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Donna Erickson's Fabulous Fun Stuff For Families
by Donna Erickson
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Donna Erickson's Fabulous Fun Stuff For Families
by Donna Erickson

There are many different activity books for kids, but this one has a twist I haven't seen before. Donna shows you how each activity in this book will help your child grow and develop, while allowing you and your children to connect and enjoy your time together.

Donna Erickson is the host of the award winning TV series, Donna's Day; author of Prime Time Together... with Kids and More Prime Time Activities with Kids; and a contributing editor to Parents Magazine. She also writes a syndicated column that appears in newspapers nationwide.

Donna, together with the Search Institute, has compiled this book of family activities in a way that shows parents and caregivers exactly how each activity helps the child's developmental growth. Each activity, laid out on highly colorful and friendly pages, refers back to one or more of the 40 developmental assets from the Search Institute.

For example, did you know that making homemade face paint aids in planning and decision making as a child grows? The developmental assets at the end of the book tells us that this activity helps "children begin to learn how to plan ahead and make choices at appropriate developmental levels". Think about it for moment. When making different colored face paints, your child must plan ahead in order to choose which colors they would like to create!

While many of the activities outlined in this colorful book are not new to me, the connection between each activity and its developmental characteristic is! This book proves that having inexpensive and creative fun with your children will help them to grow into well rounded adults.

Activities include seasonal ideas, holidays, and year round fun and games. Many of the ideas listed will cost little or nothing by using ordinary household items or treasures from your backyard. You will find simple craft projects, easy kid's recipes, and plenty of creative games to keep your children busy all year long. A wonderful find for parents of children aged 2 through 12.

© Amanda Formaro


Amanda Formaro is the entrepreneurial mother of four children. Subscribe to her free weekly kid's craft newsletter, Busy Little Hands, by sending any email message to kidscrafts-on@mail-list.com or by visiting her website at http://familycorner.com

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