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Bring back playtime, all the time with these 150+ screen-free activities kids will love!

Dive into a Bubbling Swamp World. Drum on an Outdoor Sound Wall. Explore the gooeyness of Glowing Slime.

With the one-of-a-kind projects in 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids, your family will rediscover the spirit of imaginative play! These fun activities help develop your child's
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2014 by Adams Media (first published October 3rd 2014)
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Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: homeschool
This was a quick read. Asia Citro has taken some choice gems from her website and condensed them into an easy to use book. It's essentially a cook book for making your own play substances like slime, paint, and play-dough. She has some good suggestions and a nice list of resources in the back. I also like her "troubleshooting tips" after each recipe. Very helpful. We will definitely be trying some of these.

I do think it's important to highlight though that before you feel bad about yourself for
Mrs. Mother Dirt
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
Roll up your sleeves and stock up on corn starch, these are great activities. Not only are these activities science based, they teach colors, math (measuring ingredients), engage fine motor skills, and use common household ingredients that are non toxic and even some which are taste safe. Well worth the read, especially for weekend or rainy day fun.
There are some straight-up awesome ideas in here. So many are applicable for library programs, and others I'm just going to tuck away for babysitting. I really like that there are lots of taste-safe slimes, doughs, and paints -- all well coded about the possible allergens and other things you might want to avoid. There are plenty of extension activities excellent troubleshooting for what might go wrong with the slimes and doughs. ...more
May 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Was looking forward to some more innovative ideas than making playdough and slush etc. and away from getting my hands dirty, but there were still some worthwhile ideas here.
Jennifer Stoy
I legit bought a paper copy of this for a reference manual after I read two thirds of it. My 3 year old is excited to start doing several of these activities - the entire Small Worlds chapter is extremely her jam right now and I cannot wait to start doing that and the butterfly wings.
Nov 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
150 + activities is quite an exaggeration. I'd say it's closer to 30-50 activities with variations on a theme.
An entire chapter is devoted to slimes, another chapter (40 pages) is devoted to doughs.
Chapter 5: "Small worlds" is a good example of one activity with different themes. And some of those themes aren't that varied, ex.Dragon World vs Medieval Dragon World.

In the first chapter, the author discusses how she makes "taste-safe" materials that allow mouthing children to explore materials,
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: child-rearing
I love this book so much! I've had it checked out from the library since January. I would renew it until my renewel limit was up, then return it and ask the librarian, "Has anyone reserved it? If not, I'd like to check it out again." Thank God for multiple copies!!

So I just ordered it for myself for Mother's Day (you're welcome, hubby/children). How thoughtful of me! I'm so excited for it to arrive because I won't worry about getting it dirty while making a batch of slime. I can make notes in it
Jamie is
May 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
I actually read this today in the bookstore - it was that short. As opposed to being a collection of many types of activities and games, it's organized around six types of art activities, mainly constructing different types of paint, goop, dough, and sculptures (all of which my daughter already has tons of). The really big take-away (and only unique item) for me however was the "mini-worlds" section- basically constructing little habitats like beaches, tundra, rainforests, etc. inhabited by litt ...more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
A large part of the book is different slime recipes, dying different foods different colors, and instructions on how to make "small worlds" like dinosaur world, etc. I was hoping for great variety and more activities that I haven't already seen online. ...more
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lots of great ideas and well illustrated with photos. Budget friendly!
Sadina Shawver
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: home-nonfiction
I was gifted this book by a coworker from my last library when I moved and it has become one of the best resources I have for my Crafternoons. Even when I don't think a craft or activity is exactly what I'm looking for, I can usually bounce it off my new coworkers or Pinterest and come up with the perfect alteration. Caregivers are always pleased with the edible playdohs and the kids love the various slimes I come up with. 10/10 would recommend to any other Children's Librarians out there. ...more
Danielle Robertson
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit
This is a terrific resource for parents of babies(maybe), toddlers, and ESPECIALLY preschoolers. Due to doggies and carpet and an OCD hubby, I am personally hesitant to do the slimes, doughs, and paints ideas (which feels like at least 50% of the book). Once my son is 2 years old I think it will be less of a disaster to try those messier forms of play and I will use this book as a checklist and look forward to trying every activity in here.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is filled with many creative ideas on ways to engage babies, toddlers, and children in open-ended play from the comfort of your home. I appreciated how she categorizes the activities/recipes for homemade goops/playdoughs and highlights if they are taste-safe for babies that still mouth everything. I'm looking forward to integrating a few of these ideas immediately and others as my baby and toddler grow up. ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
My friends with toddlers need to check out this book! I love these ideas for interactive, creative and (easy to clean but) messy play. Includes recipes for slime, dough and finger paints (many of which are taste-safe!), "small worlds" and DIY toys. Clear instructions and lots of explanatory pictures make this book a real winner! ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Essentially a cookbook of recipes for playdough, gloop, slime and paints but with lots of ways to vary the play and ingredients (lots of taste free and allergen free alternatives for example). I particularly liked the explanation on how to encourage small world play which is where our play is currently heading.
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My kids enjoyed reading & following the recipes for these homemade craft items. Some were cost prohibitive (the girl playing with a Rubbermaid full of the moonsand must’ve had a $100 budget) but this was perfect for hot summer day ‘what should I do inside’ time. Great sensory exploration for SPD kids.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mama-resources
What a wonderful compilation of creative ideas. Of course there are some of the typical ideas, but there are so many great new ones as well. My favorite chapter was "Small Worlds" - I know the boys will love them! ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
There weren't too many activities I liked here. "Screen-Free Crafts Kids Will Love: Fun Activities that Inspire Creativity, Problem-Solving and Lifelong Learning" had much more activities I liked, though was still pretty sparse. ...more
Danica Midlil
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jessica Nekuda
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
pretty awesome ideas! options for budgets too
Good for under 6 crowd. Cute ideas. Some were very repetitive.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The mini-world setups look fun--the penguins in ice, the dinosaurs with the erupting volcano. I was surprised that the book consisted almost entirely of recipes for slime/foam/play sand, etc.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nicely presented-but nothing new here...just about everything presented can be found on Pinterest. I was hoping for something unique and interesting.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
There are lots of fun ideas to do with your kids.
Marlena Kalafut
Really exciting and entertaining activities. All the kinds of things I wanted to do when I was a kind (and would rather do than be an adult).
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: youth-activities
Good mix of sensory activities
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
More like different recipes for things to play with rather than activities, but I did love it.
Jun 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Nice illustrations and well organised but you can pretty much find everything on Pinterest.
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stuffed full of really great ideas for keeping young kids engaged with creative explorations.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: homeschool
Great book! We borrowed from a friend and instantly feel in love with the book. Activities are simple and fast but lots of fun for my kids (7, 5, and 3 all boys). Even the beautiful photos capture the attention of my sons and they are flipping through the book requesting to do various activities.
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