365 Days of Creative Play

365 Days of Creative Play

by Sheila Ellison, Judith Gray

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365 Days of Creative Play by Sheila Ellison, Judith Gray

"Now there is a solution to every day of the year." —Parenting

No more bored kids and lazy days! With 365 Days of Creative Play you can encourage your child's creativity with fun and active games, crafts, and adventures that'll leave your child excited by the world around them. With 365 unplugged activities that won't recquire trips to the craft store, this is the go-to guide for some DIY family fun.

You'll find 365 days filled with:

  • Crafts
  • Dancing
  • Games
  • Nature
  • Make-believeand more!

Perfect for parents, grandparents, daycares and babysitters, this is the solution to too much screen time and bored little ones!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492648888
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 813,210
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 2 - 7 Years

About the Author

Sheila Ellison is the dedicated mother of four children and the stepmother of two. She is the creator and author of the 365 Series of parenting books, including 365 Games Babies Play, 365 Days of Creative Play, 365 Afterschool Activities, 365 Foods Kids Love to Eat, and 365 Ways to Raise Great Kids. She has appeared on Oprah, the Later Today Show, and the CBS Early Show. Her books have been featured in O Magazine, Parenting, Family Circle, Glamour, Complete Woman, Healthy Kids Magazine, New York Daily News, and San Francisco Chronicle, and have been selections of the Children's Book-of-the-Month Club. Sheila has appeared on hundreds of radio shows across the country. She continues to write and lives in Northern California.

Dr. Judith Gray is internationally known as an author, teacher, leader in dance research and speaker on future trends in education and dance. A former executive director of the Girl's Club of Tucson, Dr. Gray has been an educator at both the high school and university level. A mother of four, she is currently helping to develop a state-of-the-art high school in the Everett School District, Washington, and is on the Antioch University teaching faculty. Dr. Gray is also coauthor of 365 Food Kids Love to Eat and 365 Days of Creative Play.

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Magic Wand Materials:
long stick or dowel; fabric scraps or crepe paper; sequins; gift bow; glue

Directions:
Help your child make a magic wand which he or she can use to make spells, make people disappear and make wishes come true. Wrap the stick in strips of colorful fabric or crepe paper. Glue on some sequins. Attach a gift bow or streamers to the top. Glue more sequins on the top piece. Let it dry. Now the wand is ready for its magical use.

Backwards Day Directions:
Today you are going to turn your child's day around! Everything that happens at the start of the day, will take place in the evening, and vice versa. Begin the day with a bedtime story and a bath, take the afternoon nap in the morning and have breakfast at night. Think of other things that you could do in keeping with a "backwards" day. Do not forget to let your child know what's going on and ask him or her for ideas.

Who Remembers?
Materials:
Photos of a family trip, a birthday party or a visit to the zoo

Directions:
In this activity, your child is encouraged to remember as much as possible about an important event in his or her life, preferably in the right sequence. the photos are for jogging the memory. Give plenty of hints to help the story along and paraphrase from time to time to keep the sequence on track.

Table of Contents

?rt Yarn Dog -1 Pavement Painting -2 Connect the Dots -3 Lacing Cards -4 Pressed-Flower Place Mats -5 Painted Soap -6 Crinkle Crayon Print -7 Shell Paintings -8 Art Exploration -9 Shadowy Shapes -10 Candle Wax Painting -11 Flower-and-Leaf Prints -12 Your Coloring Book -13 Swinging Sand Art -14 Stone Painting -15 Moving Masterpiece -16 Squashed Paint Art -17 Sheet Designs -18 Newspaper Leaf Prints -19 Ancient Scroll -20 Snow Paintings -21 Chalky Watercolor -22 Pot Painting -23 Transparent Triumph -24 Watercolor Contour -25 Dip and Dabble Art -26 Canvas Rug -27 Customized Light Switch -28 Object Rubbings -29 Body Beautiful -30 Salt Pictures -31 Contour Line Art -32 Picture Paperweight -33 Karate String Art -34 Construction Homemade Play Dough -35 Handprint Plaque -36 Cylinder Sculpture -37 Fluffy Head -38 Boxes and Buildings -39 Streamer Munchkin -40 Grocery Bag Blocks -41 Clay Sculptures -42 Wiggle Worm -43 Create a Crown -44 Pipe Cleaner Sculpture -45 Wind Sock -46 Make a Sundial -47 Log Houses -48 Tub Sponge Sculptures -49 Paper Chains -50 Room within a Room -51 Puffy Fish -52 Self-Portrait Puzzle and Gift -53 Coat Hanger Mask -54 Fancy Dress Hat -55 Paddle Boat Voyage -56 Cylinder City -57 Pinwheels -58 Cork Sculptures -59 Tugboat -60 Plaster Box Etchings -61 Picture Frames -62 Tennis Ball Puppet -63
?Crafts Fabric Garden -64 Penny Can -65 Accordion Paper People -66 Stringy Gift Wrap -67 Yarn Holder -68 Felt Storyboards -69 Smoothie Gift Wrap -70 Bottle to Vase -71 Object Outline -72 Lamp Shades -73 Texture Casts -74 Make a Snake -75 Learning Mats -76 Miniature House -77 Photo Mobile -78 Colored Crayon Balls -79 Egg Carton Insects -80 My Life Book -81 Spoon People -82 CorkBoats -83 Bag Lady Doll -84 Papier-Mâché Balloon -85 Career Paper Dolls -86
3-D Picture Frame -87 Life-Size Me in PJs -88 Bean Bag Buddies -89 Fabric Weaving -90 Picture Magnets -91 Clothespin Hang-Ups -92 Snowman Alive -93

