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Sand and Water Play: Simple, Creative Activities for Young Children
Learn creative new ways to help children think and discover on their own, with over 70 sand and water table ideas. Designed for children ages three to six, Sand and Water Play introduces fun materials like aquarium rocks, bird seed, mud, rock salt, and more to engage children's minds and hands. A must for anyone with a sand and water table!
Over 70 ways to invigorate sand and water play
3 years & up
||September 01, 2001|
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24 of 28 found the following review helpful:
Everything but sand and water play!Mar 27, 2007
By Value Mommy
I am very disappointed with this book, as I expected many ideas FOR sand and water play, not examples of activities you can do WITH a sand and water table (or perhaps even more irritating--WITHOUT a sand and water table). I own the Step2 sand and water table and love it. I was looking specifically for creative sand and water activities to do with the table and also with our 8x10 sandbox and the swimming pool in the summer months. Many of the ideas (bubble art, playing with shaving cream, playing with balls and paint, fingerpainting) are so elementary that it was especially surprising to find them in a book specifically about sand and water play. Other ideas, like making homemade silly putty, playdough, bubbles, and paints really seem like page fillers for this book and, again, I resent that I paid good money for a SAND AND WATER book and got the same old ideas that are in many of the basic preschool activity books. Honestly, you would be better off buying Kid Concoctions if you don't already own it.
Alas, even the ideas that did involve sand and/or water were so elementary that no one would need a book to think of them. "Backyard Beach Party," for example, has the following instructions:
1. Set up two sand and water tables outside. In one of the sand and water tables, add sand and seashells. In the other, add water, sea animals, and boats.
2. Set up a beach umbrella and beach towels nearby.
3. Give the children beach balls and encourage them to have a beach party.
Then, there is the "Sand Castles, Canals, and Tunnels" idea:
1. Bring the sand and water table outside.
2. Fill it with sand, water, and other materials and encourage the children to create sand castles.
WOW! Sand castles!!! Thank goodness I bought this book or I never would have thought of that!
Seriously, I'd keep looking.
17 of 20 found the following review helpful:
Just another opinionJul 10, 2007
I do not own this book but I attend the University where the Professors who wrote the book teach Early Childhood Education college students and even preschool students in the college preschool. I attended a seminar where both of the authors presented their book. This is a book designed to provide ideas for the use of Sand and Water tables. This is probably not something the average mom would own, but something that Preschools, and Kindergarten through 1st grade teachers should own. It gives ideas for stimulating creative thinking, imagination, learning, and language skills through the use of Sand and Water Tables. The book does include other ideas for preschool children also. Just because the other reviewer didn't realize it was for Sand and Water tables doesn't make it any less effective for what the authors wrote it for. I have looked at this book and plan to purchase it myself as soon as I either start teaching first grade or have children of my own. I do recommend it and the authors other book "Literacy Play."
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Lots of fun activitiesJan 13, 2010
By mom of the monkey boys
I borrowed this from our town library and liked it very much; was surprised to see a negative review. It is true, not all the activities involve sand and water though there are quite a few that do. The table becomes a vehicle for many different sensory play activities: some involve filling the table with snow for example. There are some great ideas that were new to me, as well as some classics (like the sand castle page). Even the familiar activities were interesting to read about because the authors provide a few ideas for adding to the educational value of the play by suggesting questions to ask the children. Most of the materials needed for the activities are readily available and inexpensive to purchase, and prep time is minimal (that's been a problem for a lot of other activity books I've looked at).
I am not a preschool teacher, just a mom who is interested in educational play activities; I think this book is very worthwhile for both parents and educators.
Sand and WaterAug 23, 2011
I like the reminders of different activities to do in the sand and water. the children in my class will benifite from the different activities.