IKEA recalls 29 million dressers due to tipping hazard after 3 children are crushed to death

06/28/16   filed under: eco toddler, green baby, green family, green kids, kid friendly, kids furniture, news, recalls

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IKEA has announced a recall on many of its popular chests and dressers after three children were crushed to death by furniture that tipped over. The Swedish retailer will also halt production and discontinue some of the models that are prone to tipping. When not anchored securely to a wall, certain models of dressers become front heavy when upper drawers are opened, or when all of the drawers are open. These pieces of furniture can also easily topple if a child attempts to climb up the dresser, which is the case with heavy furniture sold by many other brands as well, serving as a strong reminder to parents to secure these objects.

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10 year-old knits caps and delivers them to local children's hospital to help kids being treated for cancer feel more comfortable

06/28/16   filed under: craft, green kids, kid friendly

Garrett Lowry plays hard on the baseball field, but this thoughtful 10 year-old has another, more meditative way of relaxing: he knits hats for children with cancer. Garrett first began knitting the hats as part of a class project, but he quickly became devoted to the cause and decided to set an initial goal of knitting 15 caps to deliver to a local hospital. Crafting the caps, which are made to keep babies’ and kids’ heads comfortable during their hospital stay while they are treated for cancer, became a family affair with Garrett’s mother and grandmother contributing as well. His grandmother was also the person who first taught Garrett how to knit using a loom. Within a few months, Garrett and his homegrown knitting crew had exceeded their goal and made 50 caps in a rainbow of colors to deliver to Children’s Hospital Colorado. Although Garrett’s hobby was somewhat of a secret until recently, and he was unsure of how his teammates would react to the way he spends his downtime, this young man is quickly gaining attention for his knitting skills and for his big heart.

via USA Today

Image © Sheryl Lowry

 

Hasbro creates a wonky Mr. Potato Head to remind consumers that odd-looking produce is perfectly fine & shouldn't be wasted

06/28/16   filed under: eco toddler, food, green family, green kids, health & body, kid friendly, kids health, news

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If aesthetically unappealing produce tastes just as good as the pretty stuff, is a strange-looking Mr. Potato Head still just as much fun to play with? Hasbro thinks so. The company partnered with UK grocery chain ASDA to design a misshapen version of our favorite toy tuber. The so-named Wonky Mr. Potato Head is a one-off creation, being auctioned off on eBay for charity (for UK bidders only), but his real purpose is to illustrate that funny looking fruits and veggies are just as good as the others.

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The Milkshake Tree is a fantastical sensory garden designed for children of all abilities

06/28/16   filed under: architecture, eco play

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"Cat Tales" summer reading program is a 'purrfect' way to socialize adoptable felines while boosting kids' literacy

06/27/16   filed under: kid friendly, kids entertainment

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Getting kids to do their summer reading can be an effort, but a community outreach program in a North Philadelphia SPCA encourages students to boost their skills by reading to an unlikely and appealing audience: shelter cats. Third through eighth graders spend time reading to four or five cats during the 30-minute sessions. Despite their reputation for being too cool for school and somewhat aloof, the cats have proven to be rapt listeners and love the sound of the children’s voices as they read from popular books (regardless of their reading level). We’ve written about reading programs involving shelter dogs before, and whether curious canines or furry and purry felines are the listeners, these low pressure programs have the dual benefit of strengthening kids’ reading skills while the shelter animals soak up love and attention and learn essential socialization skills. The program is a wonderful way to get the community involved in helping cats become more adoptable. Philadelphia is estimated to have more than 1/4 million homeless street cats! The Pennsylvania SPCA program, adorably named “Cat Tales,” is running all summer long.

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via Philly.com

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Kids demand presidential candidates take action on climate change, via new petition

06/27/16   filed under: green kids, kid friendly, kids health, news

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Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is the 16 year-old activist who made headlines earlier this year when he spearheaded a class action lawsuit against President Obama and various government agencies, alleging that their failure to halt climate change posed a threat to the next generation of Americans. Now, Martinez is back with a message for the 2016 presidential candidates: adopt climate change as a top priority and find solutions fast. He has sponsored a petition to collect signatures from kids who are too young to vote in the upcoming election but are desperate for their voices to be heard.

