Book Rhi-view: Recipes for Play: Creative Activities for Small Hands and Big Imaginations

Recipes for Play: Creative Activities for Small Hands and Big Imaginations
Preschool, Crafts, Creativity
Ebook, Paperback (128 pages, THE EXPERIMENT)
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.
(Ages 2-6)

Really cool ideas for the preschool set (4 stars)

I hate to admit it but I am so not a mess-friendly mom. So I was immediately horror-stricken at the idea behind this book. Let your kids make messes? *shudder* But I also know the importance of such kinds of play and so I trudged in with a hunger for some inspiration.

The recipes and ideas inside are terrific but I have to point out that the majority of these I was already very familiar with from time spent on Pinterest. What impressed me though, was the focus on trying to make sure every recipe and idea had alternatives for commercial food colorings or ingredients for those who might need a gluten-free option.

The photographs are lovely and the tone is friendly, not over-bearing as some non-fiction with an eco-safe focus can be. One of the things I loved most about it was that most of the ideas were very inexpensive and were made with ingredients you probably already have on hand. For me that makes this a terrific rainy day project book or a great place to find boredom busters for the young ones during summer. I would definitely recommend this one, especially for home preschooling families.

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

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