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The Secret of Play: How to Raise Smart, Healthy, Caring Kids from Birth to Age 12

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The Secret of Play is a parenting book that celebrates the good stuff-the fun, spontaneity, creativity, and inspiration children bring to our lives every day. It's about helping them to be happier, healthier, more caring, and more creative by understanding and encouraging what they do best: play. Through play, children explore the world around them, develop an understandin ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 20th 2008 by DK
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Sep 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
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I only read up to age four, but I will finish it as my kids get older. I want to own this book because it simple and clear. It was different than I thought it would be in that it doesn't talk a lot about specific games to play. I thought it was just a book about games to play with your kids, but it is an explanation of how your kids learn and develop through each age. The secret is that kids brains grow best when they have a lot of opportunity to explore and play. ...more
Apr 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Drawing on the latest research into brain development, social and emotional growth, and learning, a parenting expert and author of The 7 Stages of Motherhood explores the role and value of play at each stage of a child's development and offers suggestions on the best ideas, toys, and games for each age. Original. ...more
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worth skimming @ the library, but not worth checking out - too wide of an age range for kids & age appropriate skills.
Apr 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Covers birth through age 8. Only read the chapters from birth through age 2. Would be good to check out again once AJ is older.
Dec 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
So badly edited and proof read it was a laborious read with few suggestions which fifteen minutes on pinterest couldn't have replaced. ...more
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On page 32 where it talks about 1 year olds
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Pretty good. Broken down by age/stage of development.
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