Dance Let's Move -94 Clockwork Marching -95 Action Words -96 Rubber-Neck Dance -97 Fireworks Dance -98 Freeze and Melt -99 Mirror Dancing -100 Walk Like the Animals -101 Wiggle-Waggle Dance -102 Balloon Dance -103 Yoga Toad -104 Tightrope Walker -105 Bridges and Tunnels -106 Elephant Stomp -107 Touch Twister -108 High Space, Low Space -109 Space Dance -110 Rope Shaping -111 Leggy Dance -112 Silly Walks -113 Circle Dancing -114 Inside-Outside Moves -115 ABC Shapes -116 If Toys Could Dance -117 Body Sculpting -118 Poem Dance -119 Playing with Dance -120 Chiffon Dancing -121 Spaghetti Dance -122 Growing and Shrinking -123

Education By Bus, Boat, or Train -124 I See -125 Farm Visit -126 Flotation Experiment -127 Muddied Waters -128 Bear Hospital -129 Who's Hiding -130 Fire Station Visit -131 A Morning at Work -132 Anatomy for Kids -133 Taste and Tell -134 Listen to the World -135 The Electric Show -136 Heads and Faces Collage -137 Backwards Day -138 Tweezers and Tongs -139 Color Grouping -140 Evaporation Experiment -141 Steamy Experiment -142 Energy from the Sun -143 Babies Collage -144 Feely Box -145 Fun Sign Language -146 Transportation Collage -147 Long Distance Sounds -148 My Own Scales -149 What Fits in this Jar? -150 Fill in the Rainbow -151

Environment Recycled Mail -152 Natty Napkin Rings -153 Bottle Bins -154 Popcorn Packaging -155 Recycling Center Roundup -156 Kid's Kompost -157 Rag Bag -158 Earth Beautification -159 Angel Bird Feeders -160 Bug Treats -161 Slug Trap -162 Snip Snap -163 Paper Press -164 The Tree of Life -165 Zoo Project -166

Family Bedtime Ritual -167 Lighter Thoughts -168 Earth's Small Treasures -169 Family Ties -170 Nurse Duty -171 Stick Puppets -172 Taped Esteem -173 Mood Swings -174 Chore Chart -175 Fingerprinting -176 Dream File -177 Family Time Capsule -178 Family Contests -179 I Remember Game -180 Most Responsible Thing to Do -181 Question Scavenger Hunt -182 I Believe Wallpaper -183 People Are Good -184 Feel-Good Notebook -185 Silly Sentence Play -186 Postcard Memories -187 Box Breakfast -188 Pin the Blame on the Donkey -189

Food Mashed Potato Sculptures -190 Berry Ice Cubes -191 Homemade Ice Cream -192 Pudding Paint -193 Cereal Balls -194 Container Art -195 Vegetable Dip -196 Egg Boats -197 Homemade Child's Cheese -198 Salad Quilt -199 Baked Bread Sandwiches -200 Crunchy Marshmallow Balls -201 Popsicle Parade -202 Yummy Parfaits -203 Squishy Food Painting -204 Grandma's Granola -205 Easy Cinnamon Rolls -206 Food Sculpture -207 A "Cool" Cake -208 Orange Pomander -209 Pancake Art -210 Apple Plumps -211 Wagon Train -212 Ice Bowl -213 Surprise Salad -214 Two-Tone Etched Cookie -215 Edible Jewelry -216 Ice Cream Cone Cakes -217 Tic-Tac-Toe -218 Collage Melt -219 Ice Cream Snowballs -220 Outer Space Cookies -221

