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Product details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Xulon Press; 4 edition (1 Dec. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159160236X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591602361
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A useful resource for ideas but was far too advanced for my baby at months old. Now my daughter is almost two I nip into the book to check if I'm challenging her in the areas that she might be ready for (I would never have thought peeling and tearing pieces of masking tape off the roll could be so engaging!) The ideas are useful but I think the suggestions in making the activities are in need of adaptation. In a way the book reminds me of a rainy day activity book I had as a child. I just made the envelope boat and cardboard fish 'lesson' the fish were destroyed within minutes like most of the other things I have made from the book and I am easily a creative person. I have found that I can do the same activity using a fabric bag and some wooden picture pieces from a 'pair the picture' set or hardboard pieces from a 'pop out' book. The instructions to make the items for activities may be good if you don't have access to any toys but I find that many inexpensive toys already found in the home can be used with the same educational purpose that are far much less work, time to prepare, more hard wearing and attention grabbing! Fabric books for ex. with various textures to explore rather than making fabric textured cards that fall to bits and get lost are a good idea as well as using wooden or hardboard matching picture game pieces rather than drawing individual picture pieces on card that get destroyed in minutes! Rather than saving your clothes detergent/softener lids for activities do just buy a set of MULA building beakers from IKEA for 1.49. (probably cheaper than a bottle of your clothes softener!) They can be stored inside each other for space saving and used in so many activities in this book including hiding items under, filling and emptying with sand or water, stacking, tumbling, floating to name a few. This book would be a dream if it was brought up to date and supplied with a handy kit of items in a box for multi use.
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I have not as yet used the book however for those wishing to purchase this i should mention that J Oberlander's book entitled "Fun Start: An Idea a Week to Maximize Your Baby's Potential from Birth to Age 5" has virtually the same content. Being a bit overenthusiastic i bought both!
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A really great book that gives you lots of ideas on activities to do with the kids.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8ebf1528) out of 5 stars 60 reviews
91 of 94 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ed59828) out of 5 stars Full of great ideas for activities... 3 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book contains one educational activity for each week of your childs life, from birth to age 5. Although you are humorlessly instructed to do the activities in order, repeating the activity-of-the-week daily, the book is still useful in real life. Every few weeks, I flip through the sections for my children's ages and get ideas. The activities are exactly age appropriate- even the ones for young babies. They generally (but not always) use stuff you have around the house. And they are often ideas you might not think of on your own. I have also found that the activities have a good time-enjoyed to clean-up-the-mess time ratio!
53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f47a360) out of 5 stars Good ideas for exhausted, overwhelmed parents - go at your own pace 2 July 2010
By Kathy Carrington - Published on Amazon.com
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As other reviewers have mentioned, the pacing in this book is off for the majority of children. The activites will not line up with your child's interests and abilities on a week-to-week basis since every child is truly different.

Is that a problem? No. Simply pick and choose to suit your child's interests and abilities.

Don't stress if the author seems to think that a not quite 2 year old should be able to button, snap, and zip and yours can't.
(1) The author taught kindergarten, not nursery school. She doesn't have tons of experience with thousands of infants and preschoolers. Who does, really?
(2) Every child IS different, learning things as they WANT to, not as they are forced to by some odd adult schedule. Many 5-year-olds still mix up colors. It's normal. It's also normal for a 2 year old to know them all.
(3) You can always skip activities that seem beyond your child, move ahead to ones that she is ready for, and come back to any of them at any time for any reason.

Are the activities and games basic, needing little money or prep? Yep. But as a tired, overwhelmed mom I can tell you that I couldn't think of most of them. It's nice to have a handy guide of simple, fun things to do with my child. Hurray for other moms who aren't as tired or are more creative than me. And hurray for me for having this book.

Is it too late to use this book if your child is no longer an infant? Nope! I bought this book when my daughter was 2 and kept forgetting to pull it out. She is nearly 4 now and I just went through the book again, flagging fun things to do with her. I've even flagged a couple of things out of the 1-year-old chapter.

I especially love the fun games to play that require nothing and can be played in the car or out shopping. Like what doesn't belong... can, box, cat. Or simple riddles... what has one eye and uses thread? Or "is this right" questions... Is the sky red? Yes, they require a bit more work to think up but they get a child listening and thinking. Both good things.

The only real problem with this book is in the "intro to the alphabet" section in year 4. For the letter X, the author uses a xylophone to teach the letter X and has the parent teach that the letter X makes the same sound as the letter Z. It doesn't. Any basic phonics book will stress to teach the proper sound for this letter - box, fox, exit, x-ray. These are words that the child will learn to read long before learning to read "xylophone" and other rule-breaker "x" words. So if you use the alphabet section of this book, I strongly suggest you change that lesson so it reflects a true phonics approach.

One "bad" lesson out of 260 fun, inexpensive ideas. Not bad!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f47a5d0) out of 5 stars the PERFECT shower gift & SANITY-SAVER for all parents 1 Aug. 2005
By Jules B. - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a mother of 3 year old & a 6 month old. Since my first child was born, I have been looking for ways to help give my children any extra 'help' I can ... and also for ways to entertain and occupy them. I don't plan to home school ... but preschool may be financially out of reach. This is an awesome book! I have checked out numerous books from the library as well as searched the internet for free (and inexpensive) ways to accomplish my above agenda. The author provides great, realistic ideas on how to make your children expand their minds.

I was even given the book by Gymboree on activities ... let me tell you, that book was dumb! My daughter never wanted to do those things and it took a lot out of you to set up the projects. This is a book I will put on my list of "perfect gift for a shower" along with the Einstein videos and a bouncy seat. Talk about a life saver.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f47a834) out of 5 stars Great learning games! 20 July 2005
By LeBorn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Someone suggested I get this book because I was having a hard time thinking up ways to play with my daughter that would intrigue her. The things to do in this book are easy to follow and make use of common household items. I would certainly recommend this book!
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f47a60c) out of 5 stars Good basic idea, some activities are way off 8 Jun. 2008
By Megan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love the idea of this book, and some of the activities are perfectly age appropriate and I enjoy doing. Others are so off-base I can hardly believe it. For example: When your baby is about 10 1/2 months old, you are supposed to put 3 objects in front of her, tell her the names of them, try to get the baby to say the object's name, and then ask for one of the objects and have the baby hand it to you. On a good day, an 18 month old should be able to do that! At 10 1/2 months, a baby is just going to stare at you, and pick her favorite object to chew. This game is not the least bit developmentally appropriate at all.

It also doesn't take into account that babies develop at different speeds. According to this book, your baby should have a pretty wide range of vocabulary by age 1. A few babies do, but most don't. It would be nice if the book included some modified suggestions for babies who may not be up to the game suggested.

Still, my daughter is 11 months and we've had fun going through the book doing the activities that are appropriate. I think that this is a great resource, and I do recommend purchasing it. I just think that it could be better.
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