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21. The Little Big Book for Moms
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22. Festivals Family and Food
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23. 101 Activities for Kids in Tight
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25. Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud
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21. The Little Big Book for Moms
by Lena Tabori
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Asin: 094180741X
Catlog: Book (2000-05-01)
Publisher: Welcome Books
Sales Rank: 2785
Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

The Little Big Book for Moms is packed with all the fun, magic, and wonder of early childhood in a beautifully designed, chunky little package.Illustrated throughout with early 20th-century work by artists like Jessie Wilcox Smith and Ida Waugh, this is a delicious treasure for the expectant mother to savor in anticipation, and for the new mother to share with her little ones.

Mother Goose, the brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, e.e. cummings, E.B. White, J.M. Barrie, Maya Angelou, Shel Silverstein, Ogden Nash and Lewis Carroll are like old friends bearing gifts of song, verse, and tales for the new child.Humpty Dumpty, Little Red Riding Hood, Peter Pan, and Goldilocks are but a few of the other well-loved characters who visit these pages.

And there's more!Mother and child will delight in activities like finger games and hand shadows.There are recipes for making play dough, soap bubbles, chicken soup, and applesauce.And, when the little ones are finally asleep and mom needs reminding of how adorable they really are, there are excerpts celebrating children and motherhood by such authors as Susan Cheever and Anne Lamott ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Gift for Mom, Dad and Baby!
This is one of the best children's books I have ever read! I agree with the other reviewers that every parent should have a copy. This book makes a wonderful gift for first, second and third time parents since the whole family can enjoy the classic stories, songs, games, recipies, poetry and crafts! I have sent out four copies as gifts so far and have heard only high praises from all receivers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic All-In-One Must Have
I received this as a baby shower gift & now that our son is here, I am truly appreciating this perfect little book. It has all of the old favorite nursery rhymes, stories, & songs. We use it daily for "lap time".

5-0 out of 5 stars A 'MUST HAVE' Book for New Parents
I was given this book as a shower gift and didn't pay much attention to it right away. As a new mom I was laughing with my mother one day that I was so out of touch with children's nursery rhymes and songs. The only song I could remember when singing my son to sleep was 'Frosty the Snowman'! : ) Mom then reminded me that I had this book and once I opened it I realized what a treasure I had.

This book is packed with wonderful poems, ALL the great stories from 'Snow White' to 'Jack and the Beanstalk' plus tons of ideas for crafts and recipes. It has everything in one small package. I plan on giving it as a shower gift to all of my pregnant girlfriends and have purchased all of the other books that the author has written. Many of them are holiday focused (Christmas & Halloween for example). I wish she would add to the series with at least two more about Easter and Thanksgiving and I think it would be complete! This is a must have for all new or seasoned parents!

5-0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories
As a first-time mom, my husband bought me this book for my birthday! I absolutely love it!! The illustrations are beautiful and the variety of poems, stories & recipes are great. I'm glad the lyrics & hand motions to a lot of children's songs are included since I forgot most of them. It brought back memories of the songs I used to sing as a kid. I highly recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for moms!!
I am so happy I bought this book - it has all the stories I grew up with and more. Now I can share these fun reading journeys with my child every day! ... Read more

22. Festivals Family and Food
by Diana Carey, Judy Large
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Asin: 095070623X
Catlog: Book (1986-06-01)
Publisher: Hawthorn Press
Sales Rank: 61099
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Nicely organized-
I was looking for a book exactly like this one. It is organized by Seasons and Holidays, with songs, stories, crafts and recipes that relate to the season/holiday. It is very easy to come up with nice additions to your family celebrations with this book. The holidays tend to be European Christian holidays, which is different than the typical American holidays, but not so much that you can't work in many of the activities in the book. Plus, you may discover new holidays. We have added Michealmas to our celebrations- it is a great way to distract my kids so that we don't have to start Halloween in September!

5-0 out of 5 stars Celebrating Festivals Binds Together Families
I found my copy of this book in a thrift store and soon had friends asking where to buy the book. It is a gem of information about holidays and how to celebrate them, including recipies (I baked the Autumn Nut Loaf for Thanksgiving this year) and games and songs. It's presented in an interesting and lovely manner, and even has a Birthday Calendar in the back to keep track of family and friend's birthdays. The author's premise is that the more celebrations and festivals you celebrate with your family, the closer you become. I second this opinion and urge you to read this book and start celebrating!!! ... Read more

23. 101 Activities for Kids in Tight Spaces : At the Doctor's Office, on Car, Train, and Plane Trips, Home Sick in Bed . . .
by Carol S. Kranowitz
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Asin: 0312134207
Catlog: Book (1995-11-15)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Sales Rank: 24417
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

You can never have enough space. And if you can't, just think of your kids--all the time they have to spend in tight spaces--like cars, planes, trains, the doctor's office, the grocery store, being sick or housebound, waiting in line. Kids need room to move around, but there are many times when they just plain can't have it.

While raising two exuberant boys, teaching preschool, leading Cub Scouts, and running a birthday party business, Carol Kranowitz came up with savvy, creative ways to keep kids content in tight spaces. Her activity ideas combine old standbys with new ones born of desperation and cramped quarters. They follow a philosophy that helps kids develop their different skills and abilities while entertaining themselves and interacting.

You'll find great projects for every imaginable small space parents and children encounter:

Fun Food for Tiny Kitchens:Ants on a Log, Footprints in the Snow, and Aiken Drum Faces

In the Urban Community:Windowsill Garden, Bug Jar, and Corn-on-the-Sponge

When the Walls Seem to Be Closing In:Pillow Crashing, People Sandwich, and Teeter-Totter

When what you've got is a small space and a restless child, what you need are 101 ingenious solutions--right away. Here they are--easy to implement, creative fun for the three to seven-year-old--activities that can turn tough moments into teachable, terrific ones.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
It has lots of old ideas I'd forgotten from my own childhood and it has lots of new ideas. The writer understands the needs of children. They can behave a lot better if they have interesting little things to do like the ideas that are in this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars One basic problem with this book--
I have a basic problem with this book: it's too small! Although 101 activities sound like a lot, when you break them down into situations in which they are workable (at home, waiting in the doctor's office, in the car/train/airplane, sick in bed, etc.) a person might like more ideas. The activities presented in the book are simple. They are fun. And all of them I have tried work (many are old stand-bys that this grandma used with her own children-but many were new to me). I plan to use them soon on a long trip with my grandchildren. When could you use them next?! ... Read more

24. Building Healthy Minds: The Six Experiences That Create Intelligence and Emotional Growth in Babies and Young Children
by Stanley Greenspan, Nancy Breslau Lewis, Stanley I. Greenspan
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Asin: 0738203564
Catlog: Book (2000-10-01)
Publisher: Perseus Publishing
Sales Rank: 43506
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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The book that applies Dr. Greenspan's developmental theories to a child's everyday life-with practical, delightful, deeply insightful observations and advice.

