2,4,6,8 This Is How We Regulate! 75 Play Therapy Activities to Increase Mindfulness in Children
This book presents 75 simple, playful and on-point interventions that combines mindfulness, expressive arts and play to help kids achieve greater self-regulation, focus more and stress less.
Call#: BF 723 .M37 T851 2019
21 Fun Indoor Games for Kids
This book contains an array of games for every kid that will keep them entertained for hours. Most games are designed to play alone, with a parent, or with a group.
30 Fun Ways to Learn With Blocks and Boxes
From building basic models and mazes to constructing complex stairs and bridges, box and block activities ignite children’s imaginations and engage their creativity and critical thinking. This book is full of small group and individual activities that explore construction, collaborative play, and basic math concepts.
Call#: GV 1218 .B6A27 2011
Art Lab for Little Kids: 52 Playful Projects for Preschoolers
This book is geared toward preschoolers, but the lessons can be enjoyed by all ages. Activities range from drawing to painting and printmaking using materials such as balloons and lace.
Call#: N 7440 .S393 2013
Embracing Rough-and-Tumble Play
This practical, hands-on resource encourages you to incorporate boisterous physical play into every day and offers concrete advice on how to create spaces for safe play, how to effectively work big body movement into children’s daily schedule, and how to use physical play to make teaching practice more dynamic and effective.
Call#: GV 452 .H83 2016
Let’s Play and Learn Together! 30 At-Home Activities for Infants and Toddlers
Parents and children will have a blast with the fun, varied games and projects in this book — activities that align with key areas of child development and include step-by-step instructions, strategies, and suggestions for parents of children with special needs.
Call#: LB 1139.35 .A37 V63 2017
Let’s Play and Learn Together: Fill Your Baby’s Day With Creative Activities That Are Fun and Enhance Development
This book provides 100 games, activities, and exercises that parents can do with their baby to foster cognitive, motor, and language skills and shows parents how they can use daily caregiving routines such as feeding, diapering, dressing, bathing, and bedtime as opportunities for play, positive emotional attachment, and learning.
Call#: HQ 774 .L3945 2012
Parenting With Theraplay: Understanding Attachment and How to Nurture a Closer Relationship With Your Child
Based on a sequence of play activities that are rooted in neuroscience, Theraplay offers a fun and easy way for parents and children to connect.
Call#: BF 723 .P25 N67 2017
Recipes for Messy Play: 40 Fun Sensory Experiences for Young Learners
Messy play is one of the great joys of early childhood. Recipes for Messy Play uses 40 fun, open-ended, and creative recipes for children that can be used both in the early childhood education setting and at home.
Call#: LB 1139.35 .P55R2438 2018
Recipes for Play : Creative Activities for Small Hands and Big Imaginations
This book contains easy and inexpensive ideas for engaging a child’s senses. It’s a book for parents and teachers – or anyone with a child in their life – who want to encourage tactile learning but don’t want their lives to be controlled by chaos.
Screen-Free Fun: 400 Activities for the Whole Family
Screen-Free Fun offers over 400 ideas to disconnect from tech devices and reconnect with our families in a healthier way. This book has 400 ways to have fun as a family: DIY projects, outdoor adventures, easy daytrips, etc. are all examples of possible activities in this book.
Call#: GV 182.8 .P55 2018
The Budding Artist
This fun-filled introduction to arts and crafts features easy-to-follow instructions and easy-to-find materials that will help you and your child have as much fun creating art as viewing the finished product. Series includes The Budding Chef, The Budding Builder, etc.
Call#: N 7440 .B83 2012
The Encyclopedia of Infant and Toddler Activities: for children birth to 3
This book provides activities that will help you support curiosity, play, exploration, persistence, emerging foundations in literacy and math, problem solving, and so much more!
Call#: LB 1139.35 .A37 E53 2017
The New Language of Toys: Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Special Needs
Schwartz has children with special needs in mind as she suggests ways parents can use suggested toys to encourage communication skills. The book includes chapters specific to the child’s age.
Call#: WS 105.5 .C8 S399 2004
Toddler activities made easy : 100+ fun and creative learning activities for busy parents
With activities that use everyday household materials and require only 5 minutes or less to prepare, this book makes it simple and fast for parents to turn a moment of idleness into playful learning.
Call#: HQ 774.5 .B6439 2019
Treasure Basket Explorations: Heuristic Learning for Infants and Toddlers
This book explains heuristic learning–discovery by trial and error–and how to encourage this type of learning to boost development. Teachers will learn how to set up treasure baskets that encourage heuristic play: containers filled with easy-to-find items that support explorations in emergent language, math, and science skills.
Call#: LB 1139.35 .P55 W55 2017
Videos and Media
Teaches parents techniques for interactive play, exercise, and massage to do with babies based on massage therapy, karaoke singalongs, games, and exercise routines.
Call#: WB 537 .B115s 2004
Being with infants
This one-of-a-kind series gives childhood providers and parents direct access to a comprehensive care approach from renowned child specialist Beverly Kovach, certified Montessori trainer Emmi Pikler, and Resources for Infant Educators (RIE). Series includes expert advice on play with infants.
Call#: HQ 755.8 .B3968 2018
Fingerplays! Hands That Tell a Story
Presented by Kathy Reid-Naiman. Fingerplays are a way of telling a story using your hands and fingers to illustrate the words.
Call#: GV 1218 .F5 F56 2011
Power of Play: Building Skills and Having Fun
This series, the Magic of Everyday Moments, shows how babies develop through play. Play is how children test their ideas and learn new skills.
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This article is available for free on NAEYC’s website and offers an evidence-based approach to sharing information with parents and families about the importance of play in learning and development.
Brookes Publishing (2023)
This post offers 10 indoor activities that help boost key areas of development while having fun with young children.
Through play, children are learning about the world around them, practicing talking and listening as well as finding out how to make friends and get along with others.
Illinois Early Learning Project (2013)
Games help make movement fun. Play and laughter can help develop friendship while encouraging physical fitness. Consider each child’s abilities, and encourage all children to play by adapting games for children with special needs.
Blind Children Resource Center (2003)
Parents can provide interesting situations and objects to encourage a blind baby’s exploration and play.
Play is vital for children’s physical health as well as their mental health and cognitive development. This booklet provides ideas for many ways for families to play indoors.
Illinois Early Learning Project (2020)
Young children are learning that sometimes, sharing toys and supplies is not helpful. Adults can support them with simple explanations, visual supports, and practice.
Brookes Publishing (2021)
For young children, developing a strong foundation of basic math concepts is easier when their families join in too, finding fun and creative ways to slip little math-related lessons and challenges into everyday activities.
This site provides information on toys, games, reading readiness, music, and activities for young children.
Illinois Early Learning Project (2015)
It has been said that play is children’s work. Children work hard at their play because they can make it up themselves. The best part about children’s play is that they learn a great deal while having fun. Here are some things to keep in mind about play.