365 Games Smart Babies Play

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"A marvelously simple, clear and practical guide to parenting in the first days, months and years!"-Diana Huss Green, Parents' Choice

"Wonderful ways to help parents and babies enrich each other's lives."-Sesame Street Parents

Each day with your baby brings new moments of caring, teaching, holding and growing through baby's first experiences.

Filled with magical ways to create and enhance those special everyday moments, 365 Games Smart Babies Play will help you celebrate each ...

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Overview

"A marvelously simple, clear and practical guide to parenting in the first days, months and years!"-Diana Huss Green, Parents' Choice

"Wonderful ways to help parents and babies enrich each other's lives."-Sesame Street Parents

Each day with your baby brings new moments of caring, teaching, holding and growing through baby's first experiences.

Filled with magical ways to create and enhance those special everyday moments, 365 Games Smart Babies Play will help you celebrate each once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you and your baby share. Illustrated by children.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402205361
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Series: 365 Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 366,187
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.83 (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.

Susan Ferdinandi is the Assistant Director and teacher at the Little School in Benicia, California. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota and is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Susan is the mother of two children, ages seven and five. She believes that caring for, playing with and observing her children is her life's most important work.

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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

Ch. 1 Caregiving Ch. 2 Language and Sound Ch. 3 Bedtime Ch. 4 Baby's Room Ch. 5 Writing Exercises Ch. 6 Movement Ch. 7 Music Ch. 8 Everyday Toys Ch. 9 Floor Time Ch. 10 Art Ch. 11 Nature Ch. 12 Dramatic Play Ch. 13 Storytelling Ch. 14 Clay and Playdough Ch. 15 Water Play Ch. 16 Parks and Recreation Ch. 17 Celebrations Ch. 18 Family Growth Ch. 19 Mother's Time Ch. 20 Dad's Time Ch. 21 Siblings Ch. 22 Grandparenting Ch. 23 On the Go Ch. 24 Baby-sitting and Playgroups Ch. 25 Food and Nutrition Ch. 26 Development

Sheila Ellison has a B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Southern California, and is the creator and author of the very popular and successful "365" series of parenting books, including 365 Foods Kids Love to Eat and 365 Afterschool Activities. These books have grown out of Sheila's lifelong involvement with children, her many volunteer efforts on their behalf and her founding of community youth groups and mentoring programs. 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.

Susan Ferdinandi is the Assistant Director and teacher at the Little School in Benicia, California. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota and is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Susan is the mother of two children, ages seven and five. She believes that caring for, playing with and observing her children is her life's most important work.

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