Every parent wants to raise a bright, happy, and moral child, but until Stanley Greenspan investigated the building blocks of cognitive, social, emotional, and moral development, no one could show parents how and when these qualities begin. In this book Dr. Greenspan, the internationally admired child psychiatrist, identifies the six key experiences that enable children to reach their full potential. In Building Healthy Minds, he draws upon discoveries made in his research and practice as he describes the many ways in which games, fantasy play, and conversations with and without words encourage this development. No one has looked so deeply into the very earliest stages of human development, and no other book makes such vital and effective information available to every parent. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Building Healthy Minds: The Six Experiences That Create Inte
Very disappointing. Whilst I agree with the underlying concepts, the book is repetitive and arduous. New chapters, with interesting headings, merely repeat what was said in previous ones. The contents page tells the story and time spent on reading the detail reveals little new information.

Whilst not disputing the author's experience, as a mother, my intuition will stand me in better stead than the instructions of a strange man. I recommend that other disappointed readers purchase Jean Liedloff's "The Continuum Concept". More concise, thought-provoking and stimulating.

5-0 out of 5 stars We declare this book a winner!
The minds of babies and children are very much affected by their experiences, surroundings, and even by the way others interact with them.

Many parents might not take the time to really think about how their child's mind develops in relation to their interaction with them. According to the book, "Building Healthy Minds", by Dr. Stanley Greenspan, there are six key experiences which foster the most intelligence and emotional growth in a child's mind. If parents learn how to make the most out of every interaction with their child, they will be giving them the chance to have the healthiest mind possible.

My ParenTime highly recommends "Building Healthy Minds" - it's the little things we do in our everyday lives, that end up affecting our children forever. This book gives us the ability to learn how to improve our interactions with our children...the children of our future.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dr Spock for this Century
As a parent, then a psychologist, and now as a psychiatrist in training, I have read hundreds of books which discuss parenting and child development. What a delight it was to open this book and discover the finest book on infant and toddler development and practical guide for their parents that I have read--ever. This book discusses in detail how children develop from birth on, and explains ways that everyday interactions with their caregiver shape their mind, their sense of themself and their view of their world. It also has numerous examples of children with very different personalities, detailing in particular how a given sensory or cognitive under- or over-sensitivity can be a hurdle in the development of the child and of their relationship with their parents. The real gift of this book lies in the down to earth examples of ways that sensitive parents may intervene to help their child over the hurdle and continue along thier joyful developmental trajectory. I have never read anything else that comes even close to describing the child-eye view of the world that is so eloquently yet simply described here. Next time I need a shower gift for an expectant parent, some reading for a parent who is particularly curious about what is going on inside her babies mind, a resource for a friend who is puzzled or distressed by her child, or a primary resource for anyone who is working in the field of child development, this is the first book I am reaching for.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional book on parenting, a real milestone.
I will become a grandfather soon and the young parents-to-be (both physicians) asked for a really outstanding book on parenting. I am very familiar with the classic literature on the subject, but I searched the Internet anyway. I found over 20 thousand books. I picked the most promising titles of the last few years. I scanned nearly one hundred books in libraries and bookstores and I actually read two dozens of them. I found Dr. Greenspan's book by far the best. He discusses the results of his own research but presents them in a practical way understandable to all parents. Dr. Greenspan identifies six crucial developmental stages and the healthy interactions babies need in each with their caretakers. He also shows how to adapt the principles to infants with different temperaments. Dr. Greenspan demonstrates not only first class science but also deep intuition and love of children. Many of his findings seem intuitively obvious in hindsight, yet, as far as I know, nobody talked about them before. Lucky are the babies whose parents will follow this exceptional guide. As adults they will be able to reach their full potential. ... Read more

25. Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever
by Mem Fox
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Asin: 0156010763
Catlog: Book (2001-09-04)
Publisher: Harvest Books
Sales Rank: 28814
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Bestselling author and literacy expert Mem Fox reveals the incredible emotional and intellectual impact reading aloud to children has on their ability to learn to read.

All parents want and expect their children to learn to read, but few realize they can get their kids on the road to reading long before they start school simply by reading aloud to them every day. With passion and humor, acclaimed author and internationally respected literacy expert Mem Fox tells readers how she herself became aware of the astonishing effects that reading aloud and bonding through books have on very young children.

She speaks of when, where, and why to read aloud and demonstrates how to read aloud to best effect and how to get the most out of a read-aloud session. She walks readers through the three secrets of reading which together make reading possible. She gives guidance on defining, choosing, and finding good books and closes with tips on dealing effectively with the challenges that sometimes arise when children are learning to read.

Filled with practical advice, activities, and inspiring true read-aloud miracles, this book is a must for every parent-and for anyone interested in how children learn to read.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book by a Beloved Children's Author
As a Speech Language Pathologist and Children's Literacy Coach I can attest to the fact that reading to children is a critical element in literacy acquisition. Children must learn the flow of language and the variance and flexibility of words in order to appreciate literature and write well. Reading to children of ALL ages ( yes even middle and high school!) is critical for the development of advanced reading, writing and listening skills. What can be better than creativity and imagination being fostered during a warm, entertaining storytelling session.....with the stories coming from brilliant authors ( like Mem Fox)? I recommend this book to all my parents, my fellow teachers and to my friends. It makes a great book for new parents. It makes a great addition to any one's library who has an interest in children's literature, literacy or storytelling. Thank you Mem Fox for writing such a great book!

