Using Ordinary Stuff for Extraordinary Play
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Author: Linda G. Miller, Mary Jo Gibbs
Publisher: Gryphon House
Pages: 160, © 2002
What do you get when you combine jingle bells, ribbon, a glove, and some thread? A Garden Glove Windsock, of course! This series is a teacher's dream! You'll find more creative ways to use a tube sock, milk carton, and other inexpensive things found around the house than you ever imagined. Create unique, exciting toys and props to help children learn in appropriate ways. Don't recycle that cereal box…reuse it to make a simple puzzle! Each age-appropriate Making Toys book will make you look at the everyday items around you in a whole new way.
"You'll find hundreds of creative ideas in these three books that will entice you into transforming ordinary household items into surprisingly interesting toys. Making Toys for Infants and Toddlers, Making Toys for Preschool Children and Making Toys for School-Age Children offer age-appropriate activities that require run-of-the-mill and inexpensive materials…"
"Packed with creative ideas for making classroom learning materials from recycled items. Directions are easy to follow. Comes with ready-to-use materials request form to send home to parents."
"...A set of three new books is bound to keep your kids spellbound, and lead to hours of cheap fun for everyone, which is especially in demand this time of year."
Dr. Linda Miller is a nationally recognized speaker and consultant for early childhood programs, leading her own company, Innovations in Education, Inc. She has developed curricula for numerous child care companies and also acts as an expert witness in cases involving curriculum and supervision. In recent years Dr. Miller has taught for Wheelock College of Boston in Bermuda, Singapore, and The Bahamas.
Linda Miller lives with her family on 56 acres in rural Alabama.
Mary Jo Gibbs has worked with young children for more than 25 years. She has been a kindergarten teacher, a curriculum writer, and a training specialist for child care providers.
Mary Jo lives in Wetumpka, Alabama.