Research shows that too much screen-time may harm children's ability to recognize emotions (Computers in Human Behavior). Parents and educators are increasingly concerned about how much screen-time kids get, but don’t always know what to introduce as an alternative.
Now kids of all ages can rediscover the spirit of imaginative play, dive into a bubbling swamp world, drum on an outdoor sound wall, and explore the gooeyness of glowing slime with.
150+ Activities is a book full of full colour photography. There are a number of neat details I want to point out to you.
For activities that include edible elements a green circle element is introduced, letting you know at a glance if it is gluten free, dairy, soy or nut free, and so forth.
Preparation time is included.
Cautions are included for food or foodlike items if activity should not be eaten or used with children who might not wash their hands properly after playing with the substance.
Seven chapters which are as follows:
- Slimes - five different ones
- Doughs - 13 doughs, sands, clays etc
- Paints - 9 types
- Small Worlds - 17 worlds to explore
- Simple Sensory Activities - 16 ideas such as beads, pasta, water, sand etc
- Do-It-Yourself Toys - 18 activities of wide variety
This book is very much geared toward children aged 18 months to 6 years old. I could see a few of the DIY activities being interesting to older students like the pompom shooters, or the kinetic sand... but most of it was geared to the younger crowd.
So if you need ideas of things to do with your children, this book would be an excellent addition to your shelf. :)
Five Fun Facts About The Book:
1. 120 activities can be completed using items found at a regular grocery store.
2. There are 72 activities for babies!
3. Every sensory recipe/activity has any potential allergens clearly marked (you will find lots of gluten-free and dye-free recipes!) and each recipe is also specially marked if it is taste-safe.
4. 50% of the activities have never appeared on the blog - they are brand new!
5. Most of the activities were designed to encourage multi-age/sibling play.