… read more

The Many Benefits of Green Spaces

Benefits of Green Spaces

Green spaces include parks, urban gardens, woodlands, and wildlife sanctuaries. They provide many environmental benefits, ranging from the promotion of biodiversity to the improvement of air quality. When green spaces include organic urban gardens, people have the opportunity to produce food locally, which reduces carbon emissions associated with food transport as well as the negative environmental impacts of packaging and pesticide use. However, research has shown that green spaces provide benefits that go far beyond environmental sustainability. Social benefits of green spaces include increasing a sense of community, reducing crime, and providing opportunities for public recreation. In addition, green spaces… read more

Where Girls Are Born And Trees Are Planted

Trees Planted for Girls Born

In the country of India, of all places, you probably wouldn’t imagine the locals consider changes in the environment seriously. After all, this country is known for its increasing overpopulation problem, and not so much for being forward-thinking saviors of the planet. Their cities are rife with pollution, they have little in the way of factory regulations, and many more problems than worrying about the future world they’re leaving behind for their children to inherit. And yet through all of this, one small village in the western state of Rajasthan has decided to buck tradition and give more to our… read more

Teaching Kids About Migratory Birds

Teaching Kids About Migratory Birds

Kids love to learn about wildlife, and offering experiences that revolve around the outdoors provides motivation to learn more about the natural world. The actions of migratory birds offer an interesting study of how animals interact with the environment. Investigating hummingbirds can provide attention-grabbing lessons about these roaming creatures. There are around 340 different types of hummingbirds which can be found in the Western Hemisphere, throughout the North and South Americas. Most are tropic residing, with some having a preference for spending their summers in North America, and colder days in tropical climates. Hummingbirds use up enormous amounts of energy,… read more

Growing By Design

Growing By Design

The world of design has some inspiring, environmentally driven artists who have made a true difference with their talents. Designers that use their skill in combination with eco friendly undertakings to produce art and projects that give back in some way, through reducing waste or helping others, have more than just a physical ability. However, inspirational missions aren’t just reserved for the exhibition spotlight. There are some outstanding examples of those who have taken their visions and turned them into proactive, meaningful events for children on their home front. One such case is The Edible Schoolyard Project. Nearly two decades… read more