- Age Range: 2 - 6 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 1
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: The Experiment (September 2, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1615192182
- ISBN-13: 978-1615192182
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Recipes for Play: Creative Activities for Small Hands and Big Imaginations Paperback – September 2, 2014
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This book opens with the question "Dear Mess, Why are we not better friends?" and continues with a promise to try to embrace a more chaotic home where children are full of wonder and excited by play. Aimed at parents of preschoolers, the work strongly emphasizes sensory play, laying out 40 different activities, including recipes for slime and pavement paint, ideas for creating a miniature boat race, and instructions on building a fairy house. Although a few activities are obvious, like taking all the cushions off the couch or playing with buckets of water, most are thoughtful and clever, such as freezing small objects in water and letting children become archaeologists to excavate the treasure. The activities are organized by where they would take place: indoors, outdoors, or on the go. Each project is clearly described with information on set-up and clean-up time, mess factor (low to high), needed supplies, and a sensory guide, which discusses the senses each activity will engage. The bright, full-color photographs bring this title to life. All activities are designed with a focus on natural materials, and the authors even include information on creating natural dyes so that kids can finally create truly edible play dough.—Rachael Myers-Ricker, Horace Mann School, Bronx, NY
“This book is filled with wonderful, inexpensive playtime activities for children age two and up that will engage all five senses, and spark imagination.”—San Diego Family
“Fantastic playtime activities provide hours of entertainment with very little fuss” —Parade
“This book is filled with really great indoor and outdoor activities that will keep the littles busy all summer long. If you want messy or clean, loud or quiet, portable or not . . . there is something for every need.” —MariReads
“A great book for parents who are trying to keep their children stimulated with fun activities”—The Baby Spot blog
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The recipes and ideas inside are terrific but I have to point out that the majority of these I was already very familiar with from time spent on Pinterest. What impressed me though, was the focus on trying to make sure every recipe and idea had alternatives for commercial food colorings or ingredients for those who might need a gluten-free option.
The photographs are lovely and the tone is friendly, not over-bearing as some non-fiction with an eco-safe focus can be. One of the things I loved most about it was that most of the ideas were very inexpensive and were made with ingredients you probably already have on hand. For me that makes this a terrific rainy day project book or a great place to find boredom busters for the young ones during summer. I would definitely recommend this one, especially for home preschooling families.
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Finally a book that uses easy to find ingredients to create hours of fun for our children! Each recipe lists the “set-up time, clean-up time and messy factor” in addition to clear, easy to read instructions. This would make a great gift for a family, new mom or school teacher. Well written and fun projects for many days. Enjoy! NetGalley and Experiment, The provided an advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!