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Baby Games: The Joyful Guide to Child's Play from Birth to Three Years Paperback – May 1, 1988


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 183 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers (May 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0894716174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0894716171
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,244,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Eve Poludniak (eve@c031.aone.net.au) on January 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is a cracker - what fantastic fun!
There are pages of songs and nursery rhymes you thought you'd forgotten...
creative and original ideas to stimulate your child's imagination...
games that will bring the spirit of youth back!
AND BEST OF ALL, GAMES YOU CAN PLAY WITH YOUR NEWBORN BABY, not just the older kids...
ENJOY!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Julie on February 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have three sons, ages 6, 4, and 2. We have all enjoyed the ideas and games in this book so well that I've started giving this book as a gift to new mothers. We've used all the recipes in here countless times, especially those for the various forms of play doh, bubble soap, and paint. I still turn to this book for inspiration on rainy, and sunny, days. I do think an improvement would be a spiral binding, as one reviewer suggested, so that the book would lay flat while in use, and I also agree with several of the reviewers who suggested that many of the song lyrics aren't very helpful without music. Having said that, the reason why I love this book best is that it helps me to foster the kind of homelife I envision for our family. My personal philosophy is that, as a society, we place too much emphasis on doing rather than being. Our young children are often signed up for multiple activities, from baby gymnastics to music class and swimming lessons, from the time they're 12 months old or even younger. Sometimes, for me, the tendency to "sign 'em up" comes from a feeling that they'll be "behind" all the other kids if they don't start T-ball by age 4; it also comes from a sense that I'll have fewer endless hours to fill for them, if they've got scheduled activities to attend. But I've come to realize that children need those endless hours of "down time" more than the activities. They need moments of spontaneous play, songs, giggles, rhymes, and cuddles. They need messy art projects, play dough and cookie cutters. And I've found that I enjoy our family life more when I spend the time playing with them at home, rather than arguing with each of them about getting into the car so we won't be late.Read more ›
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Karen E McConomy on August 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
I received this book as a gift when my first child was born and still refer to it occassionally for those "what can we do today?" times. Chapters are arranged according to appropriate activities ranging from birth to age 3 years. Most important to us were the ideas of what to do with your newborn. Topics in each chapter include MOVEMENT, MUSIC, WORD PLAY, OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, QUIET TIMES AND INDOOR GAMES. There are also chapters on various entertainment media, toys and parties. This book is full of FUN things you can do with your baby. The only minus is that if you don't know the tunes to some of the songs, you'll have a hard time singing to your little bumpkin.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
I didn't care for this book and returned it. My child is only 3 months old, and I didn't find much for her here at all. Lots of the text is devoted to nursery rhymes and songs. The rhymes you can get from other sources. A lot of the songs are obscure, and there's no music. Not too useful! In addition, I found that the manner in which the text was arranged didn't make the book user friendly. Games Babies Play is a better choice.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mom in Phoenix on January 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
I wasn't very impressed with this book. The games for infants suggested are very obvious, common sense ideas, like picking your baby up and flying her in airplane style. I don't think anyone who has an imagination will get much new out of this book. Also, it gives you song lyrics without the tunes/music, which isn't very helpful. While there are some good ideas, they are too few to make this book very worthwhile.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have a limited repetoire of rhymes and songs - half of which I got out of a magazine (probably the most useful reading of my life!) and half of which I got from this book. A good number of the songs provided in this book are useless - they are polite limericks that are short and uneventful, but a few have been enjoyable - pop goes the weasel & the bear went over the mountain, for example. However, I have found the activities to be totally lacking - there's no way that I'm going to swing my baby by her limbs, nor am I going to sing about baking her up & eating her. The majority of the activities are things you already do - like peekaboo. One thing that she did really enjoy was "baby rolls" where I tuck her arm against her and roll her over a few times on the bed - she really liked that before she could roll on her own. She also likes it when I gently pull her across the bed by her ankles (satin sheets are great!). Another unfortunate aspect of this book is that I don't have a clue about the tunes for most of the songs - except "bah bah black sheep", which is a GREAT one! Ham it up - they love it! Anyways, the two BEST interactive songs I have are still from the magazine - with your hands doing the motions, they go like this: "open shut them, open shut them, clap clap clap them, open shut them, open shut them, put them in your lap lap lap, creep them crawl them, creep them, crawl them, right up to your chin chin chin, open up your little mouth , but do not let them in!" & "X marks the spot, with a dot dot dot, and a dash dash dash. Tickle up, tickle down, tickle all the way around, with a hug and a squeeze and a cool summer breeze." Blow on her hair for the last part.Read more ›
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