365 Days Of Creative Play

Overview

"Projects that you can do with your kids, and even better, activities they can do by themselves."-Family Circle

"Now there is a solution to every day of the year."-Parenting

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 providers. Illustrated by children.

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Overview

"Projects that you can do with your kids, and even better, activities they can do by themselves."-Family Circle

"Now there is a solution to every day of the year."-Parenting

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 providers. Illustrated by children.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402205354
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 418
  • Sales rank: 1,168,575
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheila Ellison is the dedicated mother of four children and the stepmother of two. She is the creator and author of the 365 Series of parenting books, including 365 Games Babies Play, 365 Days of Creative Play, 365 Afterschool Activities, 365 Foods Kids Love to Eat, and 365 Ways to Raise Great Kids. She has appeared on Oprah, the Later Today Show, and the CBS Early Show. Her books have been featured in O Magazine, Parenting, Family Circle, Glamour, Complete Woman, Healthy Kids Magazine, New York Daily News, and San Francisco Chronicle, and have been selections of the Children's Book-of-the-Month Club. Sheila has appeared on hundreds of radio shows across the country. She continues to write and lives in Northern California.

Dr. Judith Gray is internationally known as an author, teacher, leader in dance research and speaker on future trends in education and dance. A former executive director of the Girl's Club of Tucson, Dr. Gray has been an educator at both the high school and university level. A mother of four, she is currently helping to develop a state-of-the-art high school in the Everett School District, Washington, and is on the Antioch University teaching faculty. Dr. Gray is also coauthor of 365 Food Kids Love to Eat and 365 Days of Creative Play.

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Magic Wand Materials:
long stick or dowel; fabric scraps or crepe paper; sequins; gift bow; glue

Directions:
Help your child make a magic wand which he or she can use to make spells, make people disappear and make wishes come true. Wrap the stick in strips of colorful fabric or crepe paper. Glue on some sequins. Attach a gift bow or streamers to the top. Glue more sequins on the top piece. Let it dry. Now the wand is ready for its magical use.

Backwards Day Directions:
Today you are going to turn your child's day around! Everything that happens at the start of the day, will take place in the evening, and vice versa. Begin the day with a bedtime story and a bath, take the afternoon nap in the morning and have breakfast at night. Think of other things that you could do in keeping with a "backwards" day. Do not forget to let your child know what's going on and ask him or her for ideas.

Who Remembers?
Materials:
Photos of a family trip, a birthday party or a visit to the zoo

Directions:
In this activity, your child is encouraged to remember as much as possible about an important event in his or her life, preferably in the right sequence. the photos are for jogging the memory. Give plenty of hints to help the story along and paraphrase from time to time to keep the sequence on track.

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Table of Contents

?rt Yarn Dog -1
Pavement Painting -2
Connect the Dots -3
Lacing Cards -4
Pressed-Flower Place Mats -5
Painted Soap -6
Crinkle Crayon Print -7
Shell Paintings -8
Art Exploration -9
Shadowy Shapes -10
Candle Wax Painting -11
Flower-and-Leaf Prints -12
Your Coloring Book -13
Swinging Sand Art -14
Stone Painting -15
Moving Masterpiece -16
Squashed Paint Art -17
Sheet Designs -18
Newspaper Leaf Prints -19
Ancient Scroll -20
Snow Paintings -21
Chalky Watercolor -22
Pot Painting -23
Transparent Triumph -24
Watercolor Contour -25
Dip and Dabble Art -26
Canvas Rug -27
Customized Light Switch -28
Object Rubbings -29
Body Beautiful -30
Salt Pictures -31
Contour Line Art -32
Picture Paperweight -33
Karate String Art -34
Construction Homemade Play Dough -35
Handprint Plaque -36
Cylinder Sculpture -37
Fluffy Head -38
Boxes and Buildings -39
Streamer Munchkin -40
Grocery Bag Blocks -41
Clay Sculptures -42
Wiggle Worm -43
Create a Crown -44
Pipe Cleaner Sculpture -45
Wind Sock -46
Make a Sundial -47
Log Houses -48
Tub Sponge Sculptures -49
Paper Chains -50
Room within a Room -51
Puffy Fish -52
Self-Portrait Puzzle and Gift -53
Coat Hanger Mask -54
Fancy Dress Hat -55
Paddle Boat Voyage -56
Cylinder City -57
Pinwheels -58
Cork Sculptures -59
Tugboat -60
Plaster Box Etchings -61
Picture Frames -62
Tennis Ball Puppet -63
?Crafts Fabric Garden -64
Penny Can -65
Accordion Paper People -66
Stringy Gift Wrap -67
Yarn Holder -68
Felt Storyboards -69
Smoothie Gift Wrap -70
Bottle to Vase -71
Object Outline -72
Lamp Shades -73
Texture Casts -74
Make a Snake -75
Learning Mats -76
Miniature House -77
Photo Mobile -78
Colored Crayon Balls -79
Egg Carton Insects -80
My Life Book -81
Spoon People -82
Cork Boats -83
Bag Lady Doll -84
Papier-Mâché Balloon -85
Career Paper Dolls -86
3-D Picture Frame -87
Life-Size Me in PJs -88
Bean Bag Buddies -89
Fabric Weaving -90
Picture Magnets -91
Clothespin Hang-Ups -92
Snowman Alive -93

