I know my 2 year old has no concept of the earth or the environment. We have a globe and are working on that, but it is still a foreign concept. So for me, it was difficult to explain why we are taking these extra steps. But I keep telling her details like- picking up litter reduces pollution and by turning off the lights when we leave a room we save electricity. Even though she has no clue what I'm talking about- one day it will click. She may not understand what electricity is and how it works but she does get the concept of turning off lights. If I happen to forget, she will go back behind me and turn them off. We also have started talking about composting leaves and when we are driving she will talk about the leaves that have fallen and how we need to pick them up. So even if they are too young to truly get it, it's worth telling them and instilling small Eco-friendly habits. We still talk to infants even though they have no clue what we are saying...
idbids is a great starter tool to help your preschooler get it. Ella received Waverly- the little dreamy, very sweet, water drop idbid starter kit. Waverly is deeply concerned about protecting the Earth's water resources and keeping them clean. He is an adorable water drop with arms and legs that move. He has taught Ella that by turning off the water when she brushes her teeth, she is saving a bathtub full of water a week. The starter kit comes with a 9" organic Egyptian cotton plush doll, a colorful book with iddy biddy steps your child can do to help the environment, a field guide with 10 steps your child can do and track their results to get their certificate of completion, and a organic cotton backpack that is the perfect size for a preschooler.I really enjoy reading the book with Ella. It is an interactive book that allows your child to use their imagination. Each character is introduced and tells your child an iddy biddy tip to help the environment. Before reading our book today, Ella had been coloring. When Lola, the flower, said in the book to use both sides of paper when coloring, Ella got really excited that she had already done that today. I love her enthusiasm over the small stuff. :) Don't forget you can still win a idbids T-shirt until 10/13! Click here or click on the Giveaways link at the top of your screen to enter.
The Giveaway: idbids would like to give 1 lucky reader a starter kit of their choice! You can choose from Lola, Scout or Waverly!Rules: You have until 11:59 p.m. EST October 19, 2009 to enter. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced after they respond to the winning email. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the winning email, or a new winner will be chosen. You must leave your email address! This contest is open to the US.
How to Enter: Go to idbids and tell me your favorite idbids character and something about them. Click on "Comments" to leave your post. Make sure to leave your email address!! I cannot contact the winner without it!
EXTRA entries: You must complete the "How To Enter" before making any extra entries. Make sure you leave a comment for each extra entry and tell me which one.
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