ERIC Number: ED450927
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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Playing Smart: The Family Guide to Enriching, Offbeat Learning Activities for Ages 4-14. Revised, Expanded and Updated Edition.
Perry, Susan K.
Noting children's need for enrichment at home, this book offers hundreds of unusual ways for children and parents to spend time together. Using this book as a guide, parents and children can survey new subjects ranging from cultural diversity to photography, journal keeping, psychology, food science, gardening, and sports science. The activities stress creative thinking, especially brainstorming, and most require little or no preparation or equipment and can be done in small bits of time just about anywhere. Each chapter contains introductory material, suggested activities, and a list of resources for further exploration. Following an introduction on building creativity, brainstorming, and using the Internet, the chapters are: (1) "Instant Fun"; (2) "Journal Journeys"; (3)"Celebrate the Senses"; (4) "Brain Benders"; (5) "Adventures in Ordinary Places"; (6) "Learning Comes Alive at the Cemetery"; (7) "Playing around with Photography"; (8) "Use Your Head: Mind-Challenging Physical Activities"; (9) "Dirt, Worms, Bugs, and Mud: Kids in the Garden"; (10) "Mind Snacks: Recipes for Kitchen Learning"; (11) "The Junior Geographer"; (12) "Cultural Diversity: It's All Relative"; (13) "Behavior for Beginners: A Bit of Psychology"; and (14) "Real Literature: Famous Authors' Books for Kids," containing an annotated bibliography of over 100 books for children. (KB)
Descriptors: Brainstorming, Childrens Games, Creative Activities, Creative Development, Creative Thinking, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Learning Activities, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Materials, Parent Participation, Play, Recreational Activities, Thinking Skills
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
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