ERIC Number: ED264950
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
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No Bored Babies: A Guide for Making Developmental Toys.
Shea, Jan Fisher
This booklet was designed to aid parents in making things at home to develop their newborn to 2-year-old children's skills. Suggested are easy-to-make visual stimuli for infants up to 6 weeks of age and 6 weeks to 3 months of age. For the latter, tactile stimuli also are considered. For infants 3 to 6 months of age, objects providing visual, tactile, and/or auditory stimulation are suggested. Objects considered appropriate for infants 6- to 8-months-old, a period especially important for the development of intelligence, include aerosol can caps for stacking and nesting, a shaking and banging toy made of empty spools and a shoe string, a rattle box made from a compartmentalized clear plastic storage box containing small objects such as buttons, sequins, wooden beads, or unpopped popcorn in individual compartments, an oatmeal box drum, rolling cylinders made of empty salt containers filled with dried beans or rocks, a toy retrieval device to attach to a high chair, and a peek-a-boo book. Similar suggestions are made for infants 8 to 14 months of age and 14 months to 2 years of age. Line drawings illustrate the contents. The booklet cautions that homemade toys, household objects used as playthings, and bought toys must be checked frequently for safety. A list of household objects that can be used as playthings and a short list of recommended readings are provided. (RH)
Descriptors: Auditory Stimuli, Guidelines, Infants, Manipulative Materials, Safety, Toddlers, Toys, Visual Stimuli
Bear Creek Publications, 2507 Minor Avenue E., Seattle, WA 98102 ($3.95, plus $.55 postage and handling. Washington residents must add sales tax. Discount on quantity orders).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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