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Playful Moments based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I just love this little book with great ideas to entertain young ones (baby up to teen) with little to no money or preparation required. Barbara Sher (the occupational therapist celebrated "Games Lady", not the job satisfaction guru Barbara Sher) has written at least 7 other books with fun, educational, body-and-mind expanding games using "everyday things", my personal favorite being Spirit Games: 300 Fun Activities That Bring Children Comfort and Joy but this one is more of a quick reference or 'emergency kit' of sorts. It's small enough to slip into the purse or diaper bag and has lots of ideas you can implement while waiting in line, while in the car, during a dull moment while visiting Aunt Harriet, etc. It's the ideal 'rainy day' guide. Some of the games are creative twists on old favorites (like the one where you hide objects like an Easter Egg hunt), others are ones I already knew about but had forgotten (finding shapes in clouds), but most were new to me. I created the shape sorters like she suggested for my (now 2 yr old) son using household objects like putting straws in soda bottles, and he was way ahead of his classmates in fine motor skills when he started daycare at 14 mo old. The thing I like best about this book is that all of the games are easy to do and are presented as ways you can play WITH your child... and are alternatives to television! A great addition to a shower gift or mom-friend's birthday present.