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Children's Activity Ideas for Parents

Check the availability of these titles in the Santa Clara City Library's catalog.

Becoming A Family: Sibling Hug

Infants and Toddlers

  • Ellison, Sheila and Susan Ferdinandi. 365 Games Babies Play: Playing, Growing and Exploring with Babies from Birth to 15 Months, 2003.
  • Ellison, Sheila and Susan Ferdinandi. 365 Games SmartToddlers Play: Playing, Growing, and Exploring with Babies from Birth to 15 Months, 2005.
  • Ellison, Sheila. 365 Games Smart Toddlers Play: Creative Time to Imagine, Grow, and Learn, 2006.
  • Goldberg, Sally. Baby and Toddler Learning Fun: Fifty Interactive and Developmental Activities to Enjoy with Your Child, 2001.
  • Herr, Judy. Rattle Time, Face To Face, And Many Other Activities For Infants: Birth To 6 Months, 2003.
  • Hodges, Susan. Toddler Art : Ages 18 Months-3 Years, 1998.
  • Kosman, Gary Lee. Bonding While Learning : Activities To Grow Your Relationship While Preparing For Reading Success, 2007.
  • Kuffner, Trish. The Toddler's Busy Book, 1999.
  • Kuffner, Trish. The Wiggle & Giggle Busy Book, 2005.
  • Martin, Elaine. Baby Games : The Joyful Guide To Child's Play From Birth To Three Years, 1988.
  • Masi, Wendy and Roni Leiderman. Baby Play,  2001.
  • Masi, Wendy. Toddler Play, 2001.
  • Miller, Linda G. Making Toys For Infants And Toddlers : Using Ordinary Stuff For Extraordinary Play, 2002.
  • Nurik, Cindy Bunin. Fun With Mommy And Me : More Than 300 Together-Time Activities For You And Your Child, Birth To Age Five, 2001.
  • Oppenheim, Joanne and Stephanie Oppenheim. Oppenheim Toy Portfolio : Baby & Toddler Play Book, 2001.
  • Oppenheim, Joanne and Stephanie Oppenheim. Oppenheim Toy Porfolio’s Read It! Play It! with Babies and Toddlers, 2006.
  • Rowley, Barbara. Baby Days: Activities, Ideas, and Games for Enjoying Daily Life with a Child Under Three, 2000.
  • Schiller, Pam and Thomas Moore. And the Cow Jumped Over the Moon! Over 650 Activities to Teach Toddlers Using Familiar Rhymes and Songs, 2006.
  • Schiller, Pam. The Complete Resource Book For Toddlers And Twos: Over 2000 Experiences And Ideas!, 2003.
  • Silberg, Jackie. Games to Play with Babies, 1993.
  • Silberg, Jackie. 125 Brain Games For Babies : Simple Games To Promote Early Brain Development, 1999.
  • Stoppard, Miriam. Baby's First Skills, 2005.
  • Warner, Penny. Baby Play & Learn, 1999.
  • Warren, Jean. Toddler Games : Simple Seasonal Games Designed Especially For Toddlers,  2002.
  • Warren, Jean. Toddler Theme-A-Saurus : The Great Big Book Of Toddler Teaching Themes, 1991.
  • Wilner, Isabel. The Baby's Game Book,  2000.

Preschoolers

  • Allison, Linda. Wordsaroni : Word Play For You And Your Preschooler, 1993.
  • Baicker-McKee. Carol. Fussbusters On the Go: Strategies and Games for Stress-Free Outings, Errands, and Vacations with Your Preschooler, 2002.
  • Brunelle, Lynn. Mama's Little Book of Tricks: Fun Games, Cool Feats, Nifty Knowledge, 2007.
  • Church, Lisa. Everyday Creative Play: Simple Fun Things You Can Do To Help Your Young Child Learn, 1998.
  • Einon, Dorothy. The Ultimate Preschool Playbook: Easy, Educational, and Entertaining Activities for Your Two-to Five-Year-Old,  2000.
  • Ellison, Sheila and Judith Gray. 365 Days of Creative Play: For Children 2 Years and Up,  2005. 
  • Hall, Nancy Wilson. 365 Activities You and Your Child Will Love,  2007.
  • Hauser, Jill Frankel. Wow! I'm Reading!: Fun Activities To Make Reading Happen, 2000.
  • Kuffner, Trish. The Preschooler's Busy Book, 1998.
  • Kuffner, Trish. The Wiggle & Giggle Busy Book, 2005.
  • Nurik, Cindy Bunin. Fun With Mommy And Me : More Than 300 Together-Time Activities For You And Your Child, Birth To Age Five, 2001.
  • Pica, Rae. Jump Into Literacy : Active Learning For Preschool Children, 2007
  • Silberg, Jackie. 125 Brain Games For Toddlers And Twos : Simple Games To Promote Early Brain Development, 2000.
  • Sumbland, Clara. 50 Actividades Para Estimular A Tu Bebé : 0-12 Meses, 2005.
  • Walter, Gisela. Las Tareas Del Hogar : Juegos Y Actividades Para Que Los Niños Se Diviertan Colaborando, 2005.
  • Warren, Jean. Theme-A-Saurus II : The Great Big Book Of More Mini Teaching Themes, 1990.

Arts and Crafts

  • Allison, Linda and Martha Weston. Razzle Dazzle Doodle Art: Creative Play for You and Your Young Child, 1994.
  • Boston, Lisa. Sing! Play! Create! : Hands-On Learning For 3- To 7-Year-Olds, 2006.
  • Castaldo, Nancy Fusco. Rainy Day Play!, 1996.
  • Falk, John H. Bite-Sized Science : Activities For Children In 15 Minutes Or Less, 1999.
  • Hauser, Jill Frankel. Easy Art Fun!: Do-It-Yourself Crafts For Beginning Readers, 2002.
  • Kohl, MaryAnn. Clay And Dough: It's The Process, Not The Product!, 2001.
  • Kohl, MaryAnn. Collage And Paper: It's The Process, Not The Product!, 2001.
  • Kohl, MaryAnn. Craft And Construction: It's The Process, Not The Product!, 2001.
  • Kohl, MaryAnn. Preschool Art: It’s the Process Not the Product, 1994.
  • Press, Judy. Alphabet Art: With A-Z Animal Art & Fingerplays, 1998.
  • Press, Judy. The Little Hands Art Book, 1994.
  • Press, Judy. The Little Hands Big Fun Craft Book : Creative Fun For 2- To 6-Year-Olds, 1996.
  • Warren, Jean. 1-2-3 Puppets: Simple Puppets to Make for Working with Young Children, 1989.

Nature and Science

  • Allison, Linda. Pint-Size Science: Finding-Out Fun for You and Your Young Child, 1994.
  • Allison, Linda and Martha Weston. Razzle Dazzle Doodle Art: Creative Play for You and Your Young Child, 1994.
  • Castaldo, Nancy Fusco. The Little Hands Nature Book, 1996.
  • Copley, Tara. Kitchen Table Play & Learn: Activities And Lessons For Building Your Preschooler's Vital Developmental Skills, 2006.
  • McGowan, Diane. Math Play, 1997.
  • Oppenheim, Joanne. Oppenheim Toy Portfolio: The Best Toys, Books, Videos, Music & Software for Kids, 2005.
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