Dance Let's Move -94
Clockwork Marching -95
Action Words -96
Rubber-Neck Dance -97
Fireworks Dance -98
Freeze and Melt -99
Mirror Dancing -100
Walk Like the Animals -101
Wiggle-Waggle Dance -102
Balloon Dance -103
Yoga Toad -104
Tightrope Walker -105
Bridges and Tunnels -106
Elephant Stomp -107
Touch Twister -108
High Space, Low Space -109
Space Dance -110
Rope Shaping -111
Leggy Dance -112
Silly Walks -113
Circle Dancing -114
Inside-Outside Moves -115
ABC Shapes -116
If Toys Could Dance -117
Body Sculpting -118
Poem Dance -119
Playing with Dance -120
Chiffon Dancing -121
Spaghetti Dance -122
Growing and Shrinking -123

Education By Bus, Boat, or Train -124
I See -125
Farm Visit -126
Flotation Experiment -127
Muddied Waters -128
Bear Hospital -129
Who's Hiding -130
Fire Station Visit -131
A Morning at Work -132
Anatomy for Kids -133
Taste and Tell -134
Listen to the World -135
The Electric Show -136
Heads and Faces Collage -137
Backwards Day -138
Tweezers and Tongs -139
Color Grouping -140
Evaporation Experiment -141
Steamy Experiment -142
Energy from the Sun -143
Babies Collage -144
Feely Box -145
Fun Sign Language -146
Transportation Collage -147
Long Distance Sounds -148
My Own Scales -149
What Fits in this Jar? -150
Fill in the Rainbow -151

Environment Recycled Mail -152
Natty Napkin Rings -153
Bottle Bins -154
Popcorn Packaging -155
Recycling Center Roundup -156
Kid's Kompost -157
Rag Bag -158
Earth Beautification -159
Angel Bird Feeders -160
Bug Treats -161
Slug Trap -162
Snip Snap -163
Paper Press -164
The Tree of Life -165
Zoo Project -166

Family Bedtime Ritual -167
Lighter Thoughts -168
Earth's Small Treasures -169
Family Ties -170
Nurse Duty -171
Stick Puppets -172
Taped Esteem -173
Mood Swings -174
Chore Chart -175
Fingerprinting -176
Dream File -177
Family Time Capsule -178
Family Contests -179
I Remember Game -180
Most Responsible Thing to Do -181
Question Scavenger Hunt -182
I Believe Wallpaper -183
People Are Good -184
Feel-Good Notebook -185
Silly Sentence Play -186
Postcard Memories -187
Box Breakfast -188
Pin the Blame on the Donkey -189

Food Mashed Potato Sculptures -190
Berry Ice Cubes -191
Homemade Ice Cream -192
Pudding Paint -193
Cereal Balls -194
Container Art -195
Vegetable Dip -196
Egg Boats -197
Homemade Child's Cheese -198
Salad Quilt -199
Baked Bread Sandwiches -200
Crunchy Marshmallow Balls -201
Popsicle Parade -202
Yummy Parfaits -203
Squishy Food Painting -204
Grandma's Granola -205
Easy Cinnamon Rolls -206
Food Sculpture -207
A "Cool" Cake -208
Orange Pomander -209
Pancake Art -210
Apple Plumps -211
Wagon Train -212
Ice Bowl -213
Surprise Salad -214
Two-Tone Etched Cookie -215
Edible Jewelry -216
Ice Cream Cone Cakes -217
Tic-Tac-Toe -218
Collage Melt -219
Ice Cream Snowballs -220
Outer Space Cookies -221

