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NWF Green Hour

Commentary on what parents should know about and can do to counteract common "nature deficit disorders" in our TV-watching, video game-playing children including encouraging a daily "Green Hour" of outside play and learning. A program of the National Wildlife Federation

Tuesday, November 08, 2005


TV-Free Toddlers? & Greener Day Care!

A recent study recommends that toddlers be kept away from television altogether. The authors conclude that the adverse effects of TV outweigh even the positive effects of such programs as the much-beloved Sesame Street. This raises a question about what kind of Green Hour treatment our toddlers usually receive. And. in modern U.S. society, that means looking at the day care and nursery school experience too.

The North Carolina State University's Extension Service has some important ideas on this. In a fascinating project they have designed an outdoor space for day care that brings a more natural experience to toddlers and other young children. Check it out!

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