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1001 Fun Activities for Your Baby and Child
by Roni Cohen Leiderman
Order:  USA  Can
Key Porter, 2008 (2008)
* * *   Reviewed by Sally Selvadurai

This book contains, as the title indicates, 1001 activities for your child to enjoy. Many of these activities originated in the Gymboree Play & Music programs, but many more have been added. The book is divided into sections, each one containing activities that are appropriate for a specific age category: 0+ months, 3+ months, 6+ months, 12+ months, 18+ months, 24+ months, 30+ months, 3+ years, 4+ years, 5+ years. Thus the activities are good right up to the start of school but obviously need not be stopped at that point! There are a great many activities that will keep a child occupied for years, such as the bedtime routine of reading books, playing at the park or any other routine that has become a part of the child's day.

I really enjoyed the fact that the activities are so easy and require nothing much more than a good imagination and the input of together time for the parent and child. Some activities for the young baby seemed rather obvious, such as touching, blowing kisses on their tummies, singing nursery rhymes and other repetitive songs, and reading books, while others were more intriguing, such as having a yellow day, watching shadows made with a flashlight, and doing 'broom pull-ups'. Any mother will recognize many of the activities, and they may seem rather mundane since these are things that many mothers do naturally, but it is nice to have all these ideas written down in one place. There are ideas that are especially good for the older toddlers and pre-schoolers on wet or miserable days, ideas for crafts, like making fans, telephones with cups and string, decorating a room, tie-dying paper, as well as games that will keep youngsters amused.

This lexicon of ideas and activities is a great how to addition for a new mother in particular, providing a guide of age-appropriate activities and the activities will make the parent-child bond stronger as the two enjoy their time together. Also, as we have a new generation of parents, some of whom spent many years in childcare and, perhaps, have no extended family nearby, this might be a timely volume. A great book.

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