Playful Learning Lab for Kids (Paperback)

Whole-Body Sensory Adventures to Enhance Focus, Engagement, and Curiosity

By Claire Heffron, Lauren Drobnjak

Quarry Books, 9781631595561, 144pp.

Publication Date: November 6, 2018

List Price: 22.99*
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Playful Learning Lab for Kids is a hands-on activity book that offers games and activities that revolve around the senses and concepts in reading, math, art, and science.

Recent research has shown that children learn and develop new skills more quickly when they engage in playful, whole body activities. Movement allows them to refocus their attention, improves brain function, reduces stress, and improves circulation. Not only that, but the more senses that are used for learning, the more likely information is to be stored and retrieved.

The activities in Playful Learning Lab for Kids explore concepts in reading, language, math, art, music, science, geography, and social studies, all while engaging children with movements, touch, sound, and sight. Most distinguishing of all, the activities and lessons here include suggestions for tailoring the experience to different levels, making it a book children can grow with. The skills range from visual perceptual skills and spatial awareness, to early geometry concepts, visual motor integration, and fine motor skills.

Authors Claire Heffron and Lauren Drobnjak, pediatric occupational and physical therapists with years of experience in clinical and school-based settings, share their best tips and strategies for helping little learners reach their fullest potential through these engaging and fun activities.

The popular Lab for Kids series features a growing list of books that share hands-on activities and projects on a wide host of topics, including art, astronomy, clay, geology, math, and even how to create your own circus—all authored by established experts in their fields. Each lab contains a complete materials list, clear step-by-step photographs of the process, as well as finished samples. The labs can be used as singular projects or as part of a yearlong curriculum of experiential learning. The activities are open-ended, designed to be explored over and over, often with different results. Geared toward being taught or guided by adults, they are enriching for a range of ages and skill levels. Gain firsthand knowledge on your favorite topic with Lab for Kids.

About the Author

Claire Heffron is a practicing occupational therapist. She completed her undergraduate studies at Ohio University and holds a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Carolina. She has been practicing in public and specialized school-based settings for 10 years. Claire is also mother to three noisy boys. 

Lauren Drobnjak graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She has practiced for more than 18 years in both clinical and school-based settings, and 17 of those years specifically in pediatrics. She is also a busy mother to three.  

About The Inspired Treehouse:
â??Claire and Lauren are executive directors of The Treehouse Ohio, a non-profit organization located in Bedford, Ohio that provides free and low-cost play groups for kids to promote developmental skills. Together, they run, an online community serving therapists, parents, and teachers. They believe that with a little help, kids can build strong, healthy bodies and minds through play. They feature easy-to implement activities that are designed to promote all kinds of developmental skills for kids. As pediatric occupational and physical therapists, they are also passionate about sharing information, tips, and strategies to help their readers conquer the common developmental roadblocks that come up for kids. They believe that the more parents, teachers, and caregivers know about child development and wellness, the better off kids are! They are also coauthors, with Dayna Abraham, of their first book, Sensory Processing 101

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twitter: @inspiredtree