5-0 out of 5 stars You Go Mem
I loved this book. I learned how to choose better books for my daughter and I learned to take myself less seriously while reading to her and to just let go and be silly and have a ton of fun. Thank you Mem. Among my favorite books to read aloud to my 3 year old daughter are Mem's It's Time for Bed, Karma Wilson's The Bear Snored On, and The Bear Wants More and Judy Hindley's Do Like a Duck Does.

5-0 out of 5 stars Reading Specialist WHOLE Heartedly Agrees Part of Puzzle
I respectfully disagree with many people in these reviews who are touting that this book is a glib solution, most especially the citation of the NRP Report!

I am a postgraduate educated Reading Specialist, and can tell you that report was compiled by numerous people who have no education on the subject of reading instruction. Also, that report is misconstrued and in schools allowed to be used as support for phonics worksheets as an isolated way to teach reading.

I don't know about you, but I didn't learn to read totally be being able to identify a picture, and writing the beginning or ending or medial sound on a blank line of a worksheet.

No, I listened. (Do those reviewers know the all too important impact of a child's listening comprehension?) I also looked at the pictures (that's called Context Clues). And I looked at word structure and vocabulary (that's called the Structural Cueing System). I made sense of what I was reading (currently referred to as metacognition).

I now remediate adolescent readers. And let me tell you - direct systematic phonics has failed them! It's because they have not made sense of their reading. What they read doesn't engage them or motivate them.

Think about it - what is your definition of reading? Do you have a scientific montage of words or is it plainly just decoding symbols to decipher meaning from the message? For me, reading is making meaning.

When children are read aloud to (as I do DAILY in my secondary remediation classes), numerous things happen in the brain. Read brain-based learning books. Then tell me how phonics worksheets are THE only and recommended way to learn. When children are read aloud to, the basis for making meaning is created.

I can guarantee you in an unscientific study that my students were NOT read to as children or even in their later lives. We may be able to get those kids past decoding in their early years - Kindergarten and First Grade - but reading aloud increases and hones listening comprehension, attention to task, and visualization - components of reading comprehension that are often overlooked.

Reading aloud creates meaning - provides motivation and engagement for kids. It is a HUGE component of reading comprehension, and should not be treated lightly.

Mem Fox does not purport ANYWHERE in this book that it is the be all and end all. She is an outstanding author who knows that fluent and fluid language is a part of the puzzle.

Readers who are looking for a quick fix and pat answers to reading difficulties - sure, yes, can look at the NRP Report, and get whatever answers they need to get.

And for those parents who perhaps misunderstand many components of reading, you really do need to consult a specialist before you make wide sweeping generalizations. For most of us, we have never given thought to how we learn to read. There are varied and enumerated reasons that a child cannot read - some of them are phonological or processing related and some of them are meaning related. For whatever reason, there is NOT just ONE answer, like NRP would have you believe.

But if you talk to any educated reading professional, he or she will tell you straight up how that report is regarded.

With the whole language vs phonics debate roaring wildly these days, I think our time is better spent -

Reading aloud to children.

5-0 out of 5 stars Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change
I started to read this book over a cup of coffee today. Four cups (decaf!)later I completed the book. I couldn't put it down! I think this book should be given to every new parent! I read the other reviews and agree that reading aloud isn't going to work for every child. But why not try it? Why not make it a priority in your family anyhow? Even if it doesn't make your child a top reader... your child, you, your entire family, will benefit in some way by reading aloud. And it is fun! Both of our kids happen to be excellent readers (they're 10 and 7) and read well above grade level. Is it because we have always read aloud to them? Is it because we have used many of the strategies discussed in the book (even without knowing it at the time)? Who knows. For me, there is nothing like cuddling up in a comfy, warm spot, with a child on each side, reading, talking and laughing about a good book. It doesn't get much better than that!

2-0 out of 5 stars Although I think reading aloud is wonderful
I think this author got a little carried away. I found some of her examples to be down right insulting. She read aloud to a boy for 15 minutes...and suddently he started reading. Please.

I am currently the mother of a boy in Kindergarten and a preschool girl. I have read to my son since he was 2 days old. Through hours of colic, I recited Dr. Seuss to calm us both. In his 5.5 years, I have barely missed a day reading. Although he loves to be read to, he is really struggling to learn to read on his own. And to imply, that if a parent had just read the right books, with the right tones...then it would be a piece of cake is setting up a lot of parents (myself included) for a lot of frustrationg.

Learning to read for most kids is hard. I read the entire book looking for some aknowledgement of this fact and there is none.

I love reading aloud to my kids, to their classes, to anyone who will listen but this book just goes too far. ... Read more

26. Toddler Play (Gymboree)
by Wendy S. Masi, Wendy S., Dr Masi, Dr. Wendy S. Masi
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Asin: 0865734356
Catlog: Book (2001-04)
Publisher: Creative Publishing International
Sales Rank: 8438
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Children are naturally ready to learn, and parents are eager to teach them. TODDLER PLAY was created specifically to help parents teach their children through age-appropriate play that is fun and relaxed. Based on the content of the successful Gymboree's Play & Music Programs, this book is a "recipe book" of games, finger rhymes, nursery songs, and craft exercises that parents can use to help their children develop physical, cognitive, emotional, and social skills. Filled with fabulous color and fun photos, the book is structured chronologically to match key stages in a child's physical and intellectual development. Written with busy parents in mind, the book contains many quick-reference features, such as a skills checklist, cross-referencing of similar activities, and an index listing games by type of activity, such as art, ball games, discovery games, music and movement exploration, water play, etc. With over 100 activities any toddler will enjoy, quality playtime is just a page away.

Check out the great features of TODDLER PLAY:

** Contains over 100 toddler-tested activities for quality play time.
** Features exciting, age-appropriate activities, clearly labeled to help parents match activities with the child's abilities.
** Written for parents of children ages 1 to 3 years.
** Includes a wide variety of play activities, such as active physical games for strengthening growing muscles or quieter creative games for stimulating the imagination and fostering independence.
** Developed in consultation with the play experts at Gymboree Play & Music Programs.
** Contains a helpful glossary of key terms used in child development. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars not the best toddler activity book
We liked this book, but found it overrated. There are some good ideas and it has a very high gloss, professional format. However, it is by far not the best activity book for toddlers and has some overly obvious information and activities, which most parents initiate instinctively with their children and without the help of a book. The Toddlers Busy Book, for example, has given us a much better range of ideas.

