It's Time to Play Outside: 101 ways for your young child to enjoy independent fun under the sun, (AuthorHouse, 2011) by Miska L Rynsburger is a book of possible activities that you can have your child do outside to learn to do things more independently while getting the benefits of being outside!
Here is the synopsis from the back cover of It's Time to Play Outside:
Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, lamented that children suffer from a "nature-deficit". Children need to play creatively outdoors exploring, discovering, experimenting, learning to enjoy themselves in nature. I know we are supposed to turn off the cartoons but it can be hard some days. Additionally, corporate America has sent a call to parents. Young professionals are showing scars left from a childhood raised by helicopter parents. Loving parents are pushing their way into grown children's salary negotiations. Johnny shows up late at the office because Mom's phone was out therefore he didn't get his wake up call. This book offers 101 fresh ways for a care-taker of young children to take five minutes of set up time initiating creative, independent play outdoors using everyday objects found in the house or yard. These activities should not replace time spent with parents. The value of love and attention from a parent is indisputable. Rather, these creative play ideas are meant to become one part of your child's day when she can explore and experience nature independently. No need to purchase more toys, batteries or DVDs. It's all within your child and the yard. It's time to play outside!
I love my copy of It's Time to Play Outside. It has great ideas for young children that will help promote the use of their imagination and independent play. I also found that many of the activities could also be converted into an activity that my family could do together outside (especially with Daddy since he doesn't see him often enough). I like the independent play aspect--because I can get him set up on an activity then I can get a little bit of time to get things done without him under foot--bonus for both of us. We have already done some of the sidewalk chalk activities, had bug races and set up a "speedway" in our backyard!
It's Time to Play Outside is a great book for parents with young children to help find activities for them to do, especially while school is out!
Thank you to It's Time to Play Outside for my sample used in this review. Opinions are honest, review by Michelle.
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