Nature's Nurture

Nature's Nurture - a blog about everything simple, natural, and homemade. It’s a place to document the changes our family is making to slowly convert our home into a more natural, sustainable, toxin-free environment.

Sarah is a winner of Top 25 Eco-Friendly Moms - 2013

What's a fun way to repurpose household items into toys or crafts?

My son LOVES anything repurposed - probably more than actual toys! Pots and pans paired with wooden spoons are always great noise makers, empty paper towel rolls make great "telescopes" and "megaphones", and he loves pouring and sorting beans into empty egg cartons. We've also made homemade rattles by filling up small plastic water bottles with beans, rice, or rocks. We use empty egg cartons to mix paint colors, and he loves putting pipe cleaners into the holes of a colander (toothpicks into a parmesan cheese shaker works well also!).

Do you know any great children's books that teach kids about being eco-friendly?

My favorite book by far for teaching young children about being eco-friendly is Don't Throw That Away! by Lara Bergen. It's a great little flip book that teaches kids how to recycle and reuse common household items. It has little flaps for kids to lift up and see how each item can be reused, and the whole book is made from 100% recycled content!

What organic or healthy snacks do your kids love? Please share a link to a recipe if you have one.

My son loves snacking on nuts, seeds, and carrot sticks. He's also not a stranger to the old PB&J sandwich, except his is on gluten-free bread and we use sunflower seed butter instead, because of his allergies. Homemade stove-top popcorn and homemade rice crispy treats are also a big hit. We make rice crispy treats with tahini instead of marshmallows and use raw honey instead of sugar: