Remember the good old days when we don't have computer, smartphone or tablet but can still have tons of fun playing with everyday items plus our active imagination? Did you ever feel guilty of letting your TV, laptop, iPad, or smartphone babysit your child? Research has shown that too much screen-time harms children's well-being and increases anxiety. While parents and educators are increasingly concerned about how much screen-time kids get, they don't always know what to introduce as an alternative.
What I believe is the best book of 2014 that helps parents bring back playtime and rediscover the spirit of imaginative play is 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids: The Very Best and Easiest Playtime Activities from FunAtHomeWithKids.com! by Asia Citro, founder of the popular parenting blog Fun at home with kids,
The book features 150+ one-of-a-kind hands-on projects with step-by-step instructions and beautiful photos to help develop children's creativity and skills without the use of any electronics. Many of the activities are good for babies. Each project is budget-friendly and can be completed using items found at a regular grocery store. Most of the activities are designed to encourage multi-age/sibling play, and can be done with or without the assistance of parents.
Every sensory recipe/activity has any potential allergens clearly marked (Lots of gluten-free and dye-free recipes included!) and each recipe is also specially marked if it is taste-safe. About half the activities have never appeared on the blog. I love that each recipe comes with age recommendation, trouble-shooting tips, and possible variations. The author also offers helpful advice on how to manage messy play for easy clean-up.
This is the book I'd highly recommend to any parent who is looking to spend quality off-screen time with their kids!
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