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ABC Nature Activity Cards. Caz Buckingham &
Andrea Pinnington, $16.99
An entertaining and highly original set of
These beautiful flashcards have an original natural
history twist and humour that makes letter learning surprisingly enjoyable.
Their unique foldover design makes them perfect for sharing and for putting up
around the home to help reinforce letter learning. Inside the cards are
activities based on essential preschool concepts such as colours, shapes,
numbers, counting, matching and sorting. Suitable for ages 2 to 5 years.
Active Baby, Healthy
Brain: 135 Fun Exercises and Activities to Maximize Your Child's
Brain Development from Birth through Age 5½. Margaret Sassé,
Active Baby, Healthy Brain presents 135
massages, exercises, and activities that engage your child's love of play while
also stimulating his or her brain development in multiple areas.
Singing in the Kitchen: Creative Ways to Make Music as a Family. Nerissa Nields & Katryna Nields, $25.95
Discover the fun of family music! Music is not only
fun, but it's also a wonderful way to family harmony and connection — it can
soothe a crying baby, engage an active toddler, entertain during long car rides
and help everyone get through daily chores. This delightful book has all the
tools you'll need — including a CD with 30 songs — to get you started.
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The Artist’s Way for Parents: Raising
Creative Children. Julia Cameron & Emma Lively,
The Artist's Way for Parents provides an ongoing spiritual toolkit that parents can enter — and
re-enter — at any pace and at any point in their child’s early years. According
to Cameron, “Every child is creative — and every parent is creative. Focusing on
parents and their children from birth to age twelve, The Artist's Way for Parents builds on the foundation of The Artist’s Way and
shares it with the next generation. Using spiritual concepts and practical
tools, this book will assist parents as they guide their children to greater
Baby Development: Everything You Need
to Know. Claire Halsey, $16.95 (birth to 2)
Maximize your baby's physical,
cognitive, and emotional potential — and have fun together — with this book
full of easy and practical games and activities.
Baby Minds: Brain-Building Games Your
Baby Will Love. Linda Acredolo & Susan
More than 65 delightful games and
activities to jump-start your baby's amazing brainpower.
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Baby Play for Every Day: 365 Activities for the First
Year. Susannah Steel, $25.00
Banish boredom, encourage your baby's development and
have fun being a parent with this treasure trove of ideas. This irresistible
book contains an inspiring, age-appropriate activity for every single day of
your baby's first year, with baby games and beneficial activities for babies
from newborn to 12 months. Don't buy expensive toys which are soon forgotten, use everyday objects to
stimulate your baby's growing imagination. No matter your budget, there are
activities ranging from indoor and outdoor, to craft and messy play, to
nutrition and pampering, to memory making and music. Follow it through
day-by-day or dip in and out when the mood takes you. Featuring great advice
and creative ideas for mums and dads. With creative ideas and fun
colours, Baby Play for Every Day is the perfect companion for
parents and child carers with a new baby.
Banish Boredom: Activities to Do with Kids That You'll
Actually Enjoy. Rebecca Green, $27.95
Taking a lighthearted approach to the serious business of
parenting, Banish Boredom helps parents find activities that they enjoy,
while their children learn and have fun. Green suggests ways for parents to
maintain their own identities and pursue their own interests while raising
children who are creative, confident, and independent thinkers. Although it
offers valuable tips to parents, this book is not a parenting book. Rather,
it’s a source of inspiration and new ideas for parents who are looking for fun
and educational activities that they can do with their kids, but that are also fun
and interesting for the parents themselves. The book emphasizes adapting
activities to suit the particular interests of each child, while also taking
into account the personality of the parent.
Beginner Puzzle: Garden Bugs. Petit Collage,
$18.00 (ages 2+)
Beginner Puzzle: Construction. Petit Collage,
$18.00 (ages 2+)
These progressive puzzles grow with your child. Toddlers
can start with the three-piece puzzle, and then move on to the four, five, and
six-piece puzzles. Bright and cheerful, these playful puzzles are made from
recycled materials, and printed with vegetable inks.
Brain Games for Your Child: Over 200 Fun Games to
Play. Robert Fisher, $18.95
From music and art games, treasure hunts and card
games, to word games and number fun, here are games that can create family
memories and build children's thinking, number, language and social skills.
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Brain Quest for Threes. Chris Welles Feder &
Susan Bishay, $17.95 (ages 3-4)
300 questions and answers to get a smart start.
The Budding Artist. Edited by Laura Laxton, $11.95
Curious kids will delight in the wonder
of the creative process with the fifty art-inspiring activities in THE
BUDDING ARTIST. With great ways for you and your young artist to create
beautiful memories together, this book shows parents and kids how to paint with
bubbles, create glue webs, make a blooming tablecloth, and construct homemade
paper valentines. Perfect for ages three to six, this fun-filled introduction
to arts and crafts features easy-to-follow instructions and easy-to-find
materials that will help you and your child have as much fun creating art as
viewing the finished product!
Camp Granny. Sharon Lovejoy, $21.95
Make leaf rubbings, blow jumbo bubbles, bake Moon Pizzas,
create a firefly lantern. More than an activity book, Camp Granny is an
interactivity book, filled with 130 projects that connect grandparents and
grandchildren through nature — in the kitchen, the garden, and the art room.
Illustrated with evocative photographs and the author’s watercolors, Camp
Granny is a book about being adventurous, about being curious, about
noticing and really seeing things — about instilling a lifelong sense of
Children of the World Memory Game: Learn 36 Ways to
Say "Hello"! Illustrated by Sophie Fatus, $19.99 (ages 4-7)
Inspired by the popular sing along title If You’re Happy
and You Know It!, this memory game utilizes one of the greatest attributes of
the book — the adorable children from all over the world — to encourage memory and
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The Creative Family:
How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections.
Amanda Soule, $23.00
With just the simple tools around you — your
imagination, basic art supplies, household objects, and natural materials — you can
transform your family life, and have so much more fun!