5-0 out of 5 stars Toddler Play (Gymboree)
Really great activities for you & your toddler to participate in at home. Just a great outlet for figuring out how to occupy your toddler's time constructively.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great ideas for toddlers!
I purchased this book to use in my preschool classroom. This book is filled with interesting yet simple activities for toddlers. The best part is, you don't need to go out and buy anything fancy - these activities utilize basic materials. I love it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun ideas
This book has terrific fun ideas for toddlers. It has many of the rhymes and songs that every child (and parent!) should know. We consider ourselves remedial parents and found this book to be quite helpful! Now we're WOWWING other parents with our rendition of "The Noble Duke of York."

This book is very informative for a first time mother who run out of idea of what to play with her baby !
It shows you different games according to your child's age with colorful picture demonstration. It also introduce different type of games for different stimulation. Very creative and simple. It won't require you to buy expensive acessories. It teaches you to turn a simple cup to a wonderful, educational, stimulative toy.
I just love it! ... Read more

27. The Anti-Coloring Book: Creative Activities for Ages 6 and Up
by Susan Striker, Edward Kimmel
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Asin: 0805068422
Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
Publisher: Owl Books (NY)
Sales Rank: 9878
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A newly repackaged edition of the first book in a series that has sold more than 600,000 copies

A favorite of parents, educators, and therapists since it was first published in 1978, more than 200,000 copies of this first volume from the "draw-from-your-imagination" books have been sold around the world.Praised as "extraordinary, revolutionary" (Newsweek), "imaginative" (The Christian Science Monitor), and "great stuff" (Detroit Free Press), this innovative series has continued to spark the creative impulses in children for years.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fond memories from 2nd grade
After recess every day we would be given a page from the Anti Coloring book and allowed to draw to our hearts content for half an hour. It was one of my favorite times of the day.

5-0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs up, most definitely!!
As a parent and former early childhood educator, I am pleased to write this review. In a day and age when entertainment does not require much thought process from our young ones (i.e. video games, pointless television shows, computer software, etc.), it is very refreshing to stumble upon the Anti-Coloring Book. Our children are exposed to endless amounts of effort-free fun stuff; and ultimately, young minds become lazy, trained, and forgetful of the power of imagination. How can you say no to a product that fosters developmentally appropriate learning, and promotes self awareness, self confidence, self expression, and independent thinking?? Help your child to break free from the lines and boundaries that hold them back. Kudos to the creators... it's time to get real about our children's needs!

5-0 out of 5 stars I grew up with Anti-Coloring Books
I still remember some of the specific pages I created in my Anti-Coloring Books almost 20 years ago! I had 4 or 5 different books and loved them all. These books encourage creativity, empowering kids to draw and think "outside the lines." I look forward to giving these books to my nieces, nephews, and children in the near future and are thrilled to learn that they're still available.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! Creative, engaging, utterly absorbing...
These books are extraordinary for building a child's ego and self-confidence. The books are structured so that the child's imagination and the child's opinions about life are in the spotlight. The anti-coloring books make kids feel good! They are books that actually manage to give kids the attention they need - rather than demanding attention from the kid. The anti-coloring books continually ask questions about the child, her thoughts, her feelings, her visions. They are brilliant mechanisms for encouraging confidence and creativity. From a parent's perspective, the finished books become a window onto the emotional and psychological landscape of your children. What do they really think? What makes them angry? What are they wishing for? I highly recommend any of the anti-coloring books for children of all ages. Mom and Dad should try them too!

5-0 out of 5 stars creative, and intelligent
I was given this book as a little girl. As an adult I am purchasing this book to share with my students. So much better than your average coloring bok, this book is thought invoking and inspires creativity in all ages. ... Read more

28. FamilyFun Boredom Busters:365 Games, Crafts & Activities For Every Day of the Year
by Deanna F. Cook
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Asin: 0786853611
Catlog: Book (2002-06-01)
Publisher: Disney Editions
Sales Rank: 30225
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
I bought this book, as well as the FamilyFun Craft book. It is a great book with great ideas for a wide range of ages. There are so many good ideas, its hard to know which to do first! I also liked that it is spiral-bound, it makes it easier to look at the projects.

5-0 out of 5 stars another great FamilyFun book...
I think I have all of the FamilyFun books now and Boredom Busters is just as great as the others. By using common items found around the house kids can find lots of fun things to make and do. I highly recommend all of the FamilyFun books and magazine as well. Neither you or your kids will be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Family Fun Saves the Day Again!
This book is a fantastic resource for those days when you are struggling to think of new ways to have fun with the kids. I liked the variety, for example some projects did not require a lot of advance preparation and can be done in under thirty minutes, while others look quite involved. And it's not all just a bunch of arts and crafts --this book includes tons of games and activities for everything from snowday fun to a day at the beach. There are also some fun with food projects (though this section doesn't offer much that's new if you already have any cooking with kids books). I've only had the book a week and I've already used several of the ideas -- my third grade son and I made the marshmallow snowman on page 129 for a school project and we used the backyard games section to plan party games for ten boys. That was a blast! This book reminded us of some old games we loved to play when we were kids and helped us think up some new games. The party was a big success and this is a great book to have on hand for those times you'd love to have the T.V. turned off and the kids tuned in to fun! ... Read more

