This topical guide will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.


Contact us via online form or by phone (1-877-275-3227) to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian).

The Sand Bucket List: 366 Things to Do With Your Kids Before They Grow Up
David Hoffman
Running Press, 2012
GV 182.8 .H64 2012 788560957

I Love Dirt! 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature
Jennifer Ward
Trumpeter, 2008
GV 197.63 .W39 2008 154705247

Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids
Rebecca P. Cohen
Sourcebooks, 2011
GV 182.8 .C64 2011 662405253

The Rhythm of Family: Discovering a Sense of Wonder Through the Seasons
Amanda Blake Soule
Trumpeter, 2011
GT 2420 .S67 2011 437298758

The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life With Art and Creativity
Jean Van’t Hul
Roost Books, 2013
TT 157 .V285 2013 795575178

30 Fun Ways to Learn With Blocks and Boxes
Clare Beswick
Gryphon House, 2011
GV 1218 .B6A27 2011 672300134

Treasure Basket Explorations: Heuristic Learning for Infants and Toddlers
Laura Wilhelm
Gryphon House, 2017
LB 1139.35 .P55 W55 2017 970042240
Also available as an eBook

Baby Steps to STEM: Infant and Toddler Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Activities
Jean Barbe
Redleaf Press, 2017
LB 1140.5 .S35 B37 2017 959036841

150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids: The Very Best and Easiest Playtime Activities
Asia Citro
Adams Media, 2014
Complete with dozens of ideas for babies, toddlers, and school-aged children, this book will help your family step away from your devices and step into endless afternoons of playtime fun!
TT 157 .C4984 2014 892794661

And the Cow Jumped Over the Moon: Over 650 Activities to Teach Toddlers Using Familiar Rhymes and Songs
Pam Schiller and Thomas More
Gryphon House, 2006
MT 920 .S334a 2006 62281716
Also available as an eBook

Banish Boredom: Activities to Do with Kids That You’ll Actually Enjoy
Rebecca Green
Gryphon House, 2016
Available only as an eBook


Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Some videos may be viewed online.

Age-appropriate play.
Volume 1, The first 12 months
Volume 2, 12-24 months
Volume 3, 2 -3 years
InJoy Productions, 2004.
DVD, 15 minutes each.
HQ 782 .A44spa 2004 233578309
In these videos, parents and caregivers will learn what social, language and motor milestones young children will be reaching and how to play in a way that supports these achievements. Viewers will discover how to stimulate skills development through age-appropriate games, toys and activities that are easy to understand and fun to implement.

Yoga Motion: 10 Fun, easy-to-learn yoga routines (for ages 2.5 and up)
Namaste Kid, 2011.
DVD, 35 minutes
WB 890 .Y546 2011 762098828

Large Motor Games…We Like to Play!
Rochester, NY : Learning Through Adventure, 2004.
DVD, 25 minutes
GV 452 .M951g 2004 910337079

Fingerplays! Hands That Tell a Story
Aurora, ON : Merriweather Records Ltd., c2011.
DVD, 44 minutes.
GV 1218 .F5 F56 2011 752144668
Presented by Kathy Reid-Naiman. Fingerplays are a way of telling a story using your hands and fingers to illustrate the words.



We are still adding to this resource guide. Please check back later for additional resources.


The journal titles linked below will take you to the publisher’s homepage. You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these articles or contact us for more information.

50 Best Things You Can Do With Your Family This Summer
By Holly Corbett
Redbook online, March 10, 2016

Bored During The Week: Fun Activities for Family Night
By Natalie Bracco
Working Mother, March 8, 2018

Web Resources

The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.

Awesome Family Fun Activities Guide
From UNICEF Kid Power, this activity-packed guide offers a wide-variety of activity ideas. No matter the size of your family, whether it’s 2, 3, or 10 family members, there is a wide range of fun-filled activities and ideas for the whole family: mom, dad, brothers, sisters, grandma and grandpa – something for everyone! Whether it is spring, summer, fall or winter, daytime, night time, indoors or outdoors, a quick midweek break or a weekend family break, we’ll have a fun activity for your family.

6 Sun Crafts for Kids
A useful article from Parents Magazine online that includes activities that blend science with art, keeping summer brains sharp. From using the sun to tell time to observing its powerful heat, your child will learn about the sun through these exciting activities.

Family Fun