Spirit Games: 300 Fun Activities That Bring Children Comfort and Joy

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300 quick, Simple Ways to Make Every Day a Happier Day!

Spirit games make children feel brighter and more confident. By tapping into children's natural delight, spirit games restore the sparkle to their eyes. By sharing the upbeat activities in Spirit Games, you can encourage your child's self-esteem and provide a lasting foundation for happiness.

Developed by Barbara Sher over the course of thirty years as a parent, teacher, and play-therapy ...

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Overview

300 quick, Simple Ways to Make Every Day a Happier Day!

Spirit games make children feel brighter and more confident. By tapping into children's natural delight, spirit games restore the sparkle to their eyes. By sharing the upbeat activities in Spirit Games, you can encourage your child's self-esteem and provide a lasting foundation for happiness.

Developed by Barbara Sher over the course of thirty years as a parent, teacher, and play-therapy specialist, this collection of 300 wise and nurturing ideas fosters parent-child interaction and requires no special preparation or equipment. Play these games with your family-or any children you cherish-to increase the level of joy in their lives.

SPECIAL SECTIONS HIGHLIGHT:
* Creating joy every day
* Getting past anger and self-doubt
* Learning compassion and sharing wonder
* Healing sadness and overcoming fear
* Nurturing your own spirit, too!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Parents and others living or working with children will find this book a helpful resource. The author, a mother with a broad background in child development, works as an occupational therapist. The book presents creative games and activities to lighten the mood or spirit of a person or group. The games are coded for age groups in sections labeled for mental outlook. For "Young Ones" in the "More Joy, Please!" section it is suggested that the young child enjoy a place of refuge under a table or in an empty appliance box, where special things can be kept, such as a pillow, blanket, or paper and markers. For "Middle Ones" in the "Making Magic" section directions are given for asking leading questions to help the child see her dream of life more clearly. For "Older Teens" in the "When I'm Angry" section, a set of cards with sentences which could change his mood may be drawn out of a box. Some sentences can be helpful, such as—"I was doing my best," "Bad times don't last forever," or "I can love myself even if I am not perfect." For "All Ages" in the "When I'm Sad" section family songs may be helpful in times of sorrow. The title may put some people off, but this book provides many unusual and fresh ideas to improve relationships. 2002, John Wiley & Sons, Ages adult.
— Carlee Hallman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471406785
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/12/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

BARBARA SHER, an occupational therapist with an extensive background in child development, conducts workshops for parents, teachers, and children around the world. A mother herself, she is the author of Extraordinary Play with Ordinary Things, Popular Games for Positive Play, Smart Moves: Inclusive Games for Academic Gains, and Self-esteem Games: 300 Fun Activities That Make Children Feel Good about Themselves (Wiley).
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

PART I: Spirit Games for You.

Chapter 1: Nurturing Your Spirit.

PART II: Spirit Games for Children.

Chapter 2: More Joy, Please!

Chapter 3: When I Doubt Myself.

Chapter 4: When I m Sad.

Chapter 5: When I m Angry.

Chapter 6: When I m Afraid.

Chapter 7: Learning Compassion.

Chapter 8: Making Magic.

Closing Thoughts.

Index.

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