Monday, May 24, 2010

Finding Educational Activities in the Most Unexpected Places

I just found a great resource for moms with small children!

Even though my kids have tons of toys, it seems we're always looking for things to do around the house to keep their attention and stimulate their minds all at the same time. They don't need the latest and greatest toys, and it seems they would rather play with a box and paper towel roll than most of their toys, anyway!

I'm always excited about activities that will stimulate their little brains and be fun at the same time. That's where this great, inexpensive eBook comes in.

Angie wrote this book for toddlers and preschoolers (although the activities are great for older ones as well), and it's a 58-page book of activities to do with your children using things you can find around your house. Even living in Singapore, I already have or can find most of these things. The activities are fun for kids and easy for mom!

Angie, who does part-time therapy for children under 3 with developmental delays or disabilities, said she wrote the book because she "wanted to show [the] families [of her therapy patients] that there are so many activities that can be done with just objects in and around their own houses. [She] wrote this book with them in mind. "

Included in the book are ideas for activities using the following:
  • Balloons
  • Balls
  • Blankets
  • Blocks
  • Books
  • Boxes
  • Bubbles
  • Cardboard Tubes
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Cotton Balls
  • Dishpan (Plastic Wash Tubs)
  • Egg Cartons
  • Fabric
  • Just You! (No Props Needed)
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Lids
  • Painting
  • Paper Bags
  • Paper Cups
  • Paper Plates
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Plastic Easter Eggs
  • Poker Chips
  • Sponges
  • Miscellaneous Ideas (three pages of ideas that don’t fall into one of the above categories)

I appreciate having a list of activities to add easy fun to our day, like going "blanket sledding" or having "target practice" with plastic yogurt/ice cream/butter tubs. And in moments of desperation when one of the kids is sick and our plans have been foiled (or a torrential downpour comes out of nowhere!), I have a bank of 200+ activities for us to do right here at home. And the fact that it's an eBook, and I didn't have to pay shipping and is GREAT!

You can hop over to Angie's place for more information about and examples of the activities in this great book.

Readers here can save 20% by using the code Reflecting20 until June 15!

I was given a free copy of this book for the purposes of reviewing it, but the opinions are strictly mine.

Now go grab a copy while you can get it for 20% off!!

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