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A Little Bit of Dirt

A Little Bit of Dirt Author Asia Citro
ISBN-10 9781943147069
Release 2016-03-29
Pages 128
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Dandelion Bubbles, Rain Drums, Seed Bomb Lollipops and more! Bursting with creative hands-on outdoor science and art activities, A Little Bit of Dirt is full of motivation to get outside and explore. Whether you're investigating the health of your local stream, learning how birds fly, or concocting nature potions, you'll be fostering an important connection with nature. The engaging activities encourage the use of the senses and imagination and are perfect for all ages. Discover more about the natural world waiting just outside your door!



The Curious Kid s Science Book

The Curious Kid s Science Book Author Asia Citro
ISBN-10 9781943147014
Release 2015-09-08
Pages 224
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What happens if you water plants with juice? Where can you find bacteria in your house? Is slug slime as strong as a glue stick? How would your child find the answers to these questions? In The Curious Kid's Science Book, your child will learn to design his or her own science investigations to determine the answers! Children will learn to ask their own scientific questions, discover value in failed experiments, and — most importantly — have a blast with science. The 100+ hands-on activities in the book use household items to playfully teach important science, technology, engineering, and math skills. Each creative activity includes age-appropriate explanations and (when possible) real life applications of the concepts covered. Adding science to your at-home schedule will make a positive impact on your child's learning. Just one experiment a week will help build children's confidence and excitement about the sciences, boost success in the classroom, and give them the tools to design and execute their own science fair projects.



150 Screen Free Activities for Kids

150  Screen Free Activities for Kids Author Asia Citro
ISBN-10 9781440576164
Release 2014-10-03
Pages 256
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Bring back playtime, all the time! Dive into a Bubbling Swamp World. Drum on an Outdoor Sound Wall. Explore the gooeyness of Glowing Slime. With the one-of-a-kind projects in 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids, your family will rediscover the spirit of imaginative play! These fun activities help develop your child's creativity and skills--all without a screen in sight. Featuring step-by-step instructions and beautiful photographs, each budget-friendly project will keep your child entertained, engaged, and learning all day long. Best of all, no one will complain about turning off the TV or computer with such entertaining activities as: Natural Dye Fingerpaints Taste-Safe, Gluten-Free Playdough Erupting Volcano Dinosaur World Fizzy Rainbow Slush Taste-Safe Glow Water Complete with dozens of exercises for babies, toddlers, and school-aged children, 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids will help your family step away from your devices and step into endless afternoons of playtime fun!



Let s Take It Outside

Let s Take It Outside Author Kathy Charner
ISBN-10 9780876594315
Release 2012-09-01
Pages 144
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Children love outdoor play. Now teachers can combine the magic and excitement of the outdoors with activities that encourage and support learning! With more than 100 new teacher-created, classroom-tested outdoor activities, Let’s Take It Outside! engages children’s minds and bodies as they explore the limitless bounds of the outdoors while also building key skills in areas like math, literacy and language, science, art, and music. Perfect for ages 3 to 6, the activities in Let’s Take It Outside! take kids on an outdoor adventure as they make mud-dough letters, go on a rainbow scavenger hunt, and play animal charades. Let’s Take It Outside! is the result of a nationwide contest among teachers. The best of the best activities are selected and organized by theme for easy use. • Counting • Alphabet • Colors • Shapes • Art • Touch • Sound and sight • Plants and gardening • Bubbles and air • Light and shadow • Animals and insects • Dramatic play • Large motor skills



Tinkerlab

Tinkerlab Author Rachelle Doorley
ISBN-10 9780834829862
Release 2014-06-10
Pages 224
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Design, Build, Concoct, and Discover—55 creative experiments for curious kids! Kids are natural tinkerers. They experiment, explore, test, and play—and learn a great deal in the process through problem-solving and hands-on experiments. From art making to simple robot building, magic potion testing, and nature exploration, this book is about creative experiments, in all fields, that help kids explore the world. Perfect for young children up to age six.



Show Me a Story

Show Me a Story Author Emily K. Neuburger
ISBN-10 9781603428972
Release 2012-08-29
Pages 144
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Encouraging children to let their imagination run wild, Emily K. Neubinger offers 40 inventive projects and activities that will inspire kids ages 5 to 12 to express themselves through storytelling. Younger children will love making story stones and a storytelling jar, while older kids will open up and thrive as they embark on guided story walks and inspiring journaling exercises. Sparking creativity while developing a child’s love of language, Show Me a Story will kindle a lifelong passion for both writing and telling original stories.



Screen Free Fun

Screen Free Fun Author Shannon Philpott-Sanders
ISBN-10 9781507206003
Release 2018-04-03
Pages 224
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Fight back against boredom and keep your kids busy and entertained—without staring at a screen—with this handy collection of family activities ranging from DIY projects to outdoor adventures to easy daytrips. While technology often offers a quick and easy parenting solution to keep children entertained, too much screen time can negatively affect developmental and social skills, and even lead back to the original problem—boredom. Screen-Free Fun offers over 400 ideas to disconnect from tech devices and reconnect with our families in a healthier way. You and your child can pick from DIY activities to games to weekend outings. Since many of the activities work well for kids at various ages, your family will be able to grow along with the different projects and make plans for both younger and older siblings alike. You can try indoor projects like homemade slime, outdoor activities like building a fort, or learn more about your favorite destinations with activities like a scavenger hunt in your neighborhood or an i-spy game at the zoo. There is also space for your family to add your own favorite activities so you never forget a great idea or memory! From summer vacation to holiday breaks and every rainy day in between, with this book you and your family will always have something fun to do together—without ever having to resort to a tablet, phone, or computer.



Seasons of Play

Seasons of Play Author Rusty Keeler
ISBN-10 9780876596135
Release 2016-11-16
Pages 216
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Recent research has drawn the link between children’s brain development and time spent in the natural environment. Every child deserves a safe play to play, supportive adults to watch him grow, and an environment that offers her endless possibilities. In Seasons of Play, Rusty Keeler takes readers on a photographic journey through real child care centers that have embraced his philosophy that natural play environments create new opportunities for children to explore and grow. Seasons of Play promotes play among natural elements. Using the author’s own photos, the book illustrates how to design natural play environments that encourage exploration and creativity in all seasons of the year. Keeler’s own drawings complement the photos with renderings of how the play spaces were designed. Interviews with center directors add a personal touch to how the spaces improve learning at the centers. Professional Development Be inspired! Watch this colorful webinar with author Rusty Keeler and see what makes Seasons of Play so special. Register with our Early Learning Book Chats community and receive a FREE CE credit for watching! - See more at: https://www.gryphonhouse.com/books/details/seasons-of-play#sthash.zhZXVI5X.dpuf



Bringing the Outside in

Bringing the Outside in Author Mary McKenna Siddals
ISBN-10 9780449814307
Release 2016
Pages 32
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A rhyming story that encourages children to get outside and play.



Loose Parts

Loose Parts Author Lisa Daly
ISBN-10 9781605542744
Release 2014-10-28
Pages 232
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550+ color photographs showing how loose parts are used in early childhood settings and how they help children learn



Banish Boredom

Banish Boredom Author Rebecca Green
ISBN-10 9780876593486
Release 2016-10-01
Pages 120
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Based on her popular blog, Not-So-SAHM , Rebecca Green takes readers on an inspiring journey using beautiful color photos that she took of her children doing activities she describes in the book. Taking a lighthearted approach to the serious business of parenting, Banish Boredom helps parents find activities that they enjoy, while their children learn and have fun. Green suggests ways for parents to maintain their own identities and pursue their own interests while raising children who are creative, confident, and independent thinkers. Although it offers valuable tips to parents, this book is not a parenting book. Rather, it’s a source of inspiration and new ideas for parents who are looking for fun and educational activities that they can do with their kids, but that are also fun and interesting for the parents themselves. The book emphasizes adapting activities to suit the particular interests of each child, while also taking into account the personality of the parent.



Learning with Nature

Learning with Nature Author Marina Robb
ISBN-10 0857842390
Release 2015-01-29
Pages 208
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An extensive book of outdoor activities suitable for a wide range of children and environments Learning with Nature is full of fun activities and games to get children outdoors, to explore, have fun, make things, and learn about nature and help them grow up happy and healthy. Suitable for groups of children between ages 3 and 16, the graded activities help children develop key practical and social skills, awareness of their place in the world, and respect for the natural world, all while enjoying the great outdoors. Written by experienced forest school practitioners, using tried-and-tested games and activities, it provides comprehensive information for enriching children’s learning through nature. The games and activities are clearly categorized, with step-by-step instructions, an age guide, a list of resources needed, and invisible learning points. This book is a unique must-have resource for families, schools, youth groups, and anyone working with children.



Unicorns and Germs

Unicorns and Germs Author Asia Citro
ISBN-10 1943147469
Release 2018-10-09
Pages 96
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In the sixth book, an earthquake shakes Zoey's house. Or maybe it's a unicorn-quake? An enormous new friend arrives in a lot of pain, and it's getting worse every day. Zoey must work with her mom and Sassafras to find a cure -- and quickly! Each story in the Zoey and Sassafras series features a new magical animal with a problem that must be solved using science. There isn't a set formula for each book; Zoey sometimes needs to run experiments, while other times she needs to investigate a mystery, and yet other times she needs to do research. Zoey models how to keep a science journal through her handwritten entries in each story. Each story is complete with a glossary of the kid-friendly definitions for scientific terms used. The series highlights child-led inquiry science and the topics covered align with both Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.



The Artful Parent

The Artful Parent Author Jean Van't Hul
ISBN-10 9780834840362
Release 2016-11-15
Pages 304
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Bring out your children’s creativity and imagination with more than 60 kids’ art activities from the creator of www.ArtfulParent.com. Art making is a wonderfully fun way for young children to tap into their imagination, deepen their creativity, and explore new materials, all while strengthening their fine motor skills and developing self-confidence. The Artful Parent has all the tools and information you need to encourage your children’s creativity through art. You’ll learn how to set up an art space, how to talk to children about their artwork, how to choose the best art supplies (without breaking the bank), how to repurpose and organize the piles of art created, and even how to use kids’ art activities to soften everyday transitions. The more than sixty engaging kids’ arts and crafts projects included here are accessible and developmentally appropriate for one- to eight-year-olds, and they’re a far cry from the cookie-cutter crafts many of us did in school as kids. From bubble prints to musical chairs art, these kids’ art activities allow children to explore art materials, techniques, and ideas as they grow more creative every day. With activities for downtimes, action art for releasing energy, and recipes for making your own art materials, this book is your guide for raising an artful family.



A Year of Educational Quiet Bins

A Year of Educational Quiet Bins Author Sarah Noftle
ISBN-10 1515007081
Release 2015-07-15
Pages 66
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Discover the magic of peaceful days at home with kids. Discover the magic of Quiet Bins. Inside each simple to set up Quiet Bin you will find amazing things! Alone time Independence Focus Letter and Number Learning Fine motor and Hand strengthening for future writing The bins are quick and easy to set up, using supplies you already have on hand. This book begins by walking parents and caregivers through a journey of establishing a lovely rhythm that respects children and enables happy, beautiful days at home. Establishing times of quiet and independent play is essential for children to thrive. This quiet can come easily in the form of Quiet Bins. Discover an entire year of educational Quiet Bins inside this book. Quiet Bins are simple, independent, and engaging activities that have a gentle structure. Better still, each of the Quiet Bins in this book are educational and developed by a teacher, focusing on targeted learning skills such as creative thinking, letters, numbers, and strengthening hands for future writing. The Quiet Bins are ideal for toddlers through Kindergarten age children (Age 2-6 years)



Teaching STEM Outdoors

Teaching STEM Outdoors Author Patty Born Selly
ISBN-10 9781605545035
Release 2017-04-24
Pages 200
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Connect nature play, outdoor experiences, and STEM learning for young children with activities, real-life examples, and educator resources. Nurture young children’s innate tendencies toward exploration, sensory stimulation, and STEM learning when you connect outdoor learning and STEM curriculum. Discover the developmental benefits of outdoor learning and how the rich diversity of settings and materials of nature gives rise to questions and inquiry for deeper learning. Full of activities, examples, and resources to take the fun of STEM outside, this book will help teachers articulate connections between nature play, outdoor experiences, and STEM learning in young children. Use STEM and nature-based learning to nurture children’s curiosity and exploration of the world. Patty Born Selly is an assistant professor of environmental education and STEM at Hamline University. She previously served as the executive director of the National Center for STEM Elementary Education at St. Catherine University. Selly has over twenty years of experience in early childhood education, has written two books, and regularly consults other educators on science and nature education approaches for young children.



Reggio Inspired Mathematics

Reggio Inspired Mathematics Author Richmond School District
ISBN-10 9781312780071
Release 2015-05-10
Pages 33
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This booklet documents our school district's collaborative inquiry project looking at how Reggio-inspired practices can inform and enhance primary mathematics teaching and learning.