29. The Little Big Book For Grandmothers
by Lena Tabori
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Asin: 0941807576
Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
Publisher: Welcome Books
Sales Rank: 4335
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Following the tremendous success of The Little Big Book For Moms and The Little Big Book For Dads, here is another charming book filled with fairy tales, poetry, nursery rhymes, songs, stories, words of wisdom, activities, finger games, and recipes to enchant and delight.The Little Big Book For Grandmothers is brimming with so many of the classic and favorite things a granmother grew up with, and illustrated with charming vintage art she is sure to adore.Included are:20 Fairy Tales: including The Little Mermaid, Thumbkin, Snow White and Red Rose, The Fisherman and His Wife, and Rupunzel; 16 Poems: such as Who Knows If The Moon's by e.e. cummings, The Sweetie Shop by Jessie Pope, and Robert Louis Stevenson'd Good Children; 12 Nursery Rhymes: including such beloved classics as Goosey Goosey Gander, Old Mother Hubbard, and Sleep, Baby, Sleep; 14 Songs:including Baby Beluga, Little Red Caboose, Polly Wolly Doodle, and Big Rock Candy Mountain; 16 Old-Fashioned Games: from Tiddlywinks to Drop the Handkerchief; 5 Grandmother Stories: including A Tale Of Three Balloons by Mrs. Albert G. Latham and Marion Walton's Ned's Visit To His Grandmother; 10 Finger Games: such as Grandma's Glasses, Cabin In The Wood, Round the Garden, and The Beehive; 28 Activities: including Embroidered Bibs, a Crib Quilt, and a Family Tree to give to a new grandchild, as well as a Felt Flower Chain, Body Collage, and holiday activities to do with the little ones; 30 Recipes: everything a grandmother needs to indulge her grandchildren including Ice Cream Sundaes, Chocolate Fudge, Peach Cobbler, Lemon Squares, Strawberry Shortcake, Peacan Pie, Chocolate Layer Cake, and Classic Drinks. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "little" it isn't!
I got this book for a new grandmother and she **loved** it. It was the hit of the party. It's full of wonderful illustrations, stories, poems, recipes, and songs.

This is one of those books that is a classic great gift. This book is just crammed with great stuff, and would take weeks for a grandma to go through and pick out her favorites. I can't believe the amount of care and love that they editors put in gathering the contents and putting them together. I wish they would put out a "Little Big Book for Young Women Finding Their Way" so I could have one, too!

I've given "The Little Big Book" as gifts before, and everyone raves about them. If you are looking for a really special gift, or want to treat yourself to something that you will pass on to your children, this little book is the way to go. ... Read more

30. Water Babies: Safe Starts in Swimming teach your baby the joys of water - from newborn floating to toddler swimming
by Francoise Barbira Freedman, Christine Hanscomb, David Bance, Virginia Hunt Newman
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Asin: 1842159860
Catlog: Book (2004-07-01)
Publisher: Southwater Publishing
Sales Rank: 298337
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31. Little Things Long Remembered : Making Your Children Feel Special Every Day
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Asin: 0517593025
Catlog: Book (1993-11-02)
Publisher: Crown
Sales Rank: 10044
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Five hundred realistic, simple, and inexpensive ideas for strengthening family ties and fostering traditions that children will remember for a lifetime. Pick and choose from scores of ideas for Parents Who Travel and for special circumstances such as Sick Days, Holidays, and Birthdays. 25 line drawings. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Creating Memories
I had a wonderful time reading through this book and remembering the things my parents did for me. Now I almost always give this book to new parents. In this busy day and age it's easy to forget that the most simple tradition can mean a great deal.

5-0 out of 5 stars A "must have"!
Every family should own a copy of this book! From now on, I will give every new parent I know a copy of this one. I wish my parents had it when I was growing up. Worth every penny!

5-0 out of 5 stars Practical, Helpful, A Pleasure to the Eye
This is a great baby shower or new baby gift because parents can refer to it for years and years. The idea ares not crafts and cooking, but doable without alot of fuss and mess. I especially like the way the book is broken into timeframes--things you can do with your child in a minute or two, or five minutes,half-an-hour. I give it all the time. And if I know the new grandparents Igive them Little Things Mean A Lot.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sensitive, Useful, Wonderful Book
This is the book I wished I had when my children were first born. I love the sensitive way she describes memorable activities. A must for new parents!! ... Read more

32. All American Carioke
by David Schiller
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Asin: 0761130683
Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
Publisher: Workman Publishing
Sales Rank: 28286
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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From now on, backseat pleas of "Are we there yet???" will be replaced with "Can we go for another ride?" Introducing ALL-AMERICAN CAR-I-OKE-yes, karaoke for the car-a kit including a book of 15 great family sing-along tunes and activities galore, an accompanying CD of music, and three booklets of lyrics for the back seat and the way-back.

Sing a gutsy, rocking version of "Proud Mary"-and learn some cool seat-dancing moves to go with it. Put on a show voice for "Give My Regards to Broadway." Play a mad-lib version of mix-and-match lyrics with the "Are We There Yet Blues." Pair off for the cowboy duet "Red River Valley," raise a tear with "Danny Boy," put on your best hillbilly voice and tell the story of "Big Rock Candy Mountain" (with some new child-friendly lyrics). And take the Car-i-oke Challenge: Try to hit the high note-land of the free-eeeeeee!-of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

The CD, recorded in Nashville, ranges from big instrumental productions with full horns to jug-band fun; vocals are added where needed to help the singers along. The 64-page book includes full lyrics to all the songs, plus tips on singing, road song quizzes, travel trivia, lessons in back seat drumming, and other musical activities. The three booklets have just the lyrics. It's an all-American, all-family musical extravaganza. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars all out fun with the american carioke
bought this book because my grandchildren and I enjoy singing together. we weren't in a car; we were in my house. we sang all of the songs and had a rollicking good time. it was all very jolly; buy it! ... Read more

33. Young at Art: Teaching Toddlers Self-Expression, Problem-Solving Skills, and an Appreciation of Art
by Susan Striker
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Asin: 0805066977
Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
Publisher: Owl Books (NY)
Sales Rank: 35414
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Filled with great ideas and enthralling art activities,Young at Art introduces parents and caregivers to a fascinatingworld that Montessori teachers will find wonderfully familiar. AuthorSusan Striker created the delightfully different Anti-Coloring Bookseries and now turns her considerable talents to explainingconcepts of child development in a manner that all of us can enjoy. Shepassionately believes that children can use artistic tools and methodsas gateways to all forms of learning, from vocabulary building to earlymath skills and improved dexterity, and cautions parents to rethink theway we look at art materials. Pipe cleaners form wire sculptures farmore detailed than their typical role as bug antenna, and toddlers canhave a better experience painting with only one or two colors than theywould with an entire palette that instantly turns a muddy brown.Including a wide range of group and individual activities for all ageranges (and even songs to sing during cleanup time), this book is apriceless addition to an art-loving family. Jill Lightner ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Parents of toddlers NEED this book!!!!!!
I think this book is so important, it has so much info in it that I just didn't know. There are a lot of things I was doing that are actually the wrong thing to do, and I consider myself a pretty intelligent, well-read mom! Who knew I shouldn't offer her a huge box of crayons, or draw with her, or tell her that her drawing looks like a house?? Who knew she should have access to painting every day if possible? Who knew how directly early scribbling relates to later reading and writing competence? Please get this book. It's a revelation.

