climate change video

Climate Change Video – Amongst Giants

climate change video

I was looking for a climate change video they other day, and stumbled upon this stunningly animated and orchestrated video about industrialisation and climate change/environmental destruction, that’s beautifully simple and accessible to all:

Amongst Giants – Turn from LWZ on Vimeo.

The music is by Amongst Giants and the video is animated by LWZ.

I really like the fact that the video gives a very visual message.  As such I think it would be a really handy climate change video for teachers looking to spark wider discussions about climate change, industrialisation,  environmental destruction and man’s involvement.

I hope you enjoy!

And if you do come across any other good climate changes video then do make sure you share them with me!  I’m always on the lookout for more!  Leave a comment, email me on moralfibres@gmail.com, tweet me, or leave me a comment on Facebook.  I’m all ears!

wooden kids toys

Eco-Friendly Wooden Kids Toys

wooden kids toys

Look into any parent of a young child’s home (including ours) and you’ll most likely see a sea of plastic toys, many electronic with music with flashing lights (my least favourite!).

I have to say that I am not a fan of plastic toys, not least for how they are produced and the time it takes for the plastic to break down in landfill (often longer than 700 years).  They are also not the most aesthetically pleasing, and are full of nasty chemicals linked to illness in later life.

I much prefer wooden kids toys.  Wooden toys are (if you choose correctly) sustainable, degradable and free of the chemical risks that plastic toys possess.  They can also be  real hand-me-down pieces.

Of course, we have plastic toys bought for us and I do not discourage my daughter from playing with them.  However, since the age of about 6 months old, when she started showing an interest in toys, her preference has been for wooden kids toys.

Our first purchase, found in a charity shop, was a wooden shape sorter in the shape of a house.  She adored banging the blocks together and other toys barely got a look in.  Since then our collection of wooden toys have grown and she still loves her wooden toys as much as ever.  Her current favourite is a red London bus from Habitat – hours of fun taking the people in and out of the bus!

Here is the rest of our collection:

eco-friendly wooden toys

As wooden kids toys are so durable, even though they all look like new, we actually found most of these in charity shops, and the walker came second-hand from eBay.  The bus was the only toy we bought new, as a Christmas present, and the jigsaw was a gift from a family member.

If you’re looking to buy a special toy for a child in your life, perhaps for a birthday or Christmas present, then here is a run down of some other great wooden kids toys I found on the internet, separated into age groups:

Babies

wooden toys for babies

Links: 1/ 2/ 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7

 

Toddlers

wooden toddler toys

Links: 1 / 2. Canterbury Toy Shop / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9

Older Kids
wooden kids toys

Links: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

Most of the wooden kids toys I’ve showcased here are from sustainable sources or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accredited – if you are uncertain of the provenance of a toy then do contact the manufacturer.  You can also find a list of international and UK FSC accredited products and suppliers here on the FSC website.