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Japanese mom bakes up astounding bread loaves that feature her son's illustrations & more

06/27/16   filed under: art, baking, kid friendly, parenting, snack

Making homemade bread is a kid-friendly and delicious activity, but one Japanese mom’s bread loaf masterpieces elevate the stuff of life into works of art. Using her son’s drawings and beloved cartoon characters as inspiration, Instagram user Konel Bread magically bakes up loaves that, when sliced, reveal cheery, wow-worthy images. We say “magically” because we can’t quite figure out how she manages to make the leopard prints, fruit, dog faces, and flowers, but we think Konel Bread’s process must be similar to those beads and pendants made of clay and Fimo that somehow managed to include Jerry Garcia’s face or a leaping dolphin. In any case, these amazing loaves are clearly the product of meticulous planning and careful execution.

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Green Toys' 100% recycled 3D puzzles are perfect for babies and tots

06/26/16   filed under: green baby, green toys

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Young toddlers and babies are often frustrated by puzzles at first, and it’s very likely that pieces will end up where they shouldn’t (like in their mouths). Thankfully, neither of these issues will be a problem with the bright and fun new 3D puzzles from Green Toys. The wonderfully colorful Tea Time, Dump Truck and Garden puzzles from Green Toys are simple, safe and fun for tots. They’re the perfect first puzzles for babies and toddlers who are working on developing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Each durable puzzle set comes with a tray and clunky, easy-to-hold 3D pieces that encourage imaginative play. Like all Green Toys, these puzzles are made in the USA with 100% recycled plastic and they are free and clear of BPA, phthalates and PVC. Plus, the sets are easy to clean, dishwasher safe and packaged with recycled and recyclable materials that are printed with soy inks. Bonus: with an inexpensive price point, you’ll be able to stock the playroom with all three fun puzzles!

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7 of the most amazing slides in the world

7 of the most amazing slides in the world

1. Airport Slide – Singapore Singapore’s Changi Airport was recently voted best in the world, and I’m pretty sure it has a lot to do with this 40-foot indoor slide…

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Kindergarten in Japan is made from recycled marine shipping containers to teach kids about sustainability

Kindergarten in Japan is made from recycled marine shipping containers to teach kids about sustainability

HIBINOSEKKEI+Youji no Shiro HIBINOSEKKEI+Youji no Shiro is a Japanese Architectural Firm that specializes in creating amazing schools for young children, such as kindergartens,…

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This handmade amusement park in a forest in northern Italy was built by one man over the last 40 years

This handmade amusement park in a forest in northern Italy was built by one man over the last 40 years

Located in Battaglia, Italy in northern Italy, Osteria ai Poppi is firmly entrenched in nature, and that’s one of creator Bruno’s primary inspirations for his rides. Citing…

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The Edible Learning Lab teaches students the process of food production from soil to table

The Edible Learning Lab teaches students the process of food production from soil to table

The Edible Learning Lab is an afterschool program for students to learn through the process of food production from soil to table. Even a quick inspection will reveal that this…

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Pediatricians push for more lead testing and regulations, declaring "Most existing lead standards fail to protect children"

Pediatricians push for more lead testing and regulations, declaring "Most existing lead standards fail to protect children"

Around 37 million homes in this country still contain lead-based paint — and an additional 6 million homes receive their drinking water from lead pipes. As a result of…

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EWG's new BPA database reveals 16,000 food and drink products that contain the toxic chemical in their packaging

EWG's new BPA database reveals 16,000 food and drink products that contain the toxic chemical in their packaging

Although BPA may have (finally) been banned from baby bottles and a general consensus about its toxic potential has been reached… don’t relax yet. A new database from the…

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9 forest kindergartens around the world where the sky's the limit in teachings among the trees

9 forest kindergartens around the world where the sky's the limit in teachings among the trees

Image via Brooklyn Forest School It’s easy to see the appeal of forest kindergartens and outdoor playschools for parents concerned about little ones having too much screen time…

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HunnyBon: a vegan, organic, conscious confectionary that sells sustainably produced sweets

HunnyBon: a vegan, organic, conscious confectionary that sells sustainably produced sweets

HunnyBon’s founder and CEO (and resident sweet tooth) Kimberly Silver set up an approval system so you won’t find any unpleasant ingredient surprises. All of the items in…

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'Family Business: Innovative On-Site Child Care Since 1983' shows how Patagonia puts family life at the heart of their workplace

'Family Business: Innovative On-Site Child Care Since 1983' shows how Patagonia puts family life at the heart of their workplace

It’s no secret that we here at Inhabitots are pretty big fans of Patagonia’s sportswear products. We’ve featured the company’s eco-friendly, sustainable kids’ gear a few…

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Beat the heat: 7 delicious ways to keep kids hydrated this summer

Beat the heat: 7 delicious ways to keep kids hydrated this summer

Agua Fresca A friend who grew up in Mexico first told me about agua frescas: hearing her describe the variety of blended fruity waters was enough to make me want one immediately. This…

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