5-0 out of 5 stars You Must Read This If you Have (or will have) a Toddler
I just read this book yesterday and it really enlightened me to the reality that even though my daughter is just 20 months, she is starving for self-expression! It makes sense... she can't make noun-verb sentences, has a limited vocabulary, and I'm one of the only people who understands her struggled attempts at communication. So that's why she's been coloring all over the wallpaper!
This book was great for me since I am artistically illiterate. I have had almost NO art education, and I don't know the first thing about how to teach ANYTHING to ANYONE. This book has simple, easy steps that I can follow... dumb things that I wouldn't know unless someone told me, like, Give your child one crayon at a time so she doesn't get overwhelmed.
The other thing I liked about this book is that the author is sensitive to the reality that many of us may not have a large budget to spend on art supplies. I went to the craft store and bought everything I think I need to get started... crayons, paint, brushes, play-doh, I even splurged and got the 80-weight paper like Striker suggested... and spent less than EIGHTEEN DOLLARS!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Enlightening.
I wish I had had this book when my child was two. It guides the reader through the mysterious world of children's art. Basically, Striker explains that preschool children should not be "taught" art; rather, they should be allowed to experiment avidly with art materials. When given the opportunity, children use art materials to express themselves and pass through stages of mark-making that are vital to later reading and writing skills. My only complaint about this book is that Striker makes such a strong case against interfering with the natural learning process by, for example, suggesting imagery or otherwise rushing a child into the next stage of development, that it is guilt-inspiring for those of us who made some of these mistakes in the past. However, she gives the reader many concrete suggestions for appropriate art activities so that we can make up for lost time. They include the five basic art techniques: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and collage. The author explains how these mediums can be presented so as to promote the child's own discovery process. This is a very valuable book for parents, care takers, and educators. ... Read more

34. Games for Reading
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Asin: 0394721497
Catlog: Book (1984-06-12)
Publisher: Pantheon
Sales Rank: 46447
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Peggy Kaye's Games for Reading helps children read by doing just what kids like best: playing games.There is a "bingo" game that helps children learn vocabulary. There is a rhyming game that helps them hear letter sounds more accurately. There are mazes and puzzles, games that train the eye to see patterns of letters, games that train the ear so a child can sound out words, games that awaken a child's imagination and creativity, and games that provide the right spark to fire a child's enthusiasm for reading. There are games in which your child has to act silly and games--sure to be any child's favorite--in which you do.

Easy to follow and easy to play, these games are ideal for busy, working parents. You can read a game in a few minutes and start to play right away. You can play on car trips, while doing the laundry, or while cooking. These games are so much fun for the whole family that you may forget their serious purpose.But they will help all beginning readers--those who have reading problems and those who do not--learn to read and want to read.

Games for Reading also includes a list of easy-to-read books and books for reading aloud, and a "Note to Teachers" on how to play these games in their classrooms.
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best!
I had been teaching my 4 1/2 year old daughter to read using pure phonics only (Phonics Pathways). Although she could read the words, she wasn't enjoying the process much, and I was afraid of turning her off reading.

After taking the summer off and then buying this book, I made up a number of games from the book. My daughter loves the games and asks to play them all of the time. I can tell that she is learning new words and enjoying the process as well.

I highly recommend this book. It is broken down into sections for teaching different reading skills - phonics, sight words, etc. You can pick and choose from the games to teach the skill that you think needs emphasizing.

This book is well worth the money spent.

5-0 out of 5 stars The right choice!
A great book to have for teaching children how to read. The book consists of 76 games to interest and motivate a child to read. We have had great fun with it. It works!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
My older children learned to read without any trouble, yet my youngest daughter has been struggling and worse "hates to read!"
She constantly says was when the word is saw, felt becomes left etc. Well, I read this book cover to cover yesterday and I am very encouraged. The author discusses children with problems exactly like my daughter, as well as other kinds of problems and the book is filled with many games to help. I believe that my daughter will enjoy most of the many games in this book and I do believe that they will help her. The book states that the most important thing is that children enjoy reading, so the games really are games. I can't wait to get started today!

5-0 out of 5 stars Games for Reading -- works well in speech therapy
I borrowed "Games for Reading" from a library for some ideas to use in speech therapy. I've enjoyed the games so much (and so have my kids) that I decided to buy the book for myself.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent compendium of engaging games to teach reading
Peggy Kaye has produced an excellent resource for truly fun ways to engage a reluctant or struggling reader with games that both child and adult will enjoy. Some involve learning words themselves (labeling with handwritten pieces of paper the parts of the child's body). Others involve training the eye to see detail--eg, "set the table" in which the adult sets a few objects out and the child must replicate the pattern. The games are all simple, require no unusual equipment, and are well described. This has worked well for my children. ... Read more

35. Games for Learning: Ten Minutes a Day to Help Your Child Do Well in School/from Kindergarten to Third Grade
by Peggy Kaye
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Asin: 0374522863
Catlog: Book (1991-08-01)
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Sales Rank: 29101
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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In Games for Learning, Peggy Kaye, renowned teacher and author, gives parents more than seventy original, entertaining, and slyly educational ways to help their children master crucial learning skills - in just ten minutes a day. The games cover all the important areas of the school curriculum from kindergarten to third grade: reading, writing, spelling, mathematics, logical thinking, even science, history, and geography. There's fun here for both parent and child alike--plus skills that will lead to success in school and enhance any youngster's self-esteem.