Perfect for all families, the wide range of
projects presented here offers ideas for imaginative play, art and crafts,
nature explorations, and family celebrations. This book embraces a whole new way
of living that will engage your children's imagination, celebrate their
achievements, and help you to express love and gratitude for each other as a
Creative Play the Steiner Waldorf Way: Expertise and
Toy Projects for Your 2-4 Year Old. Christopher Clouder & Janni Nicol,
Creative Play the Steiner Waldorf Way is the
ideal book for parents who want their children to develop their creativity and
imagination through play. It teaches you how to let your child develop
according to the Steiner theory, which helps children to fulfil themselves
naturally and holistically in mind, body and spirit. Each chapter covers a different
element of your child's development and includes an expert summary of Steiner
theory and how it relates to children and parents today. You will find
instructions for how to make over 20 beautiful toys from natural materials to
encourage your child to develop creativity, awareness, confidence and
Curious Jane: Science + Design + Engineering for
Inquisitive Girls. Curious Jane, $23.99
Calling all creative, curious, confident girls
Packed with inventive fun, the 34 hands-on projects in
this book introduce science + design = engineering concepts. Learn how to
construct a wind-up rubber band car, create an incredible cloud in a jar, mix
up a batch of invisible ink, and so much more! Curious Jane brings interactive
projects and DIY fun to girls everywhere — for making, creating, designing, and
Dig Your Hands in
the Dirt: a Manual for Making Art Out of Earth. Kiko Denzer,
Brief, elegant, and generously illustrated
with drawings and 32 pages of color photos, this is a book for teachers,
parents, builders, artists, and kids of all ages. Looking past the pictures of
giddy, muddy fun, Dig Your Hands In the Dirt offers substantial and serious
inspiration and practical lessons for artists, teachers, students, and
designers, as well as builders interested in natural materials like adobe and
its British counterpart, "cob."
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Do It Now! CRAFTS: Cool Art Projects & Tasty
Snacks. Sarah Hines Stephens & Bethany Mann,
69 awesome art activities and yummy
recipes that you can make today.
Do It Now! SCIENCE: Wild
Experiments & Outdoor Adventures. Sarah Hines Stephens &
Bethany Mann, $7.99
82 wacky investigations and cool
explorations in nature.
EAT NAP PLAY: How to Get Even More Out
of Your Child's Day for Less. Robyn Spizman &
Evelyn Sacks, $20.95
Written by moms for moms, this timely guide
centers on back-to-basics philosophies: spend quality time with your kids and
spend less money. This is a fun-filled adventure, jam-packed with clever,
cost-effective, low-maintenance, often nostalgic ideas you can easily slip into
your existing routine. Eat, Nap, Play shows you how to turn everyday mayhem
into precious moments to build memories, foster growth, strengthen bonds, and
just have fun.
Even More Fizzle, Bubble, Pop & WOW! Simple
Science Experiments for Young Children. Lisa Murphy, $28.95 (ages 3-12)
Excite young learners with this collection of more than
80 simple science experiments that promote learning and call for materials that
are likely already in your classroom or kitchen. Each fun activity includes
simple instructions and a clear explanation of the experiment — and many include
variations and helpful hints.
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Experimenting with Babies: 50 Amazing
Science Projects You Can Perform on Your Kid. Shaun
This fascinating and hands-on guide
shows you how to recreate landmark scientific studies on cognitive, motor,
language, and behavioral development — using your own bundle of joy as the
research subject. Simple, engaging, and fun for both baby and parents, each
project sheds light on how your child is acquiring new skills — everything from
recognizing faces, voices, and shapes to understanding new words, learning to
walk, and even distinguishing between right and wrong. Whether your little
research subject is a newborn, a few months old, or a toddler, these simple,
surprising projects will help you see the world through your baby’s eyes.
15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out
of the House and Connect with Your Kids. Rebecca
What if you got outside every day, and what
if you could get your kids to come along? It sounds modest, but the effects, as
dynamic outdoor spokesperson Rebecca Cohen herself can testify, are profound.
This inspiring collection of activities gives families an idea for every day of
the year, requiring little planning, no expertise and relatively little
resources (time, cash, or patience!), no matter where they live. Simple and
inspiring, this book is bursting with hundreds of easy ways to get your family
out into nature a little bit every day.
50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let
Your Children Do). Gever Tulley & Julie
In a time when children are too often
coddled, 50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do) reminds readers
that climbing trees is good for the soul, and that a pocket knife is not a
weapon. Full of exciting ways children can explore the world around them, this
book explains how to "Play with Fire" and "Taste
Electricity" while learning about safety. With easy-to-follow
instructions, it includes:
- Activities, like walking a tightrope
- Skills, like throwing a spear
- Projects, like melting glass
- Experiences, like sleeping in the wild
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50 Fantastic Things to Do with Babies. Sally & Phill Featherstone, $19.95
These simple, engaging activities will
delight you and your baby.
50 Fantastic Things to Do with
Pre-Schoolers. Sally & Phill Featherstone,
Playtime is fun time — and it offers lots
of opportunities for preschoolers to learn. Each activity in this fun book
features related facts about your child's development and suggestions for more
delightful ideas that will encourage exploration of their world.
50 Fantastic Things to Do with Toddlers. Sally & Phil Featherstone, $19.95
There are few things as delightful as being
alongside your children as they experiment and learn. This book encourages
using everyday items to help young ones in their enthusiastic exploration of
the world around them.
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52 Boredom Busters for Kids! Lynn Gordon, $8.95
Packed with creative suggestions for
both indoor and outdoor activities, this illustrated deck will provide the
inspiration needed for those boredom-buster days. Perfect for any day — rain or
shine — these cards will keep kids engaged and entertained.
The Fitness Fun Busy Book: 365 Fun
Physical Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers. Trish
This book provides a wealth of creative,
fun, lively activities that provide alternatives to watching TV, playing video
games, and other sedentary activities.
500 Five Minute Games:
Quick and Easy Activities for 3-6 Year Olds. Jackie Silberg,
These games are easy, fun, developmentally
appropriate and promote learning in just five spare minutes of the day.
Children unwind, get the wiggles out, communicate and build self-esteem as they
have fun. Each game indicates the particular skill developed.
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Games to Play with
Babies. Jackie Silberg, $19.95
Over 240 fun-filled games include lots of
hugs and kisses to help babies bond with their caregivers and parents as they
develop necessary skills. Babies experience the interaction and nurturing they
need for healthy self-esteem. This book encourages the development of happy,
trusting babies who will become happy, trusting toddlers. If there's a baby in
your child care center or in your family, you won't want to miss these
Games to Play with
Toddlers. Jackie Silberg, $17.50
Completely revised with all-new
illustrations and 50 new games, this indispensable book helps you develop areas
important for the growth of your 12-to 24-month-old-areas such as language,
creativity, coordination, confidence, problem-solving, and gross motor skills.
