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Product Details

  • Series: 365 Activities
  • Paperback: 425 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation; 2 edition (March 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558505857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558505858
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A rich source to ward off boredom." --USA Today

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Husband-and-wife writing team, the Bennett's have written over fifty books on parenting and related topics

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Thanks for the ideas!
M. Hauser
What the Bennetts do is present the material with a warm humor (expertly offered with grin-cracking illustrations the kids will appreciate, too).
Misha
I tripped across this book at my local library and I am here looking for my own copy, as we are limited on how long we keep it.
"azbrat73"

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Misha on March 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have read literally hundreds of books on how to be a better parent (much less a good one), and have NEVER read one that puts all the tools in my hand better than this one. Buy this book!
There are more than a handful of obvious choices, of course - #126, playing dress up; #229, paper, scissors, rock - but there are lasting treasures here, too - drawing an outline of your child's body on a large sheet of paper for later preservation; growing celery and carrots; drawing a silhouette of your child's head. There isn't enough room here for me to show it all.
The true joy of the book isn't in the ideas - after all, anyone could throw 365 ideas together on a couple of sheets of paper and hey presto! You've got a book...! What the Bennetts do is present the material with a warm humor (expertly offered with grin-cracking illustrations the kids will appreciate, too). This is a book for all ages - I bought mine in 1991, when my oldest was 4, and we still get great ideas from it.
Turn off the TV, pluck the youngsters from in front of it (I'm telling you, they'll still watch it even when it's turned off!) and bust open this book. Stand by for smiles!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Quaker Annie on June 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
A small, but thick book with lots of activities, for kids of all ages. This one can fit into a backpack, or hang out on the kitchen table for those moments when there's "nothing to do". The descriptions are enough to fit on one page, but include the 'ingredients' you'll need - sometimes just your mind - to keep the TV off! Activities are arranged alphabetically by activity name, so the best way to use this useful book, is to open to a page grab-bag style. You can also refer to types of activities in the back (Creativity; Indoor Play; Math; Words and Language; Toy Making, etc) and find something suitable for your child, your energy and your resources. A great gift item!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book was recommended in the book Living the Simple Life. I'm so glad I took the time to get it. It's a wonderful resource for busy families looking to spend some quality time together. So turn that TV off and buy this book. Encourages you and your child's imagination and they learn through playing with simple things around the house and the bonus is that by not watching that TV, you've spent memorable time with each other...what could be better?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "azbrat73" on March 7, 2003
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I tripped across this book at my local library and I am here looking for my own copy, as we are limited on how long we keep it. I brutally removed the kids from their TV addiction, and the transition has been difficult on the older ones especially. This book has been my salvation. The prereader like to pick out things by picture, my beginner read has no problem understanding the direction and my toddler and teen get involved too. We have used this to fill the huge void of television and to stave of the "mom I am bored..." routine. This is a small book it fits in my purse and we take it with us everywhere. Breaking the index down by activity type means I can have a Doctor's waiting room idea or a park idea up in running in 2 minutes. The materials list is in the margin for easy access and all the material are everyday every house items, half of which are in my purse any way... This book is a keeper!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
For each activity, the authors explain how to do the activity, materials required and materials that are optional to use
365 activities to choose from which are grouped into 16 categories
Safety reminders are included to ensure safe play environments and to monitor potentially tricky materials
The authors explains the importance of quality tiem and quailty play
Few of the many activites includes:
Alphabet Hands
Atlas Adventure
Crayon Rubbings
Easy House of Cards
Family Calender
Gotcha!
House Detective
I've Got a List
Phone Words
Sand Painting
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1998
Format: Paperback
Afraid your kids might turn into couch potatoes? Tempt the 2 years+ crowd away from the Saturday morning cartoons and commercials with the clever ideas in this easy-to-use guide. It's a great bargain. But there's a hidden cost. You'll have to invest some of that most precious of all commodities -- your time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. It is full of activities you can do with your child(ren). I recommend this book to anyone who takes care of children, including parent(s).
What I liked about the book is that in the index, it seperates activies into specific categories

*Arts & Crafts *Recycled/Reused Household Materials
*Creativity *Group Play *Memory
*Fantasy Play *Indoor Play *Older Kids Play
*Food Stuff *Math & Numbers *Outdoor Play
*Tire'em Out *Toymaking *Your Time Only
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