This post was originally published on Eco-Libris blog on April 27.
I love bears. Polar, Panda, Brown – you name it. Therefore I was immediately was fond of our books this week – a children’s book that takes place in a little bears’ heaven and where the main characters are bears (and very funny ones!).
Our book this week is:
We mentioned it firstly last month when we announced on a collaboration with the author who plant a tree for every book sold on her signing events and provides buyers of the book with our sticker (made of recycled paper), saying: “One tree planted for this book”.
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In my local community something is happening that makes me want to jump up, clap for joy and say, “thank goodness”! Children are being encouraged to get outside. Turn off the television and discover green grass, bugs, bond with the trees, smell the fresh air, run and get dirty. It’s an initiative that really shouldn’t have to take place but with television, computers, working parents and technology more children are inside verses exploring the great outdoors. Find out how to locally get involved or start an initiative near you by visiting Getting Kids Outdoors.
The idea is to leave no child inside. I found many helpful tips for parents on a handout given to me at our local health fair and hopefully you can use some of these tips and join in the effort to get our kids off the couch and outside where the rain won’t hurt them and some mud could be fun for everyone!
Limit Screen Time. Designate how often the television can be turned on and stick to it. Avoid using it just for noise. I’m guilty at this. My children love to just have the television on but they’re not watching it. It wastes energy and it’s just noise. [Read more…]
Now that the weather is warm there is opportunity to shake off the winter doldrums and get the kids some fresh air and sunlight. Hopefully getting your kids to want to spend time outdoors will not be an issue for you but if it is you may just have to get creative.
Indoor entertainment certainly has its place but when they get outside to play or just enjoy a sunny day they get exercise and they connect with nature. Richard’s Louv’s book Nature Deficit Disorder is just full of reasons why we need to make a conscious effort to get our kids out of doors.
One simple way to do this is to take story time or homework outdoors.
I grew up in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. We had a yard with trees, and the park and river were not too far away. I was fortunate my parents took me on weekend hiking trips in the Hocking Hills of southern Ohio (although I called “hocking in the Hiking Hills”). Reading Into the Trees, part of the Mini G Deluxe Baby Gift Set, I was reminded of my early adventures into the woods as a child.
Those early, enjoyable hiking trips set the stage for my environmentalism and decision to live in a remote, natural setting.
Into the Trees is the story of Mini G’s first walk into the woods. In the forest, Mini G discovers many natural wonders:
Gurgle. Gurgle. Bubble. Bubble.
Mini G had found quite a surprise.
“Look, Dad! Look! Look what I’ve found!
There’s water bubbling up right from the ground!”