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Teaching Children About Biomimicry

Teaching Children About Biomimicry

Children love to learn more about the world around them. Feed their curious minds with age appropriate, free activities and lesson plans that revolve around biomimicry so they can further relate their outer surroundings to areas in their own lives. Teach Engineering has a hands-on activity for kids with a suggested age of around 3 through 5, though it can be altered to suit other ages. Provided from the College of Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the focus is on natural design and how engineers apply it to making products. Learners are asked to think about solutions… read more

Upcycle Old Tech With Computer Mods

Upcycle Old Tech With Computer Mods

In the U.S. alone, the Environmental Protection Agency reported that in 2010 there were a total of 423,000 tons of computers that were disposed of. Of this amount, 255,000 tons were added to the landfills and 168,000 tons were recycled. This is only a recycling rate of 40%. This doesn’t even account for monitors, keyboards or other parts. Throwing out an old, outdated computer doesn’t necessarily always have to happen, though. If you like to tinker with technology or have a junior technician in the midst, consider doing a modification project. Check out the following computer mods that give the look… read more

Author Spotlight and Nature Activities For Kids

Author Spotlight and Nature Activities For Kids

If you know kids who love reading, animals and being outdoors, then combine their interests with ecologically focused material. Perfect for warmer months that navigate children toward outdoor adventures, literature that ingrains a natural sense of wonder will stay with them much longer than just hearing a story. Jean Craighead George is an award winning American author that has contributed widely to the world of environmentally focused children’s literature. She was a profound naturalist who seemed to live a life that often lent to the subject matter for her books. Born to resourceful parents who modeled self-sufficiency, including an entomologist… read more

Natural Dyes For Fabrics and Interior Furnishings

Natural Dyes For Fabrics and Interior Furnishings

  Long before mass marketing and manufacturing surfaced, people used what they had on hand. Resourcefulness wasn’t a lifestyle choice, but a necessity. Natural dying processes are one example of an organic route to a chemical method. Earth based tints and hues have been employed to add pigment to textiles, wearable fabrics and furniture long before you could pick up a can of color at the store. There are many free helpful resources regarding homemade dyes. Pioneer Thinking has an inclusive guide for naturally derived plant dyes. Plant information and color combinations for attaining specific naturally processed hues are provided,… 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

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