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Going Green on St. Patrick’s Day!

17 Mar

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We are all aware of the fascination with shamrocks, pots of gold, and tiny bearded men who look resemble certain characters on cereal boxes that come along with the holiday. But instead of focusing on leprechauns, we wanted to take a moment to consider something more important: the color green! Of course, by observing all things green, we mean the way we approach the environment. With factors like climate change, pollution, and water quality surrounding us daily, it’s important to make young children aware of how to be environmentally conscious. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun!

Here are a few simple things you can do around your home to teach your children to go green on St. Patrick’s Day!

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1. Breathe Easy by Planting Inside or Out!

-Teaching kids the importance of trees and plants as oxygen providers is important not only in that it contributes to their eventual understanding of photosynthesis, but it will also help them to appreciate giving back to the environment. Keeping plants inside is always a great way to teach kids about plant care and they can even produce the added bonus of home-grown veggies!

2. Color Coded Recycling Bins

-Sorting trash into plastics, paper, glass and cardboard are great ways to teach your little ones about recycling. You can even make it more fun by assigning colors to each and using it as an opportunity to teach children their colors. There are tons of recycling songs to sings as you do your part together to go green.

3. Borrow Books Instead of Buying

-Going to the library is always an adventure for young kids. Libraries become magical places as children stumble across books shared by other people. By borrowing, you can teach children how they are limiting waste, as opposed to going to the book store to buy titles new.

4. Make Your Mondays Meatless!

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-Get with your kids and look up their favorite vegetarian recipes online. Not only can you cook together, but you can cut down on consumption while you’re doing so. Explain to your kids that through not eating meat on Mondays, you’re helping to cut down on greenhouse emissions.

5. Waste Not!

-Make sure you kids know to turn off the water while they brush their teeth and to turn off the lights when they aren’t using them. You can also do little things like using dish towels instead of paper towels, reusable water bottles intend of plastic water bottles, and make cards from home instead of buying them. The possibilities are endless when you look around your house for ways to minimize waste.

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6. The Green Games

-The biggest way you can help your child to go green is through teaching them about things like pollution and what little things they can do every day to stop waste. A great way to make them aware of environmental problems and solutions is through playing green games. There are plenty of online resources where green learning becomes fun and easy. (Not to mention the added bonus of technology integration!) Here is a great resource for online learning for kids: http://www.edge-gogreen.com/home/green-kids2/

We hope you enjoyed the small ways to go green on St. Patrick’s Day and found it more rewarding than the motivation to pinch someone! You can find even more ways to reduce your carbon footprint by checking out the green resources below. Thank you for playing your part in sustainable living and passing it on to the next generation, after all, that’s a pot of gold to look forward to in itself!

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The Top 5 Toys for Preschoolers in 2011

18 Nov

Looking to add a pinch of pizzazz to your preschooler’s presents this holiday season? Our experts have assembled a list of sure-fire favorites for children 3 to 5.  And the best part is – they can all be purchased in just a few, short clicks at KaplanToys.com!

#5: Hide and Squeak Eggs

Preschoolers will enjoy the “egg-ceptional” shape sorting fun of Hide and Squeak Eggs. Shells crack open to reveal six “egg-stra” special colorful chicks. Press down gently on their heads to hear them peep. Take the eggs out of the carton to shape sort. 12 months & up.

Item #: 85523

Price: $10.95

#4: Stomp Rocket Jr. Glow

You and your child can send a super-cool rocket to new heights! Kids “stomp” on the pad and watch the foam rocket launch into the air up to 100 feet. Special “glow” edition glows in the dark! Assembles in minutes, and no tools are required. 3 years & up.

Item #: 00347

Price: $15.95

#3: My First Beauty Bag

A deluxe beauty bag perfect for the little divas in your care! The bag includes a motorized hair dryer, hand held mirror, 3 curlers, hairbrush, and curling iron. 3 years & up.

Item #: 00444

Price: $19.95

#2: Tikes Patrol Police Car

Kids can come to the rescue in this foot-powered squad car with a working door. When they push the button on the electronic microphone they’ll see flashing lights and hear seven siren sounds. A realistic light bar on the roof lets kids pretend they’re on their way to an emergency. 2 years & up.

Item #: 80860

Price: $74.95

#1: LEGO Ultimate Building Set

Stimulate your child’s creativity with over 405 LEGO pieces. The new storage box with transparent lid contains a mini LEGO figure, a building plate, and a great mix of standard bricks in various colors, house and wheels elements. 4 years & up.

Item #: 00665

Price: $29.95

 

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