Get your Kid’s involved in a Sustainable Future {Guest Post}

If you’ve decided to build a new home, there are a number of energy efficient solutions that you should consider. Not only are sustainable practices great for your power bills, but they will also help to create a more liveable environment for your children and grandchildren. While it is important that you do all that you can to create a green home environment, educating your kids and involving them in environmentally friendly activities around the house can further assist in creating a sustainable future. Whether you’re building a new house or have decided to implement some environmentally friendly practices into your home, check out these ideas for getting your kids involved and educated.

Composting

Introducing your kids to the idea of composting can help them to understand that even leftover foods have their place in the environment. When building your new home, consider the floor plans and layout of your backyard to determine an area for your composting bin. A composting bin can be bought from various hardware stores and is relatively inexpensive. Composting will not only help your children to understand that waste products can be reused, but will also teach them appreciation for the environment.

Planting

When deciding to build, you often have the luxury of creating your dream garden. Spending days filled with sunshine in your backyard is the perfect way to relax, while still getting your family involved too. Most children love to plant and participate in gardening, particularly when they get to pick their very first strawberry or tomato from the garden. Creating a garden that allows you to harvest your own produce and give your children understanding about the value of nature, is a lifelong lesson that they’ll always remember.

Recycling

Getting kids to understand recycling at a young age is an invaluable lesson. Parents can make recycling fun, by creating a colorful system in the kitchen and also by showing kids how to reuse products. After Christmas, for instance, parents can create fun activities to reuse greeting cards by cutting and pasting pictures to make fun new creations.

Fun Education

If you’re building a new home, a number of house and land packages now come with energy efficient inclusions, such as solar panels, water tanks, energy efficient lighting and water saving fixtures. Teaching your kids about how your house works and how you are helping to create a sustainable future can encourage them to become more involved. Create fun, educational activities about how the solar panels on your roof allow you to watch our favorite television shows. The possibilities are endless, so start your kids on a greener path today.

Instilling good values in your children from a young age will help them to understand the value and importance of creating a sustainable future. While you’re educating your kids, you’ll also have the opportunity to create fun family memories of days spent together in the sunshine.

{Disclosure: This is a guest post. All opinions and thoughts are the writer’s. I have been compensated for posting this.}

Wonderworld Toys Bakery Set Giveaway {Shake, Rattle and Roll Event}

Check out my giveaway below and then don’t forget to enter to win the Shake, Rattle, & Roll Grand Prize sponsored by Tommee Tippee! You will have the chance to win a Closer to Nature Audio Baby Monitor valued at $149.99! Visit Formula Mom to Enter the Shake, Rattle, & Roll Grand Prize Giveaway!!

MY GIVEAWAY:

‘My Bakery Set’ by Wonderworld Toys {$40 ARV}

This eco-friendly, wooden set is not only adorable but was a big hit with my boys. It kept them busy for over an hour, which is normally something only cars and trains can do. What I loved most about the set was that it wasn’t just a box of play food. The “food” actually came in multiple pieces with a set of picture directions of how to make the two recipes. I thought the strawberry and orange garnishes that were included were a nice touch. It amazed me to watch my little two and three year olds pretending to cook just like mommy and daddy do and it was cute to watch them pretend to read the directions and put the desserts together step by step as the recipe showed.

Look what my boys “baked” me for breakfast :)

I thought the quality of the bowl and the utensils were very good. The only thing that I would have changed would have been to make the container, box, and recipe sheet out of heavier paper or even laminated paper. While the paper items didn’t rip the first couple times this toy has been played with, I am afraid that it may soon. Other than that we absolutely love this set and would recommend it to any parent or grandparent who has a little baker of their own :)

Another cool thing that Wonderworld Toys does is that they plant two trees for every one tree that they use. They have planted over 60,000 trees so far!

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Tell me who you want to win this bakery set for

2) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

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6) Share this giveaway on a social network

7) Enter another one of my giveaways {found here}

Giveaway ends June 5, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US only.

(Disclosure: I received a bakery set to review but all thoughts are my own.)

(Disclaimer: Formula Mom, Tales From the Nursery, and the Shake, Rattle, & Roll bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that fail to fulfill their prizes.)

Find more infant, toddler and child giveaways at the link below!

The Gigglin’ Garden Gang #GoGreenNGiggle #CBias


I’ve been trying to become more “green” and really want to help my children learn earth friendly practices. I was excited for the chance to learn more about The Gigglin’ Garden Gang and their eco-friendly line of products. We received a “Go Green and Giggle Set” that included a book, CD, and garden activity kit inside of a tote bag.

Once we took everything out of the tote bag, Jacob wanted to “read” the book to us. He enjoyed looking at the pictures and making up stories about what was happening.

Next it was Daddy’s turn to read the book to Jacob and Lucas. Lucas liked flipping the pages and Jacob pointed things out as Daddy was reading.

After the story it was time to plant our seeds that came with the book. I liked that the directions were pictures so even my three year old who can’t read could tell me what steps came next.

Jacob poured water over the “magic” soil pellets and we watched as the pellets grew. The boys then planted the seeds. They both really liked this step. Lucas, my two year old, kept digging in the soil of the one he planted so Jacob planted the other five.

Once they were done planting the seeds we closed up the container and set it in a sunny spot away from little hands. We then went to listen to the  CD but it didn’t work {I think because our player is old}. I was bummed because I was really looking forward to watching Lucas dance to the music. He does kind of a hop, skip, twirl that is just adorable.

Since most children are visual learners I really liked how the website had pictures of the entire growing process from start to finish. This will be helpful when Jacob is asking questions about our plants because I can show him what will happen next and what our plants will look like in the end.

If you’d like to learn more you can visit The Gigglin’ Gang online. They can also be found on Facebook and on Twitter. You can read more about my experience and see more pictures in my Google+ story.

(Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions are my own.)