Unplugged Play: No Batteries. No Plugs. Pure Fun.
  • Unplugged Play: No Batteries. No Plugs. Pure Fun.
  • Unplugged Play: No Batteries. No Plugs. Pure Fun.

Unplugged Play: No Batteries. No Plugs. Pure Fun.

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by Bobbi Conner, Amy Patacchiola
     
 

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From the joy of smearing glue on paper to the screaming delight of a bubble-blowing relay, kids love to play. In fact, it's every kid's built-in tool for experiencing the world at large. A parent-friendly encyclopedia, UNPLUGGED PLAY ("A wonderful guide," says Daniel Goleman) offers hundreds and hundreds of battery-free, screen-free, chirp-and-beep-free

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From the joy of smearing glue on paper to the screaming delight of a bubble-blowing relay, kids love to play. In fact, it's every kid's built-in tool for experiencing the world at large. A parent-friendly encyclopedia, UNPLUGGED PLAY ("A wonderful guide," says Daniel Goleman) offers hundreds and hundreds of battery-free, screen-free, chirp-and-beep-free games and fun variations that stretch the imagination, spark creativity, building strong bodies, and forge deep friendships...and keep kids busy at the table while mom or dad makes dinner.

Editorial Reviews

You could call them "couch taters": According to a recent study, approximately 90 percent of toddlers two years and younger regular watch television, DVDs, and/or videos. Other new research findings even more troubling: "The amount of television children watched when they were fourteen was positively linked with having attention problems later; not doing homework; being bored at school; dropping out and hating school." Many parents despair that they can never "unplug" their children. But help is here: Bobbi Connor's Unplugged Play Book provides 500-plus pages of electronics-free activities for kids. The creator/host of radio's Parent's Journal has selected more than 700 games and projects that cover every age group and every type: indoor; outdoor, crafts, music, cards, guessing, grouping, solitaire -- you name it. Family-friendly fun.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761143901
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
07/11/2007
Pages:
516
Sales rank:
364,714
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.13(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range:
1 - 10 Years

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From the Publisher
" A terrific precription for much of what ails children and parents today."
-RICHARD LOUV, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

" Every parent ought to have this scruptious book. You don't have to have problems with plugged-in play to enjoy this feast of unplugged family favorites, forgotten and new."
-PENELOPE LEACH PH.D., author of Your Baby and Child

"Bursting with creative ideas, games, and projects to fill a child's time with healthy, stimulating, and rewarding play."
-DAVID ELKIND, PH.D., Professor of Child Developments at Tufts University and author of The Hurried Child and The Power of Play

Bobbi Conner, host of public radio's "The Parent's Journal", has put together an accessible masterpiece for kid and family fun. Unplugged Play offers 710 Games and Activities for kids aged 12 months to 10 years, and their families. Some are as easy as can be, requiring not much more than imagination and a smile. Others require the fun of gathering, collecting, recycling, organizing, making a mess and cleaning it up. None are expensive. They are old, new and made up. Some were submitted by friends, fans and others researched by teams of players (kids & parents).

The subtitle, "No Batteries. No Plugs. Pure Fun." grabbed us. Play is SO plugged in these days, but it doesn't have to be. The unplugged play world triggers imagination, creative thinking, problem solving, independence (sometimes), resourcefulness, teamwork (often) and much satisfaction. The book is full of clever parenting tips including "What to do When Your Child Loses" the "10-Minute Cleanup Rule" and how to turn "NO" into "YES". Bring back childhood and bring back creative play. Get your own copy of this book!

We, the folks who make our own hula hoops, make our own pirate ships from milk cartons and a straw and encourage kids to make their own instruments, wholeheartedly endorse Unplugged Play. The book belongs in everyone's home, open to a new page each day. It belongs in day cares, elementary schools, camps, scouts and everywhere that play should be.
— Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Children's Music Grammy Award Winners

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Meet the Author

Bobbi Conner is the creator and host of the award-winning national radio program The Parent's Journal. She is also the author of Everyday Opportunities for Extraordinary Parenting and the mother of three kids, now in college.

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Unplugged Play: No Batteries. No Plugs. Pure Fun. 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Talks sarcastically.* Well glad im first to the imposter!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The real luckyleaf(me)was the one who did the contest. The one impostering posted the winners here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a Grandmother and found many things I had forgotten. Great ideas for entertaining kids the old fashioned way. Highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're a mom like me, you're tired of replacing batteries in all these electronnic toys. I wanted some back-to-the-basics ideas for entertaining the kids without having to buy stock in Duracell! This book has them! It's organized by age so you know right where to look when one of your kids gives you the dreaded "I'm bored". These activities can get you involved in playing with your kids instead of them tuning out to some electrical gadget. Exploring play for toddlers, to fun games for the older kids. Outdoor and indoor games are noted. This is a bookshelf staple for any parents out there! Would also be great for daycare providers!
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