Recreational Activities
The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life With Art & Creativity
The Artful Parent
Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life With Art & Creativity
Paperback      ISBN: 1590309642

Bring out your children's creativity and imagination with more than 60 kids' art activities from the creator of www.ArtfulParent.com.

Art making is a wonderfully fun way for young children to tap into their imagination, deepen their creativity, and explore new materials, all while strengthening their fine motor skills and developing self-confidence. The Artful Parent has all the tools and information you need to encourage your children's creativity through art. You'll learn how to set up an art space, how to talk to children about their artwork, how to choose the best art supplies (without breaking the bank), how to repurpose and organize the piles of art created, and even how to use kids' art activities to soften everyday transitions.

The more than sixty engaging kids' arts and crafts projects included here are accessible and developmentally appropriate for one- to eight-year-olds, and they're a far cry from the cookie-cutter crafts many of us did in school as kids. From bubble prints to musical chairs art, these kids art activities allow children to explore art materials, techniques, and ideas as they grow more creative every day. With activities for downtimes, action art for releasing energy, and recipes for making your own art materials, this book is your guide for raising an artful family.
Spiritual Traditions of India Coloring Book
Spiritual Traditions of India Coloring Book
Paperback      ISBN: 1620556294

Balance your chakras, enhance health and prosperity, and connect with the gods and goddesses through meditative coloring

- Contains 42 illustrations by Indian artist and spiritual teacher Harish Johari

- Includes chakra imagery to balance your energy body; power yantras to enhance health, prosperity, peace, and love; and illustrations of Hindu gods and goddesses such as Ganesh and Hanuman to remove obstacles and open your heart

- Provides meditative statements facing each piece to help focus your intent while coloring

Combining authentic Indian art and profound spiritual insight, the Spiritual Traditions of India Coloring Book pairs line illustrations from accomplished traditional Hindu artist and spiritual teacher Harish Johari with meditative statements from his bestselling books. Focusing your mind on the accompanying mantras while you color supports profound relaxation and clarity of thought and allows the spiritual realizations of the mantras to penetrate deeply into your psyche.

Containing 42 coloring illustrations, the book includes chakra imagery, power yantras, planets, and scenes of Hindu gods and goddesses, such as Ganesh, Hanuman, Shiva, and Parvati. Coloring the chakras enables you to visualize the energy centers in your own body, enhancing your ability to open the chakras and balance your flow of energy. Coloring the power yantras allows you to align your mind and spirit with the energies of good health, tolerance, prosperity, peace, and love, attracting these virtues to your life. Coloring the planets, gods, and goddesses allows you to connect with these powerful entities, inviting their help and influence in your life.

Conveying the timeless wisdom of an ancient lineage passed down from teacher to student for thousands of years, Johari's words and art reveal the tantric virtues of each yantra, chakra, mudra, celestial body, and deity, such as how Ganesh is the remover of obstacles and how Hanuman enables you to open your heart and experience the unconditional love for your friends, family, and loved ones. The meditative act of coloring these classical Indian images also kindles an appreciation for the sacred geometry embodied within these works of art and their transformative effects on consciousness.
Mindful Games: Sharing Mindfulness and Meditation with Children, Teens, and Families
Mindful Games
Sharing Mindfulness and Meditation with Children, Teens, and Families
Paperback      ISBN: 1611803691
A practical and playful guide for cultivating mindfulness in kids, with 50 simple games to develop attention and focus, and identify and regulate emotions

Playing games is a great way for kids to improve their focus and become more mindful. In this book, The Mindful Child author Susan Kaiser Greenland shares how parents, caregivers, and teachers can bring mindfulness into the classroom or home. She provides 50 entertaining games that develop what she calls the new "A, B, C's"--Attention, Balance, and Compassion--for your child's learning, happiness, and success, offering context and guidance throughout. She introduces:

- Anchor games that develop concentration
- Visualization games that encourage kindness and focus
- Analytical games that cultivate clear thinking
- Awareness games for sensory awareness, self-regulating emotions, and gaining insight into ourselves, others, and relationships

Even though the games are designed for kids, they can be just as fun and transformative for adults. Greenland encourages parents and caregivers to develop their own Attention, Balance, and Compassion and to explore the universal concepts that she presents. Our own mindfulness has a powerful effect on everyone in our lives--especially our children.
365 Optical Illusions
365 Optical Illusions
Paperback      ISBN: 1770857567

Why not experience a mindbender every day? This book is a great way to enjoy an optical illusion every day or take them in all at once.

Every page features an optical illusion from one of the three main types -- literal, physiological and cognitive.

Literal optical illusions create images that are unique from the objects that make them. Physiological illusions occur when the eyes and brain are subjected to excessive stimulation by brightness, color, size, position, tilt or movement. Cognitive illusions are the result of unconscious inferences. All trick the mind into perceiving something altogether different than what the eyes see.

The 365 illusions here are based on those variations. There are instantly recognizable classics that trick the eye no matter how many times you see them, and dozens of new ones, like astounding sidewalk illusions and masterful architecture. There are illustrations, paintings and graphics, as well as color and black and white photographs of scenes ranging from buildings to landscapes.

Concise text includes a hint about the illusion -- for those who can't "see" it -- and a short description of how it works.

Bright, colorful and sure to boggle, this is an ideal gift selection for all ages.

