Why has the new book from Asia Citro (MEd. and creator of the amazing blog Fun At Home With Kids) grabbed my interest in such a BIG way?… Well, it has quite simply targeted head on one of my greatest passions: limiting a child’s screen time! In this technologically advanced day and age this can be harder than it sounds! However, the well researched dangers of too much screen time present parents and educators with an important challenge! I even dedicated a whole post to my concerns on the matter: Imagine if less meant MORE!
When our copy of “150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids” arrived, I was so excited by the wealth of creative and simple ideas! And 3 year old B, couldn’t even wait to get inside the front door to start choosing an activity! The layout is clear and easy to read, and the pictures are so bright, colourful and inviting, it is hard to resist imagining diving right into the activities!
As a paediatric occupational therapist, I just adore the many possibilities for sensory (especially tactile and visual) exploration and imaginative play. The activities are certainly as much about the process as the product, offer many opportunities for development, including fine motor skills, and nurture a curiosity and love for active learning.
What better way for us to really review this book than to try out one of the activities! Our first pick: “Hatching (dino)- Egg Bath Bombs” (chosen by Master 3 himself, after much ooh-ing and ahh-ing page after page!) We’ve never made bath bombs so I was just as happy with his choice and he was! I was also secretly impressed at the short and simple materials list!!
Of course, our dino lovin’ kiddo was having fun from the word go meeting all the little dinosaurs! Possibilities are endless though, and any figurine of choice could be hidden in the bath bombs.
The recipe was super easy to mix up and I had the most eager assistant, who enjoyed testing out the mixture at every stage. And every stage was equally intriguing!!
If I had made the mixture up alone, it would have been a really quick job, but B was having so much fun, stomping dinos through the mix, and helping himself to fistfuls of loose bath bomb mix and testing it out with water from the garden watering can, that we stretched the activity out an hour or so! Very cute!
We made several batches at once given that we had a whole bunch of dinosaurs to cover (plus a heap of kiddo-run trials along the way)! The actual egg/bomb sculpting was a bit tricky for B to complete himself. We ended up with me being the main sculptor, and him helping out by adding more loose mixture into my hands to cover the dino.
What a great way to make bath time fun, spice up indoor/outdoor water play, or add some buzz (and fizz) to a playdate! It would be totally awesome to make one enormous egg too, or even dividing up the mixture and using different colours. I think they would make really fun gifts for party loot bags too!
“150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids” would make a perfect gift for any parent-to-be, or new parent (“Welcome to this big, wild, wonderful, crazy, fun world baby”), or for a child’s birthday, Christmas or holiday surprise. I can just see kiddos all over the world loving and begging their parents for more of the ‘wow’ moments these activities are cleverly designed to invoke.
For a glimpse into this book, check out this fun video: Fun at Home with Kids Book Trailer
To purchase, choose your preferred method here:
Amazon US: http://goo.gl/fFjBsC
Amazon UK: http://goo.gl/8aWNUs
Amazon CA: http://goo.gl/P6ncCn
Barnes and Noble: http://goo.gl/MSywEZ
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Book Depository: http://goo.gl/
Fishpond AU: http://goo.gl/hdjL2w
This book has been incredibly popular since its recent release. If you are having trouble getting hold of your own copy, this post may have some helpful ideas on Fun at Home with Kids.
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