Learn and Play the Green Way: Fun Activities with Reusable Materials

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Don’t throw it away—use it for play!

Turn items headed for the trash into fun, educational, and safe toys and activities for young children. Find one hundred creative and clever ideas repurposing common household objects—including shoeboxes, fabric scraps, plastic lids, and buttons—into entertaining playthings. The toys benefit children’s early learning by promoting sensory perception and development in physical; social and emotional; ...

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Overview


Don’t throw it away—use it for play!

Turn items headed for the trash into fun, educational, and safe toys and activities for young children. Find one hundred creative and clever ideas repurposing common household objects—including shoeboxes, fabric scraps, plastic lids, and buttons—into entertaining playthings. The toys benefit children’s early learning by promoting sensory perception and development in physical; social and emotional; cognitive; and language and communication areas.

Organized by age group, Learn and Play the Green Way has sections for working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and schoolagers. Each activity includes:

A description of the ways children might use the toy
Suggestions for extending the learning
A list of materials needed and step-by-step instructions
A green idea for additional ways to be eco-friendly

Learn and Play the Green Way: Fun Activities with Reusable Materials is a revision of the bestselling, award-winning Learn and Play the Recycle Way: Homemade Toys that Teach.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933653709
  • Publisher: Redleaf Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,421,935
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Rhoda Redleaf spent her career serving many areas of the early childhood field. As a trainer, she spent much time helping caregivers gain the knowledge they needed to teach and nurture children during their most formative years. She has been a child care center director and public school teacher and has authored several books and articles.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

A Look at Learning 1

How to Use This Book 2

Helpful Hints for Making Your Own Toys 3

Finding Materials for Toy Making 4

Safety Considerations in Making and Using Toys 4

Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers 7

Sensory Floor Pad 8

Hanging Mobiles 10

Kick Toys for Infants 12

Infant/Toddler Activity Books 14

Cause-and-Effect Match Board 16

Pull-and-Snap Toy 18

Box Blocks, Climbers, and Sliders 20

Lid Box 22

Poke and Peek 24

Parasheet 26

Super Crawl-Over Box 28

Push-It/Sort-It 30

Lacing Things 32

Bucket Brigade 34

Older Toddlers and Preschoolers 37

Simple Lotto 38

Magnet Match-Ups 40

Flexible Feely Board 42

Feel-and-Tell Box 44

Where's the Scoop? 46

Shoebox Train 48

Water-Play Kit 50

Squish Bags 52

Twist and Turn 54

Keys for Learning 56

Tilings to String 58

Clothespin Capers 60

Styrofoam Pounding Bench 62

Take-Apart Teddy 64

Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Schoolagers 67

Picture Puzzle 68

Felt Boards to Go 70

Instant Paintbrush 72

Picture-and-Word Books 74

Stack-a-Lot Containers 76

Boats and Other Floatables 78

Backpack and Sit-Upon 80

Very Kool Playdough 82

Fancy Fish 84

Portable Easels 86

Art-and-Writing-Tool Holder 88

Paper-Bag Balls 90

Paddle Ball 92

Following-Footsteps Game 94

Workout Weights 96

Bottle Drop 98

Child-Size Game Net 100

A Nesting Ball for the Birds 102

Bottle Bird Feeder 104

Preschoolers 107

Letter Lineup 108

Wrapping Paper Match-Ups 110

Look-Alikes 112

Shape Finders 114

Sort It! 116

Pizza Pinups 118

Numbers Galore 120

Bottle-Cap Counters 122

Counting Circles 124

Visiting-the-Zoo Board Game 126

Top the Box 128

Painter's Palette130

Stop-and-Go Race Game 132

Cracker Game 134

Magnet Mysteries 136

Dots to Dinosaurs 138

Picture Partners 140

Preschoolers and Schoolagers 143

Airplane 144

Dot-to-Dot 146

Copycat Covers 148

Money Matters 150

Tic-Tac-Toe 152

Cube-It 154

Dominoes 156

Wipe-Off Scramblers 158

Cue Me In 160

File-Folder Fun 162

Lids Unlimited 164

Nailboard Design 166

Banjo 168

Beautiful Beans, Nutritious Beans 170

Binoculars 172

Gas Pump 174

Furry Animals/3-D Friends 176

Quick-and-Easy Doll Clothes 178

Take-Apart People 180

Puzzlemania 182

Target Toss 184

Sizzling Rockets 186

Puzzle Fix-It 188

Desert in a Jar 190

Hanging Planter 192

Pulleys for Work and Play 194

All Ages 199

Child-Safe Display Rack 200

Milk-Carton Puppets 202

Milk-Carton Blocks 204

Versatile Scoop Toy 206

Finger Puppets 208

Bongo Drum 210

Crawl-Through Boxes and Tunnels 212

Step-Up Aerobics 214

Bug Keeper 216

Rhythm Shakers 218

Reusable and Donated Materials Index 221

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