The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity
The Artful Parent
Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity
Paperback      ISBN: 1611807204
Bring out your child's creativity and imagination with more than 60 artful activities in this completely revised and updated edition

Art making is a wonderful way for young children to tap into their imagination, deepen their creativity, and explore new materials, all while strengthening their fine motor skills and developing self-confidence. The Artful Parent has all the tools and information you need to encourage creative activities for ages one to eight. From setting up a studio space in your home to finding the best art materials for children, this book gives you all the information you need to get started. You'll learn how to:
* Pick the best materials for your child's age and learn to make your very own
* Prepare art activities to ease children through transitions, engage the most energetic of kids, entertain small groups, and more
* Encourage artful living through everyday activities
* Foster a love of creativity in your family
Board Games to Create and Play: Invent 100s of Games with Friends and Family
Board Games to Create and Play
Invent 100s of Games with Friends and Family
Hardcover      ISBN: 1911624296
Create the next Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly, The Game of Life, Ticket to Ride, or Settlers of Catan with this creative board game book

Board games are back in vogue, with board game caf s popping up around the world. This interactive gaming book teaches you how, in just half an hour, you and your friends can come up with a new game and start playing immediately. Just decide on a theme for the game, pick a rule set from the book, agree on some variations, color in one of many board game designs, and gather your die and counters

Possible to play in any order, this book is packed with tips, tricks, and mechanics on how to design the perfect game. With 40 different rule sets, each introducing a new concept, it encourages you to develop and test your own rules. Whatever the age range or experience of players, the game that you create from this book will always be playable, entertaining, and surprising. Each board you create is easy to pull out and completely reusable to play again and again.
Girl Time: A Mother-Daughter Activity Book for Sharing, Bonding, and Really Talking
Girl Time
A Mother-Daughter Activity Book for Sharing, Bonding, and Really Talking
Paperback      ISBN: 1611803047
A workbook of bonding exercises and activities for preteen girls and their moms, to help promote communication about emotions and the tricky issues that tweens have to navigate.

Sometimes it's hard to talk with your mom about feelings and situations that tween girls these days have to deal with--like stress, frustration, feeling in control, and being bored. Girl Time is full of fun activities that you can do with your mom that will also show you great ways to calm down, chill out, express yourself, feel positive, and become really confident

This book includes:
- Games, mazes, and fill-in-the-blank activities to help you learn more about yourself--and your mom
- Tips and strategies for getting yourself motivated, relaxed, or out of a funk
- Simple breathing exercises to calm your mind
- Great advice on what to eat to power up, boost your mood, and activate your mind
- And much more
Write Back Soon!: Adventures in Letter Writing
Write Back Soon!
Adventures in Letter Writing
Paperback      ISBN: 1611802687
Connect to your friends through handwritten notes, cards, letters, and postcards--an interactive workbook that encourages creative interactions between friends through the written word, complete with cross-outs, smudges, and parenthetical asides.

Put down that smartphone and pick up a pen Texting and e-mail have taken over our correspondence, but Karen Benke is ready to change that. Through prompts that invite penning short postcard-size notes, ideas for sending cards "just because," and inspired letter-writing exercises, Pass That Note offers limitless possibilities for connecting with your friends in more personal, unique, and creative ways. Use the book for its letter-writing ideas, tear out pages to send to friends, or write in it as a journal to record big ideas for future correspondence. No matter how you use it, you'll be connecting with the people you care about the most in ways that are surprising, fun, and heartfelt.

Contributors include: Neil Gaiman, Jon J Muth, Ruth Ozeki, Wendy Mass, Gary Snyder, Norman Fischer, Natalie Goldberg, Jane Hirshfield, Claire Dederer, Albert Flynn DeSilver, Alison Luterman, Sam Hamill, Ava Dellaira, Lucille Lang Day, and J. Ruth Gendler.
Imagine Childhood: Exploring the World Through Nature, Imagination, and Play
Imagine Childhood
Exploring the World Through Nature, Imagination, and Play
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1590309707

For children, potential is limitless, curiosity is an electrical current, and every moment is open to the possibility of the unexpected. Day-to-day life is filled with adventure. Road blocks are invitations to try new routes. And the world is vast and expansive. This book is a celebration of childhood through the crafts and activities that invite wonder and play. The twenty-five projects and activities in this book are meant to speak to the way children engage with the world. These projects are not about what is produced in the end (although that part is fun too) but rather they are stepping-off points--activities that spark curiosity, an adventure, or an investigation. They're about the process of getting there. They're about the conversations that happen while making things together. They're about getting to know the world inch by inch. They're about exploring imaginary universes and running through real forests. They're about living in childhood . . . regardless of your actual age. They're about being a kid.

Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors
Tinkerlab
A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors
Paperback      ISBN: 161180065x
55 playful experiments that encourage tinkering, curiosity, and creative thinking--hands-on activities that explore art, science, and more.

The creator of the highly popular creativity site for kids, Tinkerlab.com, now delivers dozens of engaging, kid-tested, and easy-to-implement projects that will help parents and teachers bring out the natural tinkerer in every kid--even babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

The creative experiments shared in this book foster curiosity, promote creative and critical thinking, and encourage tinkering--mindsets that are important to children growing up in a world that values independent thinking.

In addition to offering a host of activities that parents and teachers can put to use right away, this book also includes a buffet of recipes (magic potions, different kinds of play dough, silly putty, and homemade butter) and a detailed list of materials to include in the art pantry.