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12 April 2015

Help Us Support the Plastic Challenge - June 2015

greenBee is proud to announce that we are donating ten percent of all our revenue in June 2015 to the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) in support of their 2015 Plastic Challenge. According to a February 12, 2015 report by BBC News, there are approximately eight million tonnes of plastic waste dumped in our oceans every year! Here is the full BBC News report.

25 February 2015

How Hugging Makes Kids Happier, Healthier and Self-confident

To survive, kids need the basic necessities like food, shelter, and medical attention. However, surviving is not thriving. For a kid to truly thrive, they need lots of hugs and other forms of affection.

There's actually a scientific basis for this. Hugging stimulates the production of oxytocin, the hormone most important in forming bonds and creating trust. This powerful hormone also reduces fear while increasing the capacity for generosity and compassion. In order words, elevated oxytocin allows your child to function better in society, get along better with peers, and not automatically distrust other adults like teachers and child care attendants. With higher oxytocin, you child will also feel more assured at home so he or she is more willing to try new things.

Hugging Kids

2 February 2015

Our Top 10 Selling Eco Toys 2014

Wow, what a fantastic year we had! We have been meaning to post this much earlier but we were busy welcoming and getting to know our new family member Nikolas who arrived on January 10th ❤ ❤ ❤.
We’ve gathered a list with our most popular products in 2014. So if you are looking to get back to a natural and more traditional play, or ideas for a creative way of play that support your child's development, then perhaps these will give you some ideas!

22 December 2014

Indoor Activities For Kids In the New Year

With the coldest month of the year almost here, finding indoor activities for kids that will keep them happy and fully engaged becomes more important. We offer several suggestions below.

Create Homemade Greeting Cards
With Christmas almost here and New Years just around the corner, what could be more perfect than helping the kids make personalized greeting cards for all their family, and friends. Delivering homemade cards in person is an excellent way to win the hearts of your neighbours too. It's also the perfect excuse to check in on people who may not have family nearby and may be lonely during the holiday season.

1 December 2014

Winter Solstice With the Kids

With the hustle and bustle of the modern holiday season, celebrating the WS can be a welcome change of pace for the entire family, especially the kids who may need a break from the holiday festivities to keep things in perspective. This year, the WS falls on December 21 in the United Kingdom. Below, you will find five ways to celebrate the WS with the kids and the whole family.

10 November 2014

Arts and Crafts For Kids

In previous article "Nature Crafts For the Kids On an Autumn Picnic," we gave you two fun nature craft ideas the kids can do at the picnic table after a nature walk at the park:

1. Leaf rubbing
2. Smiley faces from nature

In Part 2, we're going to give you 2 more fun nature arts and crafts ideas the kids will love plus a bonus science experiment that will totally fascinate them and it's very simple to do.

17 October 2014

Will Your Toys Become Treasured Family Heirlooms?

Many families have treasures they pass down from one generation to the next.... jewellery, furniture, chests, vases, lamps, silverware, china, quilts, rugs, seeds, and more. In some families, toys become treasured family heirlooms where the value of the toy increases with each generation because they are filled with love from parents and grandparents. Here is the story of one such family.

After Annie's Father died, her Mum decided she wanted to downsize to an easier to maintain flat. However, before she could sell the house, she had to clean out the attic. Annie went over to help her Mum while the kids were in school.

12 September 2014

Nature Crafts For the Kids On an Autumn Picnic

Autumn is a wonderful time to explore nature with the kids and do nature crafts outdoors. It's not too hot and it's not too cold. The trees, with their splendid autumn foliage, give the springtime flowers some stiff competition for awe-inspiring multi-coloured viewscapes. It's the perfect time to take the kids to the park, go on a nature walk, and have a picnic.

2 September 2014

How To Celebrate Autumn With Your Kids

Autumn for kids
As summer vacation comes to an end, your kids may start to get the doldrums. They may not look forward to going back to school because this means getting up earlier, less playtime, and homework -- three things that can put a serious damper in your little darlings' day! LOL :-) The progressively shorter day lengths can also affect their mood. Luckily, there are several things Mums can do to combat these end of summer, oh how I don't want to go back to school, shorter days blues!! That last sentence would make great lyrics for a country song, wouldn't it?

25 August 2014

Why Wooden Toys Are Making a Comeback

Building blocksRecently, there has been a resurgence in the demand for wooden toys. This is especially true for those made from sustainable woods using renewable energy resources, and painted with non-toxic paints, like eco wooden toys we sell at greenBee. We'd like to share some of the primary reasons for this with you.

Wooden Toys Offer Protection From Industrial Poisons
Wood is made by Mother Nature. It is 100 percent natural and does not contain toxins to humans. Plastics are produced artificially in industrial labs by people who must wear face masks just to do their job because the materials they work with are so incredibly toxic. Wooden toys, if left natural or painted with non-toxic paints, do not expose your children to toxins. Plastics leach out toxins 24/7, sometimes directly into the little mouths that chew on them.

6 August 2014

How To Make Natural Food Dyes - They're Nutritional & Non-Toxic

When grown-ups reminisce about the best times they had as a child, invariably they bring up cooking with Mum. Both girls and boys enjoy making colourful cupcakes and playing Rembrant as they paint the holiday cookies with blue, green, and pink frosting! Baking colourful tasty goodies create cherished childhood memories as they mellow in our minds. 

27 July 2014

Baby Toys: The History Of Sophie the Giraffe

Sophie the Giraffe, a natural rubber teether, is one of the most beloved baby toys of all time! For those Mums who learn the history of how Sophie came to be an international hit, they seem to cherish her all the more!

In 1960, the idea of Sophie the Giraffe was born in Asnieres sur Oise, a small town north of Paris France. She was the genus of Monsieur Rampeau, who worked for the Delacoste Company, producing toys from the sap of the Hevea tree, native to Malaysia. In that era, animal toys in Europe were basically limited to barnyard animals like cows, pigs, and chickens or pets like dogs and cats. In other words, they were limited to animals that children would already be familiar with.

25 July 2014

Sensory Activities For Babies, Toddlers, and Small Children

Babies are more acutely aware of the world than most people realize. They learn to distinguish their Mother's voice from other voices while they are still in the womb. Toddlers have keenly developed senses and are eager to use them to explore the world. Likewise, it isn't hard to motivate a curious preschooler to touch, smell, taste, see, and hear.

6 July 2014

Eco Summer Activities For Preschoolers

Eco Summer Activities
Preschoolers love a tactile experience. Summer activities that involve touching and feeling will grab their attention and stimulate their mind more than activities that do not involve their sense of touch. Below you will find several ideas for eco-friendly summer activities for preschoolers that include tactile experiences.

Little kids LOVE to finger paint! Half the fun is how messy it is but this messiness can make Mums cringe when it's done inside. Summertime is the perfect season to take this fun activity outdoors and let your tots have a messy good time!

24 June 2014

The Dangers Of Toxic Food Colouring - Savvy Mums Beware

Walk into any grocery store and what do you see in the bakery department? Brightly coloured cakes and cupcakes beckoning to the kids to plead with Mum, "Can we get this, Mum.... please.... pretty please with a cherry on top!" The next time your kids beg you to buy an item like this, I want you to remember the answer to the following question: What does red velvet cake, blue frosted cupcakes, white cake decorated with bright pink roses, and doughnuts with multi-coloured sprinkles all have in common?