by Bobbi Conner
5 out of 5 stars
My favorite part of the book is a quote from Fred Rogers that says, “Play is not trivial. When children play, they’re doing important work.” I love that this book celebrates the joy of childhood play!
This book is divided into sections with ideas for solo play, parent and child play, playing with others, and playing at a party. There is an introduction that goes deeper into why playing is so important for childhood development.
There are so many great ideas for simple games and crafts in this book! There are ball games, a bean bag toss, clapping and counting games, and role-playing as a cook, mailman, or doll mother. You can head outside for hide and seek games, hula-hoop target games, or floating plastic plates in a wading pool.
Kids love doing arts and crafts with simple washable paints or crayons. You can even make your own puppets and have a puppet show!
There are game ideas for beach day, snow day, picnics, and indoor and outdoor play. And there are wonderful game ideas for a toddler birthday party that can get all those little kids playing together in harmony.
The best part is that very few props or tools are needed for most of the games. You can use old newspaper as a wadded-up “ball”, and mark out a target with some old painter’s tape. Voila! You have a ball and target game, and your toddlers will have fun trying to throw the “balls” into the target.
I am so impressed with how this book is organized and with the brilliant yet simple “why-didn’t-I-think-of-that” ideas!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.