You and your toddler will experience the joy of discovery on every fun-filled
Games to Play with Two Year Olds. Jackie Silberg, $18.95
This revised and updated edition, featuring
all-new illustrations and 40 new games, is packed with opportunities to build
confidence and to enhance language, coordination, social interactions, and
problem-solving skills. games to Play with Two Year Olds is a must-have for
anyone caring for a child between the ages of two and three. Turn ordinary,
everyday routines into fun learning experiences!
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Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and
Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families. Natania Barron, Kathy Ceceri, Corrina Lawson & Jenny Williams,
Fabulous and fun, Geek Mom explores
the many fun and interesting ways that digital-age parents and kids can get
their geek on together. Imaginative ideas for all ages and budgets include
thrifty Halloween costumes, homemade lava lamps, hobbit feasts, and magical
role-playing games. With six sections spanning everything from home-science
experiments to superheroes, this comprehensive handbook from the editors of
Wired.com’s popular GeekMom blog is packed with ideas guaranteed to
inspire a love of learning and discovery. Along the way, parents will also find
important tips on topics such as determining safe online communities for
children, organizing a home learning center, and encouraging girls to love
science. Being geeky is all about exploring the world with endless
curiosity. Geek Mom is your invitation to introducing the same sense
of wonder and imagination to the next generation.
Get Outside: the Kids Guide to Fun in the Great
Outdoors. Jane Drake & Ann Love, illustrated by
Heather Collins, $17.95
Armed with Get Outside, a kid will
never say, "I'm bored!" again. This book is a key to the world of fun
beyond the front door. Activities are divided into four categories (Nature
Lover, Outdoor Fun and Games, Cozy Inside and Look to the Sky), where readers
will find instructions for making things like sundials, bird feeders and kites,
as well as rules for games such as 500 Up, Spud and Shinny.
Accompanying these descriptions are fun facts and scientific, historic and
cultural context. The passage on playing jacks, for example, includes a sidebar
about a similar game played by the ancient Greeks. Children in Northern climes
will love learning to play traditional First Nations winter games and be
thrilled to find out how to create a backyard ice rink. It's a wealth of fun
and fascination that will captivate any young person — who won't mind ditching
the video game for the great outdoors.
The Giant Book of Creativity for Kids: 500 Activities
to Encourage Creativity in Kids Ages 2-12 — Play, Pretend, Draw, Dance, Sing,
Write, Build, Tinker. Bobbi Conner, $25.95
Creativity is an essential ingredient for a happy
childhood, and this is the ultimate collection of ideas for arts and crafts,
building and tinkering, writing and rhyming, singing and dancing, and more!
With 500 unplugged, hands-on activities for children ages two to twelve, this
book goes beyond the simple arts and crafts found in most kids’ creativity
books and offers fun ideas for a generous range of imaginative and creative
play — all in one giant book.
You have the power to encourage creativity in your
child’s daily life, whether you feel creative yourself or not. This book is
your guide for being a creativity mentor, your handbook for raising kids rich
with creative habits and skills, and your toolbox full of ideas and activities.
So say YES to creativity! Encourage your child to dabble in all kinds of
activities, and discover the magic and beauty of imagination.
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Go Out and Play! Favorite Outdoor
Games from KaBOOM! $13.00
KaBOOM is an organization with a passion
for creating outdoor play spaces and getting families outside. In Go Out and Play! they have collected 70 well-loved games that will get kids and parents
outside and having fun.
Go Outside and Play: Why Kids Don’t
and Why They Should. Patty Goffinet, $16.95
Children used to spend most of their free
time outdoors. Playing. They had adventures. They explored. They got dirty.
Childhood has changed and today’s kids live their lives indoors. Kids are
entertained, but the excitement, enthusiasm, and physical benefits are gone.
This cheerful and encouraging book will
help you discover why this is happening — and why it shouldn’t be. Most
importantly the book shows you what you can do about it.
Going to Montréal and Québec City: Travel Guide and
Journal for Kids. T. Attard & B. Grabowski, $18.95
Going to Montréal and Québec City: Travel Guide and
Journal for Kids. T. Attard & B. Grabowski, $18.95
Going to Ottawa: Travel Guide and Journal for Kids. T.
Attard & B. Grabowski, $18.95
Going to Toronto: Travel Guide and Journal for Kids. T.
Attard & B. Grabowski, $18.95
These delightful travel guides will engage young people
with brief histories, facts and interesting tidbits of information on key
historical sights of Ottawa and Toronto. A variety of activities will keep kids
interested, involved and engaged, and the journal will become a treasured
memory and keepsake of a vacation.
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The Homegrown Preschooler: Teaching
Your Kids in the Places They Live. Kathy Lee &
Lesli Richards, $35.95
Find exciting learning opportunities in
everyday occurrences, from using laundry to teach sorting to exploring growth
cycles in the garden, with the easy-to-organize, simple-to-start ideas, advice,
and activities in The Homegrown Preschooler. As straightforward as a
parenting how-to book and as easily applicable as a set curriculum, The Homegrown Preschooler will inspire parents to use their homes as classrooms
and take advantage of the naturally rich learning opportunities existing in
With organizational tips, recipes, and
more than 200 easy-to-pull-together activities, homeschool educators will have
everything they need to offer a well-rounded preschool education rivaling the
best classroom experience. Convenient charts and checklists to document
children’s growth ensure that there are no gaps in educational, social, or
How Many Ways Can You Make Five? A
Parent’s Guide to Exploring Math with Children’s Books. Sally Anderson, $17.95
In a world filled with patterns, shapes,
sequences, and numbers — math is all around us. From an early age,
children begin to notice and make connections between math concepts and
everyday life, asking: How many? How high? How long? How much?
Children’s books can bring math concepts
to life. With the help of the stories and activities in How Many ways Can You Make Five young children will have a blast exploring the world of
math. Use favorite children’s books to investigate patterns and puzzles, learn
how to subtract, and make maps.
