- File Size: 4371 KB
- Print Length: 117 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Kimberly Lyons (March 23, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 23, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00V4BJ9BK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,809 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Homemade Play: Creative Ways to Be With Your Baby Kindle Edition
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This was a timely book release, as my daughter is in a phase of wanting ALL NEW THINGS ALL THE TIME and just loving to explore the world around her. I recently taught our nanny infant massage, which I learned through the author's class, and I'm happy to see it featured here as well, so we can get a refresher.
The book seems to be really well adapted to the Kindle format - I checked it out on both my iPhone and the Kindle Mac app. The photos are great at demonstrating different games, and I love that there are two-dad photos!
Lastly, I like that the book is fairly short, yet covers so much! I really appreciate how much editorial work goes into creating something succinct that's still incredibly useful, and no new parent has time to read a 300-page treatise on childhood development. This is something I can actually recommend to even my most sleep-deprived and time-crunched mama friends!
You also get to make your own toys out of things that you already have which is brilliant because (a) it saves you money, (b) it saves the planet because you're not buying some huge, plastic, purple, talking dragon that eats D batteries like candy, breaks almost immediately, and ends up in a landfill somewhere (thanks for the great present, grandma), and (c) it makes you look and feel creative (recompense for those of us who can't wrap a Moby).
But the best thing about the play ideas in this book is this: you can execute all of them even though you haven't showered or slept in days (a huge plus for sleep deprived parents) and that, to me, is priceless. I can't tell you how great it is to know that I am helping my children develop motor, sensory, communication, social, and emotional skills, without having to get dressed, pack snacks, drive all the way to Gymboree, Habitot, Studio Grow, or [insert name of pricey, local play space here], and pay for parking. This book actually cost me less than the parking, so 5 stars? You bet!
I was sensitive to the lack of culturally diverse models in the demonstration photos. This makes me glad I did not join a tum e time class. I feel like I am not the preferred demographic for her inventive methods of interaction with my little one. I am glad to have this book as a great gateway to creative play.