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The Encyclopedia of Infant and Toddler Activities
Edited by Kathy Charner, Maureen Murphy, and Charlie Clark

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The Encyclopedia of Infant and Toddler Activities
For Children Birth to 3
Written by Teachers for Teachers
Edited by Kathy Charner, Maureen Murphy, and Charlie Clark
Illustrations by Kathi Whelan Dery
Read How You Want, (2010)
EasyRead Large Print, in 16 Point Verdana
(Originally Published in Standard Print by Gryphon House)
ISBN: 978-1-45876-731-8

Reviewed by Anna Dogole - May 28, 2010

>From the moment babies are born, they start learning. In fact, every waking moment of a baby's life presents opportunities for learning. Whether you are caring your own child or the children of others, there are numerous methods that you can employ to enhance these learning opportunities. In The Encyclopedia of Infant and Toddler Activities For Children Birth to 3 you will find a wealth of activities that you can employ to help infants and toddlers explore their environment and to learn new skills.

This encyclopedia includes more than 300 activities that were the winning entries in a nationwide contest. The activities are organized into twenty thematic chapters, covering: Arrival, Cleanup, Departure, Discovery, Dramatic Play, Fine and Gross Motor, Fingerplays, Songs and Rhymes, Games, General Tips, Language, Literacy, Math, Naptime, Outdoor Play, Science, Sensory, Snack, Social-Emotional, Transitions, and Working with Families. Each entry includes information as to which age group the activity is geared, a list of needed materials, how to perform the activity, and the name and location of the activity's author is also provided. Potential hazzards are noted and safety tips are provided as warranted.

While these activities were written by teachers, for teachers, they can be used effectively by anyone who deals with young children - either professionally or on the homefront. Many of these activities, especially those geared toward infants may seem simplistic at first glance. However, at this stage, they are exactly the types of activities that will most benefit infants. Many of these activities can be done with the material on hand, such as making a maze out of the furniture found in a room. Other actives are more elaborate and will require preplanning to ensure that you have the necessary supplies on hand and that you have everything organized before you engage the children.

Professional childcare providers and educators will find that these activities will enliven their lesson plans to help to provide their charges with entertaining activities that will encourage learning. Parents will also find that while some of these activities are not applicable to their situation - most can be easily incorporated into the home environment, helping to provide structure and variety to home play and learning. This is a must-have book for anyone who works with infants and toddlers, in just about any capacity imaginable including teachers, parents, babysitters, nannies, counselors, caregivers, childcare directors, and more . . .

The Encyclopedia of Infant and Toddler Activities is available from Read How You Want, an on-demand publisher that makes books available in a variety of formats including Braille, DAISY, and five different large print formats. This range of formats makes this, and other books, available not only to visually impaired individuals, but also anyone with a reading or physical disability that makes reading standard print books difficult.

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