Games for Learning also includes a "Note to Teachers" which shows how to make these games part of school life.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best book of its kind.
The parenting section of my local bookstore contains several shelves of workbooks designed for parents who want to help their kids with schoolwork. The books are nothing more than page after depressing page of the same dull exercises most kids get plenty of already in school. I assume they must be selling well, or the store would not order so many of them. But looking at those workbooks makes me want to cry. I think it is wonderful that parents want to help their children do well in school, but the parents who buy those books are getting cheated (and so are their children). The last thing kids who are struggling need is more worksheets. And they are even less useful for kids who are ahead of the curriculum and need more challenges.

The games in this book provide an antidote to the worksheet pushers. I am a huge fan of Peggy Kaye's books (She has three more in this series: Games for Reading, Games for Writing, and Games for Math, and all of them are excellent). Whether you are trying to find a way to help a child who is behind in a certain subject or skill, or looking for challenges for a kid who is ahead, this book has some fun ways to help. The best thing is that she has several games for every skill, because she recognizes that children like different things and learn in different ways. So if a game for a skill you are working on falls flat with your child, there are plenty more to try. A few of the games require a little investment of your time, like making playing cards or game boards, but a lot you can do without any advance preparation, and several are so no-fuss they are perfect for car trips, or time spent in a waiting room.

This is a first rate book, the best of its kind by far.

5-0 out of 5 stars Helpful, FUN book!
Whether you are tutoring, a classroom teacher, homeschooling, or a parent you will find this, and Kaye's other books, chock-full of great ideas to enhance learning. The best part is how FUN these activities are and how easy she has made it for you to implement them with any child.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book of this type I've read in 16 years of parenting!
I'm a very busy mom of four kids. I've read lots of this type of books and ususally came away feeling like a failure for not doing all of those complicated or time consuming activities to help my children. This book is GREAT! The activities are quick and easy and require few materials. (usually pencil and paper, cards, dice etc.) This are also quick distractors for in the car, at church or while stuck in a waiting room. If you only buy one book, buy this one!

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource for teachers, parents, and caregivers!
This book has many helpful, fun and task specific activities that work for children during their most formative years. I have found this book to be invaluable. The games are beneficial for teaching and reinforcing specific skills, and they are entertaining enough to keep kids interested. Most of all, the games really work! The games don't take much time or extreme effort, but they pay off extremely well. If you are the parent or teacher of young children, you will find yourself referring to this book again and again. ... Read more

36. The Goodnight Book : For Moms and Little Ones
by Alice Wong
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Asin: 1932183728
Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
Publisher: Welcome Books
Sales Rank: 30643
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The Goodnight Book for Moms and Little Ones is filled with stories to read, songs to sing, poetry to inspire, activities to delight, recipes to soothe, and prayers to calm. Perfect snuggling material for moms and little ones, this magical book is sure to guarantee a love of bedtime and sweet, sweet dreams.The Goodnight Book for Moms and Little Ones includes:

Literary Excerpts: Ten excerpts relating to sleep, stars, and dreams from beloved children’s classics. In Charlotte’s Web, Charlotte sings Wilbur to sleep; in Mary Poppins, she glues stars to the sky; and in James and the Giant Peach, James falls asleep in the web hammock under the soft light of a glowworm.

Tales & Legends: Fourteen stories from Sleeping Beauty and Rip Van Winkle to creation tales of the moon and stars from different cultures.

Songs: Ten songs and lullabies, including "Dream a Little Dream of Me," "Goodnight" by Lennon and McCartney, and "Hush, Little Baby."

Poetry: Fourteen poems, including "The Land of Nod" by Robert Louis Stevenson, "Is the Moon Tired?" by Christina Rossetti, and "Afraid of the Dark" by Shel Silverstein.

Activities: Twenty activities to make bedtime easier (sleep-inducing sachets, clothespin guardian angels, relaxation exercises) and enjoyable (glow-in-the-dark sleep shirt, galactic mobile, hibernating beanbag bear).

Recipes: Twelve recipes combining sleep-inducing ingredients for dinners and before-bedtime snacks as well as dreamy sweets like Full Moon Cookies, Overnight Surprise Cookies, and Soothing Smoothies.

Prayers: Ten bedtime prayers from various cultures and faiths. ... Read more

37. Learn-To-Read Treasure Hunts: 50 Skill-Building Games for Beginning Readers and Their Parents (Learn to Read)
by Steve Cohen, Scot Ritchie
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Asin: 0761103309
Catlog: Book (1997-03-01)
Publisher: Workman Publishing
Sales Rank: 18989
Average Customer Review: 4.91 out of 5 stars
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What's more fun than a treasure hunt? Few other activities offer such excitement and challenge, or the wonderful sense of accomplishment. Now, imagine a treasure hunt that encourages your kids to start reading. From the author of Games for Reading comes the perfect learning aid for beginning readers and their parents. This book, featuring 50 treasure hunt games, provides weeks of family fun, and enables busy parents to help their kids become better readers. There's a new treasure hunt every day, each consisting of three or four clues. Every perforated page is a written clue that parents tear off, fold, hide, leading to familiar items and places in the home-from the fridge to the bed to the bathtub. As kids sharpen their reading skills, hunts become progressively more difficult. A bonus phonics game on the back of the final clue reinforces what kids learned that day.

Learn-to-Read Treausre Hunts works no matter what method of teaching is being used at school. It succeeds because it combines basal, phonics, and whole language techniques with a powerful motivating strategy-fun! As an added incentive, the book is packaged with two sheets of two-color, die-cut reward stickers that parents can use to commend their child when he or she has successfully completed a hunt. Each clue has been vetted by at least three reading specialists, insuring that the words, pictures, scope, and sequence are all appropriate for emerging readers. Keeping in mind that all kids learn and progress differently, Learn-to-Read-Treasure Hunts enables parents to help their own child learn to read-and, more importantly-love to read. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent, fun tool for parents to enjoy and kids love!
I stumbled on this through Children's Book of the Month Club. My son loved it from the very first...he often asks for me to remember to "make tomorrow a treasure hunt day". The earliest groups, each having four clues, include more drawings as hints. As they progress there is more word description and less picture help. The award sticker incentives have not been motivating for my son...he just loves having the challenge and feeling successful. I am sure that many children would find them a treat! The final page of each hunt includes a fun, thematic match-up more skill building opportunity which challenges without overwhelming. The style and tone of the coaching and instructions are particularly calming and encouraging for those parents and children who are reading resistant, as the author's son (and co-writer) was. A real winner...I love to give this book as a gift for those beginning this age group!

