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Active Baby, Healthy Brain: 135 Fun Exercises and Activities to Maximize Your Child's Brain Development from Birth Through Age 5 1/2
     

Active Baby, Healthy Brain: 135 Fun Exercises and Activities to Maximize Your Child's Brain Development from Birth Through Age 5 1/2

by Margaret Sasse, Frances Page Glascoe (Foreword by), Georges McKail (Illustrator)
 

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Movement, play, and active exploration in the first five years of a child’s life are essential to the development of his or her body and brain. Now Active Baby, Healthy Brain presents 135 massages, exercises, and activities that engage your child’s love of play while also stimulating his or her brain development in multiple areas,

Overview

Movement, play, and active exploration in the first five years of a child’s life are essential to the development of his or her body and brain. Now Active Baby, Healthy Brain presents 135 massages, exercises, and activities that engage your child’s love of play while also stimulating his or her brain development in multiple areas, including:

  • Balance
  • Cross-pattern movement
  • Visualization
  • Vestibular (inner ear) stimulation
  • Laterality
  • Fine and gross motor skills

Each activity is presented on its own page with step-by-step instructions, appealing illustrations, and illuminating sidebars. The detailed instructions tell you exactly how to do each activity, as well as how to incorporate toys, music, dance, and games. No single activity takes more than two minutes, and all that’s required is ten minutes a day. More than thirty years in the making, Active Baby, Healthy Brain is an indispensable guide for everyone who is raising a child or who interacts with preschoolers.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Sassé’s focus is on fun, but she also provides parents with an informative manual that outlines the crucial connections between movement and the health and development of body and brain.”
Publishers Weekly

“A fabulous legacy for our children and an excellent contribution to the area of children’s health and well-being.”
Oh Baby! magazine

“Charmingly illustrated and easy to read, this delightful book will be a boon to busy parents looking for fun ways to support their child’s development.”
Linda Acredolo, PhD, co-author of Baby Minds: Brain-Building Games Your Baby Will Love

Active Baby provides a wealth of very informative and user-friendly information about the young children’s physical development. It fills a void for daily parenting skills and makes a great gift for every new parent!”
Rhonda Clements, EdD, former President of the American Association for the Child’s Right to Play, Professor of Physical Education at Manhattanville College, and author of nine books on children’s games and play activities

“Rarely have I been presented with a book so user-friendly, complete, and profound in its breadth of understanding of early childhood development as Margaret Sassé’s book. It is truly a must-have book for all new parents, grandparents, and people working with preschool children. Margaret has come to the heart of what is most essential for our precious children today—rich sensory experiences, movement, play, and human connection. Margaret has given the world a wonderful gift.”
Carla Hannaford, PhD, biologist, educator, and author of Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head and other movement-based learning titles
Children's Literature - Kimberly Hutmacher
This book claims to boost a child's brain development in just ten minutes a day. It is a compilation of 135 fun exercises and activities parents can do with their children from birth through age five and a half. Included are massages, exercises and play activities that the author says will maximize a child's brain development. Each activity gets its own page with clear step-by-step directions and illustrations to help readers along. The activities are quick, simple and can be done with items that most of us already have on hand. As far as the activities go, there is not much new here. Some of the activities include giving babies tummy time, reciting nursery rhymes to children, and helping toddlers work with finger paint. What parents may find valuable about this book is the fact that the author details why parents should do these activities with their children and how each age-appropriate activity helps to develop a child's brain. Reviewer: Kimberly Hutmacher
Publishers Weekly
Sasse, founder of Australia-based ToddlerKindy GymbaROO, offers a practical handbook for parents hoping to boost their baby'sintellectual and physical development. The author, who died last year at the age of 80, divides her program into eight sections ranging from newborn to age five–and-a-half. In each, she offers specific, age-appropriate exercises and activities, accompanied by illustrations: each exercise takes only two minutes or less, totaling about 10 minutes per day. Along with instructions, the author provides the rationale behind each activity; for instance, in a section titled “vestibular fun,” she asserts that rocking chairs and swinging cradles not only lull an infant to sleep but also provide sensory stimulation, contributing to the accelerated development of motor skills. Sasse explains why “tummy time” is essential to building pathways in the baby's brain, and encourages the use of dance and music for stimulating nerve endings in the inner ear. For toddlers and older children, the author offers interactive activities that employ the use of beanbags, hoops, balls and other resources. Sasse's focus is on fun, but she also provides parents with an informative manual that outlines the crucial connections between movement and the health and development of body and brain.(Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781615190065
Publisher:
Experiment, The
Publication date:
01/12/2010
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
374,373
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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Meet the Author

Margaret Sasse founded Toddler Kindy GymbaROO in Australia in 1982, which now has 85 centers, 16 of them based internationally. She is an acknowledged authority on infant development, and has written and produced several books and videos.

Melbourne-based artist Georges McKail has supplied many delightful illustrations for Margaret Sasse's books.

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