Toddler & Preschoolers Learning To Go Green: Six Ideas That Foster Respect for the Earth

Toddler & Preschoolers Learning To Go Green: Six Ideas That Foster Respect for the Earth

Parenting
Naturally curious about their surroundings, toddlers and preschoolers love to learn about the Earth. Creating habits early in life that help children respect the planet can only foster a better place for them to grow into. Welcome to April edition of the Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival, hosted by Authentic Parenting and Mudpiemama. This month’s topic is “Celebrating Our Earth - Green Living”. Please scroll down to the end of this post to find a list of links to the entries of the other participants. Enjoy! ***` These are six activities that can help toddlers and preschoolers learn about and respect Earth: Recycling: Our town has a fantastic recycling program, from oil to batteries, cans to plastic and paper, just about everything is expected to be recycled here. Even the yogurt…
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Roughhousing & Preschoolers: Why it’s Great and How To Keep it Safe.

Roughhousing & Preschoolers: Why it’s Great and How To Keep it Safe.

Parenting, Play and Learning, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs
I walked into the pre-school yard the other day and saw a pile of boys rolling in the muddy grass.   I recognized some shoes that belonged to my four year old and the bright red t-shirt of my five year old.  This ball of boys just kept on rolling and tumbling and then all the boys sort of jumped up, crashed onto the ground looking at each other and started laughing up a storm.  It was rough-play at its muddiest, finest moment! When done safely, roughhousing is awesome for preschoolers, and here are just three of the many reasons: Play-wrestling and rolling games can help build strong bonds of friendship. Preschoolers will happily tackle down their best friend, roll around and have a great laugh. This is the non-verbal equivalent…
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Two Hippos and Ten Euros: A lesson in budgeting.

Parenting
Welcome to the October Carnival of Natural Parenting: Money Matters This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared how finances affect their parenting choices. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. *** We took a train trip recently from Switzerland to Germany to visit the children's grandparents (my inlaws).  As part of our visit with them we had the chance to go to one of our favorite places in Germany: Opel Zoo in Kronberg. Aside from the fun, the Zoo outing turned out to be a great lesson in saving, sharing and budgeting for the whole family. This zoo is really quite phenomenal.  In…
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Creating (Im)perfectly Together

Play and Learning
Welcome to the August Carnival of Natural Parenting: Creating With Kids This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared how they make messes and masterpieces with children. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. This summer the boys, Bella and I sat down and made a huge list of all the things we wanted to do together. We had just moved to a new home in a new country and with no friends close by we thought this would be a great way to fill our time.  What I didn’t know is that it would also end up being a great excercise…
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Rockin’ and Rollin’ Paint – Part 2

Play and Learning
We had such a good time painting with balls and ramps - we decided to try another ball and paint experiment - this time painting a canvas inside a crate. Using most of  the same start materials from part 1, paint, balls, plastic containers for dipping - we added a painters canvas and a plastic crate to the mix.             Next we dipped balls into the paint and then dropped them into the crate. The boys then took turns moving the crate about to make the balls roll around create different paint colors, patterns and textures. Lastly the boys decided to squeeze paint directly into the box and have the balls roll around on it.  The result was a cool looking canvas (ok i'm biased…
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Are we there yet?

Parenting
Successful Family Outings One thing we often do as a family are outings, some like our trip to the shopping center last weekend was a bit of a flop, ok it was more like please don’t make me ever do that again type of an outing.  Others, like the outing to Mount Tamaro the very next day was fantastic. Same people, same weekend, what was the difference? Well, for the shopping center I had failed to do my usual planning which goes a bit like this: Location: Choosing an age appropriate and family friendly location is key. Some places on my list are  Shopping centers, Zoo’s, Children’s museums, farms, mini golf, playgrounds, State Parks or Town Forrest, Bike Trails, Amusement Parks, swimming pool, Lake or Beach. Planning: The next step…
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Paint Party

Play and Learning
We love to paint, especially with finger-paint. Usually I just purchase ready to use non toxic children finger paints, although occasionally we make our own, then line the table with plastic covering or old newspapers and paint away.  Variations on "sit at the table and paint" are always fun and so here are some ways we think are fun to finger paint: Bathtub Paint party: I find it especially interesting for children 18 months to 21/2 years  to paint with finger-paint in the bath tub. My children find it funny and different and they have so much space to explore the paint and clean up is a breeze.  I like to tape several sheets of paper around the bathtub and let the children paint. When painting time is over we…
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