A parent’s job is never done and every day our kids are different. What we might need today may be completely flipped from what we needed yesterday. Here are a couple of things that I think might help you out when you are searching for a few more free play/free range kids/slow parenting resources or simply looking for a few good books and helpful kids sites.
Books on the Importance of Play, Free Play, etc.
~ You can see my thoughts on some of these books over on Goodreads. You don’t have to be a member to see them.~
- The Power of Play: Learning What Comes Naturally by David Elkind
- Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn –And Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, and Diane Eyer
- Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv
- A Child’s Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play by Vivian Gussin Paley
- Putting Family First: Successful Strategies for Reclaiming Family in a Hurry-Up World by William J. Doherty and Barbara Carlson
- Free Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts With Worry by Lenore Skenazy
- Under Pressure: Putting the Child Back in Childhood by Carl Honore
Homework & Research Help
- How Stuff Works – Explains how things work.
- Info Please– It’s an encyclopedia, atlas, almanac, dictionary, thesaurus and pile of biographies all rolled into one.
- Fact Monster– Like infoplease, only for younger kids.
- Kids Click– A pile of great links all in one place thanks to many wonderful librarians.
- Starfall – Interactive stories, games and videos that focus on teaching children ( pre-kindergarten through to grade 2) how to read.
- Puzzle Maker– make crossword puzzles, word searches and other games and puzzles online.
Parenting and Baby Names
- 27,000 Baby Names – Includes the origins and meaning of the names.
- Today’s Parent– articles, recipes, advice, and more. Topics cover from pregnancy right up to teen years.
- Parents Magazine – everything parenting related.
Good Kids Books Lists and Kids Book Apps
- American Library Association’s (ALA) Best Books for Young Adults (Note: this site has a TON of great book lists.)
- American Library Associations’s (ALA) Notable Books for Children (Note: this site has a TON of great book lists.)
- Sandra Boynton The pictures are simple and crisp and appealing. The text is fun to read and hear over and over again. They also approach things like counting and opposites in an engaging way. (Boys and girls) (Her music CDs that come with books are great too.) Her book apps are great for those little fingers. Make animals jump in a pool, lose their collars, make sounds, make stars appear in the sky, fog up the glass so you draw on it, and so much more.
More It’s All Kid’s Play!
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- Twitter: Maximize the fun by following @KidsPlay for daily activities, parenting articles, links, info, and so much more! I’d love to see you there!
- Pinterest: Follow my boards on Pinterest to get more great crafts, books, parenting resources, fun stuff, play, experiments and more.
- Facebook: Join the conversation going on over on Facebook by liking It’s All Kid’s Play. Everything from celebrity parents to play to goofy stuff. Don’t see a conversation you want to join–start one! I’ll chime in!
- It’s All Kid’s Play blog: More detailed instructions and ideas for some of the activities and ideas found on this site.
- Goodreads: I’m on Goodreads as Jean Oram. Check out my children’s bookshelf. I’m always reading kids books, but I don’t always think to add them. Still, I have over 70 and counting on there. The ones I post are the ones I feel are very much worth checking out. Feel free to friend me! I click “yes!”
Here are a few more things you may be looking for: