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Creative Play for 2-5s: Recognize and Stimulate Your Child's Natural Talents
The ages from 2 to 5 are a crucial stage of life for developing a child's talents, and every youngster will advance more quickly with the psychologically designed games and projects in this innovative book. Here are hundreds of practical, fun-filled activities to stimulate the imagination and build skills in music, art, drama, language, science, and math. Parents can use t ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Hamlyn (UK)
(first published September 25th 1986)
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A wonderful resource, written by an expert in child development and the role of play in learning, to help parents recognize their childrens' natural talents and interests. Most of the book is devoted to suggestions for age-appropriate activities to encourage childrens' interests (and expose them to new interests so they become more well-rounded). The developmental charts in the front section are spot on (very helpful when you're wondering what behavior and physical readiness is age-appropriate), ...more
Holy gender stereotyping, Batman! I checked this book out because it seemed to have playdough recipes and such. While it does have those, they aren't anything I haven't seen elsewhere. And the constant gender stereotyping drove me nuts. It's one thing to write that certain kinds of toys or games are often preferred by boys or by girls - that's reasonable. But this book went way too far with it - several times it suggested that only boys (or in other sections, only girls) would ever play in a par ...more
I checked out this book from the library and plan to buy a copy to have on-hand as a reference. There are so many ideas and recipes (for paint, play-dough, etc). I like that it spans such a range of ages and that so many of the projects involve homemade and found materials. Some of the activities are a little more involved than I will likely get into on a regular basis, but it has helped me feel less hesitant about messy projects. It's not organized as intuitively as I would like, but I'm findin ...more
The most useful thing for me was information on developmental milestones between 2-5 (by 6 month increments). The activity section is largely generic (i.e. music, drawing etc.) and how to spot 'talent' in your pre-schooler.