How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: a
Step-by-Step Guide for Kids. Carol Pasternak, $8.95
Observing a Monarch butterfly as it
transforms itself from a black, white and yellow caterpillar and emerges from a
chrysalis as a vivid orange, black and white butterfly is among the most
thrilling experiences that nature offers. Raising Monarch butterflies from eggs
collected from milkweed leaves, or from caterpillars plucked from the plant, is
made easy with the help of this detailed guide to locating and hatching this
With more than 50 unique, close-up
photographs readers will learn about the life cycle of the Monarch and how to
encourage populations in their own backyards, with tips on which plants to grow,
as well as the care and feeding of their pet caterpillars. How to Raise Monarch Butterflies explains what threats face Monarchs and how readers can
help conserve the Monarch's feeding grounds from encroachment.
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Humpty Who? A Crash Course in 80 Nursery
Rhymes for Clueless Moms and Dads. Jennifer
Humpty Who? is a classic course in Mother
Goose and more, featuring poems, rhymes, songs, lullabies, rounds and riddles —
and a 35-song CD starring a rollicking ensemble of musical Moms!
I Can Play It: Music Games and Activities to Help Your
Child Learn. Patricia Shehan Campbell & Maja Pitamic, $21.50
Let the music play and watch the fun begin! Written by a
college music professor and an author/teacher with over 18 years of experience
teaching the Montessori Method, I Can Play It helps children
explore their natural ability to interact with their environments as they make
sweet musical sounds. Current scientific research has proven the importance of
the musical experience in children’s neuromuscular growth,
cognitive-intellectual grasp, and social-emotional development. Plus, it’s just
so much fun! Each of the activities in this book are designed to inspire
expressiveness, curiosity, imagination, and musicality. Based on sound principles
of early childhood development and focused on preschoolers and
kindergarteners, I Can Play It will help introduce three- to
five-year-olds to music in a joyful, hands-on way.
This enjoyable guide to musical exploration is packed
with kid-pleasing, skill-building activities that will keep them laughing,
singing, and moving all day long. Open up the world of music to children and
watch them learn how to express themselves in entertaining, educational, and
The Incredible Math Games Book. DK Publishing,
Kid-approved games that instill first math concepts. The
amazing interactive paper engineering in The Incredible Math Games Book will
capture and hold your child's attention, making practicing math and play one
and the same. With games like Zip to Zero, Shape Stepper, Math Maze, Times
Tables Tug-of-War and more, kids will learn key math concepts while having a
blast. Roll the dice, move the counters, lift-the-flaps, and learn with this
fun-filled, extra-cool math game book for children ages 6-9. Everybody wins!
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The Kids' Book of Questions. Gregory Stock, $13.95
Kids love to be asked questions almost as much as they
love to ask them. And asking is important — parents know the value of having
meaningful conversations with their kids, especially as family time is under
continuous assault from gadgets and devices. Now the book that solves those
needs is back — announcing a fresh new edition of The Kids’ Book of
Questions. Including subjects like the Internet, school violence, and
climate change, the book remains a timeless treasure.
Here is a collection of questions designed to challenge, entertain, provoke,
and expand young minds. These are the questions that let kids discover how they
feel; let people know what they think; raise issues that everyone loves to
- Thorny dilemmas: Would you rather have a job you didn’t like
that paid a lot or a job you loved that paid just enough to get by?
- Embarrassing challenges: Would you kiss someone in front of
your whole class for $250?
- Provocative ideas: What things do you think your parents do
just to set an example for you?
- Intriguing fantasies: If you could text any famous person
and be sure they’d read and answer your text, who would you write to and what
would you say?
Kids & Nature In a Jar®: Easy Ways to Love and
Learn About the Outdoors. $14.99
Green ideas, fresh facts, inspiring quotations, and
nature activities will stir kids to explore nature.
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Let Them Be Eaten By Bears: a
Fearless Guide to Taking Our Kids Into the Great Outdoors. Peter Brown Hoffmeister, $17.00
This inspiring guide to helping kids enjoy
nature and appreciate the great outdoors is drawn from the author’s experiences
as an educator, guide, writer, and father. Focusing on fun, Hoffmeister offers
a simple, practical introduction to hiking, camping, and all-around exploring
that will help parents feel empowered and capable. Whether you’re a veteran
outdoors person, a first-time hiker, or anything in between, get ready to put
your sneakers on, turn off the video games, and rediscover the simple,
overpowering joy of going out to play.
Let's Go Outside! Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Susie Ghahremani, $17.95
Let's Go Outside offers a range of
activities perfect for fun in the city, the country and everything in between.
Get outside and run, jump, play, explore, dance, hike or camp with your
pre-teen and engage your child in outdoor activities and projects that will get
the whole family closer to nature.
Let's Play with Numbers. Joanna Babb, $9.99
A playbook to build numeracy for 3-7 year olds, including
counting, measuring, sizes, shapes, patterns, groups and how to tell time.
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Look At Us Now: a Creative Family Journal. Bernadette
An interactive journal for families to complete together,
to foster connection, reflection, and creative fun. Filled with creative
prompts and lively illustrations that will engage both parents and kids, this
illustrated journal presents activities that bring families together, as well
as helps them create a keepsake to cherish for years to come.
Lucy in the City: a Story about
Developing Spatial Thinking Skills. Julie
One night, Lucy the raccoon follows her
family out of their den, headed for the best garbage bins in town. Distracted
by a jar of peanut butter, she gets separated from her family. How will she
ever find her way back to her family and her cozy den? With the help of a
friendly owl and his bird's-eye view, Lucy tunes into the world around her and
navigates herself home!
Reading this book with your children
will help them develop their own spatial thinking skills — how we think about
and understand the world around us and use concepts of space for problem
solving. Early exposure to spatial concepts can help foster this type of
cognitive development in children and boost their math and science learning as
they progress through school. Includes a Note to Parents, Caregivers, and
Professionals with more information about spatial concepts, as well as
questions, games, and activities designed to encourage children's spatial
Made to Play! Handmade Toys &
Crafts for Growing Imaginations. Joel Henriques,
From the creative mind of Joel Henriques
come these small, simple-to-make projects with big results! These playful
projects are sure to spark creative discovery, encourage open-ended play and
delight the young people in your life.
Make Stuff Together: 24 Simple Projects
to Create as a Family. Bernadette Noll & Kathie
Slow down, reconnect and get back to
basics. One of the best ways for families to share experiences and meaningful
time together is through crafting. This book invites you to look around your
house you're your neighbourhood to discover materials that are just waiting to
find a new life.
Whether you're a parent looking for
innovative projects for your kids, or an advocate of the slow family movement, Make Stuff Together gives you 24 fun, versatile projects that help you build family
connections while being creative and crafty.
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Making & Tinkering with STEM: Solving Design
Challenges with Young Children. Cate Heroman, $26.95 (ages 3-8)
Can you build a sturdy house that is safe from the big,
Imagine your dream car. What special features does it
have? What can you use to create it?
Teaching and learning STEM subjects (science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics) is more accessible than ever before! Children
will be inspired, delighted, and challenged as they use everyday materials and
STEM concepts to design and build solutions to problems faced by characters in
their favorite books. This practical, hands-on resource includes:
- 25 engineering design challenges appropriate for children ages
- Suggestions for creating a makerspace environment where children
can tinker with materials, use tools to make creations, and improve on their
- A list of 100 picture books that encourage STEM-rich exploration
- Questions and ideas for expanding children’s understanding of
- A planning template so you can create your own design challenges
- Use engaging children’s books together with the guidance and
ideas in this book to extend children’s problem-solving skills and creative
Muddy Boots: Outdoor Activities for Children. Lisa
Gardner Walsh, $21.95
No child can walk through a puddle of mud without a
gigantic smile, and while the stuff might be the spring-time bane of grownups,
children just love mud. Muddy Boots targets kids and families who value
outdoor exploration and grandparents who long for their grandchildren to have
the same unfettered time in nature as they did. The book features a wide range
of hands-on activities for kids, including mud play, forts, animal tracking and
forest wisdom, foraging, insects and worms, bird watching and bird feeding, and
many small things for kids to make. Although not primarily about mud, the
activities do encourage all hands to get dirty as they explore the world around
My Daddy is a Pretzel: Yoga for
Parents and Kids. Baron Baptiste, Illustrated by Sophie
Limber up with this unique,
child-friendly yoga book! Created for parents and children to share together,
but also suitable for adults and older children to use alone, My Daddy Is a Pretzel not only introduces a range of postures, it also connects the practices
to everyday life, showing how families can integrate their yoga with their
activities in the world. A light-hearted look at yoga, yet one with a lasting
message, My Daddy Is a Pretzel is a wonderful introduction to yoga for readers
of all shapes and sizes.
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My First Art Activity Book. Clare Youngs, $21.95
This book will show you all the different ways you can
make fabulous pictures that you will be proud of. You’ll find lots of ideas in
Pretty Prints — from using sponge cloths to bubble wrap and potatoes. Then have
fun trying out the projects in Painting Fun, where you can get messy with the
ink blot aliens and wet tissue paper pictures, and create fabulous pictures
like the oil pastel owl. In Beach and Vacation Art, you can make use of natural
materials that you find while you’re playing, such as driftwood and shells,
plus have a go at the seagull postcards to send to your friends. Finally, use
scraps of paper, photos, and magazine pages in Paper and Collage Art for super
creations, including a photo collage that would be a great gift and homemade
picture frames to display all your new pieces of art. All the projects are easy
to follow with artworks to guide you along the way; plus, each one has a grade
so you can start with the easiest and then move on as your artistic skills
My First Block Puzzle: Barnyard. Petit Collage, $18.00
My First Block Puzzle: Beep Zoom. Petit Collage, $18.00
These chunky blocks are n engaging first puzzle for
toddlers. Little hands will enjoy stacking play, and toddlers can grow into
puzzle makers by arranging the blocks into four different puzzles. These
delightful puzzles with eye-catching patterns and icons are made from recycled
materials, and printed with vegetable inks.
My First Book of My Body: Discover How Your Body Works
with 35 Fun Projects and Experiments. Susan Akass & Frances Butcher,
$19.95 (ages 7+)
This fascinating and informative book offers children an
amazing insight into how their body works. Susan Akass and Frances Butcher make
learning fun with 35 engaging experiments that give a thorough understanding of
body systems and anatomy. In Chapter 1, The Senses, activities include finding
your blind spot, getting dizzy, and making snot! In Chapter 2, The Control
Center, children get to test their reflexes and memories, and trick their brain
with optical illusions. In Chapter 3, Your Skeleton and Muscles, they can investigate
their muscles, joints, and ligaments. Chapter 4, Fueling the Machine, explains
why teeth are vulnerable to a bad diet and includes how to make a digestive
system, including the poop! In Chapter 5, All Systems Go, there's fantastic
fake blood, pulse-testing, and how to make a simple stethoscope. As well as
exciting experiments, children will be informed by the anatomical artworks,
mind-boggling facts, and invaluable health information throughout.
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My First Brain Quest. Chris Welles Feder &
Susan Bishay, $17.95 (ages 2-3)
350 questions to build your toddler's word skills.
My First Nature Activity Book. Susan Akass, Editor, $21.95 (ages 7++)
Discover the natural world with My First Nature
Activity Book. Start with In The Garden — build an insect hotel for creepy
crawlies, make fairy posies and create a wheelbarrow vegetable garden. Growing
Fun has projects for plants that can be grown in small spaces, from growing a
cress caterpillar in an old egg box on the windowsill to transforming your old
rain boots into containers for tulips and daffodils. The Outdoors Indoors
includes craft ideas for things you've collected — butterfly shell magnets,
pine cone animals and an autumn leaf picture frame. Finally, head to Outdoor
Crafts and Games with activities for camping, from a secret trail and a wigwam
for your teddies, and for the beach, such as playing pebble games and creating
seaweed creatures. Every project has a skill level of 1, 2, or 3, and comes
with easy-to-read instructions and adorable, step-by-step artworks that will
guide you along the way.
Nature's Playground: Activities, Crafts
and Games to Encourage Children to Get Outdoors.
Fiona Danks & Jo Schofeld, $21.95
This wonderful book leads parents, teachers
and children through fields, across streams, and over mountains. From making a
dam with sticks and stones to cairn lanterns on the beach at night, Nature's Playground is packed with activities, games, crafts and adventures that will
bring children outdoors for year-round fun and bring back memories of one of
the chief joys of childhood for adults — exploring the natural world.
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Once Upon a Touch: Story Massage for Children. Mary
Atkinson & Sandra Hooper, $22.95
A fun and creative way to increase general well-being,
improve concentration and self-awareness, and encourage relaxation in children
aged 3-11, this book offers a hands-on guide to story massage. Central to the
book are step-by-step, illustrated instructions for ten easy-to-learn basic
strokes which are given through clothes on the back, head, shoulders and arms.
