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365 Smart Afterschool Activities, 2E: TV-Free Fun Anytime for Kids Ages 7-12 Paperback – July 1, 2005

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From the Back Cover

TV-FREE FUN for every day of the year!
From making a monster mask to going on a bike photo safari, 365 Smart Afterschool Activities will let kids’ imaginations soar with terrifically fun things to do during those valuable afterschool hours and beyond!
Perfect for:
PARENTS
GRANDPARENTS
CHILD-CARE PROVIDERS
BABY-SITTERS
A Selection of Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club
“Engaging and fun-filled activities that are sure to keep kids playing, imagining and creating all year long!”
-Brenda Pilson, Creative Classroom
“This book has something for every child...Makes parent-friendly activities fun for kids...Can help make both your and your child’s afterschool hours more enjoyable.”
-Taking Care

About the Author

Sheila Ellison has a B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Southern California, and is the creator and author of the very popular and successful "365" series of parenting books, including 365 Foods Kids Love to Eat and 365 Days of Creative Play. These books have grown out of Sheila's lifelong involvement with children, her many volunteer efforts on their behalf and her founding of community youth groups and mentoring programs. The mother of four children, she has recently completed national media tours presenting her ideas on successful parenting along with new products that make life with children easier.

Dr. Judith Gray is internationally known as an author, teacher, leader in dance research and speaker on future trends in education and dance. A former executive director of the Girl's Club of Tucson, Dr. Gray has been an educator at both the high school and university level. A mother of four, she is currently helping to develop a state-of-the-art high school in the Everett School District, Washington, and is on the Antioch University teaching faculty. Dr. Gray is also coauthor of 365 Food Kids Love to Eat and 365 Days of Creative Play.
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Product Details

  • Series: 365
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks; 2 edition (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402205848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402205842
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Huge waste of money ... This is for ages 7-12 and some of the ideas which are, "a kids answer to bordom" include;

Cleaning the toaster ... Oh I can see my 7 yo going for that (not)
Use rechargeable batteries .... Hmmmm
Go whale watching (if you live close to the ocean that it)
Head stands
Make popcorn

I could go on ... While there are a handful of nice ideas, on the whole this was an absolute waste of money. I would recommend a book that focuses more on science experiments for example, things to do that one wouldn't normally do.
I have the "everything kids science experiments book" by Tom Robinson and have and will continue to use it for ideas that are fun, new, and educational ....
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Used this for my after school program staff. There are some good and some not so good ideas that you can choose to adjust to your program or just ignore. Some activity ideas were just added to make the 365 count, i.e. clean a toaster...
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This book is very helpful with ideas pertaining to activities for kids. They are quick and easy to setup and the children maintain interest throughout the activity. Sometimes we do multiple activities as some of the activities are shorter than others. I would recommend this to Parents and After School Care Coordinators.
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The activities catalogued in this excellent book:

1. Contained easy set up / easy clean up
2. Engaged and sometimes even thrilled kids for substantial amounts of time without television

Overall, a great book filled with creative and fun ideas to keep your kids occupied. Love it!
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