Imaginative play is more vital for a child's future than many parents and educators realize. The more they are allowed to be absorbed in their play, the more fully and effectively they will later take their place in the community of adults.
Drawing on her experiences as a mother and as a proponent of Rudolf Steiner's Waldorf system of education, author Heidi Britz-Crecelius emphasizes the different qualities of play that may extend through more than one phase of childhood. She focuses on natural materials and recommends specific games, toys, and art supplies that further the mobility of the mind and the powers of expression without the burden that premature schooling can place on children.
In Children at Play, the author also reminds us that the human being, though bound by laws of space and time and tied to the earth, stems from eternity and belongs to a much larger community; the child's innermost being is directly related to the all-embracing world of spirit.
If you believe the experts, âchildâs playâ; is serious business. From sociologists to psychologists and from anthropologists to social critics, writers have produced mountains of books about the meaning and importance of play. But what do we know about how children actually play, especially American children of the last two centuries? In this fascinating and enlightening book, Howard Chudacoff presents a history of childrenâs play in the United States and ponders what it tells us about ourselves.
Through expert investigation in primary sources-including dozens of children's diaries, hundreds of autobiographical recollections of adults, and a wealth of childârearing manualsâalong with wideâranging reading of the work of educators, journalists, market researchers, and scholars-Chudacoff digs into the âundergroundâ of play. He contrasts the activities that genuinely occupied children's time with what adults thought children should be doing.
Filled with intriguing stories and revelatory insights, Children at Play provides a chronological history of play in the U.S. from the point of view of children themselves. Focusing on youngsters between the ages of about six and twelve, this is history âfrom the bottom up.â It highlights the transformations of play that have occurred over the last 200 years, paying attention not only to the activities of the cultural elite but to those of working-class men and women, to slaves, and to Native Americans. In addition, the author considers the findings, observations, and theories of numerous social scientists along with those of fellow historians.
Chudacoff concludes that children's ability to play independently has attenuated over time and that in our modern era this diminution has frequently had unfortunate consequences. By examining the activities of young people whom marketers today call âtweens,â he provides fresh historical depth to current discussions about topics like childhood obesity, delinquency, learning disability, and the many ways that children spend their time when adults arenât looking.
As they play, children do more than imagine--they also invent life-long approaches to thinking, feeling, and relating to other people. For nearly a century, clinical psychologists have been concerned with the content and interpersonal meaning of play. More recently, developmental psychologists have concentrated on the links between the emergence of symbolic play and evolving thought and language. At last, this volume bridges the gap between the two disciplines by defining their common interests and by developing areas of interface and interrelatedness. The editors have brought together original chapters by distinguished psychoanalysts, clinical psychologists, social workers, and developmental psychologists who shed light on topics outside the traditional confines of their respective domains. Thus the book features clinicians exploring subjects such as play representation, narrative, metaphor, and symbolization, and developmentalists examining questions regarding affect, social development, conflict, and psychopathology. Taken together, the contributors offer a rich, integrative view of the many dimensions of early play as it occurs among peers, between parent and child, and in the context of therapy.
The turn of the twentieth century was a time of explosive growth for American cities, a time of nascent hopes and apparently limitless possibilities. In Children of the City, David Nasaw re-creates this period in our social history from the vantage point of the children who grew up then. Drawing on hundreds of memoirs, autobiographies, oral histories and unpublishedâand until now unexaminedâprimary source materials from cities across the country, he provides us with a warm and eloquent portrait of these children, their families, their daily lives, their fears, and their dreams.
Illustrated with 68 photographs from the period, many never before published, Children of the City offers a vibrant portrait of a time when our cities and our grandparents were young.
Richard Thompson reminds us that being a 40-year-old isn't hard, but being a four-year-old is. His warm, welcoming reminders are wonderfully lighthearted and funny as he brings home Alice's life in a fun, new Cul de Sac collection.
Alice and her Blisshaven Preschool classmates charm fans of all ages. Their adventures ring alarmingly true to parents of little ones, too. From doing projects in a whirlwind of crayons and markers to their nonstop chatter to trying to comprehend a completely incomprehensible world, Thompson's characters make Children at Play a must-read. The little boxes crammed together, the shopping malls, and the insane traffic systems set the scene for the storylines and adventures that only suburban life can provide.
Thompson's witty dialogue meets comically unique drawings to make Cul de Sac a place worthy of visiting on a daily basis.
"I thought the best newspaper comic strips were long gone, and I've never been happier to be wrong. Richard Thompson's Cul de Sac has it all--intelligence, gentle humor, a delightful way with words, and, most surprising of all, wonderful, wonderful drawings." --Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes
This easy-to-read, delightfully illustrated book is organized in a month-by-month format. Each chapter begins with a description of the developmental events and advances in play behavior that are likely to occur during that month. A section on play ideas suggests ways that parents can introduce games and activities that capitalize on their babiesâ emerging skills. Included are:
More than 180 candid photos showing babies, parents, and caregivers at play
400 fun-filled play activities for parent and child to share during daily routines such as mealtime, diapering, bath time, and quiet time
A month-by-month overview of a babyâs intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development
Suggestions for solving everyday problems centering around sleeping, eating, and crying
The toddler time, between one and two years old, is an exciting period of self-definition, exploration, and physical and emotional growth for your child. This easy-to-read book, illustrated with more than 200 photos, provides a vivid look at everyday life with a toddler and offers hundreds of creative play activities; expert advice on managing problem situations; and ideas for encouraging creativity, exploration, and language skills. Some of the strategies for daily living included in the book are:
Two year olds progress at such a rapid rate that they often leave their families dazzled and a bit confused. This easy-to-read, parent-friendly book, illustrated with over 130 photographs of real children at play, provides insight into how two year olds see themselves; how they get along with others; and how they learn language. Here are hundreds of innovative ideas to help your child in all these efforts as well as suggestions for dealing with potential problems. Some of the subjects covered include:
â¢ self-definition â¢ resolving conflicts â¢ living with siblings â¢ playing with friends â¢ listening, speaking, and communicating â¢ imaginative play â¢ visual and physical exploration
Children at play is an amazingly beautiful and fun grayscale coloring book of images of children from the past and today playing! Children who used their imaginations, and played outside, or with their blocks or baby dolls. Grab your Pencils, watercolors, gel pens, or whatever medium you use and color these wonderfully fun images. There are 29 one sided images for you to color! The paper weight is 60lb. KD Arts Design always wants you to be satisfied. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Deanna Harrison *Dee* through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find her on Facebook. We also do custom grayscale for your personal images. If you would like a book grayscaled and made into a coloring book, please contact us and we will do that just for you! Thank you again from all of us at KD Arts Design. We also have books available for download. Contact Deanna at email@example.com for information on downloadable PDF.