Gymboree - The Parent's Guide to Play (Gymboree Play & Music)

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170 Gymboree® activities that help parents discover new ways to play with their babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Gymboree -- The Parent's Guide to Play combines the best baby and toddler activities into one book that offers hours of fun for parents and their little ones. These kid-tested activities also provide children with a solid foundation for the skills they will need in preschool.

With activities designed to stimulate imagination, expand vocabulary and build skills, the book features:

  • Skill Spotlights, describing each activity's benefits
  • Parental Tips and Research Reports, explaining how a child develops
  • Tips for using materials at home
  • Words and clapping rhythms to songs.

Organized by age, activities range from quiet observation and singing to boisterous climbing games and music-making. From interacting with a newborn, to engaging a toddler, to exploring the world with a preschooler, this book makes excellent use of the experience, wisdom and imagination that have made Gymboree® a famous brand name around the world.

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About the Author:

Dr. Wendy S. Masi is a developmental psychologist who has designed programs for preschools. An early childhood professional for 25 years, she is dean of the Mailman Segal Institute at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.

Dr. Roni Cohen Leiderman is a developmental psychologist with 25 years of experience. She is associate dean of the Mailman Segal Institute at Nova Southeastern University.

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Foreword

We have spent more than thirty years researching infancy and child development, playing with babies and toddlers, and talking with their parents-and we have loved every minute of it. Between us we have raised six children, making us keenly aware of the challenges and the incredible joy and pride of parenthood. We have learned that most parents want the same thing for their children: a happy and fulfilling life. And we have learned there are many paths leading to that goal.

We firmly believe in the power of nurturing and a positive, playful approach to parenting. This belief is reconfirmed daily by newly released scientific research demonstrating that brain development is strongly influenced by the kinds of early experiences our children receive. A newborn's brain is only 25 percent developed, but by the time your child is three, more than 90 percent of her brain development will be complete.

To achieve his or her greatest potential, your child needs you to provide a variety of interesting learning experiences. Gymboree, America's foremost provider of parent-and-child play programs, developed its "play with a purpose" philosophy to teach parents that the most important way for young children to learn is through play. Through active, hands-on play, your child will learn language, develop problem-solving skills, and master social relationships. Of course, parents benefit from play, too. What can compare to the elation you experience when your baby mimics you and claps for the first time, or your toddler sings and dances to songs?

This book, created by the Gymboree Play and Music experts, is a wonderful resource for parents, a compilation of activities and songs to inspire you to interact with your child on a whole new level. The interchanges you share will support your child's physical, emotional, and cognitive development, and will help establish a loving, joyful connection. You are your child's first and most important teacher, treasured companion, and playmate. Rejoice in her every discovery and celebrate each remarkable achievement.

Have fun with your child and enjoy these incredible years. You know you are getting your child off to a great start.

Dr. Wendy S. Masi
Dr. Roni Cohen Leiderman

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