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Making a vision board with your child as they head back to school? You will want to pick up some non-toxic natural markers from Clementine Art to help color and create the project! Clementine Art Natural Markers contain absolutely no harsh chemicals, additives or dyes and come in 6 bright, bold colors – perfect for drawing or writing. With all ingredients listed right on the box – there is no mystery as to what is inside the products! Moms will love that the paints, crayons, & other art supplies that typically end up in their child’s hair, on tiny hands and clothes are wholesome, clean, environmentally-friendly and safe.

Clementine Art Natural Markers, Natural Paint, Natural Modeling Dough, Natural Crayons, Natural Glue and Natural Crayon Rocks can be found at retail locations nationwide, such as Whole Foods or Starbucks and online at www.clementineart.com. Gift sets are also available for the budding eco-artist!

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

Transition from Play to Work: 3 Tips to Keep Your Kids Active

“I wish I liked anything as much as my kids like bubbles.”

-Pete, Knocked Up

I’m constantly jealous of the joy that kids get from playing. They run, they jump, they climb, they swing – all for fun. If I went through that same regimen that would be a major workout.

When does play become work? Often as kids get deeper into school, and recess turns to PE (read: work). People have a tendency to resent what’s mandated, and it’s the same for kids and fitness; once we tell them they must play they don’t want to any more.

Here are 3 ways to help keep fitness fun:

1. Find something they love

I know there’s a lot to be said about keeping kids to the commitments that they make, but if they hate soccer after a season then keep looking. Maybe it will be rock climbing or rugby (two of my personal favorites). Make sure that you keep your mind open, because fitness may come in an unorthodox package: I’ve worked with kids whose primary fitness outlet is paintball.

2. Don’t pressure them

It’s becoming more common for parents to push their kids into more and more activities, and that’s awesome. It becomes a problem when that pressure becomes a burden, and you turn from parent to coach. Not only does that create resentment it makes the game less enjoyable because of the pressure to perform. Oh and as a side note, don’t push your kids to lose weight, that kind of encouragement can cause lifelong eating disorders.

3. Learn to love what they love

Find that delicate balance between being overly involved and supportive. This is mot important in the early stages of the transition from recess to PE, which means you’re going to be learning a lot of different games – Especially if you follow rule #1. Some of the most successful, fit, and happy young athletes I’ve worked with have parents who are at as many games as possible cheering their hearts out.

The most important thing that you can do for your kids’ health and fitness is to help them keep their love of movement. Once they stop liking what they’re doing it’s an uphill battle.

P.S. Turn off the video games, ok?

This article was written expressly for Tiny Green Mom by Kian, an A.C.E. certified Personal Trainer and STOTT Trained Pilates instructor, who is finishing his masters in Kinesiology. He made his transition from “fat kid” to fitness professional, and it’s his passion to help as many people as possible reach their fitness goals. Kian has worked with Middle school and High school athletes as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. He is currently the owner of Ameli Training in Concord CA, and runs a health and fitness blog at www.amelitraining.com.

*Image found on Flickr.*

Just in time for Earth Day’s 40th anniversary comes this eBook from Fave Crafts which contains 42 different activities for you and the kiddos to create and enjoy using items commonly found around the home or typically tossed out with the trash! Turn junk mail into beads, use cans to make beautiful luminaries in the backyard – the fun never stops! In this economy, finding innovative, inexpensive ways to play and create are always welcome! To download your free eBook, visit Fave Crafts.