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"150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids will take you back to a time before Minecraft when giggles didn't require an iTunes password. Chock-full of brilliant but simple ideas, this is a must-have for parents."  
--Bunmi Laditan, founder of TheHonestToddler.com and author of The Honest Toddler: A Child's Guide to Parenting

"This book will help you and your child reconnect with each other, with the world, and with the present."  
--Dr. Michael Rich, "The Mediatrician," founder and director, Center on Media and Child Health, Boston Children's Hospital


"The sticky, soapy, bubbly world of 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids is absolutely magical. We go bananas for the creativity that oozes from the original projects that Asia creates!"  
--Rachel Faucett, founder of HandmadeCharlotte.com and mother of five 

"Asia Citro's ideas are fresh and fun, and most important to me, always good for thinking, discovering, exploring and creating. This book is a top choice for parents who want their kids to discover the world through their own hands-on experiences." 
 --MaryAnn F. Kohl, bestselling author of over 20 children's art books


"The more important an activity is for living and learning, the more senses are involved. 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids offers simple, attractive, hands-on experiences that integrate many senses, inviting kids to touch and move, see and hear, smell and taste. All children--especially those with sensory processing issues and other special needs--will joyfully get "in sync" with these fun and functional activities!"  
--Carol Kranowitz, bestselling author of The Out-of-Sync Child


"Something I'm seeing more and more frequently these days is a toddler or young child intensely focused on a screen he is holding. I want to gently take it from his hands and say, "Look up, child! Look at the world around you! That's where life is." That's what Asia is doing: a smart, educated mom who understands what her kids really need and does her best to give it to them. Along the way, through her blog and this book, she is inspiring others to do the same."  
--Trish Kuffner, bestselling author of The Toddler's Busy Book and The Preschooler's Busy Book


"Technology has certainly come a long way in providing kid-friendly programs that capture the attention of today's children but in order to build lasting knowledge about their world, young children need to use all of their senses. Asia has put together a brilliant book of simple ideas that will not only capture the attention of young children, but will also foster critical developmental skills as they use all of their senses to explore, imagine, and create through real world, meaningful, hands- on experiences."  
--Deborah J. Stewart, TeachPreschool.org and Ready for Kindergarten!


"Citro's activities are like nothing we've ever seen before. They combine colors, smells, tastes, and textures that would be irresistible for any child." --Ashton Kutcher, Aplus.com

"With the irresistible fun in...150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids kids...will be clamoring to get their hands on paint and slime instead of the TV remote. If you're looking for the perfect present...pick [it] up." --Seattle's Child Magazine

"150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids is a book by Asia Citro that tries to bolster parents' arsenals in the war against screen time by providing a number of simple but fun projects that parents and kids can enjoy together. If you have the time and energy to give even one of these activities a try every week, you'll be doing both your children and yourself a huge favor." --BabyCenter

"150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids provides easy, step-by-step instructions for creating open-ended activities for babies, toddlers, and older children. Whether you're new to sensory play or just looking for some fresh ideas, 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids can help you inspire hours of screen-free fun." --Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood

"If you want your kids to enjoy more doing and less watching, get this book." --Boston Mamas

"A refreshing and extensive new book...Citro's activities are multi-sensory and wonderful for getting little hands and minds going, and her book is a great reminder to parents that creating a stimulating exploratory environment for our kids can be inexpensive, simple, and homegrown." --Inihabitots

"Remember childhood before iPads and laptops? It's still there, and it's still fun.... 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids offers doable indoor ideas for children's play, using easily acquired materials." - The Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Asia Citro, MEd, creator of the popular blog, Fun at Home with Kids, has a strong science and education background, and is an experienced teacher and mother of two. Fun at Home with Kids launched in 2013 and has been featured on Babble, Red Tricycle, Disney Baby, Apartment Therapy, and MSN.com, among others.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (November 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440576157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440576157
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (276 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a toddler teacher at Leafling Preschool and Childcare Center in Kirkland, and last week one of our parents gave us a signed copy of this book to use in our program. I was really excited to see photos that I recognized from scouring the internet for good slime recipes and other sensory activities. There are so many good ideas for preschool teachers and "play-at-home" parents on the internet that it can sometimes get a little overwhelming - every week I find myself falling down a Pinternet rabbit hole as I plan out the next week's curriculum. This book is so well-organized and thorough, that it will definitely replace the internet as my go-to resource for lesson planning. The author understands the need for physical experience in early childhood, and she has compiled an impressive and exciting anthology of ways to engage children's senses while they learn through play. She included a very useful labeling system, which will help us quickly judge whether a project might be appropriate for toddlers, or better left to the big kids who know not to taste-test everything. Lots of the recipes have allergy-friendly or taste-test-friendly alternatives, so I can relax while the little ones are elbows-deep in slime.
While I was sitting in the classroom, flipping through this book, a group of children formed around me, all of them excited by what they were seeing on the page, and a few of them kept reaching out to touch the pictures, because the sensory activities are so inviting. I can't really say what I love the most about this book, because the whole thing is so gorgeously laid out, but I really, really, really love the appendix she included with advice for sourcing materials.
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As a fan of the website Fun At Home With Kids, I was all too eager to order this book. I had great expectations and, oh man, did Asia deliver! She really gets kids. She gets how they learn, how they interact, how they develop and makes it easy for you to find activities appropriate for your child's age/skill level.

She's made things easy for parents with babies and young toddlers by pointing out which recipes are taste safe. If your child has allergies, THIS. BOOK. IS. FOR. YOU. Asia has made a huge effort to include as many allergen free recipes as she could. Each recipe has an allergen key for quick and easy reference for busy parents.

Each recipe starts off with the basic ingredients and execution. After the recipe, there are several suggestions for variations, allowing you to turn one activity into several!

As a previous preschool teacher and a current stay at home mom to a 9 month old, I see how this book has activities that truly span the age range. This is a book of ideas that will grow with your child. It's great for siblings!

Perhaps most importantly, I want to point out that this book is pure gold for busy, working parents. Open ended play doesn't have to be elaborate or expensive, but it does take some forethought. Don't assume that teachers and stay at home parents or caregivers are the only ones who can plan out play activities. This book takes the guesswork out of planning, especially for working parents, giving you more time to play and learn together.
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As a stay at home Dad and self proclaimed science nerd, I am always looking for activities that I can sneak any STEM related topics into my kids playtime. I found funathomewithkids website and have been just amazed at the projects Asia has collected! I heard this book was coming out and I'm so glad that it did!

Getting the supplies and following the recipes step by step is half the fun, and with so many variations and combinations, this one has so much bang for the buck! I need to get another copy, cause even though the pages are durable and somewhat splash resistant, this one has more glue, glittery fingerprints, and starch in it than paper by now!

The Slime! I have tried replicating my old science teachers recipe (which he held super secret) which smelled super toxic, but was so much fun to play with. I have never been able to come close to a match until I found this website, Asia's recipes come out even better than what I remember, and no toxic smell or ingredients! This is MY favorite by far, and I'm so happy I get to share this wonderfully creative and versatile substance with my girls! Try varying the viscosity with multiple batches side by side, then watch your wife freak out that her 3 year old understands what viscosity means. Priceless.

The reusable gelatin! This was a palm to forehead moment for me. While I have made a few batches of gelatin for my daughter to mash up before, never did I think that you could reuse the stuff... awesome!

I really like how the author has put together a source for parents of all means and capabilities, and those parents who have little ones who have special needs and capabilities! This book gives you allot of inspiration into teaching the most basic of applied physics to any age regardless of capability. And it's just crazy fun!
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