Do-It-Yourself Early Learning: Easy and Fun Activities and Toys from Everyday Home Center Materials

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Making learning a hands-on experience, Do-It-Yourself Early Learning shows home child care providers how to find and use many of the inexpensive—and often overlooked—building, home-repair, and construction materials available at local hardware stores and home centers to create fun activities and toys that promote play, exploration, and discovery.

This innovative guide takes teachers on a journey through the aisles of the local home center to help them find creative ways to teach...

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Overview

Making learning a hands-on experience, Do-It-Yourself Early Learning shows home child care providers how to find and use many of the inexpensive—and often overlooked—building, home-repair, and construction materials available at local hardware stores and home centers to create fun activities and toys that promote play, exploration, and discovery.

This innovative guide takes teachers on a journey through the aisles of the local home center to help them find creative ways to teach young children to build, interact, and learn from a wide variety of materials—from plumbing and electrical supplies to paints and hardware items.

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You have probably noticed that toys have morphed into commercials or are marketed as “learning tools” but are actually electronic bombardment systems that blitz a poor kid’s sensory system. And the truth is that kids still often have more fun with the box than the toy that came in it. This is a 218-page celebration of ways to make your own fun, and it delivers everything it promises, while delivering a sense of empowerment and imaginative invention. Instead of spending a gazillion dollars on plastic or short-lived play center “stuff”, the authors encourage you to visit the hardware store, the paint store, and the lumberyard scrap pile so you can collect some really engaging learning materials yourself. The first three chapters include: “Why Make Your Own Learning Toys” (they’re affordable, durable, flexible, sensible, and fun), “What Kids Learn While Playing” (language and literacy, math and logical thinking, science, art, music and creative expression, social relationships, physical skills), and “Getting Started” (tools, materials, construction tips, safety, maintenance, storage). The next twelve chapters are divided into more specific activities that focus on such things as “Gravity and Motion,” “Matching, Sorting and Estimating,” “Problem Solving,” and “Exploring Tools” (which encourages grownups to teach kids how to use real tools to do real stuff with none of this play-plastic-hammers stuff!) The description of each activity include age recommendations, materials, tools, estimated build costs, directions, storage, what’s learned, and more. Almost every activity has a photo, and many of them make you laugh out loud! Indexed by age as well as by activity. Highly recommended.Reviewer: Gwynne Spencer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929610815
  • Publisher: Redleaf Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 720,798
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Jeff A. Johnson has more than 18 years of child care experience. A former center director, he operates a family child care program and is a board member of the National Association for Family Child Care. He is the author of several Redleaf Press books and presents at conferences across the nation.
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