5-0 out of 5 stars terrific motivational game for beginning or reluctant reader
This is a terrific, practical little book for you and your beginning or reluctant reader. After a friendly introduction in which the author discusses various methods of reading instruction, the book contains the clues and solutions for 50 treasure hunts! Just tear out the pages, fold them and place them in the appropriate spots. For example, Treasure Hunt 1: Clue 1 tells you to "Look under a pan", Clue 2 reads "Look under your bed", Clue 3 says "Look under the bath mat" and the solution page reads "Great. You did it! Come get your sticker." There are even 50 stickers at the back of the book (the idea of the author's son, who contributes a charming introduction as well). Each solution also has a bonus game of matching words to pictures, and successive hunts get more challenging in length and vocabulary.

This is a terrific idea, well executed and thought out. Who doesn't love a treasure hunt? You'll undoubtedly be looking for a sequel or be inspired to construct your own treasure hunts when you finish these fifty exercises.

Excellent resource.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great idea!
My daughter is just starting to read, is literally on her first words, so even the first hunts are a bit too hard. However, I have taken the idea and made my own hunts with snigle words she does know. Once she can string a short sentence together, then I will start using hunts from the book. She loves doing the hunts I've made for her and I can tell the whole experiment will be a reading success!

This is a small, fat book with pages that you tear out to hide for your kids. You could just make up hunts yourself, but why when the book is so inexpensive? Plus, you can use thm over and over again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun, and oh so educational!
I don't usually write book reviews, but this book is such a winner! My 5-1/2 year old daughter loves to do these treasure hunts as soon as she wakes up in the morning or when she returns from school. Not only is it fun, but it's educational too -- practice reading and following instructions. The sheer fun and receiving the sticker at the end of the hunt are more than enough to entice her to play. In fact, she keeps asking for more hunts! I'll definitely order more copies of this book and give them away as gifts -- perfect for 5 to 7 year olds.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's a HIT!
My 6-year-old nephew LOVES THIS! He now requests a Treasure Hunt every day and reminds his Mother if he doesn't get one. He doesn't even care about the 'reward' at the end--he just loves finding the clues! He's just finishing kindergarten tomorrow and they have already done 11 'hunts.'

I think we'll need a Volume Two! ... Read more

38. FamilyFun Crafts: 500 Creative Activities for You and Your Kids
by Deanna F. Cook
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Asin: 0786863048
Catlog: Book (1997-11-27)
Publisher: Disney Editions
Sales Rank: 8594
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Family Fun is Great
I have bought Family Fun magazine for years just for their craft section. They have great crafts for all ages, many made of inexpensive and easily available materials. I have not only used the crafts with my grandkids but also use them with my Sunday School class, with an age range of 4-13 years old. Many of their crafts make easy and attractive gifts for children to give at Christmas, etc., and they have a collection of things to make for school parties. I highly recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Family Fun's Crafts Is A Winner!!
I love this book. I buy it for my friends who have children. Many, many, many great projects that are easy and fun for spending quality time with your kids. This is a great BOOK!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great fun for beginners and more advanced
I work at a shelter for domestic violence victims including children. Many of these children have never had the opportunity to do crafts with a parent figure or go to school. Every time (and I mean every time), there was a craft class scheduled and we used something from this book in conjuction with a school lesson, the kids had a great time and learned something. They had, for the first time, something to give to their mothers for Christmas or Mother's Day.

The book is very easy to follow and I love the way it is divided up. If children who are learning challenged can do this, anyone can.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I had hoped.
I wish I hadn't bought this book. It's a reminder for me to not judge a book by its flashy/attractive cover. The book is overwhelming and not as organized as I would have liked. I wish that it would say how long each activity takes and, far more importantly, difficulty/skill/recommended age levels. It really is taking too much time going through the book and having to reject so many of the activities because they are clearly not age-appropriate for my young children. This book is really geared for older children.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Fastinating Idea
This book is a good book. It need more time to do some project in it. It full colour pages. It helps your children to spend holidays with friend. It projects very fascinating idea. It's material is easy to find and not too expensive. ... Read more

39. Summer Opportunities for Kids & Teenagers 2005 (Peterson's Summer Opportunities for Kids and Teenagers)
by Petersons
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Asin: 0768915473
Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
Publisher: Peterson's
Sales Rank: 101475
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Safe, fun, and enriching summer programs are the backbone of Peterson’s Summer Opportunities for Kids & Teenagers. The annually updated guide provides complete information on more than 3,000 summer camps, arts programs, sports clinics, academic courses, travel tours, wilderness adventures, and volunteer opportunities throughout the U.S. and abroad. There are programs for every child’s interests and every family’s budget—from pre-college preparation courses held on private school or college campuses and traditional summer camps replete with lakes, to wilderness treks in the American West, community service projects in Costa Rica and bicycling, sailing, or train tours to hundreds of countries around the world. Peterson’s Summer Opportunities for Kids & Teenagers also includes detailed two-page descriptions written by camp personnel for nearly 300 summer camps and programs. ... Read more

40. Kids Love Israel Israel Loves Kids: A Travel Guide for Families
by Barbara Sofer
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Asin: 0929371895
Catlog: Book (1995-12-01)
Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing
Sales Rank: 190635
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide for parents taking their children to Israel
We used this book every day of our 2 week trip to Israel with 3 children aged 1-8.Our friends then borrowed the book for a 3 week trip with 5children aged 6-16.The sections of the book are broken down by geography,with handy maps to assist you in setting up your schedule, whether yourhotel is in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Tiberias or Eilat.The greatest benefitsof the book include the phone numbers of the tourist sites as well as thehours which each location is open.The author even recommends ideal hotelsand activities based on your children's ages.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great book to help plan your Israel travel.
Whether you have children or not, this book will help you plan your Israeltravel.It lists many attractions, tourist sites, museums, national parks,etc., including hours of operation, phone and fax numbers, and whetherthere is a fee.As a professional travel planner specializing in Israeltravel, I highly recommend this book to all my clients, even thosetraveling without children! ... Read more

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