Games Sand Touching -222 Wolf in the Woods -223 Guess Who's Leading -224 Water Slide -225 Flying Saucers -226 Frogs and Tadpoles -227 Wesley Says -228 Shadow Tag -229 Balancing Seal -230 What's Missing? -231 Treasure Hunt -232 Magpie Hunt -233 Hit or Miss -234 Outdoor Obstacle Course -235 Tiptoe Tease -236 Flashlight Tag -237 Rolling Pins -238 Button Pitch -239 Sprinkler Games -240 Amazing Maze -241 Turtle Races -242 Who Remembers? -243 Bag Skit -244 Newspaper Sword Duels -245 Jump the River -246 House of Cards -247 Who Am I? -248 Air Bowling -249 Pick-Up Sticks -250 Indoor Baseball -251

Horticulture My Tree and I -252 Sunflower Surprises -253 Edible Forest -254 Veggie Jungle -255 Grow Your Own Popcorn -256 Sprout Harvest -257 Shoots to Roots -258 Seedy Bird's Head -259 Leaf Magic -260 Green Bean Teepee -261 Bamboo Shoots -262 Avocado Tree -263 Tree Family -264 Spring is Here -265 Outdoor Terrarium -266 Mr. Potato -267 Crocus Garden -268 Greenhouse in the Round -269 Rows of Radishes -270 Flowering Names -271 Life in the Desert -272 Carrot Baskets -273 Surprise Nut Tree -274 Elf Garden -275 Tiny Basket Planter -276 Leaf Log -277

Make-Believe Ghost Land -278 Mail Delivery -279 Peek-a-Boo Box -280 Dressing Up -281 A Day at the Lake -282 Is It a Bird, or a Bat, or a Butterfly? -283 Pantomime Play -284 Tiny Yarn Doll Story -285 Cloud Associations -286 Magic Wand -287 Woman in the Moon -288 Space Weaving -289 Vacation at Home -290 I am a Fish -291 Storybook Videos -292 Magic Movies -293 Candy Castle -294 Stand-Up Drawings -295 Early Native American Weaving -296 Tent Time -297 Switching Roles -298 My Own Story -299 New Endings -300 Act It Out -301 Pirates and Gypsies -302 Up the Hill -303 Stay off the Sidewalk Cracks! -304 Grandma and Grandpa -305

Music Spray Drums -306 Change a Song -307 Maraca March -308 Rainstick -309 Wrist and Ankle Jingles -310 Accompanying the Dance -311 Sounds Alive -312 Sanded Blocks -313 Sound Count -314 Exploring Sound -315 Jingle Bell Drum -316 Nail Melodies -317 Drum Echoes -318 Wind Chime Magic -319 Bottle Tooting -320 Snare Drum -321 Sounds Like? -322 Bongo Drums -323 Clapping Rhythms -324 Finger Tapping -325 Musical Jar Xylophone -326 Copycat Music -327 Zoo and Farm Sounds -328 Child's Own Operetta -329 Only a Song -330 Louder, Softer Please -331 Story Soundtrack -332 Kazoo Flute -333 Paint a Song -334 Bottle-Top Castanets -335

Nature Walking Collector -336 Sand Saucers -337 Stone Reflections -338 Mud Play -339 Pet Worm -340 Fall Fun -341 Rock Crystals -342 Find this Stone -343 Water Races -344 Bug Safari -345 Bird Watching -346 Bark Close-Up -347 Create a Butterfly Garden -348 Bird Feeder -349 Birdbath Spa -350 Puddle Walk -351 Ants on Parade -352 Centerpiece -353 Caterpillar to Butterfly -354 Night Hike -355 Rain Gauge -356 Weather Diary -357 Winter Tracks -358 Ocean Waves -359 Driftwood Sea Garden -360 Field and Forest Sounds -361 Nature Book -362 Habitat Happenings -363 My Walking Stick -364 Snail Farm -365

About the Authors -391

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