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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: GRYPHON HOUSE INC (May 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876591985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876591987
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #262,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 4-"Play is learning; learning is play" and play readers will, with these 138 ideas/recipes for stimulating make-believe or dramatic play. The activities are open-ended, allowing for creative responses from participants. The directions include lists of supplies and the activities will appeal to children of varying abilities. Many ideas involve new uses of familiar materials; others are tried-and-trues with intriguing variations. A chapter entitled "Storybook Make-Believe" offers more than 20 activities related to popular children's books, e.g., a "Hungry Sock Puppet" to go with Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Philomel, 1969). While the stories are primarily older classics, the ideas can effectively be paired with newer books. Each activity has prominently displayed icons indicating the degree of difficulty of the craft, accessibility of materials, and the medium used, e.g., paint, scissors, cooking, etc. There are many books of crafts or theater games for young people, but most of them concentrate on skill building or curriculum themes. The excitement in this book about creative play with no planned outcome and the wide variety of activities, combined with the ease of use, make this a prime choice.
Cris Riedel, Ellis B. Hyde Elementary School, Dansville, NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Award-winning author MaryAnn F. Kohl has written 14 books for Gryphon House, and is a regular featured columnist for Parenting Magazine. She has written the best-selling favorites Preschool Art, The Big Messy Art Book, Making Make-Believe, MathArts, and First Art. She is co-author of Global Art and Cooking Art with Jean Potter. MaryAnn lives in Bellingham, Washington.

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By A Customer on June 8 2000
Format: Paperback
I think I will try weaving a big yarn web in our tv room tonight (just like the book suggests! ), and turn off that ol' TV. It will be a whole lot better for the kids (and us) than watching Third Rock from the Sun, don't you think? I'm excited about the variety of pretend and play ideas in this book, and am especially interested in the chapter that gives pretending projects and activities to go with favorite children's books like Goodnight Moon and Where the Wild Things are. Yes, even Curious George is there!
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By A Customer on May 27 1999
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Many of the ideas in this book were contributed through email sharing groups with MaryAnn, from teachers and parents all over the world.If you like pretending, or think it's important for your kids, you will like this book. All of the 44 people who contributed to it feel the same way!
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By A Customer on May 28 1999
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This is the best book I have seen on what kids can make to motivate and enhance their pretend time. Let's turn off more tv's and get kids busy with their imagainations! Excellent book.
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No TV tonight! June 8 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I think I will try weaving a big yarn web in our tv room tonight (just like the book suggests! ), and turn off that ol' TV. It will be a whole lot better for the kids (and us) than watching Third Rock from the Sun, don't you think? I'm excited about the variety of pretend and play ideas in this book, and am especially interested in the chapter that gives pretending projects and activities to go with favorite children's books like Goodnight Moon and Where the Wild Things are. Yes, even Curious George is there!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Email Sharing Groups Contribute to Book May 27 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Many of the ideas in this book were contributed through email sharing groups with MaryAnn, from teachers and parents all over the world.If you like pretending, or think it's important for your kids, you will like this book. All of the 44 people who contributed to it feel the same way!
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HOORAY! Turn off the TV May 28 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the best book I have seen on what kids can make to motivate and enhance their pretend time. Let's turn off more tv's and get kids busy with their imagainations! Excellent book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Lifesaver June 9 2010
By steph - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I love, love, love this book. I was stumped on how to play make believe with my 4 year old and this has given us endless ideas. Most of the things we have around our house. Some of them take extra planning.
Book not all together Aug. 15 2013
By E.A. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Pages ripped easily as I turned them. Book was older than described. The suggestions were good but I wished it was in better condition.


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