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Guest Blogger: Three P’s in a Pod

Hello everyone!  I’m so excited to be here on the Sprig Toys blog today!
I’d like to start off by telling you a little bit about myself.  My name is Tara and I’m the author of a family-friendly blog, Three P’s in a Pod.  I am a stay at home mom to my little man, Carter, and have a wonderful husband, Jake.  We love Sprig Toys so I really appreciate them having me as a guest here today!

It seems like being eco-friendly is more important these days than ever before.  I don’t remember ever hearing about “being green” when I was growing up.  So, coming up with eco-friendly activities for us to do with Carter seemed like it’d be pretty tough. Until I really started thinking about it.  Then I started to realize that many things we do on a daily basis without even thinking about it are eco-friendly!  Whew, what a great feeling!

So, today, I’m writing to let all of you know how our little family is eco-friendly and how yours can be (or may already be) too! First of all, I believe that teaching our children about the environment is key.  If our kids know the importance of the environment and how our actions impact the earth, then they’re more likely to take pride in doing things that are safe for the environment.  Since Carter is only 16 months old we haven’t really been able to start doing this.  But one way that has stuck out in my mind is visiting a museum.  Jake, Carter, and I took a trip to Chicago last summer and spent some time at the Field Museum.  It’s a great place and I’m sure we’ll be making a trip back once Carter’s old enough to really appreciate what it’s all about.

Another fun eco-friendly activity that we’ve done with Carter lately is planting/gardening.  This is a great way to do something good for the environment and have fun at the same time.  It can also be a great learning activity!  We got a big pot and some flowers from our local garden center to spruce up our patio a bit.  Unfortunately, the weather was not cooperating so we had to do the planting indoors.  But it was still fun!

Then I realized that something as basic as taking a walk is eco-friendly.  As Carter gets older I can teach him about all of the plants, trees, and flowers we see.  There’s nothing better than a relaxing walk outdoors on a sunny day!  It definitely reminds me to appreciate the world around us.

Living “green” can definitely be a lifestyle change for a family.  But if you take a look around at fun things you do on a daily basis, probably more than a few of those things are already good for the environment, or can be easily made into eco-friendly activities.  Even something as simple as playing with a Sprig toy 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Guest Blogger: Three P’s in a Pod

  1. Hi Tara – My grand daughter has been fascinated with gardening and gardens for several years now. When the snow melts here in Utah, she’s out in the graden digging, planting, pruning and generally getting muddy from head to toe….and loving every minute of it. When her 6th birthday came around this year, we incorporated her love of gardens and gardening into her party. Red Butte Gardens near Salt Lake City was our choice and the kids had a blast! They went on a scavenger hunt for garden-friendly animals, walked through the kid-sized, ivy-covered mazes, painted pots and planted herbs to take home with them. They also sang songs about plants and bugs, and so on. We received several remarks from parents thanking us for encouraging their kids to think green, rather than another bounce house or arcade party. We spent money to have the party at the gardens, but I think, with enough planning, a similar economy versn of this garden party could be done in your own back yard. As a real plus is the eco-friendly Dunebug Sand Truck from Sprig Toys that can hold little brother’s attention for hours in the garden, right next to big sister.

    Posted by Terra Anders | May 27, 2011, 7:34 pm
  2. Mine is just starting to be fascinated with gardening. 🙂

    Posted by Elizabeth Pyo | June 24, 2011, 3:28 pm

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