Active Baby, Healthy Brain: 135 Fun Exercises and Activities to Maximize Your Child’s Brain Development from Birth Through Age 5 1/2 (Paperback)
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Movement, play, and active exploration in the first five years of a child’s life are essential to the development of his or her body and brain. Now Active Baby, Healthy Brain presents 135 massages, exercises, and activities that engage your child’s love of play while also stimulating his or her brain development in multiple areas, including:
- Cross-pattern movement
- Vestibular (inner ear) stimulation
- Fine and gross motor skills
Each activity is presented on its own page with step-by-step instructions, appealing illustrations, and illuminating sidebars. The detailed instructions tell you exactly how to do each activity, as well as how to incorporate toys, music, dance, and games. No single activity takes more than two minutes, and all that’s required is ten minutes a day. More than thirty years in the making, Active Baby, Healthy Brain is an indispensable guide for everyone who is raising a child or who interacts with preschoolers.
About the Author
Margaret Sasse founded Toddler Kindy GymbaROO in Australia in 1982, which now has 85 centers, 16 of them based internationally. She is an acknowledged authority on infant development, and has written and produced several books and videos.
Melbourne-based artist Georges McKail has supplied many delightful illustrations for Margaret Sasse's books.
“Sassé’s focus is on fun, but she also provides parents with an informative manual that outlines the crucial connections between movement and the health and development of body and brain.”—Publishers Weekly
“A fabulous legacy for our children and an excellent contribution to the area of children’s health and well-being.”—Oh Baby! magazine
“Charmingly illustrated and easy to read, this delightful book will be a boon to busy parents looking for fun ways to support their child’s development.”—Linda Acredolo, PhD, co-author of Baby Minds: Brain-Building Games Your Baby Will Love
“Active Baby provides a wealth of very informative and user-friendly information about the young children’s physical development. It fills a void for daily parenting skills and makes a great gift for every new parent!”—Rhonda Clements, EdD, former President of the American Association for the Child’s Right to Play, Professor of Physical Education at Manhattanville College, and author of nine books on children’s games and play activities
“Rarely have I been presented with a book so user-friendly, complete, and profound in its breadth of understanding of early childhood development as Margaret Sassé’s book. It is truly a must-have book for all new parents, grandparents, and people working with preschool children. Margaret has come to the heart of what is most essential for our precious children today—rich sensory experiences, movement, play, and human connection. Margaret has given the world a wonderful gift.”—Carla Hannaford, PhD, biologist, educator, and author of Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head and other movement-based learning titles