These basic strokes have then been used to create over 25 story massages which
vary in length and complexity. The stories range from traditional tales such as
'Humpty Dumpty' to hands-on learning stories such as 'Deep in the Rainforest.'
The massages can be carried out by adults in one-to-one or group sessions, or
taught to children to practice on each other. An enjoyable and interactive way
of sharing the benefits and safe and appropriate use of positive touch with all
100 Games to Play. Rebecca Gilpin, $9.95
Over 100 games that children can play in groups or in
pairs such as ‘what’s that noise?’ and ‘ship-to-shore’, as well as paper games.
Each page has clear, step-by-step rules of play, as well as colourful
illustrations. Perfect for parties and big groups, this book will also keep
children occupied for hours during quieter times. A fun-filled book of exciting
games for outdoors and in, that children will love to play again and again.
The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments: Awesome
Things to Do with Your Parents, Babysitters and Other Adults. Rachel
Miller, Holly Homer & Janie Harrington, $29.50 (ages 5-12)
You’ll have the time of your life conducting these
incredible, wacky and fun experiments with your parents, teachers, babysitters
and other adults. You’ll investigate, answer your questions and expand your
knowledge using everyday household items. You can do things both indoors and
outdoors. The handy mess meter, preparation times and notes on the level of
supervision will keep your parents happy, and you safe. Experimenting is really
fun, and you will have a blast being a scientist! You will be so entertained,
you might not notice you’re also learning important things about the world
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150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids. Asia Citro,
Remember the days when a cardboard box and an active
imagination were all kids needed to have fun? With this book, bring back the
good ol' days while developing your child's creativity, skills, and sense of
adventure. Featuring step-by-step instructions and 4-color photographs, each
budget-friendly game and activity will keep children giggling and learning all
day long. Best of all, no one will complain about turning off the TV or
computer with entertaining activities, like:
- Edible Natural Dye Fingerpaint
- Rainbow Noodles
- Fizzing Ocean World
- Pumpkin Play Clay
- Mix and Match Robots
Complete with dozens of indoor and outdoor
exercises, 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids will help
parents and children alike step away from their devices and step into endless
afternoons of family fun!
1001 Fun Ways to Play: Quick, Easy
Activities for Your Baby and Child. Susan Davis
& Nancy Wilson Hall, $19.95
The best way to teach children — through
play — also happens to be the most fun! This new book from Gymboree is full of
entertaining, enriching activities for children from birth to five years. 1001
FUN WAYS TO PLAY is a must-have resource that will give babies, toddlers and
preschoolers hours of fun.
123 Nature Activity Cards. Caz Buckingham &
Andrea Pinnington, $16.99
Beautiful nature cards that help to develop first number
and counting skills.
Each flashcard features an engaging number-related
activity that will help children learn as they play based on essential first
number concepts such as counting, adding, patterns, shapes, opposites, sorting
and sizes. This title is perfect for parents who want to foster a love of
nature in their children. Suitable for ages 2 to 5 years.
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Ooey Gooey® Tooey : 140 Exciting Hands-on
Activity Ideas for Young Children. Lisa Murphy, $32.95 (ages 3-8)
No matter what age group you work with, this book will be
a valuable addition to your resource shelf. With 140 activities for you to do
with children, Ooey Gooey® Tooey is chock full of art ideas
and sensory tub concoctions, and sure to become an early childhood classic!
Also: The Ooey Gooey® Handbook: Identifying and Creating
Child-centered Environments. Lisa Murphy, $25.95 (ages 3-8)
Outdoor Math: Fun Activities for Every Season. Emma
In this innovative book, Emma AdBåge encourages children
to get outside, where they can have fun interacting with the natural world
while learning math. AdBåge has created twenty-two outdoor activities,
organized by season. Through play, children will learn about numeracy and
arithmetic, as well as math concepts such as shapes, time, greater/less than,
even and odd numbers, patterns and grids. The activities have simple-to-follow
instructions and are accompanied by adorable illustrations that provide clear
visual demonstrations. Many of the activities can be done in pairs or groups,
promoting teamwork and cooperation. A list of activities in the back matter
indexes the activities and categorizes them by the math skills they develop.
Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids: a
Guide to Getting Your Kids Active in the Great Outdoors. Eugene Buchanan, $20.50
With an informative and entertaining look
at biking, camping, swimming, paddling, fishing, snow sports, hiking, climbing
and more, Eugene Buchanan extends parents a helping hand in getting their kids
outside and instilling in them a respect for their health and the environment.
It's a fantastic guide toconnecting with kids and nature.
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Outdoor Play for 1-3 Year Olds: How to Set Up and Run
Your own Outdoor Toddler Group. Isabel Hopwood-Stephens, $43.50
We are all mindful of the increasing news coverage of
outdoor play and its benefits, but how can you go beyond the sandpit and
hopscotch to create a magical and creative experience for the children in your
care? This book provides all the encouragement you will need to set up and run
an outdoor toddler group. It provides a step-by-step guide to selecting an
appropriate site, resourcing the outside area, devising age-appropriate
activities, planning activities and the legal requirements involved. Including
an overview of the developmental milestones of babies and toddlers, it shows
you how you can meet their specific needs.
The Parenting 5: Sensory Motor Play for Little People. Ruth Barker, $28.95
This simple guide to activities that enhance sensory
motor play offers practical ideas, captured in clear text and colourful photos.
The perfect book for parents and caregivers of young children, it gives you the
knowledge you need for their best start in life. The early years lay the
foundation for a child's neurological and physical wellbeing. The Parenting
5: Sensory Motor Play for Little People assists parents and caregivers in in
creating a fun learning environment for preschoolers - at home or in childcare
Play with Me While I’m Three: Making Connections with Three-Year-Olds. Deborah McNelis, $13.95
Let's Learn More While I’m Four: Making Connections with Four-Year-Olds. Deborah McNelis, $13.95
Help Me Thrive While I’m Five: Making Connections with Five-Year-Olds. Deborah McNelis, $13.95
Challenge, engage, and interact with young children, as you promote brain development. These hands-on learning activity ideas support children as they build skill in all areas. Information on how these attentive and fun experiences help a child's brain develop is also included. Brain Insights activity cards are compact and portable, making it easy to jumpstart interactive play anywhere throughout the day.
