Summer Jobs for Teens

Barista

Whether you wish to gain experience before college, start a savings pool, or just want a productive way to whittle away vacation time, “green” jobs are a great way for teens to make a positive impact during their time off from scholastic duties. Work Locally Instead of applying to the nearest Starbucks, seek out positions at local cafes and bakeries instead, especially those who practice strong environmental stewardship. These could include coffee shops who only sell fair trade products or mom-and-pop restaurants who support local agriculture by using local and organic ingredients in their dishes. You could also apply for… read more

Make Superhero Costumes Using Recycled Materials

Costume Designs for Superhero Kids

Know a kid that wants to be a superhero for most of the week? Help them dress the part with fabrics and crafts that reflect their inner crusader. Many children’s costumes can be made with things from around the house and often no sewing is even involved. The following designs are ways to recycle fabrics, felt and materials into cool costumes. Living with punks has super bat masks and a downloadable template. If your little hero doesn’t want a bat mask, alter the pattern a bit then decorate it with fabric glue and their choice of trimmings. For example, animal masks… read more

Cardboard Kid’s Crafts

Cardboard Kid’s Crafts

Kids love a good cardboard box, and even better than a plain one are boxes turned into fun projects. Investing a little time turning cardboard into pretend items will provide kids with hours of imaginative play. If you have ever looked at kitchen play sets then you know how costly they can be. Try making a play oven from a cardboard box that can provide all the play without the price. Martha Stewart has a tutorial for an upscale stove that doesn’t look like cardboard at all. Also, save restaurant drink holders and use them for the burners. If you… read more

Is Your Baby As Safe As You’d Like?

Keeping Baby Safe

Although we no longer have to worry about lead exposure and poisoning from pencils, there are still measures that have to be taken to decrease your child’s exposure to toxins and other harmful substances. Hot tap water, for instance, tends to loosen all the grime in the faucet and carry them into your cup. Yet many people either fill their baby’s bottles with hot tap water or microwave cold tap water. The latter increases your infant’s radiation exposure among other things. To be safe of both, fill your baby’s bottle with cold or room temperature water that has been boiled… read more

Can Gaming Teach Environmentally Responsible Values?

Can Gaming Teach Environmentally Responsible Values?

Game based learning has long been used in many settings, including for educational activities as well as occupational and career training. Some developers and educators see gaming as a way to reach a wider audience, and as a smart learning option for teaching core values, like ecologically responsible behaviors. With the vast assortment of games that revolve around questionable themes and subject matter, many who have gamers around may not argue, and would welcome a wider selection of more comprehensive games. By nature, games are both engaging and entertaining, a combination that can in fact lead to a successful learning… read more

Reading for The Future

Reading for the Future

Nothing can replace the smell and feel of an old fashioned book. However, embracing the digital page has its benefits, especially for tech-savvy children. While it is important that they know how to navigate an index or read a table of contents and locate a real page, an enormous amount of knowledge can be gained via online media. In a world where disposable is more often the norm, it’s reassuring to know that the advantage of acquiring knowledge, whether it be on page or on screen, is something that can’t be thrown away. Children who read are introduced to other cultures,… read more

Educational Water Activities for Kids

Educational Water Activities for Kids

Fostering environmental awareness at an early age through participation in informative activities results in an increased knowledge base and encourages earth friendly behaviors that can last into adulthood. Incorporating water play into a curriculum is a fun way to teach kids about water conservation concepts. Though agriculture accounts for a large majority, household water use is responsible for a great portion of waste. According to water conservation statistics, the typical household in Australia uses up 11% of their water source for daily activities, and the U.S. is predicted to consume over 10% of the entire world’s water supply reserved for… read more

3 Practical and Easy Recycled Paper Projects

3 Practical and Easy Recycled Paper Projects

The amount of U.S. paper waste totals about 29%, and paper is the most discarded solid waste product (EPA.gov). Recycling greatly reduces the amount that is thrown out but there are also many ways to use paper again. If you have an appreciation for the practical and have lots of stray papers lying around or are always doing the recycling paper toss, these are a few ways to reuse paper in the home or office. Turn Recycled Papers Into Stationary Colored, textured and other mixed media stationary can be made from usual throw-outs like junk mail, flyers or cards. Add… read more

Natural Treatments for Insect Bites and Stings

Natural Treatments for Insect Bites and Stings

Spending time outdoors can unfortunately come with the drawback of pests. Bites and stings are a nuisance, but there are natural treatments to help ease irritation and itchiness without using a fog of chemically laden products. For bites and stings that are bothersome, looking in the kitchen or pantry is likely to turn up some effective natural remedies. Though a normal reaction may be to swat at the area or incessantly scratch it, this can worsen the problem and cause more of an insect’s irritating poison to enter the system. Instead, calmly remove any stingers or remnants and clean the… read more

Getting Schooled on Climate Change

Getting Schooled on Climate Change

Global warming – is it or isn’t it? That seems to be the question a lot lately. Researchers have been following a 1600 year old ice formation and have been documenting its downgrading. It has taken only 25 years for this massive landmark to melt. According to scientists, the effects of global warming have played the major role in melting the massive glacial structure in the Andes, the Quelccaya Ice Cap. Remarkably, researchers acquired and studied samples of the ice structure’s core. They were able to inspect plant life as well as unearth discoveries about the climate spanning almost the… read more