ISBN: 9781615192182
Published: August 12, 2014
Price: $14.95 US / $22.95 CAN
Paperback: 128 pages
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Recipes for Play
Creative Activities for Small Hands and Big Imaginations

More than 35 activities and ideas that inspire children to explore the world around them.

An important part of childhood is being curious and trying out new experiences. What do things taste, feel, smell, sound like? What happens when you add red to blue, mix earth with water, or drop a blob of paint from a great height? These childhood experiments are vital for development and provide hours of entertainment.

Recipes for Play contains easy and inexpensive ideas for engaging your child’s senses. Many wonderful hours can be spent playing with natural ingredients found in your kitchen cupboard or backyard garden. Make your own face paint in minutes, whip up a batch of oozy slime, create clouds of color with rainbow rice, and so much more.

Sisters Rachel Sumner and Ruth Mitchener have created Recipes for Play 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. Each recipe has easy-to-follow instructions for setting up activities and simple steps for cleaning up once the fun is finished.

Authorless event kit
Click to downloadDownload an authorless event kit for Recipes for Play to host interactive playtime for children three and up at your store or library!“Embrace a more chaotic home where children are full of wonder and excited by play . . . Aimed at parents of preschoolers, Recipes for Play strongly emphasizes sensory play, laying out 40 different activities . . . and the authors even include information on creating natural dyes so that kids can finally create truly edible play dough. Bright, full-color photographs bring this title to life.” —School Library Journal

“This book is filled with wonderful, inexpensive playtime activities for children age two and up that will engage all five senses, and spark imagination.”—San Diego Family

“Fantastic playtime activities provide hours of entertainment with very little fuss” —Parade

“This book is filled with really great indoor and outdoor activities that will keep the littles busy all summer long. If you want messy or clean, loud or quiet, portable or not . . . there is something for every need.” —MariReads

“A great book for parents who are trying to keep their children stimulated with fun activities”—The Baby Spot blog

Rachel Sumner describes herself as a play-at-home mother of two. She previously worked as a children’s book rep, working with school libraries across Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. A former children’s book reviewer for the Marlborough Express, she currently reviews books for Australian Women’s Weekly. She lives in Auckland with her two wonderful girls and a ginger cat called Ginger.

Ruth Mitchener is a multi-award winning designer for Crown Equipment. She also works independently, specializing in book design, graphic design, illustration, photography, and product design. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand.