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Unplugged play : no batteries, no plugs, pure fun / Bobbi Conner ; illustrations by Amy Patacchiola and Kathy Wyatt.

By: Conner, Bobbi.
Contributor(s): Patacchiola, Amy | Wyatt, Kathy.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Workman Pub., 2007Description: xxv, 400 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780761143901 (alk. paper); 9780761141143 (hardcover).Subject(s): Games | Amusements | Creative activities and seat work | Handicraft | PlayDDC classification: 790.1/922 Online resources: Table of contents only
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

From the joy of smearing glue on paper to the screaming delight of a bubble-blowing relay, kids love to play. In fact, it's every kid's built-in tool for experiencing the world at large. A parent-friendly encyclopedia, UNPLUGGED PLAY ("A wonderful guide," says Daniel Goleman) offers hundreds and hundreds of battery-free, screen-free, chirp-and-beep-free games and fun variations that stretch the imagination, spark creativity, building strong bodies, and forge deep friendships...and keep kids busy at the table while mom or dad makes dinner.

"710 games and activities for ages 12 months to 10 years"--Cover.

11 27 37 89 115 135 172 174

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface
  • Play Matters: Why-and How-I Wrote This Book (p. ix)
  • Introduction: The Power of Play (p. xi)
  • Dare to Unplug (p. xii)
  • What's Wrong with Electronic Play? (p. xvi)
  • How to Use This Book (p. xxii)
  • Part I Toddler Play (age 1 to 2) (p. 1)
  • Solo Play (p. 4)
  • Busy-Body Play (p. 4)
  • Busy-Body Play on-the-Go (p. 17)
  • Clapping and Counting Games (p. 21)
  • Spontaneous Solo Play (p. 24)
  • Role-Play and Pretend Play (p. 30)
  • Play Ideas for Parent and Child (p. 36)
  • Indoor Play (p. 36)
  • Rhyming Games (p. 36)
  • Songs and Lullabies (p. 38)
  • Reading Aloud (p. 40)
  • Action Games (p. 42)
  • Arts and Crafts (p. 46)
  • Outdoor Play (p. 53)
  • Beach Day (p. 58)
  • Let it Snow! (p. 59)
  • Playing with Others (p. 61)
  • Indoor Play (p. 62)
  • Pretend Play (p. 63)
  • Art Play for Two or More (p. 67)
  • Musical Play (p. 70)
  • Outdoor Play (p. 72)
  • Birthday Party Play (p. 76)
  • Create a Party Itinerary (p. 77)
  • Mom & Me or Dad & Me Party Activities (p. 78)
  • Play Stations (p. 83)
  • Group Play Activities (p. 86)
  • Part II Preschool Play (age 3 to 5) (p. 91)
  • Solo Play (p. 91)
  • Busy-Body Play (p. 96)
  • Self-Directed Play (p. 109)
  • Arts and Crafts (p. 117)
  • Spontaneous Art (p. 119)
  • Creative Crafts (p. 126)
  • Play Ideas for Parent and Child (p. 129)
  • Reading Aloud (p. 129)
  • Tell Me a Story! (p. 131)
  • Indoor Play (p. 134)
  • Board Games and Card Games (p. 138)
  • In the Car (p. 139)
  • Crafts (p. 142)
  • Outdoor Play (p. 147)
  • Playing with Others (p. 151)
  • Pretend Play (p. 151)
  • Musical Play (p. 171)
  • Make Your Own Musical Instruments (p. 174)
  • Sing It! (p. 176)
  • Sing Your Own Family Songs (p. 180)
  • Games and Activities Around the House (p. 182)
  • Craft Activities (p. 187)
  • Outdoor Play (p. 189)
  • Beach Day (p. 199)
  • Let It Snow! (p. 200)
  • Birthday Party Play and Large Group Games (p. 203)
  • Arrival Activities (p. 204)
  • Birthday Party Arts and Crafts (p. 205)
  • Cake-Time Activities (p. 210)
  • Indoor Party (Group) Games (p. 212)
  • Outdoor Party (Group) Games (p. 226)
  • Ten Terrific Theme Parties (p. 237)
  • Part III Grade School Play (age 6 to 10) (p. 241)
  • Solo Play (p. 244)
  • Kitchen Table Play (p. 244)
  • Indoor Play (p. 250)
  • Arts and Crafts (p. 256)
  • Outdoor Play (p. 265)
  • Let's Play Ball! (p. 266)
  • Play Ideas for Parent and Child (p. 273)
  • Indoor Play (p. 273)
  • Kitchen Table Play (p. 273)
  • Reading Aloud (p. 276)
  • Craft Activities (p. 284)
  • Outdoor Play (p. 289)
  • Playing with Others (p. 291)
  • Indoor Play (p. 292)
  • Theatrics and Music (p. 298)
  • Guessing Games and Wordplay (p. 301)
  • Outdoor Play (p. 304)
  • Beach Day (p. 318)
  • Let It Snow! (p. 320)
  • Birthday Party and Large Group Games (p. 322)
  • Indoor Party (Group) Games (p. 324)
  • Outdoor Party Games (p. 331)
  • Water Play Party Games (p. 349)
  • Large Group Games (p. 352)
  • Sunday Afternoon Play Club (p. 352)
  • Appendix I family Game Night (p. 359)
  • What Goes on at family Game Night? (p. 359)
  • Games that Require Moving About Indoors (p. 360)
  • Games Played at the Kitchen Table (p. 360)
  • Classic Board Games for Family Game Night (p. 361)
  • Games for Outdoors (p. 361)
  • Family Game Night Favorites (p. 362)
  • Appendix II The Well-Stocked Toy Cupboards (p. 365)
  • The Toddler Toy Cupboard (p. 365)
  • For Freestyle Play (p. 365)
  • Household Items (p. 366)
  • For Arts and Crafts (p. 366)
  • For Music (p. 367)
  • The Preschool Toy Cupboard (p. 368)
  • For Freestyle Play (p. 368)
  • For Building, Inventing, and Creating (p. 368)
  • For Outdoor Play (p. 368)
  • Household Items (p. 369)
  • For Arts and Crafts (p. 370)
  • For Music 371 Store-Bought Games (p. 371)
  • The Grade School Toy Cupboard (p. 372)
  • For Freestyle Play (p. 372)
  • For Outdoor Play (p. 372)
  • Household Items (p. 373)
  • For Arts and Crafts (p. 374)
  • For Music (p. 375)
  • Board and Card Games (p. 375)
  • Parent Planner (p. 377)
  • Index (p. 379)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Publishers Weekly Review