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The Playdate Busy Book. Lisa Hanson & Heather Kempskie, $11.95
200 fun activities for kids of different
ages to do with their friends and siblings at home, daycare, and school.
Playful Learning: Develop Your
Child's Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah Bruehl,
Simple activities to promote reading,
writing, math, science and social skills in children ages 4 to 8.
Playful Moments: a Collection of
Spontaneous Games to Play with Your Young. Barbara
Sher, Illustrated by Nhorleen Bitco, $12.95
Over 50 spontaneous, easy and fun games
to play with young people from birth to age twelve, that will enrich your
relationship and enhance motor, social, and cognitive development.
Ready, Set, Play! Parents and Children
Bonding through Sports. Mark Schereth & Mark
A heartfelt book that will inspire families
to find creative and fun ways to stay active together. Featuring essays by (and
about) top athletes and their children.
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Recipes for Play: Creative Activities for Small Hands
and Big Imaginations. Rachel Summer & Ruth Mitchener, $22.95
An important part of childhood is being curious and
trying out new experiences. What do things taste, feel, smell, sound like? What
happens when you add red to blue, mix earth with water, or drop a blob of paint
from a great height? These childhood experiments are vital for development and
provide hours of entertainment. Recipes for Play contains easy and
inexpensive ideas for engaging your child’s senses. Many wonderful hours can be
spent playing with natural ingredients found in your kitchen cupboard or
backyard garden. Make your own face paint in minutes, whip up a batch of oozy
slime, create clouds of color with rainbow rice, and so much more.
Sisters Rachel Sumner and Ruth Mitchener have created Recipes
for Play for parents and teachers — or anyone with a child in their life — who
want to encourage tactile learning but don’t want their lives to be controlled
by chaos. Each recipe has easy-to-follow instructions for setting up activities
and simple steps for cleaning up once the fun is finished.
Rhythm of Family: Discovering a Sense of Wonder through the Seasons. Amanda Blake Soule & Stephen Soule, $22.95
Many of us with busy families yearn for
a slower and simpler life with our kids. The Rhythm of Family is a guide to
living such a life for any family.
Following the course of a year through
the passing of the seasons, this book explores the ways we can create deep
family connections and meaningful memories through living in tune with the
cycles of nature. From stomping around in mud boots in the spring to gathering
around the woodstove in winter, our activities naturally change from season to
season—from the rhythms of the seasons comes the rhythms in our homes, our
hearts, our families, and our every day. Paying attention to these changes
slows us down, inspires new types of creative play and exploration, instills a
sense of family togetherness, and deepens an awareness of nature and self that
can make our lives, days, family, and earth grow stronger.
The Rhythm of Family explores what we
learn and can gain as parents and families by encouraging and experiencing
creativity and nature exploration with our children, the seasons can provide us
with a rhythm that brings us close to the Earth and closer to our children.
Sneaky Fitness: Fun, Foolproof Ways to
Slip Fitness into Your Child's Everyday Life. Missy
Chase Lapine & Larysa Didio, $25.00
Sneaky strategies for fitting in more
exercise and calorie-burning activities into their child's daily routine,
- Age-appropriate exercises and games to get any
resistant little exerciser up and moving (with targeted chapters for
preschoolers, grade-school kids and 'tweens)
- Tips on specific toys and games that encourage
- More healthy (and sneaky) recipes for fueling
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Your Imagination Original Story Starters. Tamara
Vukusic & Erin Brûlé, $10.99
This award-winning series of 50 open-ended scenarios is designed to kick-start
imagination, encourage problem-solving and get kids talking. They are
being used for more than story-telling… people love them for dress-up play, art
projects, drama, public-speaking and as writing prompts. (Ages 4+)
Spark Your Imagination SUPER Story Starters. Tamara
Vukusic & Erin Brûlé, $10.99
This set of 24 Story Starters offers simpler scenarios and illustrated visual
cues to help younger and non-verbal children. (Ages 3+)
Start Smart: Building
Brain Power in the Early Years. Jackie Silberg, $23.95
Did you know that emotions boost our memory?
Or that small muscle exercises help the brain develop? Early experiences
contribute to the structure of the brain and its capacities. The quality,
quantity, and consistency of stimulation will determine, to a large extent, the
number of brain synapses that are formed and how those connections will
function. This is true for both cognitive and emotional development, and the
effect is lifelong.
Start Smart offers simple,
straightforward ways to boost brain power with active exploration, repetition,
sensory exploration, and direct experience. Revised to reflect the latest
research about how children learn, the new edition of this classic bestseller
offers explanations on how and why these activities help the brain develop.
Steam Train, Dream Train Puzzle. Sherry Duskey
& Tom Lichtenheld, $21.99
All aboard the dream train! This 12-piece, two-sided
puzzle includes boxcars, engines, tankers, tenders, cabooses and more. this
sturdy, playful puzzle offers countless possibilities, and sweet, silly dreams.
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Tell Me a Story in the Dark: a Guide for Creating Magical
Bedtime Stories for Young Children. John Olive, $26.95
Tonight, don't read your child a story. Instead, dim the
light, lie down, and create storytelling magic. Weave a spell that will enchant
your child. Written by an award-winning playwright, Tell Me A Story In
The Dark provides you with every tool you need to tell great and
entertaining stories. In a time when parents want to spend more quality time
with their children, Tell Me A Story In The Dark:
- Shows you how to prepare and tell a story
- Communicates the enormous benefits — ending the bedtime battle of
wills, building vocabulary, making room for effective parenting moments
- Provides a treasure trove of stories that parents (and
grandparents) can adapt for their children
- Teaches you how to make up and tell your own stories
Things to Make and Do with Your Children: 150
Activities That You and Your Child Will Love. Myleene Klass, $16.99
Whether you have five minutes or five days, this book is
packed with inspiring and fun activities that will keep you and your child
busy. If you are constantly wracking your brains for ways to keep your children
entertained, this book will give you lots of new ideas for activities, both
indoors and out, and often on the spur of the moment. None of them are expensive
or complicated and most don't need a truck-load of ingredients or special
equipment. All the activities are high in early learning content as well as
Think Like a Baby: 33 Simple Research Experiments You
Can Do at Home to Better Understand Your Child's Developing Mind. Amber
Ankowski & Andy Ankowski, $19.95
Raising a baby is joyful, amazing... and ridiculously
difficult. But with some insight into what's actually going on inside your
little one's head, your job as a parent can become a little bit easier—and a
lot more fun. In Think Like a Baby, coauthors Amber and Andy Ankowski — The
Doctor and the Dad — show parents how to re-create classic child development
experiments using common household items.