Games Sand Touching -222
Wolf in the Woods -223
Guess Who's Leading -224
Water Slide -225
Flying Saucers -226
Frogs and Tadpoles -227
Wesley Says -228
Shadow Tag -229
Balancing Seal -230
What's Missing? -231
Treasure Hunt -232
Magpie Hunt -233
Hit or Miss -234
Outdoor Obstacle Course -235
Tiptoe Tease -236
Flashlight Tag -237
Rolling Pins -238
Button Pitch -239
Sprinkler Games -240
Amazing Maze -241
Turtle Races -242
Who Remembers? -243
Bag Skit -244
Newspaper Sword Duels -245
Jump the River -246
House of Cards -247
Who Am I? -248
Air Bowling -249
Pick-Up Sticks -250
Indoor Baseball -251

Horticulture My Tree and I -252
Sunflower Surprises -253
Edible Forest -254
Veggie Jungle -255
Grow Your Own Popcorn -256
Sprout Harvest -257
Shoots to Roots -258
Seedy Bird's Head -259
Leaf Magic -260
Green Bean Teepee -261
Bamboo Shoots -262
Avocado Tree -263
Tree Family -264
Spring is Here -265
Outdoor Terrarium -266
Mr. Potato -267
Crocus Garden -268
Greenhouse in the Round -269
Rows of Radishes -270
Flowering Names -271
Life in the Desert -272
Carrot Baskets -273
Surprise Nut Tree -274
Elf Garden -275
Tiny Basket Planter -276
Leaf Log -277

Make-Believe Ghost Land -278
Mail Delivery -279
Peek-a-Boo Box -280
Dressing Up -281
A Day at the Lake -282
Is It a Bird, or a Bat, or a Butterfly? -283
Pantomime Play -284
Tiny Yarn Doll Story -285
Cloud Associations -286
Magic Wand -287
Woman in the Moon -288
Space Weaving -289
Vacation at Home -290
I am a Fish -291
Storybook Videos -292
Magic Movies -293
Candy Castle -294
Stand-Up Drawings -295
Early Native American Weaving -296
Tent Time -297
Switching Roles -298
My Own Story -299
New Endings -300
Act It Out -301
Pirates and Gypsies -302
Up the Hill -303
Stay off the Sidewalk Cracks! -304
Grandma and Grandpa -305

Music Spray Drums -306
Change a Song -307
Maraca March -308
Rainstick -309
Wrist and Ankle Jingles -310
Accompanying the Dance -311
Sounds Alive -312
Sanded Blocks -313
Sound Count -314
Exploring Sound -315
Jingle Bell Drum -316
Nail Melodies -317
Drum Echoes -318
Wind Chime Magic -319
Bottle Tooting -320
Snare Drum -321
Sounds Like? -322
Bongo Drums -323
Clapping Rhythms -324
Finger Tapping -325
Musical Jar Xylophone -326
Copycat Music -327
Zoo and Farm Sounds -328
Child's Own Operetta -329
Only a Song -330
Louder, Softer Please -331
Story Soundtrack -332
Kazoo Flute -333
Paint a Song -334
Bottle-Top Castanets -335

Nature Walking Collector -336
Sand Saucers -337
Stone Reflections -338
Mud Play -339
Pet Worm -340
Fall Fun -341
Rock Crystals -342
Find this Stone -343
Water Races -344
Bug Safari -345
Bird Watching -346
Bark Close-Up -347
Create a Butterfly Garden -348
Bird Feeder -349
Birdbath Spa -350
Puddle Walk -351
Ants on Parade -352
Centerpiece -353
Caterpillar to Butterfly -354
Night Hike -355
Rain Gauge -356
Weather Diary -357
Winter Tracks -358
Ocean Waves -359
Driftwood Sea Garden -360
Field and Forest Sounds -361
Nature Book -362
Habitat Happenings -363
My Walking Stick -364
Snail Farm -365

About the Authors -391

Sheila Ellison has a BA degree in psychology from the University of Southern California, and is the creator and author of the very popular and successful "365" series. The mother of four children, she has recently completed national media tours presenting her ideas on successful parenting along with new products that make life with children easier.

Dr. Judith Gray is internationally known as an author, teacher, leader in dance research and speaker on future trends in education and dance. A former Executive Director of the Girl's Club of Tucson, Dr. Gray has been an educator at both the high school and university level.

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