Books

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


2,4,6,8 This Is How We Regulate! 75 Play Therapy Activities to Increase Mindfulness in Children
Tracy Turner-Bumberry
PESI, 2019
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.
BF 723 .M37 T851 2019 1089757246

30 Fun Ways to Learn With Blocks and Boxes
Clare Beswick
Gryphon House, 2011
30 Fun Ways to Learn with Blocks and Boxes is full of small group and individual activities that explore construction, collaborative play, and basic math concepts.
GV 1218 .B6A27 2011 672300134

Art Lab for Little Kids: 52 Playful Projects for Preschoolers
Susan Schwake
Quarry Books, 2013
Art Lab for Little Kids 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.
N 7440 .S393 2013 809030359

The Budding Artist
Laura Laxton, Ed.
Gryphon House, 2012
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.
N 7440 .B83 2012 756581640

Embracing Rough-and-Tumble Play
Mike Huber
Redleaf Press, 2016
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.
GV 452 .H83 2016 945586068
Also available as an eBook

The Encyclopedia of Infant and Toddler Activities: for children birth to 3
Donna Wittmer
Gryphon House, 2017
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!
LB 1139.35 .A37 E53 2017  987796474

Let’s Play and Learn Together: Fill Your Baby’s Day With Creative Activities That Are Fun and Enhance Development
Roni Leiderman
Fair Winds Press, 2012
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.
HQ 774 .L3945 2012 701015210
Also available in eBook

Let’s Play and Learn Together! 30 At-Home Activities for Infants and Toddlers
Nancy Vogel and Christine M Snyder
HighScope, 2017
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.
LB 1139.35 .A37 V63 2017 967337231

The New Language of Toys: Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Special Needs
Sue Schwartz
Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2004
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.
WS 105.5 .C8 S399 2004 54461861

Parenting With Theraplay: Understanding Attachment and How to Nurture a Closer Relationship With Your Child
Vivien Norris and Helen Rodwell
Jessica Kingsley, 2017
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.
BF 723 .P25 N67 2017 984898608

Recipes for Messy Play: 40 Fun Sensory Experiences for Young Learners
Cathy Sheppard
New Shoots, 2018
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.
LB 1139.35 .P55R2438 2018 1053803406

Screen-Free Fun: 400 Activities for the Whole Family
Shannon Philpott-Sanders
Adams Media, 2018
Screen-Free Fun offers over 400 ideas to disconnect from tech devices and reconnect with our families in a healthier way.
GV 182.8 .P55 2018 1005904925

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

Videos

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


Power of Play: Building Skills and Having Fun
5 min; online
Zero to Three, 2016
This online video from Zero to Three’s series the Magic of Everyday Moments shows how babies develop through play. Play is how children test their ideas and learn new skills.

Being with infants
215 min; DVD
MVD Visual, 2018
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.
HQ 755.8 .B3968 2018    1079927344

Age-appropriate play.
Volume 1, The first 12 months | Volume 2, 12-24 months | Volume 3, 2 -3 years
15 min each; DVD
InJoy Productions, 2004
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.
HQ 782 .A44 2004  233578309

Baby Tata
41 min; DVD
Baby Tata, 2004
Teaches parents techniques for interactive play, exercise, and massage to do with babies based on massage therapy, karaoke singalongs, games, and exercise routines.
WB 537 .B115s 2004  61660064

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

Articles

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.


Teaching Young Children, 11(5)
Talking with Parents about Play and Learning
Laurel Bongiorno. (2018)
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.

Web Resources

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


Just-Right Sensory Play (EIC)
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.

Parenting Can Be Child’s Play (EIC)
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.

Games for All Young Children
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. Also in Spanish and Polish.

Young Children Need to Play!
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. Also in SpanishPolish, and Korean.

How Does a Blind Child Play?
Parents can provide interesting situations and objects to encourage a blind baby’s exploration and play.

Play & Learn Center
This site, provided by KidsHealth.org, provides information on toys, games, reading readiness, music, and activities for young children.

Indoor Play