Links

 There are organizations and blogs that are outstanding in their support of mindful parenting, encouraging imaginative play and endorsing a sustainable lifestyle. Here are links to some of the groups that we support:
 
www.kidpuzzles.com
 
I'm sure many of you have been looking for puzzles for your children. Kidpuzzles.com is one of THE finest sources for handmade jigsaw puzzles. They have a beautiful variety of puzzles, including name puzzles. Plus, Marvin and Margaret are the nicest people in the world. Please check out Kidpuzzles.com. Handmade in the USA.  

www.non-toxickids.net/2008/11/non-toxic-kids-gift-guide-top-10-online.html

Americans make the assumption that all products on our store shelves have been tested by someone, somewhere. Well, obviously in light of the recent recalls, this couldn't be farther from the truth. Non-Toxic Kids researches products, news reports, and information that will help you make healthier consumer choices for your kids, families, and our environment. North Star Toys is very honored to be included and reviewed on the Non-Toxic Kids site. Katy Farber really does her homework and Non-Toxic Kids is an award winning blog site. For the health of your kids, check this one out.

 www.greenamericatoday.org

Green America is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1982. North Star Toys is proud to be a charter member of Green America. Their mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. We hope you will check out their website and consider supporting this cooperative organization and it’s member businesses.

Santa's Helpers del Norte

This is not really a link, but an organization of people in Questa, New Mexico that locates and wraps presents, so that no child in Questa is without a gift on Christmas morning. Unemployment is very high in our village and we at North Star Toys are proud to support and donate toys to this important organization.

www.mothering.com

Mothering Magazine has been publishing practical, alternative parenting and birthing information since 1976. We think they are wonderful and hope you will too.

www.mamatrue.com/2010/08/17/boats-baths-bug-cars 

Our good friend, Sonya Feher, writes this touching blog about parenting as a spiritual practice. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we do. Sonya, Shandra, Cavanaugh, Nico and Satya came for a visit to our workshop and Sonya very kindly wrote about it.

 www.thegreenguide.com/buying-guide/natural-toys 

National Geographic’s Green Guide for Everyday Living.  The Natural Toys Buying Guide can help you make wise, educated choices for finding the right toy for your kids. This link has a lot of good information.

 www.Kinderdolls.com 

Helen from Kinderdolls makes a whole collection of handmade dolls, gnomes, fairies and animal friends. All beautifully made and very whimsical.

 www.sprigtoys.com

We are all about wood here at North Star Toys. But if you must go with plastic toys. This is the company to go with.... Very fun website. They really do it right with recycling.

www.sustainabilitystore.com

Sustainability Store helps you locate products, services and information for creating a sustainable future. Here you will find the latest news on sustainability and a comprehensive web directory dedicated to expanding the market for environmentally and socially responsible products and services. Sustainability Store is a free online service created with the help of users like you!

www.crazycrayons.com

We are committed to environmental sustainability, and recycling in now imperative. Crazy Crayons are 100% recycled crayons. Handcrafted multi-color and solid color crayons made from unwanted crayons collected through the National Crayon Recycle Program. "As of December 2010 we have over 58,000 pounds of unwanted crayons from schools, restaurants and many caring organizations across the USA."

 

Posted by Tim and Connie Long on September 16, 2010.