Don't throw it away--use it for play! Turn items headed for the trash into fun, educational, and safe toys and activities for young children. Find one hundred creative and clever ideas repurposing common household objects--including shoeboxes, fabric scraps, plastic lids, and buttons--into entertaining playthings. The toys benefit children's early learning by promoting sensory perception and development in physical; social and emotional; cognitive; and language and communication areas.
Organized by age group, Learn and Play the Green Way has sections for working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and schoolagers. Each activity includes:
A description of the ways children might use the toy
Suggestions for extending the learning
A list of materials needed and step-by-step instructions
A green idea for additional ways to be eco-friendly
Learn and Play the Green Way: Fun Activities with Reusable Materials is a revision of the bestselling, award-winning Learn and Play the Recycle Way: Homemade Toys that Teach.
Rhoda Redleaf spent her career serving many areas of the early childhood field. As a trainer, she spent much time helping caregivers gain the knowledge they needed to teach and nurture children during their most formative years. She has been a child care center director and public school teacher and has authored several books and articles.