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on February 17, 2010
If this book was titled "40 Activities..." I would give it 4-5 stars. Yes, many if not all of the activities require various materials, but for the most part they are everyday, common materials like straws, pens, paper, paper clips, etc. My problem with this book is the highly repetitive nature of the activities. The premise of the activities are the same with variations so small that it's a stretch to call them separate activities.
For example, in the Self-esteem section so very many of the activities call for items (envelopes, flower petals made from construction paper, balloons, etc.) to be passed around to members of the group in order to write a positive comment about the owner of the item being passed around. So, while the materials used are different the basic premise, as previously stated, is the same.
Here's a perfect example: One activity calls for each member to write his/her name on their respective envelope. Each envelope is then hole-punched and threaded onto a piece of string. The envelopes remain hanging throughout the various group sessions and members are encouraged to write positive comments about their group mates. They then put these comments in the respective member's envelope. Contrastly, another activity, calls for each member to write his/her name on their respective envelope which are then passed around to every other member who then writes a positive comment on a piece of paper and places in the respective member's envelope.
So, as you can see, the activities themselves are decent, but there is simply far too much repetition.
I simply think it would have been more honest to not indicate