Conner, author (Everyday Opportunities for Extraordinary Parenting) and host of the popular public radio program The Parent's Journal, offers more than 700 ideas for play without plugs, batteries or beeps in this imaginative collection. Conner points out that electronic play has a number of drawbacks-contributing to the rise in childhood obesity and isolation, and limiting creativity-while "unplugged play" builds strong bodies, helps kids forge friendships and expands the mind. In an effort to get back to the basics of play, Conner began collecting and inventing hundreds of games, then tested them on groups of children ages one to 10. The author divides the book into three sections-for toddlers, preschoolers and the six-to-10 set-with subsections on solo play, parent and child, playing with others and birthday parties. She covers a wide range of activities, from noodle necklaces to toddler basketball with a laundry basket, including indoor and outdoor play for rain or shine, with clear instructions as well as discussions of safety issues. Child development experts such as Fred Rogers and Benjamin Spock have emphasized the significance of play; Conner has taken her sources at their word and produced a fun-filled compendium likely to become a dog-eared resource for parents seeking whimsical yet practical ways to unplug the electronics and promote the physical, cognitive and emotional benefits of plain, old-fashioned play. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4 Up-In this engaging and helpful book, Conner has compiled more than 710 games and activities sorted by age level. Good old-fashioned play and fun are the motto here with simple props from around the house or just an imagination. The book is separated into three major parts: "Toddler Play," "Preschool Play," and "Grade School Play." Each has a section on solo play, ideas for parent and child, playing with others, and birthday-party activities. Each chapter and section is loaded with ideas and suggestions for simple crafts. There is such a wealth of information in this book; older siblings and babysitters should have a ball using it.-Cynde Suite, Bartow County Library System, Adairsville, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.