These simple step-by-step experiments
apply from the third trimester through age seven and beyond and help parents
understand their children's physical, cognitive, language, and social
development. Amazed parents won't just read about how their kids are behaving,
changing, and thinking at various stages, they'll actually see it for
themselves while interacting and having fun with them at the same time.
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Time to Create: Hands-On Explorations
in Process Art for Young Children. Christie
Forget stuffy, structured craft
activities; your child needs time to create! Rather than merely teaching
your child to name colors and to hold a pencil, the hands-on process art
experiences in Time to Create encourage discovery through a variety
of art media, including drawing, painting, print making, collage, and
sculpture. With ideas for encouraging creativity, advice for choosing the right
art project, and suggestions for minimizing the mess, you and your child will
be on your way to fun-to-do art explorations in no time!
Tinkerlab: a Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors. Rachel
Design, Build, Concoct, and Discover — 55 creative
experiments for curious kids! Kids are natural tinkerers. They experiment,
explore, test, and play — and learn a great deal in the process through
problem-solving and hands-on experiments. From art making to simple robot
building, magic potion testing, and nature exploration, this book is about
creative experiments, in all fields, that help kids explore the world. Perfect
for young children up to age six.
Toshi's Little Treasures. Nadine Robert,
illustrated by Aki, $18.95
In this appealing search-and-find informational picture
book, readers join a little boy named Toshi as he and his grandmother explore
six of their favorite places — the riverbank, the town, the forest, the
country, the park and the beach. At each location, Toshi finds treasures to add
to his collection, from a dragonfly wing to a glittery rock to a guitar pick.
Best of all, his grandmother always knows what everything is!
Mixing fiction and nonfiction, this book is the perfect
resource for life science lessons on habitats and the environment. It
encourages observation skills, curiosity and critical thinking — building
blocks for studying science. This book would be a terrific inspiration for a
trip around the neighborhood in which children can find, identify and draw
treasures of their own. It could also be used as a starting point for
storytelling, in which children imagine the story of a treasure — Toshi's or
their own — before it was found.
303 Tween-Approved Exercises &
Active Games. Kimberly Wechsler, $17.95
303 Tween-Approved Exercises & Active Games is written specifically for children ages 9-12 years old. Kimberley
Wechsler, a specialist in kid’s fitness, took into account the fundamental
attributes of being a child while developing these exercises. They grow,
mature, and develop skills at different ages, so what may be skill appropriate
for one child could be harmful for another child. These exercises reflect the
emotional, social, physical level of this age group. Tweens can choose
from many styles of fitness: mind/body, military style fitness, sports
performance, functional resistance, strength training, plyometric style,
outdoor challenges, circuit/interval/obstacle course training. By giving
each challenge/game a point value, ‘tweens can freely choose their exercises
and will receive a complete workout each and every time. Teachers and parents
can join in on the fun too!
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365 Days of Creative Play. Sheila Ellison &
Judith Gray, $23.99
This amazing resource of fun and thoughtful activities
for kids ages two years and up will help encourage their creativity and
learning through play. Using only safe, simple household supplies, 365 Days
of Creative Play is great for parents, grandparents and childcare
365 Toddler Activities That Inspire Creativity. Joni
Games, projects, and pastimes that encourage a child's
learning and imagination.
Unplugged Play: No
Batteries – No Plugs – Pure Fun. Bobbi Conner, $22.95
710 games and activities for ages 12 months
to 10 years that stretch the imagination, spark creativity, build strong bodies
and forge deep friendships.
Well Played: the Ultimate Guide to Awakening Your
Family's Playful Spirit. Meredith Sinclair, $24.99
In our age of digital addiction, many of us have lost our
ability to be spontaneous. More parents are complaining that they no longer
even remember how to play with their children, or their spouse, and even with
their own friends. In Well Played, Meredith Sinclair helps families
relearn what used to come naturally and shows how to find happiness through
play. For children, playing comes naturally, or at least it used to. But today
that kind of easy-going fun is harder to come by, for both kids and their
parents. With hectic lifestyles and constant technology overload,
families have simply forgotten how to play. The solution? Relearn how to
integrate fun and creative play into our day-to-day lives.
Packed with fun and engaging line drawings, entertaining DIY projects, and
hundreds of lists and tips on capturing the game-changing joy of goofing
off, Well Played is an indispensable guide for families to
incorporate quality fun and playtime into our daily lives.
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Where Does My Shadow Sleep? A
Parent’s Guide to Exploring Science with Children’s Books. Sally Anderson, $17.95
Young children are investigators by
nature, just like scientists. They are curious about the world around them and
eager to explore. With the help of the stories and activities in Where Does My Shadow Sleep? you can use favorite children’s books to help young
children observe, wonder, ask questions, talk about, and explore the world of
The Wiggle & Giggle Busy Book: 365
Fun, Physical Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers. Trish Kuffner, $12.95
The Preschooler's Busy Book: 365
Creative Learning Games and Activities to Keep Your 3 to 6 Year Old Busy. Trish Kuffner, $13.95
These BUSY BOOKS by Trish Kuffner are
packed with creative, fun, simple activities to keep toddlers and preschoolers
busy. Terrific alternatives to watching TV or playing video games, the books
show parents and care providers how to encourage physical, emotional and
cognitive growth and stimulate a child's natural curiosity.
Farm Friends Wooden Puzzle. Innovative Kids,
$19.99 (ages 18 mos.+)
Little Dinosaurs Wooden Puzzle. Innovative Kids,
$22.99 (ages 18 mos.+)
Mighty Mixer Wooden Puzzle. Innovative Kids,
$19.99 (ages 3+)
Playful Pals Wooden Puzzle. Innovative Kids,
$22.99 (ages 2+)
Shape Parade Wooden Puzzle. Innovative Kids,
$22.99 (ages 12 mos.+)
Made with wood from sustainable forests, these colourful
puzzles are packaged in a reusable carry-along case that you can shelf like a
book — no more lost puzzle pieces!!
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