Smart Play: 101 Fun, Easy Games That Enhance Intelligence

Smart Play

Knowledge learned through our bodies sticks with us! Children who move their bodies as part of the learning process are more stimulated and alert—and they retain more of what they’re taught.  A child will gain more internal awareness of what “five” means by jumping forward five times in a Mother-May-I game than by looking at a picture of five rabbits. By sharing the upbeat, joyful activities in Smart Play, you can enhance your child's intelligence, boost his or her confidence, teach academic and motor skills, and provide a lasting foundation for learning.

Smart PlayDeveloped over the course of a global career as a teacher, play-therapy specialist and parent, occupational therapist Barbara Sher urges us to “be serious about fun. Children who are in a positive state of mind are most open to new experiences and new knowledge.” This collection of delightful, easy-to-follow games helps children use their bodies to master essential mental skills and concepts. Families, friends and classmates can play virtually anywhere, with any number of participants, without special preparation or equipment.

So gather the children in your life and have fun opening their minds and hearts to new experiences and knowledge as you

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Praise for Smart Play:

"This book for teachers and parents is full of diverse games that have a purpose. It’s divided into five sections featuring games that enhance visual-spatial skills, verbal-language skills, math skills, kinesthetic skills, and interpersonal skills. Each section is further split into games for different age levels. The games use common items that most people have in their homes.

Some games are good for parent and child to do together at home. Some games would work in a small classroom setting with teachers and students. The book features activities that can be quiet indoor games, but it also has lots of active games to play outside.

Recommended for parents and teachers who want to engage in meaningful play with children.”

~Marcie Flinchum Atkins

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